Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

St. Ignatius farmers market offers double SNAP credit St. Ignatius farmers market offers double SNAP credit

ST. IGNATIUS – Guitar music played as folks strolled the Mission Falls Farmers Market on Friday to peruse tables full of homegrown vegetables, unique baked goods and handcrafted jewelry. Alyssa Schock, market board vice president, said many vendors are signed up to sell local items this year. She is...

Good Old Days starts this week Good Old Days starts this week

ST. IGNATIUS – The 36th Annual Good Old Days Celebration, featuring three days of family events, starts Thursday, July 19. This year, the event kicks off with the first ever tennis tournament for all skill levels. Kimimi Ashley, local tennis expert, is hosting the tournament. Those interested can ca...

Teenagers get involved in suicide prevention Teenagers get involved in suicide prevention

ARLEE – Lane Johnson, 17, dribbled a basketball down a concrete court in his hometown with the skill of a state champion and easily dropped the ball through the hoop.  His skill developed after hours of practice and years of playing the game, and in that time, he never thought he would become a...

Small Salmon honored at 120th Arlee Celebration Small Salmon honored at 120th Arlee Celebration

ARLEE –Stipn Small Salmon proudly led a line of dancers at the 120th Arlee Celebration on Wednesday, July 4, during the week-long event at the powwow grounds.  As an elder of the Qlispe tribe with more than 70 years of life, Small Salmon was asked to be the War Dance Chief this year. As the chi...

Ronan Police Department swears in two members Ronan Police Department swears in two members

RONAN – After pressing his paw into an ink pad, the Ronan Police Department’s canine member signed an Oath of Office on Monday, July 2, during the city council meeting. Sandor, a Belgian Malinois, whose name means defender of man, promised an allegiance to the Constitution of the State of Mont...

Fundraiser helps firefighters get new gear Fundraiser helps firefighters get new gear

ARLEE – Caleb Clark, 6, cracked another egg onto a pan and waited for it to cook so it could be dished out to one of several hundred people at the Arlee Volunteer Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser on Wednesday, July 4. “I like to cook for people,” he said with a...

Play-time Play-time

RONAN – A county fair was in full swing as the curtains opened on stage during a production of Beauty Lou and the Country Beast on Friday night.  Forty-four club members with the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County became actors and stage hands with support from the ...

Small town girls get ready for the big stage Small town girls get ready for the big stage

Two local girls in St. Ignatius are getting good at figuring out how to keep sparkly crowns on their heads.  Amani Antoine, 6, and Lola Schock, 11, won titles in their age groups at the state level in the Our Little Miss Montana competition held in Great Falls earlier this year. With those wins, they...

Rain doesn’t dampen firemen’s picnic, auction Rain doesn’t dampen firemen’s picnic, auction

ST. IGNATIUS – The constant pour of rain during the 24th annual Fireman’s Auction on a cloudy Saturday didn’t bother nine-year-old Levi at all. He was one of three kids enjoying the inflated bouncy slide without a crowded line this year due to the rain. “This is so fun, and I&rsquo...

Children explore creative expression Children explore creative expression

CHARLO – Kyle Finley, 13, dipped a paintbrush into a tray of black paint and used it to create her section of a cooperative group painting. The project was completed at last week’s art camp hosted by the Ninepipe Arts Group and held at Charlo school.  “It’s fun to get to do th...


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