Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

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...

Head Start celebrates 40 years Head Start celebrates 40 years

 Forty years ago Daren Incashola was a little guy playing with blocks during his time at a Head Start in St. Ignatius. He was 4 years old. He would grow up and send his two children to the child development program for children ages birth to 5. On Friday, Incashola helped celebrate Head Start’s...

Small school bands open big show Small school bands open big show

Students waited on a large dark stage lit by spotlights, positioning their instruments, looking over music notes, trying to calm their nerves. The conductor gave the signal and the red curtain opened on the Mission Valley Band Festival at the Performing Arts Center  Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Ronan. Before...

Students question local government Students question local government

ST. IGNATIUS – Mayor Charley Gariepy hit the gavel on the podium to call a town council session to a close on a packed meeting after hearing questions from dozens of concerned Mission fourth-grade students on Wednesday. The council ran the mock meeting as if it were the real thing, but they never re...


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