Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Arrests made in connection to red dot incident

POLSON – Marlo Aldia Tonasket, 36, was placed in custody Wednesday, Dec. 9 for his alleged involvement with an incident where an officer believed he was about to be shot. A Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy was getting ready for work on Sunday, Nov. 22. At around 5 a.m. the deputy walked out to his...

St. Ignatius school administrators seek to pass bond St. Ignatius school administrators seek to pass bond

ST. IGNATIUS – A school bond hasn’t been passed by taxpayers in St. Ignatius for about 45 years, but school administrators say the school is in desperate need of repair, so they are asking taxpayers to break that historic record and pass a bond in the spring election. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the p...

Choir works to help save murals Choir works to help save murals

ST. IGNATIUS – The Mission Catholic Church held a concert to raise money to help save the crumbling murals on Saturday, Dec 12. “We are trying everything we can,” said Nancy Plant, Mission Church secretary. The Treasure State Chorale traveled from Missoula to donate their time to help...

Students see wildlife up close Students see wildlife up close

It was a wild afternoon for K. William Harvey Elementary School students on Tuesday as they watched four real live owls spread their wings in the Performing Arts Center. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Wildlife Biologist Steph Gillin partnered with Wild Wings Recovery Center in Kalispell to share ...

Proposed fee increases may affect dairies, small businesses

MISSION VALLEY—The Montana Department of Livestock has proposed significant fee increases to dairies and other small processors, which could potentially affect many businesses in the Mission Valley and throughout the state.  The fees would specifically affect those businesses that are licensed ...

Two Eagle River students organize, host tribal candidate forum Two Eagle River students organize, host tribal candidate forum

PABLO – In an effort to hear what the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal election candidates think about current issues before the General Election on Dec. 12, students from Two Eagle River held a forum in their school on Wednesday evening.  Seven of the 10 candidates running for five seat...

Small parade of lights travel through Arlee for eighth year in a row Small parade of lights travel through Arlee for eighth year in a row

ARLEE – Sally Cordier decided that the theme for the Arlee Parade of Lights would be about peace this year. “Because of all that is going on in the world with violence, I thought it should be ‘Let your light shine for world peace,’” she said. “Every year I come up with ...

Businesses put on holiday wonderland for community Businesses put on holiday wonderland for community

ST. IGNATIUS – Aodhan Umphrey, 6, held very still while he transformed into Santa Clause at the St. Ignatius Christmas Carnival on Saturday at the Community Center. With a painted white beard and a cherry red nose, Aodhan hopped down from the face painting station to move about the carnival. Glenda ...

Understanding crime statistics, comparisons Understanding crime statistics, comparisons

LAKE COUNTY — Two of the most dangerous places in Montana are reported to be right here in Lake County. On Nov. 22, RoadSnacks released their list of “The Ten Most Dangerous Cities in Montana.” Polson was number two on the list, and Ronan was number five.  RoadSnacks’ report i...

Craft show collects cans for those in need Craft show collects cans for those in need

POLSON – The holiday season was in full swing on Saturday as folks displayed their wares at the craft fair and donated cash and food items to the Polson Food Pantry. “We added the food drive to benefit people in need,” said Cammy Maughan, fair coordinator. “There are a lot of famil...


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