Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Craft show collects cans for those in need Craft show collects cans for those in need

POLSON – The holiday season was in full swing on Saturday as folks displayed their wares at the craft fair and donated cash and food items to the Polson Food Pantry. “We added the food drive to benefit people in need,” said Cammy Maughan, fair coordinator. “There are a lot of famil...

Kids get creative during community talent show Kids get creative during community talent show

Folks got together to watch a few people share their musical talents at the Arlee Community Center Saturday evening on Pow Wow Road, and Club Unity hosted the event.  “We wanted to put positive community events on to support the arts and give people something to do,” said Rose Ardelle, ma...

Local athlete breaks world record, again Local athlete breaks world record, again

RONAN – Rachelle Meidinger, 21, broke her own world record by lifting 265 pounds during a bench press lift at the World Bench Press and Deadlifters Championship in Las Vegas on Nov. 22.  “She already owned the world record, but she chipped it,” Meidinger’s trainer James Greene...

Needing to be saved Needing to be saved

The sky is literally falling, and folks at the historic Mission Catholic Church are trying hard to keep it together. “We just let the Lord know that we are in trouble,” Father Andrew L. Maddock said, adding that he hopes for some divine intervention to help fix the problem. The murals insid...

Man can fly Man can fly

POLSON – Without wings, a man flew over the Flathead Lake on Saturday wearing a red suit. He leaned forward like Super Man, paused for a moment, and flipped around into a roll of floating somersaults. His body twisted around and around down towards the lake. He straightened out, pointed his arms down a...

Two shows, two towns, one script Two shows, two towns,  one script

Every week dozens of actors in pairs of two go into schools across the country as directors to help children experience theater for one week with the Missoula Children’s Theater. Last week two different sets of directors went into Arlee and St. Ignatius. Both schools performed “Aladdin” ...

So Close So Close

CHINOOK – Arlee ends the football season as one of the top two teams in the state after their only loss to Chinook on Saturday at the State Championship. Considering Montana is the fourth largest state in the nation, boasting 38 Class C 8-man football teams, that’s quite an accomplishment. And...

Free Thanksgiving Day meal for anyone Free Thanksgiving Day meal for anyone

POLSON – If you don’t feel like cooking during this Thanksgiving Day holiday, plenty of prepared food is available for free at the Senior Citizen Center at 504 3rd Ave. E. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “This is open to anybody,” coordinator Tracy Plaiss said of the dinner. And it&rsquo...

Something positive out of tragedy

PABLO – After Dallas Paige Cox-Sias, 3, lost her life due to injuries from a car crash on U.S. Highway 93  Monday, Nov. 9, her parents decided to allow her to help four other children. “They agreed to donate her eyes and heart valves,” said Jody Sias, the child’s grandfather, ...

Highway crash takes child’s life, injures others Highway crash takes child’s life, injures others

 PABLO – Emergency crews responded to a tragic wreck on U.S. Highway 93 south of Pablo on Monday, Nov. 9, that took the life of a 3-year-old child. A 2011 Chevy Impala stopped at the stop sign where Old Highway 93 crosses before attempting to travel west across the highway over the southbound l...


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