Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

Arlee graduates celebrate milestone - Class of 2018 Arlee graduates celebrate milestone - Class of 2018

ARLEE – Thirty-three Arlee High School graduates listened as teacher Ryan Landolfi gave them a bit of advice during his commencement address on Sunday, May 27. He encouraged them to value relationships and call their old friends once in a while to touch base. He said if something goes wrong as they ...

Lake County Drug Court honors first graduate Lake County Drug Court honors first graduate

POLSON – Karen Tromp figured life as she knew it was over a year ago. She was in her 60s and set to go to prison after being charged with a felony for possession of dangerous drugs. A 45-year-old addiction brought her to this point.  She said she was a functioning addict for many years. She had...

SKQ Dam spillway gates scheduled for repairs SKQ Dam spillway gates scheduled for repairs

POLSON – Water pours through the Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ Project dam spillway gates with roaring power down the front of a 204-foot tall concrete structure, so it might make people a little nervous when they hear the words “malfunction” and “catastrophic consequences&...

Car show brings in funds for youth program Car show brings in funds for youth program

ARLEE – The first Junkin’ the Jocko was held on Saturday in an effort to raise money for kids and get more people to stop and shop in Arlee, and organizers are hoping to hold a similar event on the Fourth of July. During the event, the Jocko Valley Show and Shine featured about two-dozen class...

Another generation of kids celebrate annual river honoring Another generation of kids celebrate annual river honoring

FLATHEAD RIVER – After a long winter, hundreds of fourth and fifth grade students got a chance to experience an outdoor classroom on a warm afternoon along the Flathead River for the 32nd annual River Honoring.  “It’s really interesting all the stuff they have out here,” said ...

Lake County faring OK so far following statewide flooding emergency Lake County faring OK so far following statewide flooding emergency

Lake County isn’t doing too badly considering our neighbors to the south are experiencing devastating flooding from the Clark Fork River, but conditions could change for the county.  Steve Stanley, Office of Emergency Management director, said a couple of low lying houses in Arlee were sandbagg...

Horse rescue becomes one woman’s mission Horse rescue becomes one woman’s mission

Danyea Logan-Young doesn’t sleep very well at night with images of starving horses floating in her mind. She thinks about how their bones distend under their skin until they are like walking rib cages and about the pain they must be in. She started Hooves of Promise about two years ago to help save ...

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,”...


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