Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Community-minded kids Community-minded kids

60-year-old business gets new owners 60-year-old business gets new owners

The free popcorn isn’t going anywhere and neither is the store, but the owners of True Value in Ronan have sold out. “We will stay part of this community, but it’s time,” Norma Granley said of her plans to retire from the business with husband Gary Granley. “We’ve been ...

Outdoor recreation regulation could change Outdoor recreation regulation could change

MOIESE – A concern about shotgun pellets flying past homes during hunting season has prompted a proposed change in the bird hunting regulations developed through a cooperative agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The pr...

Rural model Rural model

A celebrity of sorts was at the Mission School District on Wednesday, and third-grade students swarmed around her asking for her autograph.  “This is so awesome,” Braedon Ferris, 8, said holding a pen and paper in his hand as he waited his turn. “It’s really cool we are gettin...

Football Football

Polson POLSON — The Pirates put points on the board first in Friday’s home football contest, but the Havre Blue Ponies responded with a touchdown for each of Polson’s first three scores. Havre followed with two more touchdowns before the half, then continued to score a touchdown in the...

Bulldogs celebrate school pride Bulldogs celebrate school pride

ST. IGNATIUS – Homecoming royalty stood on the football field Friday night during half-time just long enough to crown Nathan Doll as the king and Jordyn Eichert as the queen.   “It’s so cold,” Jordyn’s mom, Chris Eichert, said while her daughter ran to the locker ro...

Outpouring of support offered to day care provider after attack Outpouring of support offered to day care provider after attack

RONAN – An attack at Martha’s Mini Daycare left Martha McClure seriously injured on Oct. 7.  Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said McClure was working at a daycare she owns in her Ronan home with a small staff when Francis Joseph Jackson, 31, showed up. Bell explained that it was reported tha...

Annual art auction raises money for domestic violence victims Annual art auction raises money for domestic violence victims

RONAN – Local artist Olivia Olsen sat at the SAFE Harbor fundraiser on Saturday with a paintbrush, a tray of glue and images of a family literally torn apart. She positioned the images to create the collage called “Warped Shadows.” Olsen said people needed to interpret the image of a man...

Bison not the only ones on the range Bison not the only ones on the range

  MOIESE – Although bison get most of the attention, many species exist together with help from wildlife management on the National Bison Range. Biologists have been busy studying those animals to find out how to help them thrive, and on Wednesday at the range, Bison Range biologist for the ...

Health care providers expand into new facility Health care providers expand into new facility

POLSON—Golden shovels dug into the dirt as St. Luke Community Healthcare representatives broke ground on a new primary care facility on Thursday with a price tag of $2.5 million.  The site is located on the hill a few buildings below the Mission Valley Aquatic Center. The backside of the clinic...


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