Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Help protect Flathead Lake from aquatic invaders Help protect Flathead Lake from aquatic invaders

LAKE COUNTY – Imagine a future where you are taking off your shoes and walking along the edge of the Flathead Lake during a warm summer day, looking out across the changing blue colors of the water, and suddenly, you feel a sharp pain in your foot.  Erik Hanson, the Confederated Salish and Koot...

Glacier Lake School celebrates first graduate Glacier Lake School celebrates first graduate

ST. IGNATIUS – Wilson Hidy, 17, is the first student to graduate from Glacier Lake School, which also happens to be the first school in Montana with a student-directed learning program. “We are very excited to have our first graduate,” said Ben Kestner, the school’s co-founder. He ...

Unofficial 2018 Primary Election results tabulated

LAKE COUNTY – The 2018 Primary Election was held on Wednesday to decide the voter’s preference for candidates in the upcoming general election. The Lake County Election Office hasn’t officially canvassed the local results, but the votes are in as follows:       L...

Twenty-four students receive diplomas Twenty-four students receive diplomas

St. Ignatius celebrated the 100th graduating high school class on Saturday as 24 graduates received diplomas.  Joe McDonald graduated from the school in 1951. He was invited to give the graduation address in honor of the centennial. He said the students can achieve their dreams with hard work like ma...

Local teenager killed in crash

RONAN – A Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy was involved in a fatal crash on Saturday, June 2, at approximately 5 a.m. while in route to an emergency. Montana Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and reported that the Jeep Wrangler involved in the incident was driven by a 17-year-old female fr...

Memorial Day services held across Lake County Memorial Day services held across Lake County

By Karen Peterson                    Valley Journal  LAKE COUNTY – People often think Memorial Day is the holiday that begins summer with activities during a three-day weekend including everything from barbecue cookouts, trips to the lake, and a...

Board hears about successful wildlife management programs Board hears about successful wildlife management programs

POLSON – The Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board met to talk about the many projects that happened last year and what will come in the future during a meeting on Wednesday, May 23, at the Polson library. The State of Montana and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes started the board ...

W4W celebrates 10th anniversary W4W celebrates 10th anniversary

PABLO – Lives were saved again this year during the Women 4 Wellness health fair at the Salish Kootenai College on Thursday, May 24. Eleanor Vizcarra, W4W co-organizer, said every year hundreds of participants receive a number of free health screenings at the event, and some positive test results ar...

Arlee graduates celebrate milestone - Class of 2018 Arlee graduates celebrate milestone - Class of 2018

ARLEE – Thirty-three Arlee High School graduates listened as teacher Ryan Landolfi gave them a bit of advice during his commencement address on Sunday, May 27. He encouraged them to value relationships and call their old friends once in a while to touch base. He said if something goes wrong as they ...

Lake County Drug Court honors first graduate Lake County Drug Court honors first graduate

POLSON – Karen Tromp figured life as she knew it was over a year ago. She was in her 60s and set to go to prison after being charged with a felony for possession of dangerous drugs. A 45-year-old addiction brought her to this point.  She said she was a functioning addict for many years. She had...


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