Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

RONAN – Thanks to the newly added space at the Ronan Bread Basket, the second Volunteer Appreciation Celebration was actually held at the food pantry on Saturday. Tables and chairs were set up for about 30 people and others who stopped in during the afternoon in what is now a large food storage room...

Seeds of change begin with fresh food Seeds of change begin with fresh food

ARLEE – Finding the time to prepare a healthy meal can be difficult after a long day of work, taking care of kids, or other responsibilities, so a group in Arlee got together to learn a few skills to make the process easier. “We’ve learned some things to help us think ahead, tools to hel...

Leaders build connections to foster change Leaders build connections to foster change

PABLO – Divisive is a word used on the Flathead Indian Reservation in the past few years to describe the relationship among community members with varying opinions for things like the Water Compact and even taxes.   Leaders in many fields including the financial sector, law enforcement, technol...

Fire-damaged homes repaired with auction proceeds Fire-damaged homes repaired with auction proceeds

ST. IGNATIUS – At the Amish School site on Allison Road, the children were more interested in the baby goats than the Saturday, April 14, benefit auction. The adults, however, busily bid on items bringing in about $28,000.  Toby Yoder helped organize the event. He said people in the community d...

Students learn about aquatic invasive species, prevention efforts Students learn about aquatic invasive species, prevention efforts

 YELLOW BAY – Maggie Burnham asked a group of middle school students to imagine they were scraping quagga mussel shells off a dock or other surface during a field trip workshop at the Flathead Lake Biological Station on Thursday.  She handed them wooden boards with macaroni solidly glued t...

Planning board votes to keep density map, regulations Planning board votes to keep density map, regulations

 POLSON – The Lake County Planning Board, tasked with giving the county’s governing body recommendations, voted on their official opinion concerning the Density Map and Regulations during a meeting on Wednesday, April 11. The DMRs are currently used to guide growth and development for rur...

Nonprofit organization seeks to increase female participation in technology careers Nonprofit organization seeks to increase female participation in technology careers

Women are often missing from the applicant pool for careers in technology and a new organization called ChickTech is working to change that. “Having more women in technology benefits the products we make, and diversity changes development teams and increases quality,” said Brigitta Lee, presid...

Cub Scouts raise money to help food pantry Cub Scouts raise money to help food pantry

RONAN – Eight-year-old Cub Scout Tyler Miller, along with the rest of Ronan Wolf Pack 4956, collected food last Saturday to help the local food pantry provide regular emergency food for people in need. “It’s a great project to help people that depend on the Bread Basket,” said Tyle...

Town mourns loss of community champion Cal Lindburg Town mourns loss of community champion Cal Lindburg

RONAN – A beloved community member who volunteered so often he was honored with the title of “Grand Marshal” in several local parades, passed away recently. Community members describe him as someone who helped develop the town of Ronan.  Calvin Lindburg, 91, better known as “C...

Teen keeps momentum going for ‘Save Our Sisters’ project Teen keeps momentum going for ‘Save Our Sisters’ project

Marita Growing Thunder, 19, held in tears for a moment as she walked on the back roads last Tuesday to bring awareness to all missing or murdered indigenous women.  She was on the third day of a four-day journey across the Flathead Indian Reservation that started at the farthest northern edge and end...


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