Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

LANTERNS HELP RING IN NEW YEAR LANTERNS HELP RING IN NEW YEAR

Lanterns soared to new heights during the New Year’s Eve Community Lantern Lighting event on Thursday, Dec. 31 outside the St. Joseph Medical Center. “This is to help Polson soar into the new year,” said Jackie Cripe, Polson Business Community chair member. The PBC sponsored the event wi...

Local featured in film festival Local featured in film festival

POLSON – Elias Nawawieh hasn’t always lived a few blocks from Flathead Lake, but he was referred to as one of the few local filmmakers to have a film in the 2015 Flathead Lake International Cinemafest. His film “Victory In Christ” is about Middle Eastern Christians suffering from t...

Winter film festival opens soon Winter film festival opens soon

POLSON – During this year’s winter Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, a range of topics from the comedic to the dramatic are scheduled to hit the big screen Jan. 22 to 24 at the Showboat Cinema theater on Main Street.  “Winter is known as the offseason for this town, but we wan...

Local writer publishes fictional book with nature settings Local writer publishes fictional book with nature settings

ARLEE – A deer walks across the highway, a car swerves, and the deer is suddenly walking upside down. “It really happened,” said author Jerry McGahan of the incident he witnessed where a deer looked like it was still walking with its legs up after being hit by a car. The story continues ...

Hundreds honor college president during funeral Hundreds honor college president during funeral

To honor Salish Kootenai College President Robert Reginald DePoe III, drums echoed through the event center at the campus on Monday, Dec. 28. DePoe passed away a week earlier on Monday, Dec. 21, due to complications from cancer at the age of 40. Hundreds attended the funeral service including tribal leade...

Public input sought for 911 service management Public input sought for 911 service management

LAKE COUNTY – A big question is being asked around the county: should the 911 emergency service separate from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office? In Lake County, the sheriff is tasked with making the final decision on policy regarding the system that dispatches emergency responders from many age...

Life brightens for local boy Life brightens for local boy

ST. IGNATIUS – Jace Matt, 12, sees the world a little differently when he puts on his new aviator-style glasses. “Everything looks bold,” he said wearing the glasses that help correct what is known as color blindness. For him, colors in the red spectrum appear dull. Jace is one of thr...

Construction continues on smaller casino project Construction continues on smaller casino project

 EVARO – Construction on the Gray Wolf Peak Casino expansion project in Evaro is underway, although it’ll be smaller than originally planned. “We listened to the elders,” said Sheila Matt, S&K Gaming board of directors and CEO. She explained that many of the elders thought...

Water fees explained during meeting Water fees explained during meeting

ST. IGNATIUS – Many feared that the cost of using irrigation water would go up by $7.50 per acre last summer.  Stanley Speak, the northwest regional director for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, announced by phone at the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project’s semi-annual water users meeting on...

Community working to help moms affected by drugs Community working to help moms affected by drugs

LAKE COUNTY – Three years ago local medical providers noticed a high number of babies being born already addicted to drugs. Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson and St. Luke Community Healthcare in Ronan decided to work together to find out the exact numbers of babies born with drugs in th...


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