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Lake County election ballots rolling in, due Nov. 3 Lake County election ballots rolling in, due Nov. 3

LAKE COUNTY – Nervous about the security of Lake County’s first all-mail general election? A visit to the election office in the county courthouse should help allay those fears.  The small space is humming these days with voters dropping off ballots under the watchful eye of a county deputy while others vote in person at a handful of booths. Three seats are set aside for poll watchers, one per party. The rest of the office houses workers and apparatus poised to process ballots for the Nov. 3 election.  Since most of Lake County’s elections are mail-in affairs, including last June’s primary, election administrator Katie Harding (who transitions to cler...


New Lake County clerk, recorder appointed, new election administrator hired New Lake County clerk, recorder appointed, new election administrator hired

LAKE COUNTY – Katie Harding steps into her new role as interim Lake County Clerk and Recorder Oct. 28, when the county commissioners make her appointment official.  She replaces Paula Holle, who retired recently after 31 years in county government. Harding also occupies an office once held by h...

Suicide Prevention Hotline 9-8-8 signed into law

News from the Office of Senator Tester   U.S. SENATE — Critical mental health resources will be more accessible than ever for folks in crisis following the signing of U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s bipartisan National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 into law.  “Nobody sh...

Researchers harness computer science for treating opioid addiction

MONTANA — Augmented reality, in which digital data is blended with sensory experience via a special headset or similar technology, has been used to train surgeons, to help fighter pilots navigate and to entertain the masses with video games like Pokémon Go. Now, researchers at Montana State Univ...

Flathead County draws COVID enforcement Flathead County draws COVID enforcement

MONTANA — After encouraging local governments to more aggressively enforce public health orders including a statewide mask mandate, Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday, Oct. 22, that the state is pursuing enforcement measures against businesses in Flathead County that have repeatedly flouted health mandat...

St. Ignatius seniors for Oct. 28, 2020

ST. IGNATIUS — It has been cold outside, and I hope everyone is staying warm.   Menu for the week:   —  Friday, Oct. 30: stir fry with rice, Asian slaw, fruit, rolls, brownies —  Tuesday, Nov. 3: chicken tacos with fixings, Mexican salad with beans, fruit, Jell-...

Polson seniors for Oct. 28, 2020

POLSON  — We are open with masks and social distancing, but we cannot guarantee your safety from COVID-19. Use your best judgment before participating in activities or meals. We are in dire need of lunch delivery drivers. You do not need to be a senior. One day a week for about one hour is all ...

Boys and Girls Club opens second facility in Lake County Boys and Girls Club opens second facility in Lake County

POLSON – When kids flew off the first bus parked in front of Polson’s brand new Boys and Girls Club on Monday, they opened doors to “a dream come true,” says executive director Aric Cooksley.  “For me personally, the biggest thing is that we, as adults within this commun...

COVID-19 numbers surge in Lake County

Lake County has posted its highest number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began last spring. As of Sunday, the county posted 179 active cases, up 25 from Friday, with two deaths since the pandemic began.  The uptick mirrors an increase in coronavirus infections across the state that has many hea...

Candidates answer question two weeks before ballot count begins Candidates answer question two weeks before ballot count begins

With Election Day less than two weeks away, the Valley Journal wraps up its coverage with brief profiles of three uncontested local races: District Judge James Manley, who is running unopposed for another six-year term; Republican Greg Hertz, who is running unopposed for Senate District 6, the seat currently...

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