Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Children support other children with caring messages Children support other children with caring messages

A local Girl Scout troop worked on a project to recognize another group of children with messages of love.  Children in the troop, who are under age 10 and members of Polson Girl Scout Troop 3335, sat down with markers, glue and glitter to create dozens of Valentine’s Day cards to be delivered ...

Polson, county officers respond to missing person, school threat, dead body in little more than a week

By Karen Peterson / Valley Journal  LAKE COUNTY – Law enforcement in Lake County searched for a missing person last week, notified the public of the identity of a body found at Flathead Lake and continued to respond to a school threat. In the first incident, on Monday, Feb. 1, Lake County 91...

Assisted living facility coordinates in-house fundraiser for food banks Assisted living facility coordinates in-house fundraiser for food banks

RONAN — Residents at St. Luke Extended Care are finding creative ways to fill their time and give back to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The pandemic has caused a basic lock-down at the facility in an effort to protect high-risk residents from the virus, so they haven’t been...

Lake County tax exemptions halted for land going into trust

LAKE COUNTY — Temporary tribal tax exemptions for property being put into trust status is currently suspended in Lake County. The change comes from a new agreement between Lake County and the Montana Department of Revenue. “The agreement stipulates that the Department of Revenue will grant no ...

MME inclusion project starts with information campaign MME inclusion project starts with information campaign

RONAN — After Lauren Oliver took a new job as the executive director of Mission Mountain Enterprises last April, the pandemic caused her to change some of her plans for the social service organization. Oliver wanted to create more inclusion between MME clients and the Lake County community before sh...

Lake County Sheriff reports traffic accident fatality south of Ronan

RONAN ­— Lake County Sheriff Don Bell identified the man killed during a head on collision at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 21, as 70-year-old Jack Howlett of Ronan. Lake County 911 Dispatch Center was notified that a passenger vehicle and a semi-tractor trailer had hit head on in a c...

Experts share strategies for handling pandemic isolation Experts share strategies for handling pandemic isolation

Social isolation has as much impact on a person’s health as smoking and alcohol consumption, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but maintaining connections can be difficult during a pandemic.   “Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and...

Trump signs water rights bill into law, not everyone celebrates

After the Montana Water Rights Protection Act went to President Donald Trump’s desk on Sunday, Dec. 27, and was signed into law many celebrated, including state and tribal leaders, but not everyone joined the festivities.   Mission Irrigation District Commissioner Tim Orr was one of those not c...

Law makers settle water rights issues Law makers settle water rights issues

After years of negotiation, water rights issues on the Flathead Reservation flowed to the top level as the Montana Water Rights Protection Act passed with bipartisan effort in the United States Senate on Monday, Dec. 21. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Chairwoman Shelly R. Fyant called the event h...

Mother asks for closure two years after son’s death Mother asks for closure two years after son’s death

PABLO — Two years after Aiden Finley, 20, of Pablo, was killed along U.S. Highway 93, near mile marker 53 in Pablo, his mother stood in the spot where he was found and pleaded for justice. “We still don’t know what happened to him,” Tricia Finley said. “We need answers. Someo...


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