Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Two more graduate Lake County Drug Court, funding continues Two more graduate Lake County Drug Court, funding continues

POLSON – Being a drug addict isn’t easy; turning your life around is even more difficult, but two more people have done it through Lake County Drug Court, according to Judge James Manley. On Thursday, Oct. 17, two graduates accomplished the life-altering victory and were celebrated in Manley&r...

Cooperative brewery gets loan for construction Cooperative brewery gets loan for construction

Valley Journal  RONAN – A brewery being developed by volunteers to bring the community together is one step closer to opening for regular business. On Friday, Ronan Cooperative Brewery developers held a homebrew tasting and fundraiser event. It wasn’t a brew created at the shop, just y...

Frog involved in power outage Frog involved in power outage

LAKE COUNTY – Although an amphibian was most likely the culprit, the Wednesday afternoon power outage is still under investigation. Mission Valley Power General Manager Jean Matt said that an animal had crossed the breaker on the North Western Energy substation, located near the Séliš ...

Polson medical center tackles opioid problem Polson medical center tackles opioid problem

POLSON – Opioid overdoses are the third leading cause of injury-related deaths in Montana, according to a Montana Department of Health and Human Services report. Statistics like this have brought healthcare providers and state leaders together to tackle the problem with measured results.  Gover...

Pedal to Plate bike ride shines light on locally produced food Pedal to Plate bike ride shines light on locally produced food

RONAN – Cyclists left the Lake County Fairgrounds on Sunday morning for the all-day 40-mile Mission Mountain Area Pedal to Plate ride to support several goals. Janet Sucha, one event organizer, took a minute to talk to about 60 riders. “We wanted to do this to increase biking in Lake County,&r...

Locals participate in worldwide climate protest Locals participate in worldwide climate protest

POLSON – About 50 people gathered on the Lake County courthouse lawn to do their part in what was a global climate protest on Friday. Around the world, masses of young people filled the streets on every continent for a day of global protests. According to the New York Times: “Organizers estima...

MME staff appreciated for hard work MME staff appreciated for hard work

RONAN – Between warm hugs and continuous words of thanks, the employees at Mission Mountain Enterprises had a little ice cream on Thursday afternoon in the park to celebrate Direct Support Professional Recognition Week. MME Director Whitney Cantlon stood in front of the crowd of employees and friend...

MME staff appreciated for hard work

RONAN – Between warm hugs and continuous words of thanks, the employees at Mission Mountain Enterprises had a little ice cream on Thursday afternoon in the park to celebrate Direct Support Professional Recognition Week. MME Director Whitney Cantlon stood in front of the crowd of employees and friend...

Homicide suspect arrested after RV park incident Homicide suspect arrested after RV park incident

PABLO – Law enforcement responded to a homicide at 3:30 p.m. at a park for recreational vehicles located between Pablo and Ronan on Saturday, Aug 31. Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the scene where they found an unresponsive male in a camper. The victim was identified ...

Local grizzly bears could help populate other areas Local grizzly bears could help populate other areas

In an effort to protect both bears and humans, People and Carnivores teamed up with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to offer a bit of advice about how the two species can live together in the same habitat.  CSKT Wildlife biologist Kari Eneas said the Mission Valley is home to hundreds of ...


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