Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Kate Haake

Woman held at gunpoint in St. Ignatius Woman held at gunpoint in St. Ignatius

A gun was pointed at Sheryl Hitchcock’s face on Monday, Dec. 7, around 10 p.m. at the Closer to Home assisted living facility on Watson Road where residents ranging in ages from about 70 to 98 live.  Hitchcock, the facility owner, was sweeping the floor in the dining area when a man about 5 fee...

Convicted sex offender sentenced Wednesday

POLSON — On Wednesday, District Judge C.B McNeil sentenced a convicted Tier II sex offender to 100 years in Montana Sate Prison with 50 years suspended, after the defendant was convicted of sexual assault and sexual intercourse without consent in May.  According to the affidavit, Wesley William...

Ronan Schools to transfer investment funds to bank

RONAN — In a five-two vote, the Ronan School Board authorized the school district to transfer their investment funds into an investment account with First Interstate Bank.  Wendy Thingelstad and Bob Cornwell voted against the motion after a lengthy discussion debating the advantages of transfer...

Ronan police investigate serial burglaries

RONAN — The Ronan Police Department is investigating a string of vehicle break-ins and residential burglaries that have been happening since June, Ronan Police Officer Chad Brown reported. Police suspect a single individual to be responsible for the 10 residential break-ins and the 15 vehicle break-...

Employees fight Jore fire

RONAN — The Jore Corporation’s night shift combined fire-fighting forces with the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department to extinguish a fire in the manufacturing department of the corporation’s building early Friday morning.  The Ronan Fire Department responded to call at 12:31 a.m. after...

Local community supports walk to school day

RONAN — In 1969, 42 percent of school children walked or biked to school, but by 2001 that number shrunk to 25 percent. Today, it’s even less, Ronan Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Rolfsness reported.  But on Wednesday of last week, the local community came together to provide kids...

Fire department presents new hall to Charlo

CHARLO — After 15 years of planning, saving and waiting, the people of Charlo can rest assured knowing their fire equipment is under one, solid roof.  Construction of the new fire hall began in the spring, and on Saturday the community will have their first glimpse inside the structure at the C...

City considers new finance officer position

RONAN — Ronan is growing rapidly. Federally mandated improvements to the water and sewer systems have furthered present grants and loans. And with more financial responsibilities given to the city clerk, the Ronan City Council moved to advertise for a fiscal officer in a council meeting on Sept. 27.&nb...

Ronan library celebrates banned books

RONAN — It’s hard to imagine a public library without great works of literary fiction such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Clockwork Orange.” But for a few American citizens, a library bereft of such masterpieces would be the ideal. Last week, Ronan Public Library along ...

Frugal fashionista finds versatility in vintage plaid

I won’t mince any words. I hate plaid. I’ve never been one to dilly dally with my emotions and this one is quite clear to me.  Yes, it’s almost tangible, this utter, undignified, unethical hatred of the material I was forced to wear every school day of my childhood. It reminds me...


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