Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Head on collision kills one, seriously injures two

POLSON – One man was killed and two passengers were seriously injured in a crash about two miles outside of town around 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10.  Patrick Allen Pierre lll, 38, of Ronan and Pablo, was driving a Ford Mustang in the south bound lane on Kerr Dam Road near Back Road and mile maker...

Work underway to save historic paintings Work underway to save historic paintings

By Karen Peterson             Valley Journal ST. IGNATIUS – Repairs to save historic murals in the St. Ignatius Mission have begun – just when it started to look like they couldn’t wait much longer.  The walls seem grand when you first step through t...

West Nile Virus found in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY – One of the first two confirmed equine cases of the West Nile Virus in Montana for 2018 occurred in Lake County during early August.  The Montana Department of Livestock said they received notice of the virus in Lake and Musselshell Counties. The virus was also detected in mosquito...

‘Puppy Party’ planned for September ‘Puppy Party’ planned for September

LAKE COUNTY – The Mission Valley Animal Shelter is getting ready for their second annual Puppy Party, and they need donations and people to sign up for a special project. The event isn’t exactly what it sounds like: “We aren’t going to be giving out puppies, but we do have some for...

Officers make arrest after retrieving disorderly man from lake

POLSON – It wasn’t hot weather that sent a Polson Police Officer and a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy out for a swim in Flathead Lake on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Law enforcement responded to a complaint of an intoxicated and disorderly male at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino on U.S. Hwy. 93 in t...

Firefighters get double booked Firefighters get double booked

By Karen Peterson            Valley Journal RONAN – Ronan Fire Department Volunteers responded to a house fire involving life saving pets and a wreck where a camper was torn to pieces on the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug 1. Police Chief Mark Clary said his team was div...

Mountain fire swiftly knocked out Mountain fire swiftly knocked out

ST. IGNATIUS – A helicopter pilot with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Division of Fire flew toward a smoke plume coming off the mountainside five miles east of town in the tribal wilderness area on Tuesday afternoon.  The pilot hovered the aircraft over an irrigation ditch a few miles sou...

St. Ignatius school receives high level award St. Ignatius school receives high level award

ST. IGNATIUS – The St. Ignatius School District is a trendsetter in the awards department from the state.  “We are in uncharted territory,” said High School Principal Shawn Hendrickson.  The Montana Office of Public Instruction honored the school with the Platinum Award for ...

Governor visits local summer food program for kids Governor visits local summer food program for kids

ARLEE – Gov. Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock traveled to the Arlee Community Center July 24 along with a bus full of people to visit with about a dozen children impacted by a statewide program to provide food for kids.  The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Education Summer Prog...

Good Old Time Good Old Time

ST. IGNATIUS – Bentley Slagle, 5, finished up the Good Old Days events on Saturday needing a nap and a bath after playing hard under the hot sun.  He said he ran around the Good Old Day’s Park and played games, saw a couple cute dogs, climbed a rock wall, which was scary at first, and got...


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