Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Summer Goddard

Go Melinda go

Montana should be proud, and the Mission Valley even prouder. Our own Melinda Owen, a 2003 Polson High School graduate, trains daily (six days a week) for the chance to represent the United States in the 2012 summer Olympic games.  She seeks to earn a place as one of three women pole-vaulters who ...

Freedom of speech, however abused, must be protected

Picketing at a funeral takes a special caliber of person. One of those oh-so-righteous types – so crazed by their own sense of morality and so sure they alone are carrying out the will of God that they spread hate and animosity instead of the more fruitful bearing seeds of Christianity – love and...

Making a new family tradition

Remember being a kid and raking a huge piles of leaves just for the joy of jumping into them? The lovely earthy smell of fall leaves enveloping you as you happily tossed, kicked and crunched to your heart’s content … we carry those simple pleasures with us into adulthood.  In this electr...

Be sure to cast your vote Nov. 2

Historically speaking, one hundred years isn’t a very long time. It was even less than that, 90 years ago, when American women gained the right to vote. The year was 1920 and it had taken women’s suffrage proponents more than 70 years to win the battle. It’s difficult to imagine in today...

Shop downtown during construction

Change is a good thing. And the changes being made to Polson’s Main Street are a very good thing — not only for downtown, but for the entire community. As Main Street undergoes a major improvement project, please remember to support downtown businesses by continuing to shop in their stores.&nb...

Nothing but the truth, please

Please allow me to set the record straight. Following a letter to the editor in last week’s newspaper penned by one, “Bob Rew,” our office received a number of phone calls regarding the legitimacy of the name.  First of all, let me say that we do indeed live in a small community. I ...

Thank you, six years worth

As the Valley Journal prepares to celebrate its sixth birthday, I am filled with immense gratitude. We have thrived because you, our readers, advertisers, news contacts, have welcomed us into your daily lives. Although we publish weekly, it takes all six days in between to gather your news and share your sto...

I just want to ride my bike

The feel of handlebars beneath your eager fingers, the wind rushing through your hair and the sense of sweet freedom with nothing but the open road in front of you... few moments in life rival the exhilaration of your first bicycle ride.  After receiving a bike as a gift for a recent birthday, I have...

Wearing a new hat

Sometimes things just don’t work out. So, you adjust. That’s the simple answer as to why I’m filling in as interim editor for the Valley Journal.  Truth be told, I’m happy to serve our communities as editor, advertising sales representative, reporter, copy editor, graphic arti...

Coming full circle

As the clock nears the 10 a.m. hour, the last members of an intimate gathering quietly enter the sanctuary, finding themselves a cozy spot on one of several sofas or easy chairs.  Warm rays of morning light shine through stained glass as worshippers greet each other with smiles and welcome salutations. ...


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