Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Summer Goddard

Polson man charged with murder in girlfriend’s death Polson man charged with murder in girlfriend’s death

AURORA, COLORADO — A 20-year-old man from Polson is being charged with first degree murder in the death of his girlfriend. Dakota Chinnock was arrested Sept. 5, for allegedly beating his girlfriend, Amanda Farley, 20, of Polson, to death between the evening of Sept. 4 and the morning of Sept. 5. He ...

Vagabond dog embarks on final journey Vagabond dog embarks on final journey

How is it that a picture of our dog ended up on our neighbors’ Christmas trees? I smile every time I think about it. Her name was Holly. Holly Noel. Born on Halloween, she was a Christmas gift to my husband Boone. He’d wanted a hunting dog and I’d always wanted a golden retriever. I foun...

Thanksgiving dinner curbside style, drive up Thanksgiving dinner curbside style, drive up

Valley Journal    LAKE COUNTY — Various Mission Valley groups have reworked their traditional sit-down community Thanksgiving feast to maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Ronan, the annual Ronan Community Thanksgiving dinner will be curbside pick-up only on Thursday, Nov. ...

COA recommends seniors self-isolate as office closes

LAKE COUNTY — As additional social-distancing measures are put in place to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Lake County Council on Aging encourages senior citizens to self-isolate. According to LCCOA Executive Director Dara Rodda, the organization has limited its services to the senior food c...

Local businesswoman embarks on ‘mask making mission’ Local businesswoman embarks on ‘mask making mission’

POLSON — With time on her hands and sewing expertise, local businesswoman CarolLynn Lapotka is undertaking production of protective face masks for healthcare workers.  A nationwide shortage of the protective face masks used by medical professionals has prompted her to action. Lapotka, owner ...

Historic boxing relic recovered Historic boxing relic recovered

PABLO – Marvin Camel, the only world boxing champion from Montana, who won world titles in 1979 and 1980, is getting back something he likely thought was gone forever: his original championship belt.  Ken Camel, Marvin’s brother, said the belt was stolen 30 years ago from the Marvin Camel...

More than 100 children in 2 casts take to stage for 36th production of: ‘Fortune’s Fables’ More than 100 children in 2 casts take to stage for 36th production of: ‘Fortune’s Fables’

Early morning fire affects contents of 18 storage units Early morning fire affects contents of 18 storage units

POLSON — A fire in the early morning hours of Monday, Jan. 6, destroyed part of a building and the contents of several storage units at A&T Storage on North Reservoir Road.  According to Polson Rural Fire Chief Gordon Gieser, a driver passing by called to report the fire at 3:01 a.m. When h...

Giving thanks for great care

Editor, A very huge “thank you” to everyone who attended our celebration of 95 years for the Women’s Club and 80 years for the clubhouse. A fun time was had by all and good food, thanks to the Valley View Women’s Club. Thanks to KC & The Valley Cats for the good music. Big than...

Sentence deferred in embezzling case

For a Polson woman accused of embezzling money from her employer, Judge James Manley deferred the imposition of sentencing for six years in accordance with a plea agreement reached at District Court in Polson on June 19. Melissa Ann Miller, 34, admitted to crediting false returns to her debit card while s...


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