Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Local representatives share update as state legislature hits halfway point Local representatives share update as state legislature hits halfway point

RONAN – Considering what could happen when people with differing political views gather together, the legislative update held in town on Tuesday, March 5, was mostly civil. The event was hosted by Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged (a community led group committed to protecting community rights...

One man killed in Pablo shooting

PABLO – Matthew Adam Posey Darnell, 30, of Polson, was shot several times and killed in Pablo on Thursday night, Feb. 28, around 10 p.m.  Daniel Chance Blixt, 29, of Pablo, was charged with deliberate homicide in the shooting death, according to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell.  Bell said ...

8 children involved in wreck

ST. IGNATIUS – Eight children and their driver were taken to the hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 27, following a three-vehicle accident that occurred outside of St. Ignatius near Post Creek Hill, McDonald Lake Road and mile marker 39.2. “They are all young children,” said Montana Highway Pat...

One man killed in Pablo shooting

PABLO – A man was shot several times in Pablo last night around 9:30 p.m. and later died. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said a 911 call came in concerning a shooting that had occurred on Division Street. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Police, Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies and M...

Eight children involved in wreck

ST. IGNATIUS – Slippery road conditions on Wednesday evening caused eight children and their driver to be taken to the hospital following a three-vehicle accident that occurred outside of St. Ignatius near Post Creek hill, McDonald Lake Road and mile marker 39.2. “They are all young children,&...

Flagen proves sexual harassment claim against Mission Valley Aquatics

POLSON – The Mission Valley Aquatic Center was recently ordered to pay nearly $60,000 in damages in a case involving sexual harassment. On Feb. 7, Montana Department of Labor and Industry hearing officer Chad R. Vanisko ruled on the case. Judgment was granted in favor of Tristen Flagen, a former poo...

Mission Bulldogs remember beloved coach Mission Bulldogs remember beloved coach

ST. IGNATIUS – The Mission Bulldogs lost a coaching icon last week. Coach Les Rice, 61, died after a long battle with lung cancer on Monday, Feb. 11. “I can think about him and cry and smile at the same time,” said retired Mission coach Lloyd Phillips. “I never met anyone in my lif...

46 employees to lose jobs at Kicking Horse Job Corps

By Karen Peterson   Valley Journal  RONAN – The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes informed the employees at Kicking Horse Job Corps that the center will be completely closed as of Feb. 28.  CSKT Communications Director Rob McDonald said the tribe was working with the Depar...

Mother reminds people to get tetanus vaccinations Mother reminds people to get tetanus vaccinations

Lucas Clark, 14, of Ronan, was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 11 for a life-threatening illness. His mother, Kendra Schiele, said Lucas stopped breathing and was ventilated. He was then moved to the pediatric intensive care unit in Missoula.  “They didn’t know why he was having lung fai...

Children exercise their imaginations during poetry workshop Children exercise their imaginations during poetry workshop

PABLO – The fourth-grade students looked pretty quiet sitting at their desks, writing with yellow pencils, but their work offered a look into a room wild with imagination.  The magic started when two classes at Pablo Elementary School came together for their weekly poetry-writing workshop hoste...


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