Valley Journal
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St. Ignatius teen to compete at national tournament St. Ignatius teen to compete at national tournament

ST. IGNATIUS — In 14 years as a shop teacher, St. Ignatius High School’s Matt Young has seen thousands of students learn, grow and excel both as individuals and within their respective trades.  Even so, Young said he’s never had a student place higher than third at the state level.  Until now. St. Ignatius High School junior Ryce Hegwood took home first-place honors at Montana’s Skills USA’s 42nd annual State Leadership and Skills Conference at the MSU-Northern campus April 8-10.  More than 350 students hailing from 35 high schools around the state competed in events ranging from arc welding to basic welding, automotive service techno...


Spring sting: battling yellow jackets, wasps

As the season accelerates, there are increasing reports of “wasps” including yellow jackets and hornets around homes and buildings.  Yellow jackets and their close relative hornets are the most aggressive and are the ones that cause the most problems.  They can be distinguished from bee...

Children learn from elders at River Honoring Children learn from elders at River Honoring

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes celebrated gifts of life, travel and beauty during the 26th annual Lower Flathead River Honoring last week. “A lot of this is in a cultural context,” said CSKT Wildland Recreation Work Project Coordinator Terry Tanner. “Our people, the Sal...

SKC’s first powwow ignites passion, reunites families SKC’s first powwow ignites passion, reunites families

PABLO — As dancers and spectators lined up outside Salish Kootenai College’s gymnasium doors Friday, Spirit of the Bison student organization president ShiNaasha Pete let slip a modest smile.  “I’m proud, but I’m not just proud of myself,” she said. “I’...

Ronan Library District given go-ahead

On Tuesday, May 7, voters cast their ballots for irrigation board members, library trustees and a levy, a fire district levy and school board candidates. Official results of the election from Lake County Election Administration Kathie Newgard indicate the Ronan Library succeeded in passing its bid to beco...

Local Daughters of American Revolution chapter installed Local Daughters of American Revolution chapter installed

NINEPIPES — Installation of the Kuilix Chapter of the Montana Daughters of the American Revolution was held on May 4 at the Ninepipes Lodge. Joy Linn, Montana State DAR Regent, performed the ceremony.  Both the chapter and its members were installed, according to Bonnie Huber, regent of the Kui...

St. Ignatius seeks to fill city positions

ST. IGNATIUS — Between several water system improvement projects, dog and cat licensing and ongoing construction at the St. Ignatius Airport, city council members had much to discuss during last week’s meeting.  Lake County Joint Airport Board Chairman Rick Newman gave the annual airport ...

Mission Valley Power contemplates rate increases

PABLO — Mission Valley Power has proposed a rate increase to go into effect Oct. 1. Other proposed increases are spaced every two years until Oct. 1, 2019.  Projected rate increases from Bonneville Power Administration and PPL Montana are prompting the raise. The extra charges will cover fixed ...

Local entrepreneur wins small business award Local entrepreneur wins small business award

POLSON — A sick baby with Celiac Disease was the reason Rachel Carlyle Edington began her business, Gluten Free Mama Kitchen LLC.  Now Rachel has been in business for six years and recently won the Montana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Week Ass...

SKC gives back through volunteerism SKC gives back through volunteerism

PABLO – To give back to their community, nearly 200 faculty, staff and administration from Salish Kootenai College volunteered in various capacities throughout the reservation last Friday during the college’s annual community service day. The college closes for one day every spring so that sta...

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