Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Karen Peterson

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...

Leaders build connections to foster change Leaders build connections to foster change

PABLO – Divisive is a word used on the Flathead Indian Reservation in the past few years to describe the relationship among community members with varying opinions for things like the Water Compact and even taxes.   Leaders in many fields including the financial sector, law enforcement, technol...

Fire-damaged homes repaired with auction proceeds Fire-damaged homes repaired with auction proceeds

ST. IGNATIUS – At the Amish School site on Allison Road, the children were more interested in the baby goats than the Saturday, April 14, benefit auction. The adults, however, busily bid on items bringing in about $28,000.  Toby Yoder helped organize the event. He said people in the community d...

Considering consequences Considering consequences

 YELLOW BAY – Maggie Burnham asked a group of middle school students to imagine they were scraping quagga mussel shells off a dock or other surface during a field trip workshop at the Flathead Lake Biological Station on Thursday.  She handed them wooden boards with macaroni solidly glued t...

Planning board votes to keep density map, regulations Planning board votes to keep density map, regulations

 POLSON – The Lake County Planning Board, tasked with giving the county’s governing body recommendations, voted on their official opinion concerning the Density Map and Regulations during a meeting on Wednesday, April 11. The DMRs are currently used to guide growth and development for rur...

Nonprofit organization seeks to increase female participation in technology careers Nonprofit organization seeks to increase female participation in technology careers

Women are often missing from the applicant pool for careers in technology and a new organization called ChickTech is working to change that. “Having more women in technology benefits the products we make, and diversity changes development teams and increases quality,” said Brigitta Lee, presid...

Cub Scouts raise money to help food pantry Cub Scouts raise money to help food pantry

RONAN – Eight-year-old Cub Scout Tyler Miller, along with the rest of Ronan Wolf Pack 4956, collected food last Saturday to help the local food pantry provide regular emergency food for people in need. “It’s a great project to help people that depend on the Bread Basket,” said Tyle...


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