Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Fire destroys business Fire destroys business

RONAN – A dark gray cloud of smoke rolled out of S&S Sports on U.S. Highway 93 near mile marker 43 on Monday, March 14, a little after 1 p.m.  The business was closed like usual on a Monday afternoon, and the gates surrounding the business were locked. Mark Trim saw the smoke and headed tow...

Fire destroys business Fire destroys business

RONAN – A dark gray cloud of smoke rolled out of S&S Sports on U.S. Highway 93 near mile marker 43 on Monday, March 14, at about 1 p.m.   The business was closed like usual on a Monday afternoon, and the gates surrounding the business were locked. Mark Trim saw the smoke and headed towar...

Emergency responders make it real Emergency responders make it real

ST. IGNATIUS – Kaleb Durglo, 16, got out of a smashed car after driving drunk and looked at his dead friends.  “No, no, no,” he screamed when he saw them.  Mission High School students watched the mock crash scene with teary eyes on Friday. Senior Haley Carroll, 17, organize...

Beading project raffle to help Neighborhood Watch Beading project raffle to help Neighborhood Watch

ST. IGNATIUS – Doris Snyder spent dozens of hours joining 20,000 tiny 1.6 millimeter-sized glass beads, which are smaller than a grain of rice, in various colors to create a wildlife-themed picture that she is giving away. The St. Ignatius Neighborhood Watch received the framed picture on Friday wit...

Home opens to help young moms succeed Home opens to help young moms succeed

ST. IGNATIUS – It was a birth of a different kind with a two-year gestation period. “We are celebrating the birth of The Nest,” said Jenifer Blumberg, executive director, at the open house for The Nest on Thursday, Feb 25.  The Nest is a two-level pink colored home with several r...

Game wardens find dead sheep, report other activity Game wardens find dead sheep, report other activity

MISSOULA – The deaths of two world-class bighorn sheep, found dead on Wild Horse Island last year, had game wardens wondering what happened.  Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Captain Lee Anderson presented the incident to the Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at...

Volunteers work to help soup kitchen Volunteers work to help soup kitchen

POLSON – Volunteers holding plates full of entrees rushed through the crowd of people at the Elks Club ballroom on Saturday evening to make sure the food buffet line didn’t run out during the seventh annual Winter Fest. Hundreds of people filled their plates during the event. Rev. John Payne m...

Businesses get energy help from government program Businesses get energy help from government program

RONAN – Energy costs can be a major expense for agriculture productions and small rural business, but the government wants to help with a grant program in an effort to increase American energy independence and lower energy bills.  “We want to increase economic opportunity,” said USD...

School board passes bond, sends to voters in May election School board passes bond, sends to voters in May election

ST. IGNATIUS – Before a school improvement bond can be presented to voters in May, it needed to be approved by the Mission School Board. Board members voted unanimously to approve the bond issue during the regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16. The bond at $5.2 million would be spread out over 20 y...

Team Effort Team Effort

Many people watch dog sled racing and imagine what it would be like to ride through deep snow in the backcountry powered by dogs.  Fifteen-year-old Charmayne Morrison of Polson went beyond imagining it.  On Saturday, her dogs pulled her across the starting line of the junior level 100-mile &l...


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