Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Hot Springs celebrates 70th Homesteader Days Hot Springs celebrates 70th Homesteader Days

HOT SPRINGS – During the 70th annual Homesteader Days Celebration wind gusts whipped down Main Street, something the original homesteaders would probably know a lot about.  According to Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce records, the event is held the second weekend in June to honor the original h...

Law enforcement makes multiple drug busts

LAKE COUNTY – Four unrelated drug busts in a 24-hour period kept the Lake County Sherriff’s Office extra busy last week.     The criminal activity started early on Monday, June 3, at 6:25 a.m. when 28-year-old Seth Williams, of Polson, was arrested in Ronan. Lake County Sheriff Don B...

Polson graduates accept $1M in scholarships Polson graduates accept $1M in scholarships

POLSON – Six valedictorians took to the stage during the Polson High School graduation ceremony on Sunday afternoon, including Keyan Dalbey, Beatrix Frissell, Ashlee Howell, Makauly Morrison, Abigail Raymond and Lauren Vergeront.   They were each given three minutes to speak and talked about th...

Ronan High School students make memories Ronan High School students make memories

RONAN – Sixty-five graduates earned diplomas from Ronan High School for 2019. The commencement ceremony was held on Sunday afternoon at the school.  Three students picked up high honors this year. Valedictorian Kara Holmlund encouraged people to live in the moment during her speech. Co-salutato...

Ronan firefighters respond to vehicle fire at store Ronan firefighters respond to vehicle fire at store

RONAN – Giles Gordon didn’t expect his day to get smoking hot on Monday, June 3. He was simply going to the grocery store and ended up visiting with firefighters and a police officer in the grocery store parking lot. During the noon hour, he got into his 2000 Ford Explorer and drove north, abo...

St. Ignatius graduates encouraged to find diamonds St. Ignatius graduates encouraged to find diamonds

ST. IGNATIUS – Thirty-three students were awarded diplomas at St. Ignatius High School on Saturday afternoon. Dan Durglo gave the graduation address this year and challenged the graduates to cultivate the elements of their lives as if they were diamonds. He explained that it takes work to create a f...

Women 4 Wellness health fair improves, saves lives Women 4 Wellness health fair improves, saves lives

PABLO – Diana Cote looked out at the women and a few men exploring the booths of almost 100 vendors on Thursday during the 11th annual Women for Wellness health fair held at the Salish Kootenai College gym. “It’s good when women get together,” she said. “It’s really goo...

Class of 2019 crosses finish line Class of 2019 crosses finish line

ARLEE – Twenty-eight students received diplomas at this year’s Arlee High School graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 26, held at the old gym.  Noelle West was the valedictorian this year, and Ashley Potts was the salutatorian. Teacher Leslie Jackson gave the commencement address after Arle...

Cornerstone pizza closes up shop

ST. IGNATIUS – One last pizza was made at the Cornerstone Pizza shop on Thursday afternoon before supplies were depleted and the doors were closed on what has been an eight-year adventure to support the community. The closure comes not as a result of any major issue but as a simple change in focus. ...

Senator sponsors bill to simplify irrigation elections

LAKE COUNTY – Sen. Dan Salomon (R) sponsored a bill to help make irrigation elections easier, and the Governor signed it into law on May 1 after a 50-0 vote on the third reading.  Senate Bill 116 revises the voter requirements in irrigation district elections across the state. “Numerous i...


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