Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

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...

Two governments discuss county funding Two governments discuss county funding

PABLO – Lake County Commissioners attended a Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council meeting on Thursday to ask if the council plans to supplement the county for lost tax revenue of about $1 million from what will soon officially be named the Salish Kootenai Dam. Tribal Council Chairman Vern...

Range of Motion Range of Motion

Hundreds of school children filtered onto the Bison Range throughout the two-day roundup starting on Monday to watch as wild bison were moved into the corrals for an annual health check-up. Many of the children reacted with wide eyes saying “awhh” and “ooh” in unison.  “...

Parents help feed folks during roundup Parents help feed folks during roundup

MOIESE — The Charlo Parent Teacher Association decided to bring back the goodies during the National Bison Range Roundup and provide a fry bread lunch for the staff, volunteers and visitors.  “The community donated the baked goods,” Jamie Tomlin, PTA president said of the hundreds o...

Tribal elections clarified

PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal election is Saturday, Oct. 17. Twenty-six candidates are running for five seats during the primary election.  The voting districts open during this election include Dixon, Hot Springs, Pablo, St. Ignatius and Arlee. Voters can cast a single vo...

St. Ignatius approves new officer

ST. IGNATIUS – Josh Blackweasel was officially approved as the new full-time police officer by the town council during their regular meeting, which gives the town two full-time officers and one part-time. Blackweasel began his position on Sept. 13.  The board was questioned about a police offic...

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...


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