Valley Journal
Cierra Dougherty and Karl Daniels play banker in a career fair at St. Ignatius High School.

ST. IGNATIUS – When the “real world” arrives, it might hit hard.  “It was like a slap in the face when you had to give 30 percent of your $500 to taxes,” junior Amanda Andres said as she worked through career day at St. Ignatius High School last week.  The event required students to undergo an elaborate replication of what their first years of post-grad life will likely entail, including tough choices about career paths and needs versus wants.  Students filled out a job application prior to the event. The application was scored and students then underwent a mock job interview that was also evaluated. From there, participants lined up for...


Blasting caps shut down dump Blasting caps shut down dump

ARLEE — An illegally dumped, tangled mess of unexploded blasting caps, forced the temporary closure of the North Valley Creek Container site on April 2.  The first batch of caps were found by staff in a dumpster at the site on April 1, according to Lake County Solid Waste Manager Mark Nelson. T...

Kick Butts kids clean up cigarette butts Kick Butts kids clean up cigarette butts

 POLSON — Trash is a fact of life, and cigarette butts nestle in gutters, around doors and in shrubs around Polson.  But to commemorate Kick Butts Day on March 19, Dennis Johnson, Youth Tobacco Education Coordinator, and his youth group picked up the butts, using disposable gloves. Johnson...

High school students support Magazines for Troops High school students support Magazines for Troops

News from Magazines for Troops RONAN — The Ronan High School National Honor Society and the Polson High School Key Club have been helping raise funds for Magazines for Troops for the past several years through service projects, fundraisers/donations, and magazine drives. They have “adopted&rdq...

Lieutenant Governor McLean visits, plays in Arlee Lieutenant Governor McLean visits, plays in Arlee

ARLEE – Fifth grader Shannon Haworth watched with surprise as Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean walked into her classroom last Thursday. “It blows my mind that you are here,” she said. Shannon thought her teacher was joking about the visit.  “Yesterday was April Fools&rs...

Swan Hill Bed and Breakfast welcomes guests Swan Hill Bed and Breakfast welcomes guests

  Swan Hill Bed and Breakfast bills itself as “the perfect blend of Southern hospitality and Northwestern comfort.”  Innkeepers Kimberly and Donald Walker are the main reasons for both the southern hospitality and the Northwestern comfort. They moved to the Polson area from Housto...

Company offers credit processing alternative Company offers credit processing alternative

MISSION VALLEY – There is generally very little business owners can do to lower the cost of accepting credit and debit cards. The bulk of the charges are called interchange fees and are assessed on a per swipe basis by national mega-conglomerates that face little regulation from the U.S. government.&nb...

Tibbles open Polson real estate office Tibbles open Polson real estate office

A love of Montana and a heart for the Polson community prompted Carol and Tom Tibbles to open a Polson office of Clearwater Montana Properties at 201 Main Street, right on the southeast corner of Main Street and Highway 93.  “Location, location, location,” Carol said of the visible office...

Murdoch’s opens in Polson Murdoch’s opens in Polson

POLSON — What’s not to love about a store that encourages a shopper to bring friendly dogs to the store, and posts goofy farm jokes on its website?    Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply is this store. The store opened in Polson March 27 at 170 Heritage Lane, in the building previo...

Bears are emerging, hungry

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — While it may still feel like winter, some bears have emerged from winter hibernation and very few natural bear foods are available.  Stacy Courville, Tribal Wildlife Program Bear Biologist, reminds the public that springtime on the Flathead Reservation, with its warmer te...

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