Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Linda Sappington

Wrecks leave one dead, others injured Wrecks leave one dead, others injured

LAKE COUNTY — A series of crashes caused several injuries and one death along U.S. Highway 93 within a 24-hour period last week. A male was killed in a rollover wreck late Thursday evening north of Arlee. Jiry Mayo Hammond, 39 of Anchorage, Alaska, was ejected when the vehicle he was traveling in dr...

Numerous Polson residents may be victims of financial theft

POLSON — Following the extensive investigation by the Polson Police Department, a $100,000 arrest warrant was issued on March 23 for property manager Douglas Dennis Lichte of Bozeman. He is being charged with 16 counts of felony theft plus three counts of misdemeanor theft. Lichte, dressed in a suit...

City, tribes share history along lakeside path City, tribes share history along lakeside path

POLSON — Exploring local history is merely a walk in the park along the new Polson Interpretive Trail. More than a dozen weather-resistant signs posted along the paved path bordering Flathead Lake in the Salish, Sacajawea and Riverside Parks depict tribal and city history through words and historic ...

Celtic theme explored in afternoon of music, art Celtic theme explored in afternoon of music, art

POLSON — The mood was hushed and relaxed as harp strings flowed melodies among 14 ladies adding colorful hues to Celtic designs March 22 at the North Lake County Public Library in Polson. The themed event, one of four offered each year, was an opportunity to learn more about Irish and Scottish ro...

Relay for Life: time to celebrate, time to remember Relay for Life: time to celebrate, time to remember

Each year when the community gathers to support Lake County’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life, there are more lives to remember, and more lives to celebrate. “It’s just a time when you get together with the people that have survived, people you have something in common for support...

Two Eagle River round dance broadcast in 122 countries Two Eagle River round dance broadcast in 122 countries

Fever Round Dance held Friday at Two Eagle School was full of traditional dancing, drumming and singing. But one thing was far from customary — the event was broadcast in 122 countries. Featured singer Nakoa Heavyrunner and emcee Charlie Mulluck aired the event via their website and app, Indigenous ...

Ronan home damaged by fire, smoke Ronan home damaged by fire, smoke

RONAN — A home on Canal Road in Ronan went up in smoke on Wednesday, March 15. The white plume of smoke in the tree line looked much like a controlled burn from town. “We were puzzled by that, too,” Fire Chief Mark Clary said. “But it depends on what materials are burning.&rdquo...

Lady Bison basketball team wins national championship Lady Bison basketball team wins national championship

The Salish Kootenai College Lady Bison won the 36th annual AIHEC Tribal College National Basketball Championship on Sunday when they beat Stone Child College, 82-70. Shanelle Skunkcap was named the Division I Tournament MVP. Braylee Stone, Whitney Malatare, and Kaylea Skunkcap earned all-tourney honors.&n...

Bullock vetoes whistleblower bill

HELENA —Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed HB 202 on March 2. The House of Representatives was out of town on a mid-session break at the time. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kirk Wagoner, would add protections for public workers who report “matters of public concern” to the legislature. It received ...

Recently released sex offender to serve 30 years Recently released sex offender to serve 30 years

POLSON — A man who in 2007 pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual intercourse without consent — two involving a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl — was sentenced March 2 to the Department of Corrections for 30 years with none suspended on a revocation. Dillon Thomas Carpentier, 28 o...


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