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Still growing strong Still growing strong

Ten years ago the Valley Journal was nothing more than a wisp of an idea tossed back and forth on a summer breeze by four local journalists sipping sweet tea on a back porch with ambitions of launching a new, better source of media for the community. By autumn, the dream had turned into reality, and the first 5,000 copies of your homegrown newspaper rolled off the presses and into the hands of Mission Valley folks. As the paper celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend, those who have been with the business since day one say it wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community, advertisers, and staffers who have worked to make the publication what it is today. ...

Pizza with purpose focuses on kids Pizza with purpose focuses on kids

ST. IGNATIUS – Emilio Bravo, 16, consumed eight pieces of free pizza after football practice at the Cornerstone Pizza shop’s back to school party.  “We did this so the kids would know that we are behind them,” said Craig Waldron, manager of the non-profit pizza shop where the ...

Language converges on day of peace Language converges on day of peace

ARLEE – Locals and travelers speaking languages from Japanese to Salish came to the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas with peace on their minds for the center’s 10th annual Festival of Peace. “Generally, everyone deserves happiness, peace and harmony all over the globe,” said Tulku Sa...

State Tribal Relations Committee passes resolution to support Water Compact

HELENA – In a 4-2 vote the interim State-Tribal Relations Committee for the Montana legislature passed a resolution in support of the proposed Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact on Sept. 10.  Some members of the committee said passing the resolution is important because it ex...

Ronan Council begins budget process

RONAN – Ronan City Council is in the process of asking the public and its employees how best to allocate funds for this year’s budget, after a preliminary hearing last week. City officials used last year’s expenditures as their starting point for the budget, though predicted revenue shee...

Bears bulking up before hibernation Bears bulking up before hibernation

Summer was a slow season for bear-human conflict because of an abundant huckleberry crop that kept the animals gobbling high in the mountains, but Tribal Fish and Game officials expect the likelihood of conflict to increase as berries dry up heading into the fall months.  “They will likely be h...

Students take home school computers

ARLEE – High school students successfully incorporated Chromebooks into their education. Principal Jim Taylor reported a standing ovation during a meeting to introduce parents and students to the laptop computers. “The parents are excited,” he said. Students are able to checkout a com...

Polson school board hears project update Polson school board hears project update

POLSON — The district’s gifted and talented teacher, Tamara Fisher, presented information on her program at the Sept. 9 Polson School Board meeting.  Montana as a state has a 33-year history of supporting gifted and talented education, and Fisher has been teaching kids in the Polson distr...

Graduation matters in Arlee Graduation matters in Arlee

ARLEE – The Arlee School District is officially on the Montana Office of Public Instruction’s list of schools participating in the Graduation Matters Montana program. “Kindergarten through 12th-grade students signed a pledge promising to graduate,” said Deanne Smith, program organi...

Fundraiser provides for healthcare needs Fundraiser provides for healthcare needs

RONAN – Officials for St. Luke Community Hospital said Friday that federal regulations are constricting the abilities of small community medical facilities to provide adequate care for rural residents, making it increasingly important for outside financial contributions like those that poured in at Fri...


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