Valley Journal
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William Flesch’s cause of death released

PABLO — The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed 48-year-old Mission Valley resident William Harvey Flesch died as a result of suicide by hanging. Two children discovered Flesch in an undeveloped wooded area in Pablo on Nov. 3 shortly after 10:30 a.m. The scene was processed by law enforcement officers and Flesch’s remains were transported to the state crime lab in Missoula for identification. The remains were identified by dental records. According to a press release, Flesch was reported missing in July. At the time, law enforcement officials believed he had left the area. Lake County Undersheriff Dan Yonkin said he has no reason to suspect foul play ...


Polson manager’s contract not renewed

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners voted not to renew Polson City Manager Todd Crossett’s contract at their Dec. 3 meeting. Crossett’s contract requires that the commission notify him six months before the June 15 contract renewal date if they intend not to renew.  The vote was ...

St. Ignatius set to adopt several new ordinances

MISSION — Mission’s city council is set to adopt several new city ordinances in the coming months.  The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, an amendment to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act of 1988, requires local governments to adopt a pre-disaster mitigation plan so ...

Old time logging works for St. Ignatius man Old time logging works for St. Ignatius man

Bess, a 10-year-old Belgian mare, charges up the hill, dragging a log to the burn pile, guided by David Sturman at the reins. Sturman, 56, first hand-logged portions of the 44-acre piece of ground, then brought in just Bess, although he usually uses a team, to skid the logs and clear the brush away. &ldqu...

Gift tree brightens holidays for young cancer patient Gift tree brightens holidays for young cancer patient

POLSON — It’s truly “home for the holidays” for Cole Jene Whitworth. The kindergartner, 6, missing his front teeth and with an infectious grin, has been at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Wash., finishing up a course of radiation.  Cole was diagnosed with...

Toys for Tots gives big to Flathead Reservation Toys for Tots gives big to Flathead Reservation

MISSION VALLEY — While Christmas is a time for family, friends, gifts and wonderful food, perhaps the most important aspect of the holiday is the tradition of caring for those around you. A perfect example of this philanthropic spirit can be found in the Hellroaring Detachment’s annual Toys for T...

Polson youngster designs CSKT Christmas card Polson youngster designs CSKT Christmas card

PABLO — Pine trees, a man in a buffalo hat in front of his teepee, a bald eagle, a hide drying and, not to be forgotten, Santa flying over the Mission Mountains on a starlit night — all these elements combined in clear, bright colors on Jackson Seifert’s drawing. With markers, colored pe...

Bazaar benefits ‘Spirit of the Bison’ powwow Bazaar benefits ‘Spirit of the Bison’ powwow

PABLO — The “Knotty Boys,” Joey Kipp and Jace Matt, tied yards of parachute cord into 50 bracelets and countless keychains for the Spirit of the Bison bazaar on Dec. 9.  Beadwork, birdhouses, Christmas cupcakes, braids of sweetgrass and bundles of white sage and jars of brightly colore...

City manager’s contract not renewed

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners voted not to renew Polson City Manager Todd Crossett's contract at their Dec. 3 meeting. Crossett’s contract requires that the commission notify him six months before the June 15 contract date if they intend not to renew. The vote was close, at fo...

Whitetail population up, wolf harvest down Whitetail population up, wolf harvest down

As the 2012 hunting season drew to a close, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials were hopeful that whitetail deer populations may be on the rise.  “We’re cautiously optimistic that the whitetail deer population is increasing again in our area of northwest Montana,” said FWP co...

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