Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

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...

Lake County Growth Policy undergoes final approval process Lake County Growth Policy undergoes final approval process

LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County Growth Policy was unanimously passed, approved and adopted on Aug. 21 by Lake County Commissioners. The policy states that it will be used as an advisory document for land use, capital improvements planning, infrastructure, and development in the county. “The subj...

Local group brings art, live theater to the valley Local group brings art, live theater to the valley

CHARLO – Focused on supporting art and culture in the Mission Valley, volunteers with the Ninepipe Arts Group held fundraisers and baked treats to bring art camps, scholarships and theater to the area. Last weekend, the group’s fundraising efforts came together to pay for a theatrical presenta...

Police, fire, medical teams train to become unified team Police, fire, medical teams train to become unified team

PABLO – The situation wasn’t real on Wednesday when a man spread out on the floor with three gunshot wounds in a classroom at the Salish Kootenai College, but an emergency team responded to the scene as if it was really happening.  The three-day training exercise was a bit different than ...

St. Ignatius church turns empty hotel into temporary housing St. Ignatius church turns empty hotel into temporary housing

A project to turn a motel into an emergency/ temporary housing facility to help those in need almost didn’t get started. Pastor Lynn Lapka and his wife, Holly Lapka, of the Cornerstone Faith Center, noticed a need for temporary housing in the last decade since they started working at the church. Lyn...

Children learn self-defense during summer program Children learn self-defense during summer program

ST. IGNATIUS – Students of all ages are still rolling at the Jiu-Jitsu Cross Collar Academy after it opened three years ago in a studio in town on First Avenue.  The martial arts academy is open all year long, but on Tuesday, the children’s summer program came to an end, and five kids wer...

Head on collision kills one, seriously injures two

POLSON – One man was killed and two passengers were seriously injured in a crash about two miles outside of town around 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10.  Patrick Allen Pierre lll, 38, of Ronan and Pablo, was driving a Ford Mustang in the south bound lane on Kerr Dam Road near Back Road and mile maker...

Work underway to save historic paintings Work underway to save historic paintings

By Karen Peterson             Valley Journal ST. IGNATIUS – Repairs to save historic murals in the St. Ignatius Mission have begun – just when it started to look like they couldn’t wait much longer.  The walls seem grand when you first step through t...

West Nile Virus found in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY – One of the first two confirmed equine cases of the West Nile Virus in Montana for 2018 occurred in Lake County during early August.  The Montana Department of Livestock said they received notice of the virus in Lake and Musselshell Counties. The virus was also detected in mosquito...

‘Puppy Party’ planned for September ‘Puppy Party’ planned for September

LAKE COUNTY – The Mission Valley Animal Shelter is getting ready for their second annual Puppy Party, and they need donations and people to sign up for a special project. The event isn’t exactly what it sounds like: “We aren’t going to be giving out puppies, but we do have some for...


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