Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Lake County residents test positive for COVID-19

LAKE COUNTY – The Mission Valley was not immune to the COVID-19 virus. On March 26, the Lake County Public Health Department reported the first case. Another person was identified on Saturday and a third on Sunday.  “We put up a good, hard fight, but we now join many other counties in our...

District Court makes changes to reduce spread of COVID-19

POLSON – The 20th Judicial District Court in Lake County put out a notice to attorneys on March 17 with guidelines concerning how to proceed with cases as the COVID-19 virus spreads.   The administrative order from District Court Judge James Manley states the COVID-19 virus is expected to conti...

Sheriff releases names involved in murder-suicide

POLSON – A father died by suicide after killing his two children in their home on Lakeview Drive in Polson on Friday, March 13. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said an investigation is underway. Bell said “it appears” the father killed the children and himself. Bell said the father of the c...

Lake County District Court makes change to reduce spread of COVID-19

By Karen Peterson / Valley Journal POLSON – The 20 th Judicial District Court in Lake County put out a notice to attorneys on March 17 with guidelines concerning how to proceed with cases as the COVID-19 virus spreads.   The administrative order from District Court Judge James Manley stat...

Sheriff releases names involved in murder-suicide

POLSON – A father died by suicide after killing his two children in their home on Lakeview Drive in Polson on Friday, March 13. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said an investigation is underway. Bell said “it appears” the father killed the children and himself. Bell said the father of the c...

Bridging the red and blue divide one conversation at a time Bridging the red and blue divide one conversation at a time

LAKE COUNTY — Active listening, I statements, acknowledgement … the basics of healthy communication can save marriages, and maybe even bridge political divides. In a time of increasing divide between left and right, finding common ground has gotten harder. In an effort to keep the peace, marr...

Addiction recovery home opens in Polson Addiction recovery home opens in Polson

POLSON – Jay Brewer stood outside the new drug and alcohol addiction-recovery house – one of the first of its kind in Montana – on a warm spring afternoon with a smile on his face. “Everything is surreal right now,” Brewer said as he looked at the ordinary white house being u...

Police officers carry freezing man after ice broke

MCDONALD LAKE – The ice started to crack as a man stood on McDonald Lake during the late evening of Monday, Feb. 24.  According to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell, the ice completely broke and the man fell through into the cold water at around 10:45 p.m. The man’s name isn’t being r...

FJBC employee indicted in federal court

MISSOULA — The Flathead Joint Board of Control’s former executive administrative assistant, Johanna Clark, was indicted on federal charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in United States District Court on Feb. 26 in Missoula. According to court documents, Clark is faci...

Day of Thanks Day of Thanks

RONAN – Law enforcement officers and a K9 unit moved through the K. William Harvey Elementary School on Friday among dozens of children to answer questions and receive a bit of swag.   The event was organized by school staff to bring the community together and thank the officers for their servi...


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