Valley Journal
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Complaints against JP winner dismissed

The Lake County Justice of the Peace race was unusual this year as 12 candidates threw their hats in the ring. Former Justice of the Peace Chuck Wall resigned after the primary election, opening the position to candidates.  Arlee Attorney Joey Jayne, won with 2,142 votes, and Rick Schoening was second with 1,993 votes. After the election, three complaints were lodged against Jayne with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices. All three claimed Jayne violated Montana Code Annotated 13-35-211, an electioneering law.  The statute says, “A person may not do any electioneering on Election Day within any polling place or any building in which an election is being ...


Juneau, Welch race headed for recount

Former Ronan High School Principal Sandy Welch, who finished second to Denise Juneau in the race for Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, plans to request a recount.  After Montana’s election canvass on Nov. 27, Welch had five days to request a recount. To qualify for a recount, an ele...

Retired Ronan teachers honored Retired Ronan teachers honored

Former Ronan educators Jim and Cathy Gillhouse were recognized on Oct. 28 as distinguished educators and inducted into the Educator’s Hall of Fame by their alma mater, Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. The recognition took place during homecoming ceremonies.   Jim was a teacher in Ronan fo...

Live auction wraps up public TV fundraiser

The very popular KSKC live on-air auction will wrap up Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. The 15th annual KSKC live auction with Rudy King as auctioneer continues to grow. Viewers can call in bids, and people are welcome to come to the campus at SKC in Pablo to participate in-person. The auction will be held...

Art gallery to open in Mission Art gallery to open in Mission

MISSION — One doesn’t have to stray far from home on the Flathead Reservation to find outstanding works of art. Amateur and professional sculptors, painters, carvers, welders and masons from all walks of life call the area home, but sadly, few have an outlet to showcase these incredible works of ...

PHS travels to Libby for speech competition

LIBBY — Polson forensics teams competed at the Libby Invitational Speech and Drama Meet on Saturday, Dec. 1. Polson High School placers included: Kylie Koberg, Memorized Public Address, third   Eryn McGinnis and Camila Graf, Humorous Duo Acting, fourth  Tommy Mercer, Lincoln-Dougl...

Ronan woman makes life-saving investment Ronan woman makes life-saving investment

RONAN — According to Mission Valley resident Jane Winkley, women living in rural Montana often have a difficult time gaining access to preventative medical care like ultrasounds and mammograms. Some live nearly 250 miles from the nearest hospital and simply do not have the means to travel the distance ...

Christmas play lives up to its name Christmas play lives up to its name

Think of every rotten kid you knew in school:  the tripper, the booger-flicker, the slugger or the bully.  The Herdmans are all those kids rolled into one nasty family. They are characters in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” playing this weekend at the John Dowdall Theatre. It&r...

Share the Spirit makes Christmas brighter Share the Spirit makes Christmas brighter

A little girl, about 4 years old, came into Share the Spirit with her mother several years ago. The child wandered into the toy room, and she was “in total awe of a whole box of crayons, not just one or two, but an entire box of colors, which she had never seen before,” remembered Toni Krebsbach ...

Clean-up makes happy neighbors Clean-up makes happy neighbors

POLSON — With Christmas coming soon, community members are putting up lights and decorations and thinking about shopping.  Even though holiday cheer is making people smile more, Polson Police Chief Wade Nash has had several complaints about parked vehicles full of garbage or garbage piled in fr...

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