Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

CSKT Pharmacy gets reduced civil penalty CSKT Pharmacy gets reduced civil penalty

ST. IGNATIUS – Approximately 2,500 oxycodone pills were stolen or unaccounted for from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Pharmacy in St. Ignatius resulting in an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration in March 2017 to March 2018. During the DEA’s inspection of th...

Sherwood not scheduled to present at kids’ club Sherwood not scheduled to present at kids’ club

LAKE COUNTY – The director of the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County and the Flathead Indian Reservation, Aric Cooksley, spoke up to clarify an issue concerning a District Court case involving Donnovan Anthony Sherwood, 19. During the case, Sherwood pled guilty for his role in the incident resulting...

Man killed in hit and run

PABLO – A 20-year-old man was killed during a hit-and-run incident on U.S. Highway 93 near mile marker 53 in Pablo on Dec. 8. The victim has been identified as Aiden Michael Finley of Polson. (See related obituary on page 34.) Montana Highway Patrol Sargent Chan Barry said the incident occurred arou...

Police arrest another person involved in shooting

RONAN – A man involved in a November shooting and robbery incident with a 16-year-old in Ronan was found and arrested in Polson.  A Polson Police officer arrested Darius Samuel McDougall, 21, on Thursday, Dec. 6, for his alleged involvement in a robbery at a residence at the 300 block of 12th A...

It's official: Totally new kids’ club opens in Ronan It's official:  Totally new kids’ club opens in Ronan

RONAN – The doors opened on the new clubhouse for the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County and the Flathead Reservation on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and the experience was overwhelming for some. One of the club’s board members, Janette Rosman, watched as children walked in the front door of the 19,000 s...

Missoula Children’s Theater play performed in St. Ignatius Missoula Children’s Theater play performed in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS – With help from the Missoula Children’s Theater, children at the St. Ignatius School District presented the “Snow Queen” on Friday and Saturday after preparing for only five days.   Iris Arlint played the part of Gerda. The Snow Queen was Yvonne Baty. Wyatt Lamme...

Crash victim’s name released

According to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell, the 14-year-old female who died as a result of a vehicle crash on Nov. 14 was Aliyah McCrea of Ronan. The Montana Highway Patrol is still conducting an investigation into the crash. Bell said: “The Sheriff’s Office sends our condolences to the famil...

Bulldogs do work of angels Bulldogs do work of angels

ST. IGNATIUS – Nineteen St. Ignatius Middle School students put on their wings for the holiday season to help children in need. The group is called Dogs with Wings because the school’s mascot is a bulldog and the students are doing the work of angels. The group is part of a school project that...

Family shares story about local smokejumper Family shares story about local smokejumper

When anyone told Margarita Kay Phillips (1956-2018) she couldn’t do something, she would work twice as hard to prove them wrong. With that mindset, she achieved a number of amazing accomplishments in her lifetime, but she wasn’t one to brag.  In fact, she didn’t like being the cente...

K-9 officer joins Polson Police Department K-9 officer joins Polson Police  Department

POLSON – The newest member of the Polson Police Department has a nose for finding illegal drugs with success already occurring during his first two weeks on the job. The German shorthair pointer joined the Department as a police dog in early November after being trained in narcotics odor detection a...


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