Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

McCollum elected mayor of St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS – During the election, Steve McCollum earned the most votes, making him the next “unofficial” mayor. McCollum will be sworn in and take the seat in January. The Lake County Election Office counted the ballots for the St. Ignatius Municipal General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 7...

School Spirit School Spirit

ST. IGNATIUS – Little monsters and other scary creatures roamed the halls of the St. Ignatius High School on Oct. 30 after the last bell rang for the day. Students Serving Community club members invited children to dress up in their Halloween costumes for an evening of trick or treating. The event w...

Arlee gets early start on holiday activities Arlee gets early start on holiday activities

ARLEE – The holiday season kicked off on a snowy Saturday morning last week as the third annual Arlee Bazaar began. Paula Wofford, one of the event coordinators, said Christmas shopping in early November might be a bit too early for some, but the Arlee Brown Building Committee hosting the event was ...

New group leaves divisiveness out of political discussion New group leaves divisiveness out of political discussion

POLSON – Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged! is a new non-partisan community-led group bringing people together to talk about local and national issues, and Montana’s budget was the focus of their discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The group developed after the 2016 presidential election lef...

Suicide awareness group lights up the night Suicide awareness group lights up the night

RONAN – Glow sticks and flashlights turned on as the sun went down and people took off for the third annual Light the Night 5K and one-mile race on Friday.  Organized by Your Life Matters Project (YLM) volunteers, the event brings awareness to suicide prevention and serves as the group’s ...

Local Baha’i celebrate birth of founder, share message of unity Local Baha’i celebrate birth of founder, share message of unity

PABLO – Dozens of people from across Lake County attended the 200th birthday celebration for the creator of the Baha’i faith at the Salish Kootenai College on Sunday, Oct. 22.  The Baha’i of the Flathead Reservation organized the event. They were celebrating the 200th year since the...

S&S Sports rebuilds after fire: ‘It’s going to be all metal’ S&S Sports rebuilds after fire:  ‘It’s going to be all metal’

RONAN – S&S Sports is rebuilding after a fire destroyed the 10,000 square-foot shop, containing recreational vehicles, watercraft, tools, and other things. On March 14, 2016 a thick plume of smoke rose up over the S&S building and moved east across U.S. Highway 93, a few miles south of Ronan...

Dispatchers train for disaster response without aid of computers Dispatchers train for disaster response without aid of computers

POLSON – In order to get around prohibitive costs, Lake County Office of Emergency Management Director Steve Stanley organized a local training session for his dispatch crew and first responders last week. Stanely, who said he wants to offer his 911 emergency dispatch crew and other emergency respon...

Teens gather to learn suicide intervention skills Teens gather to learn suicide intervention skills

RONAN – One of Kylei BigBow’s friends died by suicide last year. The 17-year-old Polson High School student was so overcome with grief from the loss that she decided she needed to do something about the issue. “I wanted to take that grief to help conquer this,” she said of suicide....

Comics ask kids to suspend political correctness for assembly Comics ask kids to suspend political correctness for assembly

CHARLO – Two speakers traveled to schools across the Flathead Indian Reservation last week to share a message of inclusion wrapped in a comic routine. The speakers stopped in Charlo on Tuesday, Oct. 17 and while they were there also told students about the 4th Annual Indigenous Film Festival showing...


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