Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Fire burns People’s Center, suspect found deceased inside Fire burns People’s Center, suspect found deceased inside

PABLO – Flames engulfed the People’s Center on Sunday night where the rich cultural artifacts of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai people were housed. “We lost a room full of the stories and belongings of our ancestors, but they are still in our hearts, and we will pick up th...

Mail-in ballots for 2020 General Election to be sent out Oct. 9

LAKE COUNTY – It may seem early to start preparing for the Nov. 3rd General Election, but in Lake County voters can start checking the boxes as early as Oct. 2 at 8 a.m. The process is being done by mail this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to concerns about spreading the virus and ke...

On-campus instruction resumes during historic pandemic On-campus instruction resumes during historic pandemic

ST. IGNATIUS – Students across Lake County put on their masks and went back to school last week during uncertain times.  At the St. Ignatius High School, student Kayden Carter, 16, said the mask got a bit warm during the school day, but he didn’t mind wearing it. He said it was much bette...

Community comes together to develop drive-in movie theater Community comes together to develop drive-in movie theater

ST. IGNATIUS — In an effort to bring the community together while continuing to physical distance,  volunteers came together to create a drive-in movie theater. The idea for the project started at the St. Ignatius Chamber of Commerce meeting a few weeks ago. Community members were discussing im...

Bison Range gets steady stream of visitors after closure Bison Range gets steady stream of visitors after closure

NATIONAL BISON RANGE — The gates opened for visitors at the National Bison Range on Monday, Aug. 10, after being locked for four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We’ve had a steady stream of cars coming in since we opened,” said Jennifer Strickland, U.S. Fish and Wildlif...

RONAN – The Children at the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County were surprised last week as they gathered in the club garden, located outside at the back of the facility, on Wednesday afternoon.  “This carrot has two in one,” Ana, 6, said as she looked at...

Fire season begins on Flathead Reservation Fire season begins on Flathead Reservation

 FLATHEAD RESERVATION – The local fire season is a bit late this year, but it managed to spark in late July amidst a global pandemic. “It was predicted that we would have an above normal fire season, but it’s late this year,” said C.T. Camel, Confederated Salish and Kootenai D...

Body of local man recovered from river

FLATHEAD RIVER – Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies and search and rescue crews were called to the Buffalo Cliffs on July 18 after it was reported that a man went under the water. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said that Dayton Conrad, 21, was swimming with a friend before the accident. Conra...

Lake County Sheriff’s Office: don’t call 911 over mask-wearing compliance

LAKE COUNTY – After Governor Steve Bullock issued a mask directive in Montana, people started calling 911 to report noncompliance in the county.  “Our 911 Dispatch Center has been overloaded with calls from the public regarding citizens and businesses that they feel are not complying with...

Universal human rights supported in Polson Universal human rights supported in Polson

POLSON – On the Fourth of July, a group following social distancing guidelines gathered on the bridge to support universal human rights.  About 30 people held up signs on the bridge while a Trump Boat Parade floated around Flathead Lake. The Lake County Republican Women organized the boat parad...


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