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School water leaks turn into annual event School water leaks turn into annual event

ST. IGNATIUS – Water droplets sporadically fell from the ceiling in an English classroom at St. Ignatius High School last Thursday while students read their books.  “It’s dripping all around us,” said senior Sierra Esslinger as she picked up her books after the bell rang.  Teacher Tim Marchant looked at a few wet tiles bulging from the ceiling in his classroom and said they would probably fall apart if he touched them.  The St. Ignatius School District is dealing with several leaks inside the school coming from the roof caused by rain and melting snow. “We’ve got lots of water coming down in the school,” Superintendent Jason ...


Rural route carriers suspected of meth trafficking Rural route carriers suspected of meth trafficking

POLSON — Two U.S. Postal Service contractors face charges of intent to distribute dangerous drugs after police say they found a suspicious package at the home of Anthony Friscia, 62, and Mary Friscia, 47, in Polson last week.  According to a Jan. 12 press release from the Lake County Sheriff&rs...

Big Arm postal services relocated due to fire Big Arm postal  services  relocated due to fire

BIG ARM - A fire at the Big Arm Post Office at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 resulted in postal services being moved to the Elmo office.  Polson Rural Fire Chief Gordon Gieser said 25 firefighters from Polson Rural, Polson City and Chief Cliff fire departments responded and had the fire contained within 30...

Former lifeguard alleges unjust firing, seeks four years of back pay

POLSON — A Polson-area woman has filed a complaint with the 20th Judicial District Court in Polson seeking four years of lost wages and benefits based on alleged wrongful discharge from her job at the Mission Valley Aquatics Center.  In the complaint, DV 17-50, Tristen Flagen said she started w...

Non-partisan group organizes meetings to find solutions to local problems Non-partisan group organizes meetings to find solutions to local problems

RONAN – People gathered to learn how to bring individuals with different points of view together on Tuesday evening in an effort to create positive outcomes for the community. Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged! hosted the event at the Ronan Senior Citizen Center. The group is centered on the i...

Social services help people survive the income gap Social services help people survive the income gap

Caroline Roesch is a single mother with three children living near the Mission Mountain Range in Lake County, and for her, social service programs were there to help keep food on the table when she needed the assistance.   Roesch was a teacher in Utah’s public school system for about a decade w...

Irrigators need signature form for election ballot verification Irrigators need signature form for election ballot verification

ST. IGNATIUS – Several topics were addressed during the Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9, including the CSKT-MT Water Compact, although the most time sensitive topic focused on election ballots. It was said that irrigators should have received an envelope in the mail contai...

PHS teacher is Polson’s new mayor PHS teacher is Polson’s new mayor

By Caleb M. Soptelean Valley Journal POLSON — After teaching about government for 30 years at Polson High School and 37 years overall, Paul Briney is putting it into practice.  He recently replaced Heather Knutson as mayor after he was the only person to file for the seat last year. ...

Third graders learn math skills during week-long ‘boot camp’ Third graders learn math skills during week-long ‘boot camp’

POLSON — Linderman Elementary students love boot camp.  For the second consecutive year, the school’s third-graders completed a week-long math boot camp focused on learning multiplication.  “It’s a week of interactive multiplication games and practicing multiplication ...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

If you were a recent high school graduate and you wanted to go to a mechanical school but were a little short of finances, what would you do? That was Neal Bocksnick in 1969 and he opted for his second choice, to get mechanical training through the military. He avoided the draft with a delayed enlistment in ...

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