Valley Journal
Fur farm targeted by ecoterrorists

A Ronan family business has become a Mecca of sorts for ecoterrorists hoping to strike a blow against the fur industry. March 7 was the latest attack on the Fraser Fur Farm, located off Terrace Lake Road. On that night people who label themselves as “activists” entered the farm with intent to release all animals from cages, but were hindered by security floodlights and guard dogs. According to an anonymous claim circulated by Operation Bite Back and the Animal Liberation Front, the group managed to destroy the breeding records on the outside of cages in an attempt “to ensure the loss of irreplaceable genetic lines, rendering the breeding stock of a given fur-producing b...


Home sweet home again for Donegans Home sweet home again for Donegans

POLSON — Things are looking up for Lucky and Barbara Donegan.  About a year ago, on April 2, 2013, the Donegan’s house went up in flames, burning all their possessions and leaving them homeless. On April 2 of this year a crane arrived to set in place a modular home and a shed for the D...

Seatbelt wearers honored after surviving wreck Seatbelt wearers honored after surviving wreck

POLSON — Two men who survived a three-car wreck north of Polson on Feb. 25 were honored on Friday with a Saved by the Belt award, presented by Diana Schwab, representing Montana Department of Transportation’s Buckle Up program, and Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Terry Rosenbaum.  Robert R...

Free to explore: art workshop offers variety of experiences Free to explore: art workshop offers variety of experiences

A dozen years ago, artist Edna Lemm dreamed of a workshop where Polson children could come together to create through movement, media and a bit of mayhem.  That vision took flight Saturday as more than 100 kids, grades K-8, gathered at Polson Middle School for the first-ever “Kids Create”...

Commissioners vote to create Rural Improvement District Commissioners vote to create Rural Improvement District

RONAN — Chip-sealing of Canal Road will likely begin this summer, after Lake County Commissioners voted last week to create a rural improvement district to shoulder the estimated $79,200 cost of oil and administrative fees for the project.  Proponents of the improvement project argue that it wi...

New officers, patrol cars planned for Ronan Police Department

RONAN — Residents can expect to encounter new faces and cars patrolling Ronan streets in coming months. On March 24, the city council approved hiring two new officers and purchasing two police cars. It also considered revamping hiring policies for officers. The council accepted the resignation of Of...

Appreciation expressed at annual Ag dinner Appreciation expressed at annual Ag dinner

The 35th annual Ronan Chamber of Commerce Ag Community Appreciation Banquet saw the celebration of long years of service by several key people.  Potato farmers Roger and Kathy Starkel were honored as producers of the year. Community members sang “Happy Birthday” to farmer Bill Hocker, who...

Deadline passes, many remain without health coverage Deadline passes, many remain without health coverage

LAKE COUNTY – Last week the Obama administration extended the deadline to mid-April for people not quite finished registering for healthcare under new law, but that won’t help an estimated 70,000 Montanans who find themselves without coverage because of the state legislature’s decision not ...

Upward Bound students explore civil rights, serve elders Upward Bound students explore civil rights, serve elders

PABLO — On Saturday, March 8, the Salish Kootenai College Upward Bound program hosted their students for a full day of educational activities and community service. SKC Upward Bound is a federally-funded college preparatory program for low-income and/or first-generation college students and is part of ...

2014 Spring Mack Days finishes third week 2014 Spring Mack Days finishes third week

The bucket almost wasn’t big enough for the four fish entries of Bob Christensen of Missoula. Friday March 28 was the first of the three- day competition for the largest Bucket of Fish during 2014 Spring Mack Days on Flathead Lake. Anglers mark or pick out what they believe is their four heaviest fish ...

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