Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Students learn origins of food, explore ag-related topics Students learn origins of food, explore ag-related topics

POLSON – Joey Fulwiler, fourth grader, looked into an observation box full of bees moving about. He put his ear close to the clear partition and listened. “I heard their wings buzzing,” he said. “They sound cool.” Joey was participating in the annual Fourth Grade Ag Days o...

Ravalli watercraft check station soon to be open 24/7 Ravalli watercraft check station soon to be open 24/7

PABLO – The Flathead Basin Commission recently met to discuss a number of things pertaining to the protection of the quality of the entire Flathead Lake with aquatic invasive species at the forefront of the discussion. The meeting was held on Wednesday, April 25, at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai...

Historic rodeo champion once lived on reservation Historic rodeo champion once lived on reservation

CHARLO – The name of local legend Jackson Sundown was beginning to fade as his story moved into the distant past, but writer Rick Steber of Oregon came to town late last month to revive it. “It’s an honor to tell the story of one of this area’s greatest horsemen of all time,”...

History comes alive at Fort Connah History comes alive at Fort Connah

ST. IGNATIUS – The historic Hudson's Bay Fort Connah Trading Post opened last weekend for several live history days. Folks dressed in buckskins and other time-era clothing to show what life might have been like back in 1846 during the fur trading era when the post was open for business.  The or...

Density regulations become advisory in Lake County Density regulations become advisory in Lake County

POLSON – A document regulating development in rural Lake County for more than a dozen years will now be considered advisory with the rules no longer set in stone. “This won’t be as good as some think or as bad as others believe it will be,” Commissioner Dave Stipe said. Lake County Co...

Lake County Sheriff candidates answer questions before election Lake County Sheriff candidates answer questions before election

LAKE COUNTY – Two Republicans are currently campaigning for the title of Lake County Sheriff and Coroner in the June 5 Primary Election, and the candidates – David Coffman and Don Bell – separately answered a few questions last week.  Where are you from? Incumbent Sheriff Bell is ...

Strong family bonds bring five sisters home Strong family bonds bring five sisters home

ST. IGNATIUS – Ella Gilchrist, 89, sat in a rocking chair in her home and jokingly said most people would rather kill their siblings than ever have to live with them as adults.  She looked at her four sisters sitting around her in the living room last week, and they laughed together. The statem...

Business gets energy saving rebate Business gets energy saving rebate

RONAN – The folks at Ronan True Value figured out how to save more than $100 on their electric bill and they want to see other businesses with a lot of lights get similar savings. Owner Richard Osterwyk said changing 900 light bulbs in his store to LED lighting was the trick to getting the savings. ...

Grateful bread Grateful bread

RONAN – Thanks to the newly added space at the Ronan Bread Basket, the second Volunteer Appreciation Celebration was actually held at the food pantry on Saturday. Tables and chairs were set up for about 30 people and others who stopped in during the afternoon in what is now a large food storage room...

Seeds of change begin with fresh food Seeds of change begin with fresh food

ARLEE – Finding the time to prepare a healthy meal can be difficult after a long day of work, taking care of kids, or other responsibilities, so a group in Arlee got together to learn a few skills to make the process easier. “We’ve learned some things to help us think ahead, tools to hel...


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