Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

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...

New group works to prevent suicide New group works to prevent suicide

Aubrey DuMont, 13, of Charlo, faced the loss of her older brother Brandon to suicide last year at this time. It hasn’t gotten easier. She remembers him as always smiling. And that’s just it. He was always smiling. She never thought he would ever commit suicide.  “So many kids are co...

Group forms to help children in drug environments Group forms to help children in drug environments

PABLO – Melanie Smith noticed a drug problem in the valley that is affecting children at all ages and income levels. “It’s taking beautiful people with all the potential in the world and robbing them of their lives,” she said. “And children are in the middle of it.” ...

Local wins Paint the State Local wins Paint the State

ST. IGNATIUS – Briar Ahlborn, 19, won the Montana Meth Project’s Paint the State contest in the celebrity artist category with her “Pass the Peace Pipe, Not the Meth Pipe” mural located on U.S. Highway 93 at mile marker 33.  “I didn’t believe it when I won,” ...

Principal reports closed achievement gap in middle school

ST. IGNATIUS – Administration positions at all levels changed this year in the Mission School District with former high school principal Jason Sargent coming in as the new superintendent. Dan Durglo became the new elementary principal moving from his position as the middle school principal. Shawn Hendr...

Charlo celebrates homecoming week, remembers classmate Charlo celebrates homecoming week, remembers classmate

  CHARLO – Senior Dominic Shively decided he wanted to ride in a police car in the homecoming parade after he was elected by his peers to the homecoming royalty court. He got the idea after finding out that Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Shad Andersen was going to be driving the car, and if a t...

FJBC considers appointing rep to compact team

ST. IGNATIUS – The Flathead Joint Board of Control discussed the possibility of appointing a representative for the irrigators to the Compact Implementation Technical Team (CITT) at the last regular board meeting.  After the Montana Legislature ratified the CSKT Compact earlier this year, the p...

Students teach world travelers about local culture Students teach world travelers about local culture

ST. IGNATIUS – Connor Durglo, 8, invited a group of people from all over the world to the Mission School District on Friday afternoon to learn about local culture.  The world travelers called themselves Friendship Force. The club works much like a foreign exchange program where students come to...

Arlee Schools staff increased

ARLEE – The Arlee School Board voted to increase staff in the special education department during the regular board meeting with one full time teacher, two elementary aides and one aide in the high school to ensure a smaller student-to-teacher ratio. Funding for the additional staff comes from a supple...


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