Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Summer Goddard

Sentence suspended for expectant mom Sentence suspended for expectant mom

A Lake County woman has been ordered to pay $40,000 restitution as part of her sentence on burglary charges. Samantha Ness, 27, was sentenced to a total of seven years with the Montana State Department of Corrections with all of those years suspended. The sentence was handed down at District Court in Pols...

Change is coming Change is coming

Dear Readers, Some things never change. Sometimes things have to. Here at the Journal, we’re charging forward with needed change. Studies have shown that the closer we are to the communities we serve, the more success a newspaper is likely to have. Through a grassroots approach to community jou...

Club offers scholarships

News from the Montecahto Club This year, the Montecahto Club is offering a new scholarship in addition to its annual one in conjunction with the Polson Scholarship and Education Foundation. The new $500 Continuing Education Scholarship is for an individual seeking vocational or technical certificatio...

Attorney recommends Michel get 20 years for child assaultAttorney recommends Michel get 20 years for child assault Attorney recommends Michel get 20 years for child assaultAttorney recommends Michel get 20 years for child assault

A Ronan man who was initially charged with sexual assault is receiving a recommended sentence to Montana State Prison for 20 years on the amended charge of aggravated assault. Keith Lee Michel Jr., 28, entered into a plea agreement during an appearance at District Court in Polson on Jan. 2. Lake County Attor...

Mission Valley Museum Consortium shares upcoming events

ARLEE Arlee/Jocko Valley Museum See our beautiful outdoor veterans’ memorial and memorabilia from area veterans along with Pioneer Day photographs and more.   ST. IGNATIUS St. Ignatius Mission Church St. Ignatius Mission Church’s summer hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. d...

Local woman goes missing in Missoula Local woman goes missing in Missoula

MISSOULA – Authorities are searching for Jermain Austin Morigeau (Charlo), of Dixon, who is listed as a missing person with the Missoula County Police Department. Charlo, whose nickname is Liz, was last seen at the Orange Street Market on June 16, 2018, in Missoula at about 1 a.m. She is 23 years old. ...

Bigfork man gets 3 years DOC for sexually assaulting 12-year-old

A Bigfork man was committed by Judge James Manley at District Court in Polson April 25 to 15 years with the State Department of Corrections with 12 years suspended after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault in February. Scott David Curry, 49, admitted to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy on multiple oc...

General April gardening notes General April gardening notes

This winter was a “longie” with lots of snow, a situation which voles love. In our market garden we discovered damage from voles on Campanula medium (Canterbury bells) – just the ones stored in pots in sawdust, but not those in the ground. Also some potted Primulas, strawberries, and Echina...

Lake County students join national protest Lake County students join national protest

 LAKE COUNTY – Students in several Lake County schools joined tens of thousands of teenagers in a national walk out on Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m. to remember 17 students and staff killed by gun violence at a Florida high school exactly one month before the walk out. Not everyone supported the...

Body of missing man found below dam observation lookout

POLSON – The body of 26-year-old Kyle Butterhof of Polson was located Tuesday, Feb. 27 by Two Bear Air on the cliffside below the SKQ Dam observation lookout. A search for Butterhof had been underway following a missing person/welfare check request called in by a family member on Friday, Feb. 23. Accor...


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