Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Water board attends closed meeting concerning power rates

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control attended a conference that could have effects on the cost of power for irrigators, although the results of the meeting were undisclosed.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hosted the conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this mon...

Suicide prevention takes a comedic approach Suicide prevention takes a comedic approach

CHARLO – In an effort to make it easier to talk about suicide prevention, the Your Life Matters Project brought in a comedian to talk to students in schools from Arlee to Ronan. YLMP Youth Member Hailey Schippers introduced the speaker in Charlo on Friday, explaining that the group organized last fa...

Young writers sign their published books Young writers sign their published books

It happened already for many young writers in the first grade at K. William Harvey Elementary School. “You are published writers,” teacher Francy Moll said to the students as they got ready for their book signing debut and reading. Family and friends were invited to attend the event on Friday,...

Chocolate festival needs support Chocolate festival needs support

ARLEE – Tonight chocolate treats including a smooth layered chocolate lasagna, gooey chocolate brownies and melt-in-your-mouth truffles can be found at the 12th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival — and it’s for a good cause.  “The money raised goes to the Jocko Valley Lib...

Montana Water Court deadlines may complicate compact journey

LAKE COUNTY – As the Water Rights Compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes makes its way through the federal branch of government in the United States Congress, several deadlines could complicate the journey. Gov. Steve Bullock signed the bill at the state level in April 2015 containi...

Feature Presentation Feature Presentation

  “And the award goes to …” Dramatic pause. Before we get to that, lets look at the people that attended the three-day Flathead Lake International Cinemafest starting on Friday, Jan 22.  The crowds weren’t quite as big as last year, some said, but they were from al...

Arlee food pantry moves Arlee food pantry moves

ARLEE – The food was free but people still broke into the church building to take it. “It got the point where they’d been broken into several times,” Pastor Jason Jury said of the Jocko Valley Lutheran Church at the north edge of Arlee where the Food Pantry was located. He added th...

School board approves design team search

ST. IGNATIUS – The Mission School Board approved the acquisition of a design team for the school improvements plan at the last board meeting on a proposed project requiring a taxpayer bond projected to be set at $5 million.  “We want to open this up to companies interested in helping us w...

St. Ignatius gets new police officer St. Ignatius gets new police officer

ST. IGNATIUS – When St. Ignatius Police Officer Patrick Nobles patrols the town, he envisions a time when people didn’t have to lock their doors. “I’d like to see this community go back to that,” he said. “Is it feasible? I don’t know, but it’s worth a try.&...

Group celebrates social justice work Group celebrates social justice work

St. IGNATIUS – The human rights work of Martin Luther King, Jr. began more than 50 years ago. “We are still fighting for social justice,” said speaker Dustin Monroe, CEO and Founder of Native Generational Change. “We are not as far as we think we are.” Monroe gave a speech...


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