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Conference highlights unique Mission Valley trees Conference highlights unique Mission Valley trees

PLAINS – At first glance, the whitebark pine trees near Three Lakes Peak are just conifers in a forest full of green needles; however, the trees are among a dwindling number of their species devastated by disease in recent years. Last weekend, the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation held its annual conference at the Salish Kootenai College. About 35 attendees traveled from SKC to the Three Lakes Peak trailhead in Plains. They drove up a winding road for an hour before walking on a trail for a mile to see a rare set of the trees they’re working to save. About 80 people attended the conference from Montana, Washington and Idaho.  Whitebark pines look a lot like lodgepol...


Lake County voters to consider property tax hike to finance jail expansion

POLSON – Following months of discussions, Lake County commissioners Dave Stipe, Bill Barron and Gale Decker unanimously decided on Wednesday, Sept. 11, to move forward with a proposed ballot question this fall that will ask the voters to decide whether additional jail and courtroom space is worth a pro...

Valley Voices Valley Voices

Ken Lambeth “Well, I used to work at the jail. You know, I think it has to be supported. It is more tax dollars spent but its full to the max all the time.”   Susan Evans “I think it is needed, desperately; however, I am of the opinion that we should be putting our fund...

New BG Club breaks ground in Polson New BG Club breaks ground  in Polson

POLSON – The Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County broke ground on a new clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 10.  The facility will be located across the street from the Polson Middle School on the corner of 17th Avenue West and 2nd Street West. The club’s e...

Charlo celebrates homecoming week Charlo celebrates homecoming week

CHARLO – The Charlo Lady Vikings volleyball squad opened homecoming weekend on Thursday evening with a non-conference 25-21, 23-25, 26-24, 25-23 win over visiting Class B Mission Lady Bulldogs. Kassidi Cox led Charlo with 21 digs and 10 assists. Liev Smith had nine kills and 17 digs. Junior sette...

Voter registration held on Sept. 24

POLSON – It’s nearly time for Lake County residents to make their voices heard in the upcoming local, state and national elections, but only those with an up-to-date registered-voter status can cast votes.  On Sept. 24, National Voter Registration Day, citizens can register to vote or upd...

Diverse planes show up for Polson Airport Fly-In Diverse planes show up for Polson Airport Fly-In

POLSON – Even with storm clouds looming over the Polson Airport on Saturday, Sept. 7, the 21st annual Polson Fly-In still saw a strong turnout of visiting aviators and their aircraft. The local Chapter 1122 of the Experimental Aircraft Association sponsored the fly-in and welcomed hundreds of visito...

Diverse planes show up for Polson Airport Fly-In

POLSON – Even with storm clouds looming over the Polson Airport on Saturday, Sept. 7, the 21st annual Polson Fly-In still saw a strong turnout of visiting aviators and their aircraft. The local Chapter 1122 of the Experimental Aircraft Association sponsored the fly-in and welcomed hundreds of visito...

Montanans urged not to use e-cigarettes during nationwide investigation Montanans urged not to use e-cigarettes during nationwide investigation

News from Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services MONTANA — The Department of Public Health and Human Services is urging Montanans to consider not using e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, while an ongoing nationwide investigation is conducted into serious pulmonary illnesses possib...

Veterans Spotlight project ends, participants thanked Veterans Spotlight project ends, participants thanked

Dear Readers, With the recent publication of our 50th article, the Ronan VFW Post 5652 Veterans Spotlight project, proposed by Post Historian Dwayne Hofschulte, has ended. We thank the Valley Journal for generously providing space for our articles over these many months beginning in May of 2017.   ...

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