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Unofficial 2020 Primary Election results reported

Valley Journal staff LAKE COUNTY – The 2020 Primary Election ballots were collected from the mail-in June 2 race with all precincts fully reported, although the results are not yet official. Montana had a 54 percent turnout, and Lake County saw a 53 percent turnout with 10,206 total ballots counted. In Lake County, 18,934 voters are registered.   For President of the United States, the overall democrat vote in Lake County was for Joe Biden who had 3,038 votes, 78 percent. Bernie Sanders received 526 votes, 13 percent. Elizabeth Warren had 244 votes, six percent. In the Republican race, Donald Trump received 92 percent of the Lake County vote with 5,536 votes. Six pe...


Busy boating season launches with new protocols Busy boating season launches with new protocols

POLSON — Tourism related businesses like local Flathead Lake recreational watercraft and boat rental shops received some positive news recently. The first day of the state’s move into phase two of the Reopening the Big Sky plan was on Monday, May 25. Gov. Steve Bullock lifted the 14-day travel...

People continue buying homes despite pandemic People continue buying homes despite pandemic

LAKE COUNTY – Homes in the area are selling quickly. Real estate agents are having different experiences, but overall, they are selling homes despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Local real estate broker Ric Smith, owner of Century 21 Big Sky Real Estate, said that’s mostly due to people from the st...

Antibody tests available, not completely reliable Antibody tests available, not completely reliable

POLSON – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some wonder whether they have recovered from the virus, but never got tested, which is where the antibody test comes into play.  The COVID0-19 antibody test analyzes a blood sample to determine whether a person had the virus in the past. The antibody...

Local schools celebrate students accomplishment with banners Local schools celebrate students accomplishment with banners

Schools across Lake County are celebrating 2020 graduating students with banners displayed near their schools. The banners are a way to show support for students who had their final school year cut short and many activities canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In St. Ignatius, the banners are displayed on ...

Ronan graduates celebrate a milestone Ronan graduates celebrate a milestone

RONAN – Ronan High School honored the class of 2020 with a traditional in-person graduation ceremony on the football field with a few differences due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The graduates and staff were spread out across the field, spaced six feet apart. Yellow caution-tape marked off where family...

St. Ignatius seniors for June 3, 2020

ST. IGNATIUS — Although the St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, takeout noon meals are available on the first and third Wednesdays of each month and every Tuesday and Friday of the month. Anyone wishing to order lunches are asked to call the center at 406- 7...

Dixon seniors for June 3, 2020

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

Polson seniors for June 3, 2020

POLSON — The Polson Senior Center will probably be closed until Phase 3 of Gov. Bullock’s Reopening Plan. We are still providing delivered lunches Monday-Friday for $5.   The menu is: —  Wed, June 3: lemon chicken, baked potato, peas, Jell-o salad, lemon pudding — &...

Governor announces additional support for destination communities 


News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced further efforts to protect communities heading into phase two of the Reopening the Big Sky Plan on June 1, including additional resources for community testing and contact tracing in high-visitation communities, an...

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