Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Irrigation election postponed for further assessment

LAKE COUNTY – Owners of irrigated land within the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project will have to wait to cast their ballots for the annual election for two board positions along with a decision to allow two of the three districts to work together. The ballot issues were originally scheduled to go o...

Hundreds attend St. Ignatius egg hunt despite rain Hundreds attend  St. Ignatius egg hunt  despite rain

The St. Ignatius Chamber of Commerce put on their annual Easter egg hunt with five cases of donated hard-boiled eggs and 48 dozen plastic eggs. Randi Gariepy dyed a case of eggs. The Old Timer Cafe colored a case, and Heidi Riddle colored two cases. A Boy Scout troop pitched in to color another case of eggs....

Drug Court celebrates successful first year Drug Court celebrates successful first year

POLSON – In an effort to keep people from continuously cycling in and out of the criminal justice system, a drug court for Lake County was a developed with a focus on helping people create a new life for themselves. On Thursday, April 11, Lake County Drug Court celebrated its seventh graduate and a ...

Voters can expect to see Lake County mail-in election ballots around April 17

LAKE COUNTY – The upcoming school and special purpose district election is an all mail-in ballot election. Lake County Election Administrator Katie Harding said the ballots for the May 7 election will be mailed out on April 17. Eight issues are scheduled to be decided in districts from Arlee to Pols...

Boys and Girls Club celebrates success Boys and Girls Club celebrates success

RONAN – Creating a positive future for hundreds of children is such an important goal for the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County that they’ve named their annual celebration the Great Futures Breakfast. This is the fifth year for the event. About 200 adults and a fe...

MMIW remembered during 80-mile walk MMIW remembered during 80-mile walk

For the third time, Marita Growing Thunder walked across the Flathead Indian Reservation with a group of supporters carrying signs saying “save our sisters” to bring awareness to the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). “Hope is created by the fact that we are still her...

Charlo residents grapple with arsenic in well water Charlo residents grapple with arsenic in well water

CHARLO – Homeowner Tom Vaughn noticed a skin rash and  unexplained problems happening around his recently purchased dream home located a few miles outside of town. He didn’t realize those problems were connected until he got a letter in the mail from the Montana Department of Public Healt...

Phone records lead to charges in Sanders County homicide Phone records lead to charges in Sanders County homicide

POLSON – A woman charged with the deliberate homicide of Matthew LaFriniere – in Thompson Falls almost a year ago – was arrested on the morning of Wednesday, March 20, in Polson.  Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Danielle Jeanette Wood after receiving the arrest ...

Ronan man dies after incident on Timberlane Road

RONAN – Aaron Thiel, 35, of Ronan, was identified by Lake County Sheriff Don Bell as the man who died following an altercation with a vehicle while holding a fake gun. Bell said law enforcement responded to Timberlane Road, about 1.5 miles from U.S. Highway 93 in Ronan, to a shirtless man who was sa...

MHP Trooper in critical condition after shooting

EVARO – Both lanes of U.S. Hwy. 93 are open again following the closure of the northbound lane this morning, Friday, March 15, during an active investigation of a shooting. Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer was shot and is reported to be in critical condition. Suspect Jonathan Bertsch is in cu...


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