Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Summer Goddard

What happened to thinking before speaking?

Thank you for reading this. Truly. Without readers, we wouldn’t have a newspaper. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for not only reading this newspaper, but for reading in general. Words are important. They change minds, directions. Even create countries. Our own Declaration of Independence c...

Valley Journal sports coverage evolves

The Valley Journal is adapting its sports coverage beginning this fall, both out of necessity and a desire to try something new.  What you may have already noticed, and will continue to see, is a freshly designed sports section featuring score boxes, highlights from coaches and a featured photo of th...

Polson teen in ‘fair’ condition after being stabbed by other teen

POLSON – The stabbing of a 17-year-old boy, reported to be in “fair” condition with no life-threatening injuries, is currently under investigation by the Polson Police Department. According to Assistant Police Chief John Stevens, the boy was stabbed by another 17-year-old boy multip...

A ‘msg’ to all drivers: put down that phone

Usually once a day, sometimes more, I witness a fellow driver engaging in truly obnoxious behavior. Their vehicle in motion, sometimes up to speeds of 60+ miles per hour, they’re weaving back and forth in their lane and as I get closer I see the driver’s head bent low over their phone … te...

Doyle cleared of complaint

Lake County Sheriff Jay Doyle has been cleared of a complaint filed with Montana’s Political Practices Commission that his 2010 campaign for sheriff violated Montana law. An investigation conducted by Montana’s Political Practices Commission has concluded Doyle didn’t violate sections 13...

‘Real Good’ babysitter fondly remembered

I can still see her little red car pulling into our long driveway, see the worn cardboard box covered in stickers she always brought with her and hear the reassuring sound of her grandmotherly voice in greeting. Some people, no matter how long ago you knew them, leave a lasting impression on your heart. G...

BREAKING NEWS: Tomy Parker comes home

Local hero Lance Corporal Tomy Parker made it back to Big Sky Country Wednesday evening. Parker, who was severely injured in an IED explosion while serving with the Marines in Afghanistan in December, was welcomed home by friends, family and local media. A crowd of approximately 200 greeted him at Missoul...

Pocketbooks are powerful in a consumer-driven society

With all of the advances we’ve seen and continue to see in science and technology and the growing popularity of “going green” I’m amazed that the majority of America still drives petroleum-fueled vehicles and that we produce such an incredible amount of waste. Where are the garbage-ea...

A Bridal Fair to remember

More than 300 people, including brides from throughout Northwest Montana and their guests, attended the third annual Mission Valley Bridal Fair on Sunday, Jan. 16.   Attending registered brides entered to win a gift basket filled with merchandise from participati...

Be sure to attend a fair to remember

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… This British and very familiar saying conveys the list of assorted lucky items a bride should carry with her on her wedding day to ensure a happy marriage. Though I’ve a healthy appreciation for tradition, I urge you not to lea...


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