Valley Journal
Valley Journal
President’s son visits Ronan with election candidates President’s son visits Ronan with election candidates

RONAN – General elections usually don’t get as much buzz, but this year, the election has the potential to tip the Republican held majority in the United States Senate, possibly putting a new Speaker of the House on the podium if Demorcats take the majority. With so much on the line, big names on both sides are campaigning across the state to encourage people to get out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. On Saturday, the Republican party brought a celebrity caravan to the Ronan Community Center including Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle. They traveled on a two-day bus tour across the state with Senate candidate Matt Rosendale and U....


Polson city manager, engineer, attorney resign

POLSON – The City of Polson will be searching for a new city manager after former City Manager Mark Shrives’ contract ended on Oct. 29. When a vote to renew Shrives’ two-year employment contract failed during a Monday meeting, the Polson City Commission voted five to one to amend the con...

Ronan Police consider crosswalk safety Ronan Police consider crosswalk safety

The Ronan Police Department is always striving to work together with the citizens of Ronan to create a safe community in which to visit, live, work and raise a family. We would like to remind the public of some safety tips when it comes to crosswalks and let the public know that the Ronan Police Departmen...

Arlee hillside catches fire Arlee hillside catches fire

ARLEE – A timber fire moved up a draw among the rolling hills on the northeast side of town, near Dumontier Road, on Tuesday, Oct. 23. C.T. Camel, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ fire information officer, said the 114-acre fire developed after a debris and grass fire got away from a citi...

Indian taco feed encourages voter participation Indian taco feed encourages voter participation

ARLEE – In Lake County, where many live far from their polling places, community organizers are encouraging people to return absentee ballots by making it a bit easier. The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes’ Get Out the Vote campaign partnered with Montana Native Vote to hold voter participa...

SAFE Harbor honors local heroes SAFE Harbor honors local heroes

Every town has local heroes. Annually, SAFE Harbor, in celebration of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, seeks nominations for ”heroes” who have in the last year helped to address violence issues within the region. Nominees are reviewed, and a final list of community honorees is selected...

Halloween events provide weekend fun Halloween events provide weekend fun

POLSON – Scores of spooky characters got together for weekend Halloween festivities, including a foot race and carnival. On Saturday, people dressed up to attend the carnival hosted by the KwaTaqNuk Resort & Casino and Together As One (a suicide prevention program). During the event, more tha...

I-185 would raise tobacco tax to expand Medicaid coverage I-185 would raise tobacco tax to expand Medicaid coverage

Montana smokers could be on the hook for an additional $2 per pack if ballot Initiative 185 passes. The tobacco industry is shelling out big bucks in hopes it won’t happen. It’s a big reason your mailbox is stuffed this election season with flyers arguing its pros and cons. The initiative&rsqu...

Tester hopes mix of D.C. politics, Montana authenticity will win re-election Tester hopes mix of D.C. politics, Montana authenticity will win re-election

Jon Tester worked his way down a row of eager union members, shaking hands as he went. His battered pair of dusty cowboy boots was a sharp contrast with the button-up dress shirt. Even his outfit sends the message that he is both a politician and a farmer. He’s counting on his homesteader history to se...

Clerk’s job emerges as unlikely Supreme Court fight

Decisions about the U.S. Supreme Court have turned into an intense partisan battle in Washington, but in Montana the only contested race for the state’s high court is for the job of clerk. Three candidates are in the running for the seat. Rex Renk is a Democrat who has worked as the deputy clerk for...

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