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Bullock welcomes MT students, educators back to school

News from Governor Steve Bullock  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock released the following statement to welcome Montana students and educators back to school. “As Lisa and I send our three kids back to school, I know that Montanans all across the state share the same excitement for the year ahead and the same pride in our public schools for opening the doors of opportunity to all students,” said Governor Bullock. “Whether you’re a teacher, a student, a parent, a coach, or a crosswalk guard, I wish everyone another successful school year. Montana’s kids are remarkable, and I can’t wait to see what dreams and bold ideas they have in store ...


Wildfire season slow this year due to weather, human caution

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – In recent years, Mission Valley residents have come to expect a thick blanket of smoke covering the region by late August.  This year’s blue skies are courtesy of a reduced number of human-started fires and timely precipitation, according to C.T. Camel, who is the C...

Polson Rural Fire District receives funds for new equipment Polson Rural Fire District receives funds for new equipment

POLSON – Polson Rural Fire membership representatives presented a check to the Polson Rural Fire District Friday morning to help purchase a new 2,500-gallon tactical tender truck recently added to the district’s firefighting fleet. A press statement released by the Polson Rural Fire Membership...

DOJ task force meets for second time DOJ task force meets for second time

MONTANA – The Montana Department of Justice’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force held its second meeting in Great Falls on Saturday, Aug. 10, and Montana Free Press founder John S. Adams interviewed task force members Deputy Attorney General Melissa Schlichting and Ellie Bundy McLeod of the Co...

St. Ignatius Seniors for Sept. 4, 2019

By Betsy Corbitt for the Valley Journal ST. IGNATIUS — Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Our center is still looking for a delivery person to deliver Meals-On-Wheels on Tuesdays and Fridays. The qualified person must have a valid driver’s license and current vehicl...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

On June 10, 1969, John Noel was on a bus to Butte, Montana, courtesy of an invitation letter from the President. He was inducted into the Army on June 11 and immediately shipped out by bus to Fort Ord, California. John looked around when he got off the bus and thought, “Wow, this isn’t going to b...

Ronan Harvest Festival approaches Ronan Harvest Festival approaches

By Mary Auld for the Valley Journal RONAN – Hay bales decorated as superheroes will likely begin cropping up around the area as the date of the annual Ronan Harvest Festival approaches. This year's celebration will be held Sept. 21 behind Ronan’s Chamber of Commerce building.  A hay ba...

Fresh Fresh

Tomatoes are ripe, zucchinis are plentiful and cucumbers are waiting to be pickled. After a relatively cold, wet growing season, local farmers have fruits and vegetables to show for their work. Farmers markets across the county are the place for locals to sample the Mission Valley's bounty. The Polson Far...

Community comes together to celebrate children, school Community comes together to celebrate children, school

POLSON – Several community groups and local businesses offered students and their families an opportunity to combine summer fun along with preparation for the upcoming school year on Saturday with a Day of Hope back-to-school wellness fair. The event was located in downtown Polson on Third Avenue We...

Commission approves changes to development code

POLSON – The city commission approved two staff-recommended changes to the Polson Development Code and denied another during the last meeting. A state-mandated change to subdivision regulations related to agricultural use was the first update. They also passed a city-staff recommended addition to...

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