Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Kathi Beeks

Jaycees, Jayceens honored for building Ronan Community Center Jaycees, Jayceens honored for building Ronan Community Center

Before it took two incomes to raise a family and homes in the Ronan area could be purchased for about $15,000, volunteering was a way of life. One organization that promoted community involvement was the Jaycees and Jayceens. The Jaycees began in the 1920s for the purpose of providing opportunities for yo...

Ronan Harvest Festival returns Sept. 18 with new attractions Ronan Harvest Festival returns Sept. 18 with new attractions

RONAN — Come COVID, masks or inclement weather, the Ronan Harvest Festival promises fun, food and music for Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn south of Glacier Bank. The Ronan Area Chamber of Commerce kicks off the Harvest Festival with their annual Hay Bale Contest. Area business...

Changing attitudes key to addressing ageism Changing attitudes key to addressing ageism

Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic,  cultural, and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, with those...

Different ages, perspectives on COVID-19 Different ages, perspectives on COVID-19

MISSION VALLEY — Four Mission Valley residents, separated in age by many years, recently shared with the Valley Journal newspaper their opinions about the COVID-19 virus, the stay at home order, their concerns for the future, and how they think we can best help ourselves. Amaya Nine-year-old Am...

Essential workers share pandemic response experiences Essential workers share pandemic response experiences

Healthcare workers aren't alone in the front line response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Firemen, police personnel, emergency service agencies and grocery store employees have all have felt the impact of the pandemic in their daily work. As altered routines, extra precautions and additional duties are now the ne...

Three local healthcare workers share what life is like in the era of COVID-19 Three local healthcare workers share what life is like in the era of COVID-19

CLINICIAN Alison Montgomery works as a laboratory technician and has for the past 15 years. Sometimes she draws blood from patients but generally runs diagnostic tests on patients’ blood. The COVID-19 virus requires additional protocols, more awareness, planning, preparing and of course conserving...

Stay at home' adjustment tips for parents, children

COVID-19 presents challenges well beyond the obvious health concerns. Many adults are working from home or home dealing with the stress of unemployment. Many now have the added duty of around the clock childcare, no small task in ordinary times. Now, with the “stay at home” directive, there are t...

Studies show pet ownership can improve health Studies show pet ownership can improve health

Pet owners instinctively know pets make life better.  With roughly half of all households in the United States owning at least one dog, (the most popular pet), science has undertaken the task of proving what pet owners already know. Researchers in Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada and th...

Slide through summer with learning fun

By Kathi Beeks                  Valley Journal The “summer slide” sounds like fun play equipment - it is anything but. Children lose up to three months worth of reading and math skills during long summer vacations. While there are educators pushi...

Dealing with back-to-school butterflies Dealing with back-to-school butterflies

Anxious feelings about the startup of school generally affect both parents and children. Parents may not look forward to stricter bedtime practices and the return of homework routines. Children’s concerns generally center on their clothes, friends, or academic abilities. Fears about new teacher(s) are ...


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