Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Jim Blow

Down, but not out: Golden Eagle rehabilitates in Polson

Her name is Princess Leia and she will never fly again, but that doesn't mean her life is over. Customers at the Southshore Vet Clinic in Polson have been treated to a rare experience over the past few months as many have gotten the chance to see a Golden Eagle up close. Leia, an injured Golden Eagle, cam...

Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to serve you

It’s been a long, slow goodbye and I apologize for that. But this, I’m sorry to say, is my last editorial at the Valley Journal. Just about six years ago a small group of us were sitting around my porch enjoying a few cold beverages, wondering how we could all collectively jump off the cliff t...

Owen hopes to jump through hoops of an Olympic dream

She always understood what it would take to compete with the best the world had to offer — dream big, work hard and set your goals high. And nobody may be better suited to fulfill that dream than Melinda Owen. It’s a big dream for a girl growing up in northwest Montana. Now a young woman, Owen...

Wyatt Lytton wins national rodeo award

POLSON — Wyatt Lytton, an eighth-grader at Polson Middle School, was named the National High School Rodeo Association Junior Division Athlete of the Month. The program, which has more than 2,500 members competing, rewards one girl and one boy each month with a Professional’s Choice Air Ride Saddl...

Round-ballers hit the hardwood for Cage Tourney

RONAN — Teams from all over western Montana converged on the Ronan Event Center, RHS High School gym and K.W. Harvey Elementary gym for two days of furious five-on-five basketball last weekend. The Mission Valley Cage Tournament, held June 18-19, included boys’ and girls’ varsity and sub...

Plan now for that long, dry season of fire

It’s hard to imagine the threat of wildland fire when rain is pelting you in the face, but there may be no better time.  The start of summer was officially Monday, June 21, but it’s hard to believe when you look up at the green hillsides and snow-capped peaks of the Missions. It’s b...

Journal staff wins 21 newspaper awards

BOZEMAN — The Valley Journal staff enjoyed an award-winning weekend at the Montana Newspaper Association’s annual convention. The Journal earned 21 awards for the newspaper’s content in the MNA’s 2009 Better Newspaper Contest.  The purpose of the contest is to promote excellen...

Muddy trails

BOZEMAN — It started flat-out ugly but ended fairly pretty. The Montana State High School Rodeo Association’s state finals muddy, sometimes snowy, start in Bozeman, but the weather turned from spring to summer on Saturday for an almost normal finish. In the end, three members of the Mission Va...

Being better informed just got easier

Ain’t technology wonderful? Oh, sure, sometimes it becomes a bit overwhelming and maybe even overhyped. It seems that constant communications and worldwide information at our fingertips has become a must-have ability that we couldn’t possibly do without.  Clearly, technology advances make...

Knight, Powell earn Wrangler Rookie awards

HAMILTON — Abby Knight and Will Powell led the younger Mission Valley rodeo athletes at last weekend’s Wrangler Division state rodeo finals in Hamilton June 4-5. Knight and Powell both earned Rookie Of The Year awards for their efforts throughout the rodeo season.  Powell and Barndon Y...


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