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Salish Kootenai College awards 250 diplomas to graduates Salish Kootenai College awards 250 diplomas to graduates

By Rob Zolman                                         Valley Journal About 250 students at the Salish Kootenai College turned their tassels during the school’s commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon, June 8, at the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center in Pablo. Wilbert Michel Sr. and Linda King led the graduates in the grand entry as Yamncut Drum group played an honor song. Tony Incashola Sr., director of the Salish Pend d’ Oreille Culture Committee, led the invocation. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council member Dennis Clairmont welcomed the graduates along w...


Polson graduates accept $1M in scholarships Polson graduates accept $1M in scholarships

POLSON – Six valedictorians took to the stage during the Polson High School graduation ceremony on Sunday afternoon, including Keyan Dalbey, Beatrix Frissell, Ashlee Howell, Makauly Morrison, Abigail Raymond and Lauren Vergeront.   They were each given three minutes to speak and talked about th...

Montana Food Bank Network receives award

News from the Montana Food Bank Network  On June 5, 2019, in Washington DC, Elizabeth Weaver, SNAP outreach coordinator at the Montana Food Bank Network accepted the 2019 Mary Ruth Herbers SNAP Outreach Award presented by Feeding America. With the recent state budget cuts in Montana that forced ...

Jocko Valley Library’s Summer Reading Program begins  ARLEE — The Jocko Valley Library’s summer reading program is free for all ages and runs from June 11- Aug. 6. Events are on Tuesdays, (June 11, 18, 25; July 9, 16, 23, 30, and Aug. 6 - finale), from 9:30-11 a.m. Register with a...

Valley Journal subscription drive underway

LAKE COUNTY – A subscription drive for the Valley Journal, your homegrown newspaper, is currently underway. The Journal will transition from a free to a paid newspaper on July 3. The July 3 issue will be the first to be mailed to new subscribers. The newspaper will cost $1.25 at newsstands but is avail...

Ronan High School students make memories Ronan High School students make memories

RONAN – Sixty-five graduates earned diplomas from Ronan High School for 2019. The commencement ceremony was held on Sunday afternoon at the school.  Three students picked up high honors this year. Valedictorian Kara Holmlund encouraged people to live in the moment during her speech. Co-salutato...

Three Charlo valedictorians take the stage Three Charlo valedictorians  take the stage

CHARLO – Charlo High School held their 2019 graduation commencement on Sunday afternoon in the school’s gymnasium.  This year a trio of valedictorians addressed the graduating class and crowd of well-wishers. Co-valedictorians Taylor Olsen and Allie Delaney delivered messages of encourage...

Ronan firefighters respond to vehicle fire at store Ronan firefighters respond to vehicle fire at store

RONAN – Giles Gordon didn’t expect his day to get smoking hot on Monday, June 3. He was simply going to the grocery store and ended up visiting with firefighters and a police officer in the grocery store parking lot. During the noon hour, he got into his 2000 Ford Explorer and drove north, abo...

St. Ignatius graduates encouraged to find diamonds St. Ignatius graduates encouraged to find diamonds

ST. IGNATIUS – Thirty-three students were awarded diplomas at St. Ignatius High School on Saturday afternoon. Dan Durglo gave the graduation address this year and challenged the graduates to cultivate the elements of their lives as if they were diamonds. He explained that it takes work to create a f...

Community wide outbreak of Pertussis emerges Community wide outbreak of Pertussis emerges

LAKE COUNTY – While a vaccination usually prevents whooping cough, there have been 19 confirmed cases of the respiratory illness in recent weeks. School children at St. Ignatius High School, St. Ignatius Elementary School, St. Ignatius Head Start, and Arlee Elementary School have contracted the illness...

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