Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Fourth graders step up to fight hunger Fourth graders step up to fight hunger

RONAN – A group of fourth-grade students at K. William Harvey Elementary gathered a hefty 326 pounds of food to help people in need as part of their leadership project. “You should have seen the teacher’s room where we stored the food,” said student Loren Olson, 9. “It was fi...

Reelin' 'em in Reelin' 'em in

POLSON – The seventh annual Flathead Lake International Cinemafest opened on Friday with 56 films, and one couple went with a mission to watch as many features as possible during the three-day event. They even stuck around for the award ceremony on Sunday. Kristin and Dale Nelson’s movie-watch...

St. Ignatius High School recognized for record graduation rates St. Ignatius High School recognized for record graduation rates

ST. IGNATIUS – In the past few years, the St. Ignatius School District has increased their graduation rate by about 13 percent, causing state officials to take notice of the numbers and other achievements. During the 2013-14 school year, the St. Ignatius High School had a graduation rate of 77 perce...

Crash victims experience fatal cardiac events, dog rescued Crash victims experience fatal cardiac events, dog rescued

POLSON – Two fatalities occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 8, involving a car that crashed into the back of Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply store on Heritage Lane at about 1:12 p.m., but the crash wasn’t the cause of death for either victim.  Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said the driver, Mer...

Local basketball teams battle for bragging rights Local basketball teams battle for bragging rights

ST. IGNATIUS – Last week saw a rivalry matchup in the Mission Valley called the “Battle of the Rez” on Tuesday, Jan. 8, between the Mission Bulldogs and the visiting Arlee Warriors that packed the house. On court battles continued with other schools as well.    The rivalry betw...

Ronan Cooperative Brewery finds downtown home Ronan Cooperative Brewery finds downtown home

The doors opened for a short time on Montana’s first cooperative brewery during the evening of Friday, Dec. 21, allowing people to see the space before renovations begin. The Ronan Cooperative Brewery has found a home at 400 Main Street in the back section of a large two-story building that was once...

Former Ronan teacher loses ability to teach in Montana

RONAN – A former Ronan Middle School teacher lost his license to teach in the State of Montana due to allegations of sexual misconduct.  The Montana Board of Public Education revoked Zachary Rowan’s license in November. Rowan was a middle school English teacher at the Ronan School Distric...

U.S. senators respond to MMIW 'epidemic' U.S. senators respond to MMIW 'epidemic'

People driving south on U.S. Highway 93 outside of Missoula will pass a billboard with the word “Missing” in prominent letters next to a picture of a Salish woman.   Jermain Austin Charlo was last seen on June 16 in Missoula, according to the information on the billboard. The Dixon reside...

MCT helps local children become actors MCT helps local children become actors

RONAN – Children in the Ronan School District got together to develop a production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” after only five days of rehearsal on Friday night at the K. William Harvey Elementary school.  The Missoula Children’s Theater sent two professional actors to the scho...

CSKT Pharmacy gets reduced civil penalty CSKT Pharmacy gets reduced civil penalty

ST. IGNATIUS – Approximately 2,500 oxycodone pills were stolen or unaccounted for from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Pharmacy in St. Ignatius resulting in an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration in March 2017 to March 2018. During the DEA’s inspection of th...


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