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Attorney general launches national strategy to address MMIP

News from the United States Department of Justice  Attorney General William P. Barr launched a national strategy to address missing and murdered Native Americans. The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative places MMIP coordinators in 11 U.S. Attorney’s offices who will develop protocols for a more coordinated law enforcement response to missing cases.   The plan also calls for the deployment of the FBI’s most advanced response capabilities when needed, improved data collection and analysis and training to support local response efforts.  Barr made the announcement during a visit to the Flathead Reservation in Montana, home of the Confederate...


Thanksgiving race winners get turkey Thanksgiving race winners get turkey

POLSON — Crisp temperatures greeted more than 145 runners, joggers and walkers who got up early Thursday to pre-burn a few of those Thanksgiving calories during the annual Turkey Trot 5K. Over the past 12 years, the annual Thanksgiving Day tradition hosted by Polson Running has raised and donated ne...

Thanksgiving dinners fill plates, hearts around Lake County Thanksgiving dinners fill plates, hearts around Lake County

The spirit of Thanksgiving was in full display Thursday throughout the Mission Valley as community volunteers delivered and served more than 1,000 free meals during the annual community Thanksgiving dinners in Polson, Ronan and St. Ignatius.  More than 200 volunteers made the day possible. Between co...

Get ready for some Celtic Christmas cheer with the Gothard Sisters Get ready for some Celtic Christmas cheer with the Gothard Sisters

RONAN – The international touring trio, The Gothard Sisters, are bringing their Celtic Christmas Show to the Ronan Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The show, presented by the non-profit community organization, Mission Valley Live, starts at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $15 at the door. Sin...

valley voices - real people; real opinions for Dec. 4, 2019

“Our Montana family, small as though they be, worth way more than [a] city of strangers.” - Jay Teague “My Friends.”  - Ashlee Peterson “Family.”  - Carrie Pichler “Family.” - Audrey Blood “Hunting Season.” - Brianna...

Popular Ronan bar, grill back in business Popular Ronan bar, grill back in business

RONAN – More than three and a half years ago, a fire tore through the Pheasant Lounge and filled the building with water and heavy smoke. The business was forced to close, and the building was torn down.  Owner Lori Grenier has rebuilt her business in the same location and renamed it The Bird B...

Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact

MONTANA — Through two top cabinet officials, the Trump administration has signaled its support for a proposed settlement of the reserved water right claims of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.  First in a Nov. 18 letter from U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to Montana S...

Polson City Commission approves sale of surplus equipment

POLSON – The City of Polson has a few things for sale and has a contract with a recruiting firm to find a new manager.  The city will sell fire and street maintenance equipment it no longer uses. The street department will be getting rid of a flush truck, a street sweeper and a sander box. The ...

US Attorney General Barr arrives in Pablo, visits Bison Range US Attorney General Barr arrives in Pablo, visits Bison Range

PABLO  – United States Attorney General William Barr began his day with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes by stopping at a scenic overlook outside the National Bison Range Friday morning.  While visiting with tribal staff and viewing a small herd through a field scope, Barr discu...

Invasive feral swine pose potential disaster in Montana Invasive feral swine pose potential disaster in Montana

MONTANA – Farming and hunting are two of the defining qualities of Montana. For decades, hunters and landowners have worked together to maintain our public wildlife, our working agricultural lands, and our outdoor heritage. Landowners know hunters are the best management tool for wildlife; hunters appr...

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