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By Rob Zolman / Valley Journal POLSON – In celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., students across the state participated in MLK Read for Peace events in their classrooms. Charlo Elementary School, Linderman Elementary School and K. William Harvey Elementary School were among the local participants.  The MLK Read for Peace project places volunteers in kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms to read age-appropriate books about King. The reading event originated in Missoula almost ten years ago. King’s birthday is observed during a national holiday every third Monday in January to spread the word about the life and wo...


New program provides necessary supplies for students

ARLEE – Navigating homework, friendships and extracurricular activities is a large order for any student but those without stable living situations face even deeper challenges. A new resource at the Arlee School District is intended to provide homeless students with supplies that meet their basic needs...

Small Salmon contributes to 'The Last Beyond': a film about death, love, rebirth Small Salmon contributes to 'The Last Beyond': a film about death, love, rebirth

POLSON – The feature film, “The Last Beyond,” has roots in the Mission Valley, but its message of death, love and rebirth is a universal theme. Director Graham DuBose enlisted the help of Stephen Small Salmon, a Pend d’Oreille tribal elder from the Flathead Reservation, to help tel...

Runners can keep going in winter months with preparation Runners can keep going in winter months with preparation

Many running enthusiasts avoid the cold weather and choose to stay toasty in a warm gym on a treadmill rather than venture outdoors to pound the pavement for a few miles once the snowdrifts and the frigid wind starts to howl. Lou Brenner is a veteran marathoner and member of the Polson Running Club, which...

State health officials raise awareness of rising STD rates State health officials raise awareness of rising STD rates

News from DPHHS State health officials report the upward trend over the past several years of sexually transmitted diseases in Montana are now reaching record highs. Gonorrhea rates have been increasing over the past seven years and are now projected to reach nearly 1,500 cases in 2019. Department of...

Studies show pet ownership can improve health Studies show pet ownership can improve health

Pet owners instinctively know pets make life better.  With roughly half of all households in the United States owning at least one dog, (the most popular pet), science has undertaken the task of proving what pet owners already know. Researchers in Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada and th...

Preventable deaths higher in rural areas

News from the CDC Potentially preventable deaths from the five leading causes of death occurred more often among people in the most rural counties than in the most urban counties during 2010–2017, according to a new study released in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The gap in...

Western in Dillon, Montana State in Bozeman announce fall 2019 honor roll students

Local students enrolled at the University of Montana Western in Dillon make the dean’s list:     Arlee : Megan Dunlop, Tara Messner Bigfork: Courtney George, Melody McHaley Charlo: Ashley Mock Lakeside: Jonas Nyman Plains: Brady Ovitt, Polson: Shilah Doble, B...

Seniors for Jan. 22, 2020

RONAN — On Friday, Jan. 31, our monthly birthday dinner will take place complete with roast beef and all the fixings.  There are arts and crafts activities held on Wednesdays following the noon meal.  The menu for the coming week:  —  Wednesday, Jan. 22: elk Stroganof...

Polson seniors for Jan. 22, 2019

POLSON — “Nothing is really lost until your mom can’t find it.” Isn’t that the truth! There is no longer a toe nail clinic at the Polson Senior Center and we do not know when it will be coming back. We apologize for the inconvenience.  Tai Chi is back at the center ev...

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