Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Jim Blow

Invest it now, or pay for it later

Good things don’t last forever, at least not without some serious investment. What works with careers and relationships also works with the things we own and prize. We can keep using that favorite hammer for as long as we want, as long as we keep it out of the weather and out of our neighbor’s...

Polson girls win, boys place second at Columbia Falls Invitational

COLUMBIA FALLS — It's early in the season but it's never too early to win a track meet.  The Polson Lady Pirates were clearly setting the bar high last Saturday as they posted 134 points to win the Columbia Falls Invitational Track Meet last Saturday. Their point total almost doubled second-lac...

Beautiful weather greets Ronan netters in Bitterroot

It was a delayed opener for the Ronan tennis team, but last Saturday's trip to Stevensville couldn't have been better timed. The weather was absolutely spring-like, with a sunny sky and temperatures in the 60s. "Finally, after four weeks of practice we got to play," Ronan head coach Gordon Cummings said. ...

Polson finally opens tennis season with spurt of four duals

POLSON — It was cold but there weren't many complaints from the Polson tennis players as they officially opened their season last week. Heck, they were just glad to be playing some competition. "It was a great first weekend for the kids. Cold weather was the only negative," Polson head coach Bob His...

High school rodeo competitors stayed close to home

KALISPELL — It was a relatively short and moderately warm trip to last weekend's rodeo for the area high school and wrangler-aged middle school athletes. The Kalispell High School Rodeo was held Saturday and Sunday at the Majestic Valley Arena. Emily Schall and Shawn George teamed up to place second...

Polson pounds out 18 hits, tops Whitefish 17-6 in conference opener

There was a brief early hiccup that proved costly, but during the rest of Friday's softball game in Whitefish the Lady Pirates were firmly in control. Polson improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in conference with a 17-6 win over the Lady Bulldogs in bone-chilling cold and wind that made the game downright misera...

Some of area's finest will be on hand for spring scrimmage

Spring brings a lot more than flowers to the valley. This year, it brings the sound of popping pads and some college football to town. The University of Montana Western is treating the Mission Valley with its annual spring football scrimmage on Ronan High School's new football field this Saturday. This...

Lady Pirates saddle state champ Lady Broncs with first loss

POLSON — It was the kind of test that veteran softball coach Larry Smith prefers. And he was happy to see his young Lady Pirate squad pass the test, though they may not have aced it. Polson kicked off the softball season with a major test against the Frenchtown Broncs last Thursday afternoon. And al...

Political advertising must past muster

With the election season comes a lot of questions about candidates, where they stand and what they claim. That's politics and newspapers are particularly effective in passing on important messages to the public about the candidates who run for office. We realize the Valley Journal is an important and popu...

Lady Pirates reload, look to defend their conference softball crown

POLSON — The Polson Lady Pirates may have lost a lot off last year's conference champion softball squad, but don't look for any slack in their game. Gone are both pitchers from last year, as well as a lot of power-hitting, but head coach Larry Smith has a lot of young talent returning to his lineup....


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