Valley Journal
Ronan police chief takes oath Ronan police chief takes oath

K     en Weaver was sworn in as Ronan Police Chief Sept. 18.  Weaver is the fourth person to hold his position in the past 14 months, but he and Ronan City Council are optimistic that his leadership can revamp the department that has been plagued with problems in recent months.  “I want to meet, first, with the officers and the department, and find out what direction we need to be going,” Weaver said. “We’ll look at the shift scheduling and make sure we have enough coverage for the citizens.”  Weaver comes to the department after retiring in June 2013 from the Vallejo Police Department in California. He started his law enforcem...


Parents, kids trod together in 5K Parents, kids trod together in 5K

POLSON – Two-year-old Marguerite Brenner looked a bit red-faced as she floated across the finish line for the first annual Mission Valley Kids Walk Run 5K in Polson.  In some ways the tiny tot had a good reason to be exhausted; five kilos is a long way when your legs are that small, but Brenner...

Graduation program needs support

RONAN — Ronan School District wants to bring its 1.7 percent dropout rate down, and is asking for the support of community members and businesses to help more kids walk across the graduation stage. Curriculum Director Christina Barbachano is in the process of writing a $2,500 to $5,000 grant that wi...

Charlo delays coach hiring until next month Charlo delays coach hiring until next month

CHARLO — Charlo School Board has delayed hiring coaches for spring sports until its October board meeting, so that its members can consult with school officials to evaluate the coaching staffs’ needs.  An evaluation committee consisting of the athletic director, coaches, teachers, and sch...

Polson Pirate Homecoming 2014 Polson Pirate Homecoming 2014

Homecoming 2014 Homecoming  2014

ST. IGNATIUS – Mission students kept school pride despite a glitch in homecoming plans. Halfway through the week, work on skits and floats centered around Friday night’s football game came to a halt after Plains canceled due to a lack of players. Many students were upset.  The Freshman cl...

Bring humanity back to October Bring humanity back to October

Fall is most certainly in the air. As I walked into a store this morning I was greeted with a bouquet of beautiful apples, the smell of cinnamon brooms, and the sight of pumpkins and calico corn. Then I glanced to the left and I was bombarded with pink. Pink T-shirts, pink socks, pink pajamas. Anything an...

Gluten free pumpkin cupcakes, 3 ways Gluten free pumpkin cupcakes, 3 ways

The leaves are beginning to change colors, the children are back to school, there is a cool breeze through my kitchen window — all of which cause me to start thinking about fall baking, pumpkin, apples, plums and more. The fall recipe is my gluten free pumpkin cupcakes and complimentary fall frostings....

Bluebird conservationists celebrate 40 years of fledging Bluebird conservationists celebrate 40 years of fledging

In celebration of 40 years of helping the bluebird population grow, a bench and bluebird box were set in Ronan’s Bockman Park in honor of Art Aylesworth, “The Bluebird Man.” Nearly 80,000 iconic bluebird boxes now entice egg layers across Montana, according to Vivian Aylesworth of Ronan....

Still growing strong Still growing strong

Ten years ago the Valley Journal was nothing more than a wisp of an idea tossed back and forth on a summer breeze by four local journalists sipping sweet tea on a back porch with ambitions of launching a new, better source of media for the community. By autumn, the dream had turned into reality, and the firs...

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