Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Summer Goddard

Mission Bulldogs outpace competitors in Canal Bank Run Mission Bulldogs outpace competitors in Canal Bank Run

RONAN — St. Ignatius boys cross country runners took top honors individually and as a team during the Sept. 2 Canal Bank Run in Ronan. Andrew Rush came in first for the Mission Bulldogs with a time of 16:21 while teammate Robbie Nuila finished just under a minute later at 17:18. Mission’s Zoran L...

Elmo Fire burns 10,000 acres, 0% contained Elmo Fire burns 10,000 acres, 0% contained

ELMO — As of Sunday, July 31, a wildland fire burning along Montana Hwy. 28 has burned more than 10,923 acres northwest of Elmo. The Elmo Fire was discovered Friday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Big Draw north of Hwy. 28. An evacuation order was issued for Chief Cliff estates (about three dozen homes...

Cherry Valley students visit Bison Range, learn about animals Cherry Valley students visit Bison Range, learn about animals

Wamsley honored by sheriff’s office for 50 years of service Wamsley honored by sheriff’s office for 50 years of service

POLSON — In a district courtroom filled with his family, friends and colleagues Rod Wamsley was honored for his 50 years of employment with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell presented Wamsley with a plaque, a certificate of appreciation as well as a LCSO retirement ba...

Family loses roof to windstorm, helpful community rallies Family loses roof to windstorm, helpful community rallies

RAVALLI — A quiet evening at home for a Mission Valley family was interrupted by gusting winds that ripped the roof off of their mobile home last week.  Dawn and John McNutt were home with their four children watching television when a loud noise shook the home. “Imagine you’re i...

Schedule, design plans for Hwy. 93 expansion shared Schedule, design plans for Hwy. 93 expansion shared

RONAN — Design plans and a preliminary construction schedule to widen U.S. Hwy. 93 from two to four lanes north of Ronan were shared last week during two virtual open houses held via Zoom. A team of engineers and officials with the Montana Department of Transportation and KLJ Engineering provided pr...

Community members participate in long-term tourism planning

RONAN — During a listening session facilitated by Glacier Country Tourism last week, Lake County community members shared perceived benefits and challenges of area tourism and what they’d like to see in the future for the state’s second largest industry. Founded for the purpose of travel...

Second chances Second chances

POLSON — District Court Judge James Manley experienced a career first in Lake County Drug Court last week when he expunged the record of program graduate Angela Evans. Expungement, according to the American Bar Association, “is the process by which a record of criminal conviction is destroyed ...

Death of one-year-old child under investigation in Polson

POLSON — The suspicious death of a one-year child, who died Saturday, Oct. 2, is being investigated by the Polson Police Department. On Thursday, Sept. 30, Polson police, fire and ambulance responded to a Polson residence for the report of a one-year-old who wasn’t breathing. The child was transp...

Local governments hold roundtable discussion on recreational marijuana sales Local governments hold roundtable discussion on recreational marijuana sales

RONAN — Representatives from local, county and tribal government met last week to discuss strategies for regulating recreational marijuana sales which are set to begin Jan. 1, 2022. Montana voters approved the sale of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older during the 2020 election. HB 701, pass...


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