Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

School water leaks turn into annual event School water leaks turn into annual event

ST. IGNATIUS – Water droplets sporadically fell from the ceiling in an English classroom at St. Ignatius High School last Thursday while students read their books.  “It’s dripping all around us,” said senior Sierra Esslinger as she picked up her books after the bell rang. ...

Non-partisan group organizes meetings to find solutions to local problems Non-partisan group organizes meetings to find solutions to local problems

RONAN – People gathered to learn how to bring individuals with different points of view together on Tuesday evening in an effort to create positive outcomes for the community. Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged! hosted the event at the Ronan Senior Citizen Center. The group is centered on the i...

Social services help people survive the income gap Social services help people survive the income gap

Caroline Roesch is a single mother with three children living near the Mission Mountain Range in Lake County, and for her, social service programs were there to help keep food on the table when she needed the assistance.   Roesch was a teacher in Utah’s public school system for about a decade w...

Irrigators need signature form for election ballot verification Irrigators need signature form for election ballot verification

ST. IGNATIUS – Several topics were addressed during the Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9, including the CSKT-MT Water Compact, although the most time sensitive topic focused on election ballots. It was said that irrigators should have received an envelope in the mail contai...

Sheriff reports 60 people released from jail in three weeks Sheriff reports 60 people released from jail in three weeks

POLSON – Lake County Sheriff Don Bell wants the community to see just how many people are being released from jail each week that would have remained incarcerated if it weren’t for a lack of space. “We want to be transparent about the problem and show people how badly we need a new deten...

Nonprofit helps develop community, businesses Nonprofit helps develop community, businesses

RONAN – Executive Director Gypsy Ray posted one of Lake County Community Development Corporation’s newest projects on their website to help inform people of all the things going on with the nonprofit business development center. “We are putting out a monthly newsletter,” she said. ...

Breaking her silence Breaking her silence

LAKE COUNTY – Penny Lippincott, 74, wanted to keep her experience with childhood abuse buried in the past, but it always came back to haunt her no matter how hard she tried to ignore it. The daily news even had a way of triggering her memories, which is what happened recently.  She was listenin...

Concert volunteers work to help repair church Concert volunteers work to help repair church

 asking for anyone with musical skills to join them to help raise funds to restore the cracking murals in the historic Mission Catholic Church. “You don’t have to be religious,” said Janis Cates, program producer. Her goal is to bring people in the valley together for a musical c...

Memories aglow Memories aglow

Paper lanterns drifted through the sky from the Ronan High School parking lot on a chilly Wednesday evening before Christmas.  “People are sending them out as a way to remember people that have passed or for friends or family that can’t be here for the holidays,” said RHS teacher Bo...

St. Ignatius school reacts to bomb threat

By Karen Peterson              Valley Journal ST. IGNATIUS – The St. Ignatius school locked down the doors and classrooms to protect students after a bomb threat was made on Wednesday afternoon. Superintendent Jason Sargent said administration and law enforcemen...


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