Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Emerald energy Emerald energy

RONAN – The sidewalks filled with people coming out to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade as it flowed down Main Street on Friday. “We can’t all be Irish, but we can pretend,” Pam Baird said, wearing a set of wobbly leprechauns on her head as she waited for the parade. Her...

Programs bring community together to support suicide awareness, prevention Programs bring community together to support suicide awareness, prevention

ARLEE – The first of several dinners developed around suicide awareness began at the Brown Building on Wednesday, March 15. It wasn’t a dinner where people got up and spoke about how to prevent suicide, although information was available in pamphlet form if anyone wanted it. The event was more...

Canal cleaning, appeal discussed at meeting

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control heard from the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project manager, talked about a legal appeal, decided to carry insurance on a new employee; and one seat was left empty on the board. The Wednesday, March 15, meeting started out with a report from FIIP Mana...

Charlo community helps school, designs fun run Charlo community helps school, designs fun run

The Charlo community is pulling together to help the school upgrade the outdoor sports complex, and in an effort to raise a portion of the funds to make it happen, they are holding several races called the Ultimate Viking Challenge – competition is optional. “With budget cuts over the years, t...

St. Ignatius City Council hears local issues

ST. IGNATIUS – During the St. Ignatius City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 7, the Lake County Office of Emergency Management director asked for a letter of approval, a community member proposed the start of a new farmers market, and the potholes in town were considered. Lake County OEM Director S...

Students host friendly political forum Students host friendly political forum

RONAN — In an effort to show students that it’s okay to disagree about politics, four Montana legislators, three Republicans and one Democrat answered questions about current issues including invasive species, Public Law 280, and election ballots. “It’s great that the kids get invo...

Name released of driver in fatal wreck

RONAN – Lake County Sheriff Don Bell recently released the name of the woman killed in a crash that occurred on the morning of Monday, Feb. 27, between a Ronan school bus and a Honda Pilot on U.S. Highway 93 near Spring Creek Road and Lake’s Corner. Cheryl Ann Brown, 56, of Kalispell died in a...

Principal sleeps on school roof Principal sleeps on school roof

ST. IGNATIUS — Mission Elementary School principal Tyler Arlint gripped the ladder leaning against the 33-foot building and began to climb. “On the roof, on the roof,” the elementary students chanted. Principal Arlint promised to spend the night on the roof if the students read 2,000 boo...

School spelling champions battle for county title School spelling champions battle for county title

Forty-eight of the best spellers in Lake County were invited to compete at the 52nd Lake County Spelling Bee on Tues., Feb. 21, at the Ronan Performing Arts Center. Students in grades five through eight took their seats on the stage to battle it out one letter at a time for a chance to go to the state com...

School bus involved in fatal crash School bus involved in fatal crash

RONAN – A Ronan School District bus full of children was involved in a fatal crash on Monday morning about 8 a.m. as the bus was returning to school from a morning route to collect students. “The kids had minor injuries,” Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said of the students on the bus. T...


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