Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

It's official: Totally new kids’ club opens in Ronan It's official:  Totally new kids’ club opens in Ronan

RONAN – The doors opened on the new clubhouse for the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County and the Flathead Reservation on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and the experience was overwhelming for some. One of the club’s board members, Janette Rosman, watched as children walked in the front door of the 19,000 s...

Missoula Children’s Theater play performed in St. Ignatius Missoula Children’s Theater play performed in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS – With help from the Missoula Children’s Theater, children at the St. Ignatius School District presented the “Snow Queen” on Friday and Saturday after preparing for only five days.   Iris Arlint played the part of Gerda. The Snow Queen was Yvonne Baty. Wyatt Lamme...

Crash victim’s name released

According to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell, the 14-year-old female who died as a result of a vehicle crash on Nov. 14 was Aliyah McCrea of Ronan. The Montana Highway Patrol is still conducting an investigation into the crash. Bell said: “The Sheriff’s Office sends our condolences to the famil...

Bulldogs do work of angels Bulldogs do work of angels

ST. IGNATIUS – Nineteen St. Ignatius Middle School students put on their wings for the holiday season to help children in need. The group is called Dogs with Wings because the school’s mascot is a bulldog and the students are doing the work of angels. The group is part of a school project that...

Family shares story about local smokejumper Family shares story about local smokejumper

When anyone told Margarita Kay Phillips (1956-2018) she couldn’t do something, she would work twice as hard to prove them wrong. With that mindset, she achieved a number of amazing accomplishments in her lifetime, but she wasn’t one to brag.  In fact, she didn’t like being the cente...

K-9 officer joins Polson Police Department K-9 officer joins Polson Police  Department

POLSON – The newest member of the Polson Police Department has a nose for finding illegal drugs with success already occurring during his first two weeks on the job. The German shorthair pointer joined the Department as a police dog in early November after being trained in narcotics odor detection a...

Shooting suspect arrested after high speed chase

RONAN – A 16-year-old shooting suspect was taken into custody by law enforcement on Saturday, Nov. 17, according to a report from the Ronan Police Department. The 25-year-old shooting victim is in stable condition. Names are not being released at this time.  The incident began when the Ronan Po...

16-year-old shooting suspect sought

The Ronan Police Department responded to reports of an individual seeking treatment at St. Luke Community hospital at 4:33 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 for a gunshot wound. The 25-year-old shooting victim is in stable condition. The incident occurred on 12th Avenue NW in Ronan. The shooting suspect is a 16-year...

Lake County predicts close Senate race Lake County predicts close Senate race

 LAKE COUNTY – Ballots for the 2018 General Election were still being counted during the early morning hours in Lake County after the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election day.  The unofficial count was finally finished and ready to be recorded on the state’s website around 5 a.m. on Wednesday. ...

Arlee community meets to discuss gun incident Arlee community meets to discuss gun incident

ARLEE – An Arlee High School student put a nonworking BB gun in a backpack and got on a school bus on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Principal Jim Taylor found out about the weapon during the morning hours and removed it from the student’s possession. The student was sent home with a parent. Lake County Sch...


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