Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Several agencies work together on bird habitat  Several agencies work together on bird habitat

CHARLO – After thousands of years, glacier-cut pot holes have filled with water on the land in and around the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge turning the area into a wetland complex where ducks dip their heads into the ponds looking for lunch, pheasants hide in the brush in surrounding fields and gee...

Art to help survivors Art to help survivors

RONAN – You haven’t missed it. SAFE Harbor is holding their 11th annual Art Auction on Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ronan Community Center. Dana Grant, SAFE Harbor director, said tickets to reserve a table are still available by calling 406-676-9242. SAFE Harbor helps support hundreds of abu...

Fire season wraps up with new sign Fire season wraps up with new sign

RONAN – Just as the fire season is winding down, the Confederated Salish Kootenai Division of Fire found time to replace the old fire danger sign on the corner of Main Street and U.S. Highway 93.  The old sign reached fire danger levels this year that hadn’t been seen in the 30 years it w...

Tribal council soon to hold primary elections Tribal council soon to hold primary elections

PABLO –Twenty-six candidates are vying for five of the 10 seats on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council this year during the primary election set for Oct. 17. “The primary election will narrow down the candidates to two in each district unless the votes are really close,” ...

Arlee celebrates fall with activities for the kids Arlee celebrates fall with activities for the kids

ARLEE – Caydan Clark, 8, decorated his first pumpkin of the fall season with a design that included “a little bit of everything” at the Arlee Community Fall Festival on Saturday. After drawing black triangle-shaped eyes and a jagged mouth, Caydan added a little white glob of paint near the ...

Native American Chef teaches students how to cook Native American Chef teaches students how to cook

Sioux Chef Shawn Sherman visited the Mission Valley last week to teach students how to cook Native American style food the old way. “This is what my grandparents ate,” he said. Students from Ronan, St. Ignatius, Missoula, Bozeman and Kicking Horse Job Corps gathered in the kitchens at Ronan...

Traveling nurses administer flu shots Traveling nurses administer flu shots

CHARLO – A team of traveling nurses with the Lake County Health Department are making their way around the valley with boxes of syringes and Band-Aids to make sure that everyone gets a flu shot this season.  “We want people vaccinated,” said Registered Nurse Leigh Estvold. “It...

Ronan city council digs through budget

RONAN – Ronan City Council members continued to look over every line of the city’s budget, which was about an inch thick, to ensure that everything was in order during the last regular meeting. They held another work meeting later in the week to continue studying the budget.  City Clerk K...

Construction begins on housing for medical residents Construction begins on housing for medical residents

RONAN – Medical school graduates rotating through St. Luke Community Healthcare will soon have a permanent housing facility to call home during their residency. “Our biggest gap was in housing,” St. Luke CEO Steve Todd said adding that the gap is soon to close. Construction on a 2,000...

Community celebrates fall harvest, small business Community celebrates fall harvest, small business

RONAN – During the Seventh Annual Ronan Harvest Fest next to the Visitors Center folks studied the photos of all the decorated hay bales set up around town trying to select a winner and many said it was a tough choice. “We had 38 participants this year,” Chamber of Commerce President Bra...


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