Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

SKC faculty volunteer during community service day SKC faculty volunteer during community service day

Faculty and administrators from Salish and Kootenai College spread across the Flathead Indian Reservation and beyond for their annual Community Service Day on Friday.  “This is our way of giving back to the community,” said SKC Professor Doug Ruhman, who works in the college’s educa...

Ronan Woman’s Club celebrates 100 years of volunteerism Ronan Woman’s Club celebrates 100 years of volunteerism

RONAN – The Ronan Woman’s Club is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, and no, there isn’t a typo in their name. “It’s supposed to be singular for the individual clubs,” said Adina Fox, club member. She explained that the Ronan chapter is part of the internati...

Bicyclist killed in hit and run Bicyclist  killed in  hit and run

ST. IGNATIUS – A man was killed while riding his bike during the morning hours of Sunday, May 21, according to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell. The incident occurred near the intersection of Chalwain Road and St. Mary’s Lake Road.   Sheriff Don Bell stated that Nick J. Herak, 73, died from h...

Wellness fair focuses on supporting women Wellness fair focuses on supporting women

PABLO – About 1,400 people filtered through the Women 4 Wellness health fair on Thursday at the Salish Kootenai College campus, which is about 100 more than last year. “Growth has really occurred with the number of health screenings we’ve been able to offer,” said Niki Graham, even...

Smokejumpers drop down on local field Smokejumpers drop down on local field

RONAN – Thousands of feet above an open field a group of anxious firefighters sat in a Twin Otter aircraft waiting for their turn to jump. Missoula Smokejumpers were training the rookies. “This is their first jump,” said Kurt Rohrbach, veteran smokejumper, as he stood on the ground last ...

Wild bison herd carving donated to National Bison Range Wild bison herd carving donated to National Bison Range

MOIESE – National Bison Range Project Leader Jeff King said he thought the recently donated piece of artwork was going to be just “a little carving” to display at the visitor’s center. The three-dimensional piece turned out to be almost eight feet long and about two feet high of ca...

FJBC credit cards canceled as financial investigation continues FJBC credit cards canceled as financial investigation continues

ST. IGNATIUS – A financial investigation, a new hydrologist and an increase in operation fees were discussed during the May 9 Flathead Joint Board of Control meeting. Chairman Ray Swenson said Lake County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher is continuing to work on the FJBC’s internal investigation in...

Land use ethics, value of water taught in outdoor classroom Land use ethics, value of water taught in outdoor classroom

Hundreds of children in fourth and fifth grades from across the Flathead Indian Reservation stepped off their school buses to see the glistening Flathead River on May 9-10 at the Woodcock campsite. The students were invited to an open spot along the river by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to ...

Restoration society shares local history Restoration society shares local history

ST. IGNATIUS — History came alive during the spring open house rendezvous at Fort Connah on Saturday. People walked around the fort to experience what it might have been like 160 years ago. Many dressed up in buckskins and other clothing items in style at that time. Laurence Walchuk brought his Belg...

May 2 election results announced

LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County Election office has collected the ballots for the May 2 mail-in election and posted unofficial results on Wednesday, May 3, for schools, fire departments, irrigation districts, a library, and a public safety mill levy. Official results will be posted after the votes are ca...


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