Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Latest Headlines

Current Events

Special Sections

What's New?

Send us your news items.

NOTE: All submissions are subject to our Submission Guidelines.

Announcement Forms

Use these forms to send us announcements.

Birth Announcement
Engagement Announcement
Wedding Announcement
Locals show their stuff at Mission Mountain Rodeo Locals show their stuff at Mission Mountain Rodeo

By Rob Zolman              Valley Journal POLSON – The Mission Mountain Rodeo wrapped up 79 years of high-energy action Saturday evening, drawing in cowboy and cowgirl competitors from as far away as Canada, Idaho and Wyoming. The National Rodeo Association sanctioned event began Friday evening at the Polson Fairgrounds Less Baldwin Arena with rough stock provided by Big Circle Rodeo. On Friday evening, rodeo fans danced the night away to the music of Miller Campbell as she performed her new song titled “Sweet Whiskey.” Junior breakaway competitor Ryle Lytle of Ronan wowed the crowd with an impressive 2.9-second roping of his ...


Coast Guard Auxiliary uses education, inspections to keep Montana waters safe Coast Guard Auxiliary uses education, inspections to keep Montana waters safe

MELITA ISLAND – With the nearest ocean nearly 600 miles away, many Montanans are surprised to learn that the U.S. Coast Guard patrols the waters here in Montana. “We are trying to create an awareness that the U.S. Coast Guard actually exists in Montana,” said U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary P...

Chiseled Art Chiseled Art

RONAN – The sounds of blaring, buzzing chainsaws and power tools filled the air in Ronan over the weekend during the inaugural Mission Valley Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous, held at the Lake County Fairgrounds. With wood chips flying all about, onlookers gathered during the four-day extravaganza to wat...

Polson Police Department praises community for generosity Polson Police Department praises community for generosity

POLSON – The city council meeting was filled with the remarkable generosity of the Polson community.  First, Polson Police Chief and Interim City Manager Wade Nash presented two Special Olympic teams with donation money raised from the Polson Police Tip-A-Cop event hosted at Pizza Hut.   K...

Community supports firefighters Community supports firefighters

ST. IGNATIUS – One of the newest volunteer firefighters with the St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department was selling tickets for raffle items at this year’s fundraising picnic on Saturday.  Amanda Rice said she recently became a volunteer firefighter with the department because her grandfa...

Agility competition creates dog-gone fun Agility competition creates dog-gone fun

POLSON – After already racking up a handful of purple qualifying and first-place blue ribbons, a saddleback border collie named Tickle closed out the second day of competition during the agility event with a flawless run and a well-deserved snack.  The event was held at the Milliron Arena in Po...

Circus fills fairgrounds to support SAFE Harbor Circus fills fairgrounds to support SAFE Harbor

RONAN – From Francis the Lion to Leo the Clown, it was old-fashioned one-ring circus fun Saturday afternoon as the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus entertained the Mission Valley under the bigtop at the Lake County Fairgrounds.  SAFE Harbor sponsored the circus this year as a “FUN rais...

Ronan hosts sold out crab fest Ronan hosts sold out crab fest

RONAN – Who can resist a dinner of all-you-can-eat fresh snow crab legs, melted butter, a generous bowl of baked beans, salad and bread? Apparently, the more than 325 guests at this year’s annual all-you-can-eat Crab Fest could not. “This is pretty awesome,” said festival goer Dot ...

Revitalizing tradition: annual Salish culture camp sees high turnout Revitalizing tradition: annual Salish culture camp sees high turnout

ST. IGNATIUS – “That’s the biggest family picture,” an onlooker said as the attendees at the 2019 Salish Language and Culture Camp gathered for a group photo.  The last day of the weeklong day camp had the feeling of a family reunion. People of all ages gathered in small group...

Young minds explore art, science during annual camp Young minds explore art, science during annual camp

Benjamin Matt, 11, moved a paintbrush across his paper, adding color to the praying mantis he was creating on a large sheet of green paper. It was the last day of art camp in Charlo on Thursday, so he needed to get the project finished for the big show that night where all the camp projects would be displaye...

Sponsored by: