Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Harvest Celebrated Harvest Celebrated

RONAN – Creatively decorated round bales, including Frankenstein, a bunny, a hamburger and a shop vac to name a few, sprang up all around town in the past few weeks as the Ronan community geared up for it’s ninth annual Harvest Fest. The round bale decorating contest has become an increasingly...

FJBC hires new secretary, missing monies investigation continues FJBC hires new secretary, missing monies investigation continues

By Karen Peterson              Valley Journal ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control hired Chantelle Begay as their new secretary, and she was busy passing out papers, recording notes and talking to the public during the regular meeting on Tuesday. B...

St. Ignatius fire crew opens house to community St. Ignatius fire crew opens house to community

ST. IGNATIUS — The St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department opened their doors to the public on Saturday and served up lunch to let community members learn about the department and ask questions. “If anyone is interested in volunteering, we are taking applications,” said St. Ignatius Volun...

Ronan potholes repaired Ronan potholes repaired

By Karen Peterson              Valley Journal RONAN – The streets in Ronan are getting a little bit smoother now that a project to fill the potholes is near completion. Ronan Public Works Director Dan Miller said his crew has been filling in potholes throughout ...

Scarecrows support beautification project Scarecrows support beautification project

RONAN –During the Harvest Fest on Saturday, Sept. 16, the Ronan Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee will be selling about 42 scarecrows next to the Dutch Oven Cook Off at the Ronan Visitor’s Center on U.S. Highway 93.  The 9th Annual Harvest Fest fun runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.&nb...

Firefighters develop village in Arlee Firefighters develop village in Arlee

ARLEE – Hundreds of firefighters have made the Arlee powwow grounds home for the past few months while they work on the Liberty fire, 17 miles southeast of town. “The area can support an operation of this size, provide electricity, and easy access to the fire, so we’ve set up a village h...

Animal shelter fundraiser to help pay for expansion project Animal shelter fundraiser to help pay for expansion project

LAKE COUNTY – A dog peeks out from under the front desk at the Mission Valley Animal Shelter, where she feels most comfortable with another small dog.  Shelter Director Filip Panusz says it’s a juggling act to find space for all the animals. He keeps one dog in his office, and one of the ...

Hay bale contest grows in all directions Hay bale contest grows in all directions

RONAN – Tractors rolled into town to set up round hay bales used to decorate for the Ninth Annual Harvest Fest to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 16. The Ronan Chamber of Commerce hosts the event and invites people from near and far to experience games for the kids, vendors, cra...

Fresh huckleberry pancakes attract diners to Huckleberry Patch Fresh huckleberry pancakes attract diners to Huckleberry Patch

POLSON – Those waiting for a new ice cream shop to open got their wish recently when Scoops Ice Cream Shack opened July 4.  The business offers 24 flavors including sherbet and sorbet, which are low dairy and non-dairy frozen treats.  One rather unique thing about the shop is the cones,...

Apple picking project helps protect bears Apple picking project helps protect bears

LAKE COUNTY – Bears are hungry this time of year, and a program through the Great Bear Foundation is working to reduce human and bear interaction caused by the supply of tasty domestic fruit.  “Bears enter a period of hyperfacia where they eat a ton of calories before hibernation,” ...


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