Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

People’s Center to reopen gift shop, cleanup underway People’s Center to reopen gift shop, cleanup underway

PABLO — After fire engulfed the The People’s Center on Sept. 6, museum officials wiped away tears and began the work of rebuilding to save precious artifacts of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai people.  “Our goal has been to pick up the pieces and move forward,” s...

Small Business Saturday supports community

LAKE COUNTY — On Nov. 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, many local businesses will have their doors open for Small Business Saturday with special sales and giveaways.   Business owner Carol Lynn Lapotka of handMade Montana in Polson said shopping at small businesses is vital to the local eco...

Body found at Big Arm State Park, information requested

BIG ARM — As an unidentified person was walking a dog in the Big Arm State Park, they discovered a decomposing body along the path.    Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said the person called Lake County 911 to report what they were seeing on Nov. 25 at about 4 p.m.  “The caller r...

Keeping busy key for seniors in quarantine Keeping busy key for seniors in quarantine

POLSON ­— Many assisted living facilities across the country are in lock down to protect high-risk residents from the COVID-19 virus, but it hasn’t stopped the folks at Providence St. Joseph Assisted Living, 11 17th Ave. East, from finding a unique way to keep up morale. “We have bee...

SAFE Harbor holds quilt raffle instead of annual auction SAFE Harbor holds quilt raffle instead of annual auction

LAKE COUNTY – SAFE Harbor’s annual event to raise funds to support people experiencing domestic violence is a bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are not having the art auction,” said Dana Grant, event coordinator. “It was a tough choice to make. This wo...

Vikings celebrate homecoming week Vikings celebrate homecoming week

CHARLO — Last week was homecoming week for students at Charlo High School, and while some of the traditional homecoming activities were not feasible due to COVID-19 restrictions, Viking pride could still be found everywhere. Students dressed up on Monday showing off their patriotic pride. On Tuesday...

Ronan bowling alley celebrates six decades of community connection Ronan bowling alley celebrates six decades of community connection

RONAN — As many Main Street businesses across the country close up shop, one family-owned establishment has managed to celebrate 60 years of success. Lucky Strike Lanes owner Tim Corbett attributes the success of his business to simple human connection. “This is not just about rolling balls do...

Hunters asked to help monitor for Chronic Wasting Disease Hunters asked to help monitor for Chronic Wasting Disease

MONTANA — Chronic wasting disease threatens deer, elk and moose populations in Montana. The spread of the disease is something all hunters should consider as they venture out this fall to harvest wild game. “CWD is a 100 percent fatal disease that infects members of the deer family, including ...

Arlee continues homecoming traditions Arlee continues homecoming traditions

ARLEE — Homecoming festivities were kept to a minimum this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although the traditional crowing ceremony continued.  Homecoming royalty waved to the crowd during halftime at the football game on Friday night, which included Shannon Haworth, Micah Johnson, Sara Sch...

Community hay bale contest continues during pandemic Community hay bale contest continues during pandemic

RONAN — In an effort to keep morale up when most events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ronan Chamber of Commerce is still holding onto a bit of fun with the annual “Trail of Bales” hay bale decorating contest.   “Can’t wait to get to see what is in ...


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