Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Jim Blow

Advice to graduates begins long before the ceremony

Around this time every year we hear bits and pieces of advice that are shared with our graduating students. Some are sage and some are just fluff.  And some will actually stick. The recent advice passed on to graduates by First Lady Michelle Obama to “Remember that you are blessed. Remember ...

Smith Brower wins commissioner race, Doyle earns Republican nod

Voters turned out at a tepid rate for Tuesday’s Primary election on June 8. Overall voter turnout was 29.36 percent of registered voters in Lake County.  Despite the mild voter turnout, there were several hotly contested races in the primaries, particularly for the county commissioner seat and ...

Local athletes compete in district rodeo

DRUMMOND — Area high school cowboys and cowgirls geared up for end of the spring high school rodeo season by competing in last weekend’s District 5 High School Rodeo, held in Drummond. It was the final chance for rodeo athletes to qualify for next week’s Montana High School Rodeo Associatio...

Trophy girls

The Polson girls’ tennis team brought home the hardware from a hard-fought state tennis tournament in Billings last week.  Battling through tough competition, inclement weather that forced the second day of play indoors, and some rough court conditions that included grass growing in cracks on t...

Team effort

Judged individually, they performed pretty darned well. But as a team they were head and shoulders above the rest.  Marking a season that just got better and better as the weeks went by, Polson’s Lady Pirates ended the track and field season with a stellar team performance that earned them a st...

Lady Pirates shrug off weather, battle through shortened tournament for fifth state softball crown

The Polson Lady Pirates softball team went over to Billings a young, talented squad that was dominant most of the season, but looked out of sync in losing two out of its three final regular season games. However, they came back champions, proving themselves on the state’s biggest, most grueling softbal...

Faces may change, but the Valley Journal will carry on

Change happens, whether you plan for it or not. And I never thought I’d be planning around this kind of change. At the end of June, I’ll be leaving the Valley Journal. It’s not going to be a joyful occasion for me. As a matter of fact, my last day at work might be the roughest I&rsquo...

Rodeo athletes spend the weekend in the Bitterroot

The Mission Valley High School Rodeo Club members competed in the Darby Rodeo last weekend, the final rodeo before this weekend’s District 5 rodeo in Drummond. Michaela Blevins had a good weekend of cutting, including a first-place run in Shelby. She also took sixth in pole bending in Darby on Satur...

Far above the rest

Add another divisional track title to the Lady Pirates’ record, their sixth over the last 11 years. And with three state title under their belt, they are definitely in the hunt for a fourth. The Polson girls swept through the competition at last weekend’s Northwestern A Divisional track and fi...

Two losses serve to refocus Lady Pirates before state

Finishing the regular season 1-2 wasn’t the way Polson’s Lady Pirates wanted to head into this weekend’s state Class A softball tournament, but that’s a reality they’ve had to face. And, hopefully, they’ve learned enough from those losses to spur them into a final winning ...


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