Sanders County, MT

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County resident accused of shooting father in Trout Creek

A local man is lodged in the Sanders County Jail after authorities say he tried to kill his father during a recent domestic incident. Christopher Michael Querfurth Jr. is facing one felony count of attempted deliberate homicide after the alleged incident on Tuesday, May 11. According to the charging document,...
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More Sanders Co. rental properties are smoke-free

During June, which is National Healthy Homes Month, I would like to commend three local entities for providing housing that is healthier, safer and cleaner because they are going tobacco-free. A few years ago, Sanders County Community Housing Organization (SCCHO) adopted a smoke-free, tobacco-free policy for their duplexes in Plains....
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More agencies getting life-saving equipment

AEDs, or Automated External Defibrillators, are advanced pieces of equipment that can now analyze cardiac rhythms and automatically deliver electric pulses to stimulate the functions of the heart. With technological advances, AEDs today can be easy to use and can function autonomously, without the aid of a trained professional. According...
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Sanders County Justice Court

May 26, Kele T. Alden-Odekirk, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so is suspended or revoked first offense, speeding. May 24, Daniel Francis Haggerty, violation in a construction zone. May 27, Braxen Thomas Williams, speeding. May 26, Logan Wyatt Buckner, leave scene of accident resulting in property damage...
Thompson Falls,

Tons of electronics collected in annual event

While many residents are gathering items to sell at the Sanders Sale-ing countywide yard sale event later this month, dozens came to the Thompson Falls Transfer Site on Saturday to get rid of outdated electronics. The annual e-waste event, sponsored by Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Sanders County Solid Waste, collected more than four tons of electronics over the weekend.
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Local grid stars shine in Cleverly Classic

A game to remind everyone of what football is supposed to be – a whole lot of fun. Five Thompson Falls Blue Hawks – Cody Burk, Roman Sparks, Kade Pardee, Lucas Andersen and Will McPherson – and one Plains Horsemen – Tucker Foster – received the chance to play one more high school football game at the Bob Clevery Class C 8-Man All-Star game in Butte Saturday and had a blast with it, undoubtedly leaving all six Sanders County senior gridders glad that they played this one last game.

Plains welcomes hoopsters

More than 300 people from first-graders to adults showed up at Amundson Sports Complex in Plains Saturday to take part in the daylong basketball competition hosted by the Wildhorse Sports Association. Seventy-eight teams - one from Belt, Montana, 299 miles away - participated in the 5th Annual Wildhorse Shootout 3-on-3...
Thompson Falls,

History binds gunpowder group

To honor the days of the old west and the history of the mountain man, a local group has started up. They call themselves the Clark Fork Valley Traditional Black Powder Group. It was started in late August 2020 by Richard Cotte. Along with others in the county, Cotte wanted to find a way to get together locally with those who share an interest in traditional firearms and the history surrounding them. “A lot of the importance is to keep interest in the hobby alive,” said Cotte, “a lot of the core group is aging out, and without more younger interest and diversified interest the hobby could be lost.”
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Heron man dies in motorcycle crash

A Heron man died in a motorcycle crash after colliding with a deer in Sanders County. According to information from Montana Highway Patrol, the 59-year-old man was driving a 2006 Honda motorcycle north on Four Corners Road just south of Harker Road when it struck a deer. The man was...
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Justice Court

James Fields, 41, partner or family member assault, 1st offense, $435. Jordan Wright, 30, speeding in a restricted zone, $55. Steve Shuttle, 57, operating without insurance, 1st offense, $285. Matthew Jaramillo, 39, speeding in a restricted zone, $65. Weber Lin, 24, day speeding, $20; improper passing, $85. Teresa Sykes, disorderly...

Lightning causes fire east of Paradise

PARADISE, Mont. - Crews are working on a fire burning about seven air miles east of Paradise on the north side of the Flathead River. The Sanders County Wildland Fire Information (SCWFI) reports the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Division of Fire is managing the fire, named the Little Money fire.
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Several small fires reported on Thompson Falls Ranger District

SANDERS COUNTY, Mont. - Several small fires are being reported on the Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District. Sanders County Wildland Fire Information is reporting four early morning fires sparked by lightning. Plains/Thompson Falls USFS officials report three confirmed clouds of smoke as of Friday morning with a fourth being handled by...
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Murder charge dropped against woman accused of killing ex-husband

Seven months after shooting and killing her abusive ex-husband near a fishing hole in Paradise, Rachel Bellesen is a free woman. A judge on Tuesday permanently dismissed a charge of deliberate homicide against Bellesen, who maintains she was acting in self-defense when she killed Jacob Glace on Oct. 8. She says Glace, who had a documented history of violence against several women, attacked and tried to rape her that night, ripping at her clothes and leaving her with bruises. Shortly after shooting him, she drove to a gas station in Hot Springs and called 911 to report what had happened.