Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

St. Ignatius school receives high level award St. Ignatius school receives high level award

ST. IGNATIUS – The St. Ignatius School District is a trendsetter in the awards department from the state.  “We are in uncharted territory,” said High School Principal Shawn Hendrickson.  The Montana Office of Public Instruction honored the school with the Platinum Award for ...

Governor visits local summer food program for kids Governor visits local summer food program for kids

ARLEE – Gov. Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock traveled to the Arlee Community Center July 24 along with a bus full of people to visit with about a dozen children impacted by a statewide program to provide food for kids.  The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Education Summer Prog...

Good Old Time Good Old Time

ST. IGNATIUS – Bentley Slagle, 5, finished up the Good Old Days events on Saturday needing a nap and a bath after playing hard under the hot sun.  He said he ran around the Good Old Day’s Park and played games, saw a couple cute dogs, climbed a rock wall, which was scary at first, and got...

paw patrol paw patrol

POLSON – Reducing the amount of illegal drugs in town has become a top priority of the Polson Police Department with the help of search warrants and the skills of a canine team.  Polson Police Sergeant George Simpson said the efforts began as a reaction to limited space for offenders in the Lak...

Irrigation fees set to increase next year

LAKE COUNTY – The cost of farming within the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project could increase in the coming year if irrigation taxes go up as planned. The Bureau of Indian Affairs manages the project for the United States government and has increased the operation and maintenance fees to $33.50 per...

Growing talent Growing talent

ST. IGNATIUS – Ryan Yoder, 6, sat on the auction block above the crowd with his feet dangling over the edge at the 16th Annual Amish Community Auction on Saturday.  He was watching the audience from under a tent where wooden items were being auctioned to see who would bid on two of the handmade...

Commissioners plan to approve growth policy, taking comments

Lake County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a resolution of intent to adopt the 2018 Lake County Growth Policy on Monday, July 9. The vote was not the final action on the matter and members of the public still have time to make comments and recommendations for changes within the policy. The pol...

St. Ignatius farmers market offers double SNAP credit St. Ignatius farmers market offers double SNAP credit

ST. IGNATIUS – Guitar music played as folks strolled the Mission Falls Farmers Market on Friday to peruse tables full of homegrown vegetables, unique baked goods and handcrafted jewelry. Alyssa Schock, market board vice president, said many vendors are signed up to sell local items this year. She is...

Good Old Days starts this week Good Old Days starts this week

ST. IGNATIUS – The 36th Annual Good Old Days Celebration, featuring three days of family events, starts Thursday, July 19. This year, the event kicks off with the first ever tennis tournament for all skill levels. Kimimi Ashley, local tennis expert, is hosting the tournament. Those interested can ca...

Teenagers get involved in suicide prevention Teenagers get involved in suicide prevention

ARLEE – Lane Johnson, 17, dribbled a basketball down a concrete court in his hometown with the skill of a state champion and easily dropped the ball through the hoop.  His skill developed after hours of practice and years of playing the game, and in that time, he never thought he would become a...


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