Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Summer Goddard

Montana, Washington pilots participate in Polson Fly-In Montana, Washington pilots participate in Polson Fly-In

POLSON — Planes droned around the Polson Airport on Saturday morning, landing and taking off, for the Polson Fly-In.  Flying over from Ferndale was 86-year-old B. R. “Bernie” Gregoire in his 1999 RV-8, a homebuilt airplane made by John Stene. “I’ve been a pilot since ...

Valley View students improve school with mural Valley View students improve school with mural

VALLEY VIEW – A vibrant mural that brightens a once bare lunchroom wall at Valley View School is more than an art project; it tells a story. Smiling students standing next to their two-room school house, with music, arts, sports, technology and western/equine gear symbols are painted over the backdr...

One dies in plane crash south of Polson One dies in plane crash south of Polson

UPDATED Dec. 18 11:50 a.m. LAKE COUNTY – Investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive in Lake County this afternoon to determine what caused a deadly plane crash at approximately 4:30 p.m. northwest of Ronan. Pilot Brett Thoft, 33, was killed in t...

Dude, where’s my car? Dude, where’s my car?

Clutching my computer bag, purse and coffee mug I stood frozen in my tracks. The sun had yet to rise so perhaps my eyes were playing tricks on me in the dark. After a couple of blinks... Nope. My eyes were working right. My car, which I’d started 15 minutes earlier to warm up, was definitely gone. And ...

Students tour busy Arlee fish hatchery Students tour busy Arlee fish hatchery

ARLEE – Not far from the meandering Jocko River in Arlee, millions of rainbow trout destined for various lakes, ponds and reservoirs throughout the United States find their start under the watchful care of a handful of people. The Jocko River Trout Hatchery collects, fertilizes and ships 5-6 million...

Valley Journal looks forward to more anniversary celebrations Valley Journal looks forward to more anniversary celebrations

As we marked the Valley Journal’s 10th anniversary last Saturday, we were thrilled that so many of our friends, neighbors and readers from all over Lake County were able to attend the event at the Ronan Community Center. The group of people that mingled in and out truly represented the broad spectru...

What lies beneath: Flathead Lake Biological Station shares research at annual open house What lies beneath: Flathead Lake Biological Station shares research at annual open house

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." ~Albert Einstein   YELLOW BAY — Flathead Lake, one of Northwest Montana’s many geologic gems, has a benevolent force quietly working on its behalf monitoring water quality, collecting data for research and educati...

The Magic Man The Magic Man

What do a flaming phone, a rope and a bunny have in common? Magic, that’s what. And the undivided attention of an eager, young audience.  Local businessman and magician Ken Avison, owner of the Cove Deli and Pizza, has entertained folks of all ages with his magic shows for more than 50 years.&n...

Kits will be kits Kits will be kits

A litter of fox kits frolicked and practiced sneaking up on each other near the Polson Cemetery on a recent sunny afternoon.

SKC gives back through volunteerism SKC gives back through volunteerism

PABLO – To give back to their community, nearly 200 faculty, staff and administration from Salish Kootenai College volunteered in various capacities throughout the reservation last Friday during the college’s annual community service day. The college closes for one day every spring so that sta...


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