Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Hitting their stride Hitting their stride

RONAN – The smoke cleared out and the rain clouds blew in creating one of the coldest Canal invitational cross-country meets ever on Friday afternoon. “It’s usually hot at this time and the kids are sweating,” said Noelle Decker, Ronan coach. “This is the first Canal Bank Run...

Nonprofit donates to playgrounds, trails Nonprofit donates to playgrounds, trails

DIXON — Friends of Ronan Parks and Trails (FORPAT) stopped by the Dixon School District to drop off a check for $500 to help the school with the cost of maintaining their new playground, but the group didn’t stop there. As soon as school started, group members Carole Lankford and Eleanor Vizca...

Youth group entertains students Youth group entertains students

ST. IGNATIUS – Students with Cornerstone Faith Center’s youth group organized an event to celebrate the beginning of the school year on Friday evening at Cornerstone Pizza, and Blaine Street was closed off to accommodate the crowd with the mayor’s permission. “We wanted to get the ...

Community Eligibility Program provides free school lunches Community Eligibility Program provides free school lunches

ST. IGNATIUS –   For some families with several children, the yearly school lunch bill can add up to $1,000 a year, so many qualifying schools in the valley have elected to participate in a program that provides free meals for all students. “It’s a huge savings for working famili...

Celebrating peace, expansion Celebrating peace, expansion

ARLEE – Four boys started counting the 2-foot-tall Buddha statues lined up back to back on the eight-spoke dharma wheel during the 11th Annual Festival of Peace at the Ewam School of Tibetan Buddhism on Saturday.  “I got 74 on this side counting the ones on the ends,” said River Adk...

Local meth message top vote getter Local meth message top vote getter

ST. IGNATIUS – Briar Ahlborn’s painting with an anti-methamphetamine message held the highest number of votes last week in a contest spread across Montana that ends on Sept. 16. “It was sweet; I was 100 votes ahead,” she said. “I thought it would be smooth sailing if it kept ...

Incoming Arlee freshmen get oriented Incoming Arlee freshmen get oriented

Some students imagine the worst as they transition into high school. “I’m afraid of failing every class I have,” said freshman Ashley Potts. “All my life I’ve had good grades, and I don’t want a failing grade. If I fail, I can’t get a good job. I want to be an ast...

Teacher recognized at state level Teacher recognized at state level

ARLEE – On Thursday afternoon, Susan Carney-Lammerding took a moment to take the plastic off the plaque she was given as the Montana Elementary PE Teacher of the Year. “This wouldn’t happen without the kids,” she said.  She received the award from the Society of Health and ...

School boards exercise local control School boards exercise local control

    In a strange moment during a usually quiet school board meeting, one board member stands up and proclaims that every class including the kindergarten shall have free soda machines in the name of hydration. “No, nothing like that would  happen,” said Bob Vogel, direc...

Arlee community supports cancer fight Arlee community supports cancer fight

ARLEE – Mandy Haynes-Belcourt sensed that something was wrong.  “I had this feeling,” she said. “A little voice told me to get checked.” She decided to make an appointment for a mammogram, but she is only 37, and mammograms, she explained, aren’t usually given t...


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