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 By Ed Moreth    News    September 21, 2023 

Plains volunteers help neighbors with cleanup

Yard work can be hard work, but that didn't stop a group of volunteers from spending their Saturday helping those in need with their yards. It was all part of the Plains Fall Cleanup Day and the... Full story

 By Annie Wooden    News    September 21, 2023 

Fair board reviews events

The Sanders County Fair Board met last week to recap the 2023 fair. More than a dozen community members showed up to the board meeting last Wednesday at the fairgrounds. “It was a very challenging summer for us,” board chairman Randy Woods... Full story

 By Ed Moreth    News    September 21, 2023 


A member of the Plains Library chess club is making his own chess set, but it's not going to help him win. Gary Olson is crafting handmade glass chess pieces to give away to the winner of an upcoming...


Sheriff's Log

Ambulance: T. Falls, 12; Plains, 12; Trout Creek, 5; Hot Springs, 3; Dixon, 2; Noxon, 1. Monday, September 11 Theft, T. Falls. Other accident, Dixon. Livestock, Paradise. Other law violations, Noxon. Disturbance, Plains. Fire, Paradise. General...


Justice Court

Montana Highway Patrol Michael Chapin, Jr., 46, failure to carry proof of insurance in vehicle, 2nd offense, $135; night speeding, $70. Jacob Susic, 42, seatbelt violation, $20. Tye Thompson, 52, seatbelt violation, $20. Daniel Johnston, 55, operate...

 By Shannon Brown    News    September 21, 2023 

Noxon saddle club hosts playday

The newly formed Rocky Ridge Saddle Club held its first omoksee event last Saturday in Noxon. “There was a pre-existing club so we just started it up again,” Natalie Erwin said. The arena with an announcer’s stand was already in place. “We... Full story

 By Shannon Brown    News    September 21, 2023 

Law office looks to represent fire victims

The AVA law group from Billings held a special meeting at the Paradise Center on Thursday, September 14. The group wants to inform the public of their rights regarding damages incurred from the River Road East Fire. The fire consumed thousands of acr...



Seventy years have gone by since the class of 53 graduated from Plains High School. Tuesday September 5th the remaining classmates gathered at Mary Lou Hermes' home and time seemed to have stood... Full story


Tribes bring awareness to opioid addiction

Project meetings for opioid and fentanyl awareness have been conducted across the region by Tribal Health and the Confederation of Salish and Kootenai Tribes. On August 28 the first Sanders County... Full story


Sheriff's Log

Ambulance: Plains, 10; Thompson Falls, 8; Trout Creek, 1; Hot Springs, 4. Monday, September 4 Business contact, Thompson Falls Intoxicated driver report, Hot Springs. Livestock, Dixon. Livestock, Plains. Abandoned vehicle, Plains. U.S. Forest...


Justice Court

Montana Highway Patrol Lana Cichon, 57, speeding in restricted zone, $95. Joseph Giegling, 37, seatbelt violation, $20. Paul Barone, 66, day speeding, $70. Susan Conner, 39, failure to carry proof of insurance, 2nd offense, $85; day speeding, $70....


Suspended sentence for illegal branding

A Hot Springs man was sentenced on Monday for illegally branding livestock that was not his. John E. Herman appeared before Judge Brenda Gilbert, changing his plea to guilty in the case. Herman pleaded guilty to a felony charge of illegal branding...


T. Falls council passes winter parking rule

The Thompson Falls City Council took permanent action on Monday to address winter parking on Main Street. Last winter, the Montana Department of Transportation had approached the council about parking overnight on Man Street and how it affected the... Full story

 By Ed Moreth    News    September 14, 2023

Derbies a family tradition

For one Thompson Falls man, competing in the annual demolition derby at the Sanders County Fair is more than just trying for prize money - it's about family and friends and the passion of competing in...



Ledger photo by Annie Wooden Commissioner Tony Cox (left) swears in County Attorney Megan Hansen last week at the Sanders County Courthouse....

 By Ed Moreth    News    September 14, 2023

Plains council passes annual budget

The Plains Town Council unanimously passed a $7,866,168 budget for 2023-2024 at last Monday's monthly meeting at City Hall, only $555,596 more than last year. Water and sewer were again the biggest...


PBS upgrades planned

Montana PBS has upgrades scheduled for the Thompson Falls and Plains area. Improvements to the Plains and Thompson Falls reception of Montana PBS TV is of current concern, according to Dewey Duffel, secretary of the Western Sanders County TV...

 By Ed Moreth    News    September 7, 2023


There's no way to tell how many people attended the Sanders County Fair, since it's one of the few free admission fairs in the state, but it was wall to wall people Saturday and Sunday. "It's just... Full story

 By Annie Wooden    News    September 7, 2023

Cooler weather assists local firefighting efforts

The wildfire season in Sanders County was in like a lion and out like a lamb. The Niarada fire, which started July 30 and burned 20,370 acres, is now listed at 100% contained.The lightning-caused fire burned four structures. The River Road East fire...


Reservoir drawdown planned for dam work

On October 6, NorthWestern Energy will begin drawing down the reservoir at the Thompson Falls Hydro Development about 16 feet from the current full-pool level to replace wooden flash boards along the bottom 8.5 feet on the face of the main dam. “Th...

 By Annie Wooden    News    September 7, 2023

Town Pump to begin work on new TF store

Town Pump has announced plans to build a new, larger convenience store and casino in Thompson Falls. The new store will be located on land behind the current Town Pump on a site occupied by the Falls...


Sheriff's Log

Ambulance: Thompson Falls 12, Plains 10, Trout Creek 3, Noxon 2, Hot Springs 1. Monday, August 28 Suspicious activity, Trout Creek. Traffic stop, Plains. Traffic stop, Plains. Traffic stop, Plains. Traffic stop, Plains. Traffic stop, Plains. Traffic...


Justice Court

Montana Highway Patrol Sean Fisher, 39, day speeding, $120. Timothy Imhoff, 63, seatbelt violation, $20; speeding in restricted zone, $85. Pegg Ganley, 65, speeding in restricted zone, $95. Matthew Bubar, 48, day speeding, $70. Maya Ferris, 18, day...

 By Ed Moreth    News    September 7, 2023

Foundation helps behind the scene

The Sanders County Fair gets revenue from people camping, renting the grounds and buildings, vendors and taxes, but there's also a group of people whose sole purpose is to help monetarily with the...

 By Annie Wooden    News    September 7, 2023

Showmanship tested in 4-H round robin

With the judging for individual animal and showmanship competitions complete, a select group of 4-H members competed in the round robin event on Saturday. The event includes the top showmanship...


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