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
Schools must address bullying Schools must address bullying

LAKE COUNTY — Montana schools will have to address bullying to receive accreditation as a result of a July 31 rule implemented by the Office of Public Instruction. Although most schools already have bullying policies in effect, local parents and educators acknowledge there is room for improvement.  “I know that last year here in Arlee one of the fifth grade teacher’s methods of dealing with bullying was to punish the whole class, which I didn’t feel was right,” Girl Scout troop leader Roxy Strickland said. “Also, I know we’ve had a lot of issues with the teachers who look the other way and figure the kids will handle it themselves.”&nb...

Supply and demand: It’s that time of year again Supply and demand: It’s that time of year again

Teachers all over the valley are sending out lists of school supplies with items for students to collect and return to school including: pencils, erasers, folders, scissors and paper; but some parents are confused as to why they need to purchase a sometimes long list of items. “It seems like a lot o...

Kicking Horse Job Corps enrollment reopens Kicking Horse Job Corps enrollment reopens

RONAN – Crystal Horsley wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps to be a diesel mechanic.  “It’s really good pay and it’s something that’s really never going to go away,” Horsley said. “I figure it’s going to be a good job.”  The 16...

Summer readers log 9,000 hours Summer readers log 9,000 hours

RONAN — Lucas Johnson sat with his eyes transfixed upon the box of Beyblades toys as several dozen other children also fidgeted anxiously, waiting for Ronan librarian Michelle Fenger to draw a name from a basket. “I put all 18 tickets in for that one,” Johnson said.  Johnson won ...

Festival for Youth promises chili, fun

POLSON — Chili-lovers get ready because the Rotary Festival for Youth’s chili-cook off is scheduled for Aug. 24 in Riverside Park. Camp stoves will fire up at 8 p.m. so chili chefs and their teams can begin cooking. Tasting and judging begins at noon, and the public can buy tasting kits and...

Vintage cars, hot rods, motorcycles line Polson streets Vintage cars, hot rods, motorcycles line Polson streets

POLSON — With a carnation pink and white paint job, Marci Watson's 1957 Meteor Ranchero was an eye catcher at the Cruisen By the Bay Car and Motorcycle Show on Aug. 9 and 10.  Watson's dream car also caught the judges' attention, capturing the Best of the 1950s award. The car is rare. Only a...

Sandpiper Art Festival offers art, entertainment, food Sandpiper Art Festival offers art, entertainment, food

POLSON — People call Larry Rosenau and say, “I’ve got a chunk of wood you might be interested in,” he said.  So he goes to look at it, or an arborist friend will save him interesting pieces or types of wood. That’s where he gets the raw materials for wooden bowls, bottle...

Two sets of spikes needed to stop driver

POLSON — At about 11:08 p.m. on August 3, a call to Lake County dispatch reported a hit-and-run with property damage.  A by-stander said a female allegedly backed her Cadillac into a fence at the condominium development by the entrance to Boettcher Park. When the witness approached the drive...

Trip to liquor store turns messy

POLSON — It wasn’t an ordinary trip to the Polson Liquor Store on Aug. 5. Duane Lux, 68, Polson, pulled into the business’s parking lot and then allegedly crashed into the concrete building.  According to Polson Chief of Police Wade Nash, the collision caused extensive damage to the...

Going through hail: Cowboys battle it out in roundpen Going through hail: Cowboys battle it out in roundpen

RONAN — The same hailstorm that evacuated the rodeo in Missoula on Friday made a difficult task even more challenging for three Ronan cowboys competing in the second annual Round Pen Shootout, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Breeders Association.  “When the rain came up and the wind came ...

Sponsored by: