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 By Annie Wooden    Opinion    May 23, 2024 

Our Viewpoint: Take discussion further

I attended a forum last Tuesday called "Sanders County Talks". The forum, on flyers posted throughout town, was billed as "an engaging community event where facts meet discussion." In attendance were more than 90 community members in person and anoth...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    May 23, 2024 

Montana Viewpoint - Politics... as usual

The furor over immigration is an issue that won’t go away – can’t go away – because once it does it will no longer provide political ammunition for Republicans to use against the Democratic Party....

 

A great Ledger representative

I was a part-time resident of Plains for 15 years, and now full time for the last two. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of getting to know reporter/photographer, Ed Moreth. I am writing this letter to share what a remarkable man Ed is and he...

 

Beautification appreciation

Better late than never! I hope that I am one of many senior citizens who thank all the great, caring people who volunteered hours and hard work cleaning up yards during Beautification Days. I very much appreciated being one of the persons on their...

 
 By Crystal Molidor    Opinion    May 23, 2024 

Let's Talk Travel

Greetings, fellow travelers! I'm thrilled to introduce myself as your local travel advisor and the new writer for the Ledger's travel column, "Let's Talk Travel". My husband and I moved to Trout Creek a few years ago, and we love calling it our...

 

Mayor's Corner

Dear Main Street Business Owners, For many businesses on Main Street Thompson Falls, it has become obvious that the 25 mile per hour speed limit designed to allow pedestrians and motorists to travel safely on Main Street is seldom obeyed. This puts...

 
 By Annie Wooden    Opinion    May 16, 2024

Our Viewpoint: Community minded

I remember being in high school when the movie Titanic was released. My friend and I drove to Missoula to see it on opening weekend. It was a big deal to be able to go to the big city for opening weekend of a movie. That was a whole decade before...

 

Welcoming 'outsiders'

Thank you! When I first moved to Thompson Falls almost 10 years ago I was amazed at the way the community came together to help people in need. Fundraisers, auctions and spaghetti dinners were just some of the ways those in need were helped. It reall...

 

Local government review

The Local Government Review (LGR) seems to still generate questions. The 1972 Constitution mandated this be put before the electorate every 10 years. And FYI – what this is not – among other things: Removing or disciplining staff members or ind...

 
 By Sunday Dutro    Opinion    May 16, 2024

Sunday's Snapshots: Spring cleaning, selling and saving

It’s the last few days of spring and we’re heading so quickly into summer my head is spinning, although that may be the pollen. Already, we’re looking at pool hours and swimming lessons, at camping trips and vacations, at summer reading lists and s...

 

Mortgage Minute: Credit inquiries

A frequent question I get asked when someone applies for a loan is whether pulling their credit report is going to affect their credit score. The answer to that question is “it might.” In general, inquiries have a small impact. A single inquiry can...

 
 By Annie Wooden    Opinion    May 9, 2024

Our Viewpoint: A good example

A couple weeks ago, I wrote on the lost art of communication. It seems more arguing gets done during some public meetings than actual work. Last week as citizens and commissioners debated the issue of whether or not to have local candidates list...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    May 9, 2024

Montana Viewpoint: The rube sits and smiles

After having unloaded all my farm equipment from the railcar that had brought it from my late father’s farm back east and knowing that I had come to the right part of the world when Dude and S...

 
 By Sunday Dutro    Opinion    May 9, 2024

Whatcha Readin'?

There ought to be at least two more books on this list, but I got distracted by the photos on Montana History Portal and their meme contest (it’s not too late to enter!). It’s been loads of fun creating funny memes related to reading, writing, and...

 
 By Marshall Barker    Opinion    May 9, 2024

The Average Gamer

Oftentimes, I like to wonder how our world would be different today if history hadn’t played out the way it has. I find it to be a fun way to get lost in thought and see what sort of wacky and fun alternative timelines I can think up. There are s...

 
 By Annie Wooden    Opinion    May 2, 2024

Our Viewpoint: Help keep up the beautification

Last week, volunteers throughout Thompson Falls were busy sprucing up the town. Leaves were raked, bushes pruned, parks cleaned and new signage installed at the mule pasture trail system. It was a community effort known as Beautification Days that...

 
 By Sandy Compton    Opinion    May 2, 2024

A few thoughts on golf

I once golfed with a pastor who did well until the 13th hole. Then, the wheels came off. On the 16th tee, he put a drive so far out of bounds, he should’ve been called for a foul. He turned and said, “I know what I’m doing wrong. I just can’t...

 
 By Shannon Brown    Opinion    May 2, 2024

Open Meadows: Forest bathing

One of my favorite things about the Plains community is seeing kids walking to the river with fishing poles, often barefoot, children who have not lost their connectedness to nature. They play in the dirt. They eat dirt as babies and pile themselves...

 
 By Tina Daugherty    Opinion    May 2, 2024

Real Estate Trends: April 2024 market update

What a gorgeous April! The market has brought a lot of price reductions, a few lingering bidding wars and some new listings, as spring usually brings. The market is still tight, but the balance is...

 
 By Ed Moreth    Opinion    April 25, 2024

Our Viewpoint: Doby deserves a day, too

Most people know that April 15 is tax day, but it’s also Jackie Robinson Day, commemorating when Robinson broke the “color barrier” in baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. On April 15, every baseball player wore number 42, Robinson’s jersey...

 

Board actions questioned

“Why?!” That was what was shouted out by someone on the Board when the motion was made to remove the Associate Supervisors from the Green Mountain Conservation Board (GMCD) last week. Many may not be aware of the role of GMCD. This elected board ser...

 
 By Jim Elliott    Opinion    April 25, 2024

Montana Viewpoint

By now most Montana homeowners and business owners have gotten a new and unexpected tax bill from their county treasurers. Here’s why. Due in equal parts to Covid and to the TV series ...

 

Mortgage Minute

If you’ve been in a situation where you just applied for a loan, had your credit pulled, and then start getting phone calls from various creditors; you are not alone. This is called unsolicited credit or “trigger leads.” Trigger leads are creat...

 

Mayor's Corner

Happy Spring everyone. If it seems this article looks familiar, I did write about the Local Government Review a couple of months back. Because there have been more questions, I have added some additional information. The Local Government Review...

 

Legislative Update

Property Tax Assistance Program After discussions with the governor, the filing application deadline for the property tax assistance program has been extended until June 1, 2024. This program can help citizens on a fixed or limited income by...

 

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