Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Elizabeth Anderson

MVAS celebrates 25th anniversary MVAS celebrates 25th anniversary

Riverside Park filled with a large crowd of people and their furry friends on Sunday for the Mission Valley Animal Shelter’s thank you to the community party. The organizers of the event seemed very pleased with the turnout and the number of volunteers. “We wouldn’t be celebrating 25 ...

Jack Hanna introduces bear project Jack Hanna introduces bear project

FLATHEAD VALLEY — Jack Hanna, raised on a farm in Tennessee, started working for a veterinarian at age 11. He has a love for Glacier National Park, wildlife, and the people in the area. Hanna and his wife, Suzi, have lived in Montana for 20 years. In 1996, the property they bought was full of elk. ...

Mission Valley Animal Shelter celebrates 25 years Mission Valley Animal Shelter celebrates 25 years

POLSON — The non-profit Mission Valley Animal Shelter has thrived on community support for a quarter of a century, and as a thank you, will host a shelter birthday celebration on Aug. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Riverside Park. The MVAS mission is to be “a voice for those who cannot speak” to...

Electric Blues Electric Blues

  Ominous clouds hung in the sky Friday night as Johnny Long stepped up to perform at the 4th annual Flathead Blues Festival on the scenic shore of Flathead Lake.  About halfway through the performance, gusty winds swept through Salish Point and a torrential downpour followed, causing them to...

Cherry growers work year-round to ensure safe practices, pest-free fruit Cherry growers work year-round to ensure safe practices, pest-free fruit

As the cherry harvest ends, the shipping process and marketing runs smoothly largely to the program’s safety and legal requirements that are part of the harvest itself. Included in this process is the use of commercial sprays to protect the cherries from bugs, such as the Mediterranean Fruit Fly and...

Summerfest combines car show, art, more

POLSON — Anderson Radio Broadcasting organized a new summer event called Summerfest that will embrace the previous car show and other events during the Sandpiper Art Festival weekend, Aug. 8 and 9. The community-wide celebration of summer will offer several activities, events and opportunities, and ...

Flathead cherry marketing thrives with Co-op Flathead cherry marketing thrives with Co-op

Cherries were first introduced to Montana in 1866, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Grower’s interest blossomed quickly, and many began planting cherry trees around the Flathead Valley. By 1893 the trees had flourished in maturity, growing from eight to 12 feet tall.  ...

Flathead’s own passion fruit ripe, ready to harvest Flathead’s own passion fruit ripe, ready to harvest

Warm summer days ripened a variety of local  cherries just in time for the Cherry Festival this year, allowing growers and vendors to sell a portion of their crop downtown last weekend. Bruce Johnson, president of Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, a Montana Agricultural Cooperative, said that the grow...

Flathead Lake 3-on-3 basketball tournament returns to Polson Flathead Lake 3-on-3 basketball tournament returns to Polson

POLSON — The 22nd annual Flathead Lake 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be returning to downtown streets July 25-27.  Teams begin playing at 9 a.m. both days. On Saturday, the three-point shooting contest will begin at 8 p.m., and be followed by the slam-dunk contest. The contest required a...

Local markets explore niches to coexist with supercenter Local markets explore niches to coexist with supercenter

Polson’s Walmart Supercenter opened its doors October 24, 2013, on 28 acres that were re-zoned to commercial property and annexed into the city the city of Polson. Polson’s Walmart Supercenter is now three times the size of the original Walmart, which opened in 1988 in the building now occupied b...


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