Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

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...

Unofficial election results announced

Unofficial Lake County 2018 General Election results for Wednesday morning are as follows. Ballots still being counted across the state.   United States Senate, Lake County Rep. Matt Rosendale 6,393 Dem. Jon Tester 6,687 Lib. Rick Breckenridge 352   United States Senate, s...

Tribal council funds programs for kids, approves opioid policy Tribal council funds programs for kids, approves opioid policy

PABLO – Two issues supporting health were on the agenda during the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1. The first issue was about children and the second focused on reducing addiction.  Brandon Burke, program manager for the Reason to Live Native suicide ...

President’s son visits Ronan with election candidates President’s son visits Ronan with election candidates

RONAN – General elections usually don’t get as much buzz, but this year, the election has the potential to tip the Republican held majority in the United States Senate, possibly putting a new Speaker of the House on the podium if Demorcats take the majority. With so much on the line, big names...

Arlee hillside catches fire Arlee hillside catches fire

ARLEE – A timber fire moved up a draw among the rolling hills on the northeast side of town, near Dumontier Road, on Tuesday, Oct. 23. C.T. Camel, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ fire information officer, said the 114-acre fire developed after a debris and grass fire got away from a citi...


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