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Victor Charlo publishes second poetry book Victor Charlo publishes second poetry book

CHARLO – Victor Charlo, 80, listened to a round of applause after reading from his second book “Dirty Corner and Other Poems” to an audience at the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana on Saturday afternoon, but he later said he traded something for his success as a poet. It all started when he discovered writing as a small boy. He really liked the idea of it. He started “scribbling” on pieces of paper, literally scribbling. He didn’t know the alphabet at this age. He took those pieces of paper and put them in a tin can that he buried out behind the root cellar around his home in Evaro. He doesn’t remember why he needed to put the pages in the groun...


Journalism matters because democracy matters Journalism matters because democracy matters

An in-depth newspaper investigation revealed that a state-operated home for aged military veterans was providing sub-standard care and that taxpayer money that was to go to improve the home was spent elsewhere. The result was the replacement of the state’s veterans secretary and numerous corrections at...

Neighbors on call: Haiti may offer window to Montana’s healthcare future Neighbors on call: Haiti may offer window to Montana’s healthcare future

This is the first part of a three-part story on the role of community health workers in rural health care from the Montana Gap project. Part one: What’s working abroad? In rural Haiti, locals trained as community health workers help mentally ill neighbors where full-fledged physicians are few and far ...

Pirate Pride on display during homecoming Pirate Pride on display during homecoming

POLSON – A week of homecoming activities at Polson High School culminated Friday night with the crowning of Wyatt Goode and Olivia Perez as the homecoming king and queen. Goode and Perez were surrounded by members of the homecoming court, the Pirate Marching Band and hundreds of cheering fans as the...

School helps with community project School helps with community project

RONAN – This past week, Ronan High School clubs and sports members helped lay sod for the new Boys and Girls Club facility. It took only a few hours with so many helping hands working together, including volleyball, football, cross-country, Technology Students Association, National Honor Society and th...

St. Ignatius seniors for Oct. 10, 2018

ST. IGNATIUS — Thanks fall. My muffin top is now a pumpkin roll. We are having our indoor yard sale from Wednesday, Oct. 10, until Saturday, Oct. 13. It runs each day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with a bake sale on Friday, Oct. 12. All donations are greatly appreciated. The food pantry is in need of volu...

Ronan seniors for Aug. 10, 2018

RONAN — Our nights are getting colder and reminding us that winter will soon be upon us. I am not sure that I am ready for the changes but I guess it will come whether I am ready or not.  There are several things coming up at the Ronan Senior Center. On Thursday, Oct. 11, the monthly evening me...

Polson seniors for Aug. 10, 2018

POLSON — In Charles Dickens' kitchen, his spice rack included the best of thymes and the worst of thymes. The veterans’ representative will be here once again on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m.-noon. Also on Oct. 16, Clara will teach her AARP Safe Driving Class from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with a brea...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

There are a lot of different reasons for joining the military. When in high school, Jim Pettit took the opportunity through the 1973 CETA program (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) to work with the Ronan, Montana Police Department. Things weren’t good at home, and deciding he liked law enforce...

St. Ignatius farmers market hosts garlic festival St. Ignatius farmers market hosts garlic festival

By Karen Peterson / Valley Journal  People filled the Good Old Days Park to celebrate all things garlic on a cool Friday evening with old-style music playing, soft firefly-like lights glowing, and fresh produce displayed in abundance. The Mission Falls Market organizers hosted the event. As market...

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