Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Summer Goddard

Restore Montana’s medical marijuana program, vote yes on I-182 Restore Montana’s medical marijuana program, vote yes on I-182

I remember having to help him out of bed in the mornings because his joints were so stiff that even small movements caused him great pain. I remember how he’d brace himself before he sneezed because doing so always caused sharp pain in the joints in his chest. I remember how much it hurt his hips ju...

Polson man defends giant pumpkin growing title Polson man defends giant pumpkin growing title

“I’m a member of the half-ton club!” giant pumpkin grower Jim West proudly exclaimed. West’s pumpkin “Miller,” had just tipped the scales at 1,002 pounds before a crowd of onlookers during the annual giant pumpkin weigh-off at Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply last ...

Blood moon casts crimson glow Blood moon casts  crimson glow

Blood moon sounds like the title to a vampire movie rather than the beautiful and rare celestial event that it is. Sunday evening’s super lunar eclipse presented the first such event since 1984 and another won’t take place again until 2033. A lunar eclipse occurs as the earth passes between...

Teachers, bus drivers needed in Ronan

RONAN — A lack of teachers and bus drivers was brought up as a concern for Ronan/Pablo School District No. 30 during the last meeting of school board trustees Sept. 14. According to District 30 Superintendent Andy Holmlund, who brought the matter to attention during the superintendent’s report, t...

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...


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