Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Community pulls together to help school Community pulls together  to help school

DIXON – The third annual Bison Stampede rumbled through town on Saturday to raise money for a re-surfaced basketball court. Colin Elverud, 13, was the first runner to cross the finish line during the morning race with a time of 44:13. He ran the 10K. He also got first place in last year’s race...

Race to support school brings in the sharks Race to support school brings in the sharks

ARLEE – Teachers are able to buy much needed school supplies including a few sharks thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Friends of Arlee School. The group organized what might be the 16th consecutive Buttercup Run on Saturday, April 15. The race was established in 1992, but it took a hiatus for...

Spring Cleaning Spring Cleaning

Ronan police officers followed several groups of high school students around town last week. The Ronan High School students were on a mission to rid the town of as much garbage as they could for a few hours after school on Wednesday, April 12, to coincide with Earth Day. They filled garbage bags with old ...

Copy machine blunders FJBC ballots

LAKE COUNTY – Lake County Election Administrator Kathie Newgard addressed issues concerning upcoming elections including a snafu with Flathead Joint Board of Control’s mail-in ballots during a phone interview April 19. She also reminds citizens that an election to fill a Montana congressional sea...

Bison range management changes course Bison range management changes course

MOIESE – Decisions concerning management at the National Bison Range changed course last week around April 12. Legislation was drafted to allow the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to manage the range, but U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke struck down the plan last week. Zinke said he to...

Teenager walks across reservation to empower women  Teenager walks across reservation to empower women

Marita Growing Thunder continued her year-long journey to bring recognition to thousands of missing or murdered indigenous women by walking across the Flathead Indian Reservation from Rollins to Arlee. “I wanted to do this walk to bring more awareness to this issue,” she said. “And I wan...

Sexual assault survivors honored Sexual assault survivors honored

PABLO – About a dozen women and men stood up to give survivors of sexual assault a voice during the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council’s quarterly meeting on Friday. The event coincides with the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is held in April. It started in the 197...

5-year-old awarded for bravery 5-year-old awarded for bravery

POLSON – The Lake County E911 Dispatch service recently recognized five-year-old Karen Hess for her extraordinary bravery and presence of mind during an emergency. Dispatchers arrived at Karen’s Polson Head Start pre-school class on Thursday, April 6, to present her with a plaque, a meal certi...

30-year-old business comes to an end 30-year-old business comes to an end

DIXON – About a thousand people packed in like sardines in the lot next to Dixon Welding and Machine on U.S. Highway 200 for a grand auction full of treasures. Jerry Kohne owned the shop for just about three decades. He died late last year at the age of 82. Many of the people at the event came out t...

Flight Check Flight Check

  A group of bird watchers lift their binoculars to look out over a pond at the scenic pullout south of Ronan along U.S. Highway 93 on Saturday, eyeing various species, enjoying the spring weather. “It looks like we’ve got ducks,” Pat Jamieson said. She leads the group through a ...


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