Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Summer Goddard

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...

Valley Journal gets new look for New Year

As you’ve surely noticed with this week’s newspaper, the Valley Journal has updated its look for the New Year. Changes include brighter white paper, taller pages and a slight increase in our type size for ease of reading. We’ll also be getting you your news a full day earlier – on Wed...

Local man severely injured

RONAN – Lance Corporal Thomas C. Parker, of the Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Lima Company of the U.S. Marine Corps and 2008 graduate of Ronan High School, was severely injured in an Improvised Explosive Device blast in Afghanistan.  Parker’s mother, Lisa Jennison and stepfather, Tim Corb...

Let’s not ‘wait for superman’

Dropout factory. This is the label given to schools across the nation that graduate 60 percent or fewer of a given class. It means that for every 100 freshmen who enter the school, 40 or more will not graduate. The term was coined by Bob Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University during a project that analyzed Unit...

In search of silence

Ah, silence. It seems more rare and precious all the time.  Even when I’m surrounded by it, it’s hard to quiet the mind; my never-ending mental to-do list starts ticking off the next hour or day’s required tasks.  Sometimes I wish I could wrap myself in silence like a blanke...

Community supports Olympic hopeful through ‘Live Locally’ race

POLSON – Competing in the 2012 Olympic games would be a dream come true for Polson High School alum Melinda Owen. Thanks to the efforts of some 231 racers and a surprise sponsorship donation of $10,000, pursuing that dream has been made a little easier for Owen. The fourth annual Live Locally Fun Ru...

Scarlets take down Lynx

LINCOLN – A smaller gym and lengthy road trip didn’t stop the Arlee ladies from bringing home yet another win Saturday as the Scarlet volleyball team won three of four games in Lincoln. “We had to do a lot of adjusting,” Coach Brian Big Sam explained. “The (gym) floor is real...


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