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Sexual assault survivors honored Sexual assault survivors honored

PABLO – About a dozen women and men stood up to give survivors of sexual assault a voice during the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council’s quarterly meeting on Friday. The event coincides with the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is held in April. It started in the 1970s as a protest against sexual assault and grew across the nation to support survivors, share resources, and prevent sexual assault, done primarily by refocusing the accountability on the individual who committed the sexual abuse, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. CSKT victim’s assistance groups organized a protest event, which is now an annual event, th...


Cherry mildew discussed at annual meeting Cherry mildew discussed at annual meeting

YELLOW BAY — Local cherry growers heard about cherry powdery mildew on Saturday. Claudia Probst, a research associate at Washington State University- Prosser, spoke about the fungus before the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, Inc. Probst said the mildew is unique to the Pacific Northwest, and mildew...

5-year-old awarded for bravery 5-year-old awarded for bravery

POLSON – The Lake County E911 Dispatch service recently recognized five-year-old Karen Hess for her extraordinary bravery and presence of mind during an emergency. Dispatchers arrived at Karen’s Polson Head Start pre-school class on Thursday, April 6, to present her with a plaque, a meal certi...

‘Wrapped in Hope’ project receives public health award ‘Wrapped in Hope’ project receives public health award

Hope has come a long way in a year. The program, which seeks to assist mothers and their babies from the impact of drug addiction, had its first client in May 2016. The medical professionals involved in the program and others took time to reflect last week during a luncheon at the Lake County Public He...

And then there were none And then there were none

Neal and Karen Lewing reported in for the second week of the Port Polson Players’ production of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery to find the theatre’s highway sign lying in pieces, due to this past Friday’s wind storm. “Amazingly, the letters stayed put in their track,” re...

Flight Check Flight Check

  A group of bird watchers lift their binoculars to look out over a pond at the scenic pullout south of Ronan along U.S. Highway 93 on Saturday, eyeing various species, enjoying the spring weather. “It looks like we’ve got ducks,” Pat Jamieson said. She leads the group through a ...

Legislative update: some bills moving forward, others tabled Legislative update: some bills moving forward, others tabled

HELENA — With the 2017 legislative session halfway over, the Valley Journal looks at the progress of some notable pieces of legislation. SB 305 would allow counties across the state to conduct mail-in balloting for the May 25 special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, who resigned to b...

Vines, grapes, wine, fun Vines, grapes, wine, fun

POLSON — One thing was obvious at last weekend’s third annual Montana Grape and Winery Association Conference: those in the burgeoning industry enjoy it. “There is something mystical about it,” said Polson resident and winemaker Larry Robertson. “There’s a satisfaction ...

Wrecks leave one dead, others injured Wrecks leave one dead, others injured

LAKE COUNTY — A series of crashes caused several injuries and one death along U.S. Highway 93 within a 24-hour period last week. A male was killed in a rollover wreck late Thursday evening north of Arlee. Jiry Mayo Hammond, 39 of Anchorage, Alaska, was ejected when the vehicle he was traveling in dr...

Anti-AIS bill passes Senate, heads to House Anti-AIS bill passes Senate, heads to House

State Sen. Chas Vincent, R-Libby, is doing his best to prevent mussels from infesting the Columbia River Basin. Vincent filed a bill, SB 363, at the “11th hour” in order to fund mussel prevention efforts in the state. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks earlier this year requested $10.2 millio...

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