Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Megan Strickland

Irrigators to pursue project turnover in dual appeal, negotiation process Irrigators to pursue project turnover in dual appeal, negotiation process

RONAN – The Flathead Joint Board of Control will appeal a federal lawsuit to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in an effort to regain local control of the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project.  The board’s attorneys said Aug. 25 that they will also try to work out an agreement outside of the...

Flying trees: Tribes part of renewable energy work Flying trees: Tribes part of renewable energy work

RONAN — Leftover tree parts from logging operations usually end up as piles of useless ash, but academic researchers and tribal forestry officials hope that recent projects will result in less waste and a possible energy market for local forest products.  Alaska Airlines hopes to fly a jet with...

Irrigation fee increase possibly delayed for another year

ST. IGNATIUS – A proposed rate hike for Flathead Indian Irrigation Project irrigators might be off the table until next year’s tax bills go out.  Flathead Joint Board of Control Irrigation Commissioner Shane Orien said Aug. 25 the board’s office was informed that because a proposed ...

Parents, educators have old and new foes on drug front

RONAN – Parents and teachers might think they are in the know about the signs of drug usage, but a growing number of new potent threats to youth health abound alongside the longstanding methamphetamine problem in Lake County.  Law enforcement, school and medical officials spoke at Ronan High Sc...

Corn maze provides fun puzzle Corn maze provides fun puzzle

RONAN – It looks like a field of corn ready on the brink of harvest time, but look a little closer and passersby will find a puzzle ripe for solving.  The Glacier View Christian School, located north of Ronan, is hosting a fall corn maze so families can enjoy some wholesome fun as autumn approa...

Montana meets the Bard in Charlo Montana meets the Bard in Charlo

RONAN – A westernized Montana-based version of a timeless classic had folks in stitches of giggles as golden sunlight swept through the willows of Palmer Park in Charlo, painting a serene scene of community jolliness while Shakespeare in the Park unfolded on Aug. 16.  Shakespeare in the Park is...

Two seriously injured in Polson crash Two seriously injured in Polson crash

UPDATED Thursday, Aug. 20 POLSON – Two people were seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding crashed into a truck and horse trailer on Saturday afternoon in Polson near Fulkerson’s Corner.  According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Shad Andersen a motorcycle at the bac...

On strikes On strikes

One major fire and several smaller ones were burning on the Flathead Reservation Monday, after thunderstorms and persistent high winds hit day after day in a weeklong barrage that put stress on local fire resources.  Governor Steve Bullock declared a State of Emergency on Sunday.  “Mont...

Community helps family dig financial tunnel to Chinese orphan Community helps family dig financial tunnel to Chinese orphan

RONAN – Community members are chipping in to help a family that has spent much of the past year scraping together every penny they can in hopes of giving a foreign orphan a chance at having a family.  Heather and Barnaby Smith of Ronan had thought about adoption in between having birth daughter...

Man appeals life sentence Man appeals life sentence

HELENA – A man has appealed two life sentences handed down in 2013 for a disturbing home invasion and murder in Dixon by saying his plea of “guilty, but mentally ill” should not have been permitted.  Nathan Lee William Calvert, 35, was sentenced in 2013 to two life sentences, plus t...


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