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RONAN – Law enforcement officers and a K9 unit moved through the K. William Harvey Elementary School on Friday among dozens of children to answer questions and receive a bit of swag.   The event was organized by school staff to bring the community together and thank the officers for their service. In full uniform, the officers waited at lunch tables in the cafeteria with a stack of books in front of them. As they arrived at school, the children sat down to listen to a story. You might think the activity would make the kids sleepy in the early morning hours but they were full of happy energy as they talked and laughed.  Several children went around collecting the autogr...


Criminal justice facilities levy fails

LAKE COUNTY — According to Katie Harding, Lake County election administrator, nearly 45 percent of Lake County voters participated in the special countywide election of the Lake County Criminal Justice-Facilities and Operation Levy. On Jan. 28 election final results were canvassed with 2,446 votes for ...

St. Ignatius school construction continues on schedule St. Ignatius school construction continues on schedule

By Mary Auld                           for the Valley Journal ST. IGNATIUS – Soon the St. Ignatius School District will be able to offer expanded programs and a more comfortable learning experience for students. The school is hostin...

Conservation funds help local parks

POLSON – With the impeachment proceedings concluded, Senate lawmakers look to press forward with the business of the country.  One such piece of business currently under consideration in the Senate is legislation that would permanently authorize and completely fund the Land and Water Conservati...

Montana property taxes keep rising Montana property taxes keep rising

MONTANA — Just how hard do Montana cities, counties, and school districts lean on residential property taxes to fund government services? Figures presented to lawmakers last month indicate the answer varies widely across different parts of the state, ranging from as low as $125 annually per capita in M...

More than 100 children in 2 casts take to stage for 36th production of: ‘Fortune’s Fables’ More than 100 children in 2 casts take to stage for 36th production of: ‘Fortune’s Fables’

Lozar takes position at national research center Lozar takes position at national research center

News from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis  MINNEAPOLIS – The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has named Casey Winn Lozar as a vice president and director of its Center for Indian Country Development, a research center focused on economic development and prosperity of Native Nations a...

High-speed chase circles St. Ignatius, ends in arrest High-speed chase circles St. Ignatius, ends in arrest

ST. IGNATIUS – On dry dirt roads outside of town, where more cows and chickens usually roam than cars, a white sedan hit speeds of up to 90 miles an hour as a line of police vehicles pursued it.  The incident started on Olsen Road at about 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, when Montana Highway Patro...

Lake County voters give jail levy thumbs down

POLSON – The Lake County jail and courthouse will remain as is for now after voters overwhelmingly rejected the Lake County Criminal Justice Center and Operations Levy request.  In a special countywide mail-in election held on Tuesday, Jan. 28, the unofficial count came in at 4,638 against the ...

Fire recovery fundraiser draws large crowd Fire recovery fundraiser draws large crowd

ARLEE – The Arlee school cafeteria buzzed with laughter, chatter, and children playing — but the lighthearted event was born out of tragedy.  On Jan. 21, Jamie and Jack Sievers’ barn was reduced to ashes and the family lost beloved livestock. The barn wasn’t just a building. J...

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