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USDA invests $14.5M taxpayer education

News from USDA BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing in two outreach and education efforts for farmers and ranchers, including those who are new to farming or who have been historically underserved by USDA programs. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is investing $10 million for agriculture-oriented taxpayer education as well as $4.5 million in outreach for the Conservation Reserve Program’s Transition Incentives Program (CRP TIP), which helps with access to land for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Both efforts help advance equity and access to USDA programs and agriculture.  

Fire Danger is extreme

News from the CKST Division of Fire RONAN — The Division of Fire officials want to update the public on the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes fire danger.  The Flathead Indian Reservations fire danger is at Extreme. Fuel moistures are low due to high temperatures and low relative humi...

Benefit to be held to support local with medical attention

News from Cassey Kinnamon RONAN — After years of jumping through the right hoops to get to be approved for a specialized gastric bypass, because my mom, Patricia Kinnamon, had a paralyzed stomach, we finally got the procedure done on May 9. They had to cut out the dead pieces of stomach lining and...

Car show, brewfest, art festival converge in Polson Car show, brewfest, art festival converge in Polson

POLSON — A cluster of community events came together over the weekend to get the community outside and supporting good causes.  The Sandpiper Arts Festival celebrated its 51st year on the courthouse lawn this year with 48 new and returning artists filling up over 50 booths for locals to visit.&...

‘The Maverick’ to host grand opening Friday ‘The Maverick’ to host grand opening Friday

POLSON — After a successful opening on June 15, The Maverick men’s clothing store on Main Street invites the community to join them for their official grand opening on Friday, Aug. 19.  Owned by Valley Journal proprietors Boone and Summer Goddard, The Maverick went from idea to reality th...

Ronan man completes ultra-marathon Ronan man completes ultra-marathon

RONAN — The Crazy Mountain Ultra Marathon is the only 100-mile race in Montana and is reputed among runners as one of the most grueling in the country. Fifty-six runners were unable to finish, but of the 73 that did, Mike Adams of Ronan was one.  The Crazy Mountain Ultra starts in Wilsall and e...

Polson seniors for Aug. 17, 2022

POLSON — The Polson Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Lunch is available from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays.  We deliver meals to qualified persons. Call 406-883-4735, Email:, or visit us at 504 Third Ave. E. Cool your heels here. Volunteer d...

Community rallies to help with Elmo Fire response Community rallies to help with Elmo Fire response

LAKE COUNTY — As the Elmo fire continues to impact many in the county, several ways for the community to help firefighters and those evacuated have become available.  Evacuation orders at time of writing affect Camp Tuffit/West Shore Road, while residents of Chief Cliff Lane, Black Lake Road, B...

Community-wide active shooter drill to be held

News from Providence Medical Center POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and partnering Lake County agencies, Polson High School, law enforcement, Emergency Medical Services and others will participate in a community-wide active shooter training simulation on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m....

State of the Tribes discusses impact of climate change on forest fires State of the Tribes discusses impact of climate change on forest fires

“There is going to be a lot more fire on the landscape,” said Tribal Chairman Tom McDonald, who delivered the annual State of the Tribes address last Wednesday to the Polson Chamber of Commerce. He spoke as two fires were blistering the Flathead Reservation – one of which has consumed at le...

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