Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Kids empowered with life saving skills Kids empowered with life saving skills

RONAN – More than a dozen kids at the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County took action when their opposing sports team went down.  The kids assessed the situation and decided that their patients, the entire opposing team, wasn’t responsive and needed help. The k...

Hot Auction brings Cool Cash Hot Auction brings Cool Cash

ST. IGNATIUS – A heat wave didn’t stop hundreds of people from traveling across the country on Saturday to attend the 15th Annual Amish Community Auction at the Amish school grounds on Foothill Road. Cars packed the field next to the schoolhouse and along the ditch on Foothill Road. License pl...

Ronan fire crew thankful it wasn’t worse Ronan fire crew thankful it wasn’t worse

RONAN – A disaster was averted on a hot Friday afternoon when a fire broke out in the alleyway between Image Quest and the movie theater.  “It could have been a lot worse, but thankfully it was just a small fire,” said Ronan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Clary. Jim Myers w...

Happy Birthday America Happy Birthday America

LAKE COUNTY – People celebrated America’s Independence Day in towns across the county with parades in the afternoon and fireworks into the night even though this year’s festivities landed on a Tuesday.   Polson  Patriotically dressed spectators waving American flags pac...

Cultural representative thankful for life Cultural representative thankful for life

On the third day of the week-long 119th Arlee Esyapqeyni Powwow, this year’s Miss Salish Pend d’Oreille was crowned.  Allyshia Manuel’s year-long reign would soon end on that night as four contestants waited nervously before the grand entry to find out who would win this year’...

State recognizes local school State  recognizes local school

ST. IGNATIUS – Teachers from across the state of Montana cheered as the first reservation school in the state received a platinum award, which was given to the St. Ignatius School District.  “When it was announced, it got pretty loud in the room; it was a big deal in the teaching world,&r...

New homes help seniors maintain independent living New homes help seniors maintain independent living

RONAN – Beth Preston wanted in as soon as she saw the plans for the new independent living facility for the east side of Eisenhower Street, but she had to wait for The Peaks to be built along with the road that leads to it. “I was living alone in a big house, and I wanted something different,&rdq...

Crash kills victim on Kerr Dam Road Crash kills victim on Kerr Dam Road

POLSON – A man died during a single vehicle crash on Saturday, July 1, at 11:07 p.m. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell identified the 39-year-old victim as Daryl Allen Kerr of Polson. He once lived in Charlo. Sheriff Bell reported that the accident happened at the intersection of Kerr Dam Road and Gre...

Firefighters raise money to purchase wildland fire gear Firefighters raise money to purchase wildland fire gear

Story and photos by Karen Peterson  Valley Journal  ST. IGNATIUS – Volunteer Erich Morigeau, 12, held up a small sculpture and made his way through the crowd for people to get a closer look at it during the 23rd Annual St. Ignatius Fireman’s Auction at the Old Town Field on Saturd...

Crab fest organizers work to save arch Crab fest organizers work to save arch

RONAN – People gathered in Bockman Park for the annual crab fest hosted by the Chamber of Commerce to raise money for community projects on Friday. This year the focus is on helping save the iconic Ronan arch.  “The arch is safe for now, but the logs are rotting,” said Brandy Chisho...


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