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Senate District 47 candidates share priorities Senate District 47 candidates share priorities

The Valley Journal continues its election coverage with Q&As of candidates for Senate District 47, where incumbent Dan Salomon faces challenges from Democrat Chase Porter Gay (who did not respond to several requests for input) and Libertarian Devin Braaten. The district runs east and south of Polson to the northern edge of Missoula. Dan Salomon, Republican, website: dansalomon.com Dan Salomon, who was born and raised in the Mission Valley, is running for re-election to Senate District 47. A graduate of Ronan High School and Montana State University, he has worked as a farmer and dairyman his entire life. He and his wife of 40 years, Janey, have three daughters and seven grandchi...


Lake County Treasurers Office creates schedule to lessen lines

POLSON – If you have had to conduct business at the Lake County Treasurer’s Office lately, you probably experienced an unusually long line and wait time.  Lake County Treasurer Robin Vert-Rubel says there are a couple factors creating the backlog. They are down five staff members and out ...

Wildfires’ toxic air leaves damage long after the smoke clears Wildfires’ toxic air leaves damage long after the smoke clears

SEELEY LAKE — When researchers arrived in this town tucked in the Northern Rockies three years ago, they could still smell the smoke a day after it cleared from devastating wildfires. Their plan was to chart how long it took for people to recover from living for seven weeks surrounded by relentless smo...

Polson seniors for Oct. 14, 2020

POLSON — We are open with masks and social distancing. We cannot guarantee your safety from COVID-19 so use your best judgment about participating in meals and activities. Volunteer drivers for home-delivered lunches are needed. It takes about one-hour once per week and center vehicles may be used i...

Dixon seniors for Oct. 14, 2020

DIXON — The Dixon Senior Center continues to serve our community. We are still adhering to social distancing precautions. We are accepting take-out meal requests only. Meals will be served Monday and Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. Meals are $4 per serving and are deliverable to Dixon residents upon req...

St. Ignatius for Oct. 14, 2020

ST. IGNATIUS — We are having our second sit down dinner at the senior center this evening. The menu includes meat loaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, steamed veggie, fruit, and applesauce cake with topping. We are excited to see our friends and will make every effort to keep all of us safe and healthy. Pl...

Small Polson business gets statewide attention Small Polson business gets statewide attention

POLSON – REcreate Designs is among six Montana businesses commissioned to create “Montana Aware” masks as part of the state’s efforts to promote safe fall and winter travel.  Creating 5,000 masks for the contract is almost second nature to business owner CarolLynn Lapotka. Aft...

Vote by mail affirmed

News from the   Office of Governor Bullock MONTANA – The United States District Court for the District of Montana affirms the decisions by local counties to expand vote by mail and early voting in Montana for the November election. The court’s decision is the first in the country tha...

House District 93 candidates share views House District 93 candidates share views

The Valley Journal continues its election coverage with Q&As of candidates for House District 93, where political newcomer Lisa Pavlock (D) is running against incumbent Joe Read (R). The district runs from east of Polson, along U.S. Highway 93 and south to Arlee.  Joe Read, Republican, website: ...

Ronan bowling alley celebrates six decades of community connection Ronan bowling alley celebrates six decades of community connection

RONAN — As many Main Street businesses across the country close up shop, one family-owned establishment has managed to celebrate 60 years of success. Lucky Strike Lanes owner Tim Corbett attributes the success of his business to simple human connection. “This is not just about rolling balls do...

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