Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

St. Ignatius farmers market hosts garlic festival St. Ignatius farmers market hosts garlic festival

By Karen Peterson / Valley Journal  People filled the Good Old Days Park to celebrate all things garlic on a cool Friday evening with old-style music playing, soft firefly-like lights glowing, and fresh produce displayed in abundance. The Mission Falls Market organizers hosted the event. As market...

Community benefit to support mother of nine's cancer battle Community benefit to support mother of nine's cancer battle

Rhealene Cook-Wilkinson’s life changed drastically this past year. After experiencing severe stomachaches, she was diagnosed with stomach cancer in October of 2017. Doctors originally thought the pain was due to complications from childbirth after she delivered her last child that same year. She was...

Charlo celebrates school spirit Charlo celebrates school spirit

CHARLO – Charlo High School senior Tyrah Hammond put a lot of effort into this year’s homecoming festivities along with the other students in the high school, middle school and elementary. “This is my last year in high school, so I really wanted to get the most out of it,” she said...

Ronan Sports and Western closes after 61 years Ronan Sports and Western closes after 61 years

By Karen Peterson / Valley Journal People will have to find a new place to get gear, licensing and the occasional carton of fishing worms now that Montana’s great outdoor store closed up shop in early September after 61 years in business.  Ronan Sports and Western opened in 1957 on Main Stre...

Law enforcement look for sexual assault suspects

LAKE COUNTY – Law enforcement officials are looking for suspects involved in a sexual assault case that occurred south of Polson on U.S. Highway 93 at 10 p.m. on Aug. 25.  Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said a teenage boy was walking along the highway when he was approached by two males, forced i...

Experts share bear confrontation information Experts share bear confrontation information

ARLEE – An angry grizzly bear lowers its head and starts charging in your direction - what should you do?  The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes paired up with the nonprofit conservation group People and Carnivores during an informational meeting Aug. 28 at the Arlee Community Center to h...

Trail of Bales decorates Ronan, surrounding areas Trail of Bales decorates Ronan, surrounding areas

RONAN – Ninety hay bales are being transformed into magical creations of all kinds along U.S. Highway 93 and surrounding areas for the annual Trail of Bales contest, which involves turning a round bale into something grand. Last year, the Salish Kootenai Housing Authority took first place in the con...

Tester calls for Senate hearing

News from the office of Senator Jon Tester U.S. Senate — U.S. Senator Jon Tester is calling on the Senate to hold a hearing on missing and murdered Native American women. In a letter to the leadership of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Tester is demanding the committee bring together law e...

Boys & Girls Club gets $1M donation

LAKE COUNTY – Several things are happening for the the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County including funding for a new building, a new playground, and swimming lessons.  The club recently received a grant for $1 million to use for the construction of a new clubhouse ...

Fun with a purpose Fun with a purpose

POLSON – Jacob Todd, 5, wanted to go fishing on Saturday morning, but he ended up going to the Back to School Wellness Fair instead and picked up a catch of a different kind. “Look at all this,” he said opening the backpack he received at the event. He had a coloring book from the Polson...


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