Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Sharing culture Sharing culture

ST. IGNATIUS – Students in St. Ignatius schools celebrated their annual cultural day Friday with a slew of Native American activities, which by coincidence was the same day the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact was signed.  “Today in Helena, the governor is signing the water ...

Mission Possible Mission Possible

ST. IGNATIUS – It used to take two minutes to line the elementary kids up after recess – now it takes five. The kids are busy twisting around a yellow pole, going up the solid wavy ladder and back down one of the six blue slides on the new playground equipment. “The twisty slide is the b...

Above and Beyond: Slam dunk star inspires students Above and Beyond: Slam dunk star inspires students

The Dunk Champion of the World was in the Dog House Feb. 26  showing off his mad dunking skills to several hundred students.  “I consider myself an artist and this is my canvas,” Kenny Dobbs said pointing at a basketball hoop as he talked to the students. Middle school principal D...

Arlee teacher honored among five best in America Arlee teacher honored among  five best in America

ARLEE – It’s been referred to as the Academy Awards of teaching. “They even had an envelope and a drumroll,” Arlee English teacher Anna Baldwin said.  Baldwin was selected as one of the top five teachers in the nation at the National Education Association Foundation’s...

Children reach out to traumatized peers through ‘buddy bags’ Children reach out to traumatized peers through ‘buddy bags’

RONAN – Children can experience scary stuff that goes way beyond visions of monsters under their beds. These scary things often require police involvement. “Usually when we are involved it’s because of drug activity or violence, and sometimes children are involved,” said Confederat...

Pizza shop gives back to community Pizza shop gives back to community

ST. IGNATIUS – Free lunch was a reality at the Cornerstone Pizza shop on Christmas Eve where slices of pizza were going fast. “We did this as a way to wish our community a Merry Christmas and to give back to our community,” said Craig Waldron, manager. “The community really support...

Students challenge reservation stereotypes Students challenge reservation stereotypes

ARLEE — People living on the reservation sometimes hear strange things about what life is like on land designated as tribal ground. Arlee High School students say they’ve heard it all. “I’ve heard people say they think we live in teepees and lack technology,” Zach Felsman, 18...

Extra eyes might help reduce crime in St. Ignatius Extra eyes might help reduce crime in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS – If there is a dark shadowy figure outside a neighbor’s house and they are on vacation, do you call the police?  “Yes,” St. Ignatius Police Chief Charles Kuczynski said. Do you call if you see someone walking down the street that doesn’t look familiar? T...


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