Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Crash victims experience fatal cardiac events, dog rescued Crash victims experience fatal cardiac events, dog rescued

POLSON – Two fatalities occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 8, involving a car that crashed into the back of Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply store on Heritage Lane at about 1:12 p.m., but the crash wasn’t the cause of death for either victim.  Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said the driver, Mer...

Local basketball teams battle for bragging rights Local basketball teams battle for bragging rights

ST. IGNATIUS – Last week saw a rivalry matchup in the Mission Valley called the “Battle of the Rez” on Tuesday, Jan. 8, between the Mission Bulldogs and the visiting Arlee Warriors that packed the house. On court battles continued with other schools as well.    The rivalry betw...

Ronan Cooperative Brewery finds downtown home Ronan Cooperative Brewery finds downtown home

The doors opened for a short time on Montana’s first cooperative brewery during the evening of Friday, Dec. 21, allowing people to see the space before renovations begin. The Ronan Cooperative Brewery has found a home at 400 Main Street in the back section of a large two-story building that was once...

Former Ronan teacher loses ability to teach in Montana

RONAN – A former Ronan Middle School teacher lost his license to teach in the State of Montana due to allegations of sexual misconduct.  The Montana Board of Public Education revoked Zachary Rowan’s license in November. Rowan was a middle school English teacher at the Ronan School Distric...

U.S. senators respond to MMIW 'epidemic' U.S. senators respond to MMIW 'epidemic'

People driving south on U.S. Highway 93 outside of Missoula will pass a billboard with the word “Missing” in prominent letters next to a picture of a Salish woman.   Jermain Austin Charlo was last seen on June 16 in Missoula, according to the information on the billboard. The Dixon reside...

MCT helps local children become actors MCT helps local children become actors

RONAN – Children in the Ronan School District got together to develop a production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” after only five days of rehearsal on Friday night at the K. William Harvey Elementary school.  The Missoula Children’s Theater sent two professional actors to the scho...

CSKT Pharmacy gets reduced civil penalty CSKT Pharmacy gets reduced civil penalty

ST. IGNATIUS – Approximately 2,500 oxycodone pills were stolen or unaccounted for from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Pharmacy in St. Ignatius resulting in an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration in March 2017 to March 2018. During the DEA’s inspection of th...

Sherwood not scheduled to present at kids’ club Sherwood not scheduled to present at kids’ club

LAKE COUNTY – The director of the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County and the Flathead Indian Reservation, Aric Cooksley, spoke up to clarify an issue concerning a District Court case involving Donnovan Anthony Sherwood, 19. During the case, Sherwood pled guilty for his role in the incident resulting...

Man killed in hit and run

PABLO – A 20-year-old man was killed during a hit-and-run incident on U.S. Highway 93 near mile marker 53 in Pablo on Dec. 8. The victim has been identified as Aiden Michael Finley of Polson. (See related obituary on page 34.) Montana Highway Patrol Sargent Chan Barry said the incident occurred arou...

Police arrest another person involved in shooting

RONAN – A man involved in a November shooting and robbery incident with a 16-year-old in Ronan was found and arrested in Polson.  A Polson Police officer arrested Darius Samuel McDougall, 21, on Thursday, Dec. 6, for his alleged involvement in a robbery at a residence at the 300 block of 12th A...


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