Valley Journal
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Mission Valley runaways safe at home Mission Valley runaways safe at home

RONAN — After more than 80 hours in the Mission Mountains, two runaway teens safely returned home last week.  According to a press release, 14-year-old Bailey Speagle and 15-year-old Justin Krahn ran away from home and headed into the Mission Mountain Wilderness the morning of Sept. 23.  Three and a half days later, the pair called home with one simple request; “Can you come get us?” Unknown to the runaways, a major search and rescue operation involving off-duty search and rescue personel, private pilots, several local businesses and offers to help from hundreds of total strangers was well under way. The pair packed camping gear, clothes, food and wat...


County inmate attempts suicide

POLSON — Lake County Jail inmate Richard Davis attempted to hang himself in the Lake County Jail Sept. 25. According to Undersheriff Daniel Yonkin, Davis was being held on a probation violation charge stemming from an original charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. On Sept. 12 at 9:45 a.m...

Police rescue drowning woman Police rescue drowning woman

POLSON — Thanks to the quick response of local law enforcement, a distressed swimmer was safely rescued from the Flathead River last week.  According to a press release, the Polson Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Polson Fire and Polson Ambulance responded to a call Sept. ...

Streetscape needs waste receptacles, funds Streetscape needs waste receptacles, funds

POLSON — With coneflowers, lavender and other native plants growing on the corners of Polson’s Main Street and shiny new benches, waste receptacles and bike racks, the Polson Community Development Agency’s Streetscape Project has made a lot of progress in downtown Polson.  But with ...

Arlee resident dies in wreck

ARLEE — While attempting to help an apparently intoxicated father and son drive home, two good Samaritans ended up in a fatal car accident that killed Arlee resident Mark Francis Felsman Sr.  According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Pfau, 41-year-old Felsman Sr. and his son left the El ...

Pedestrian hit by SUV Pedestrian hit by SUV

SKC professor, students part of Mars Rover team SKC professor, students part of Mars Rover team

PABLO — Mars, the red planet, and Western Montana are literally worlds apart, but Dr. Tim Olson, a Salish Kootenai College physics professor, and two of his students, Noel Stewart, Browning, and Judy Hudgins, Ronan, are helping bridge the gap. They are at the National Aeronautic and Space Administratio...

Koppy, Hertz vie for HD 11 seat Koppy, Hertz vie for HD 11 seat

Greg Hertz, Republican, and Bud Koppy, Democrat, are running for the House District 11 seat in the Montana State Legislature.  A Kyla resident, Koppy (pronounced with a long o) is a 69-year-old widower with five children, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Koppy moved to Montana in 1967 bu...

Read up for reelection Read up for reelection

RONAN — It’s election season in the Mission Valley, and the House District 15 seat is up for grabs.  House District 15 covers the southern end of Lake County, circles around the eastern side of the Mission Mountains in a crescent shape and covers the Blackfeet Reservation in the Browning ...

Polson student wins state competition Polson student wins state competition

POLSON — Fourth-grader Jason Buffington’s poster of an apple tree’s cycle of life won the 2012 Montana Association of Conservation Districts poster contest after first winning the Lake County contest. His bright poster will be entered in the national contest.  “From soil to sp...

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