Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Rob Zolman

Mission Valley Super Oval roaring under new management Mission Valley Super Oval roaring under new management

PABLO – After a long winter, the Mission Valley Super Oval (formerly Mission Valley Speedway) opened the 2019 race season under new management. The season opened about seven weekends ago. Tony Undem and his all-star team have been feeding people’s need for speed with a paved oval racing venue ...

Glow in the dark event raises awareness for suicide prevention Glow in the dark event raises awareness for suicide prevention

POLSON – Suicide has been a persistent problem in Montana, but one high school student is trying to change that trend, starting with her community. “I have lost so many people to suicide,” said Lexie Gauthier, a sophomore at Ronan High School and 2019 Miss Flathead Lake Teen USA.  ...

Arlee Rodeo brings fast-paced action to Mission Valley Arlee Rodeo brings fast-paced action to Mission Valley

ARLEE – The excitement began as the chutes flew open at the 39th Annual Fourth of July Rodeo at the Arlee Rodeo Grounds on Thursday. Rodeo fans were kept on the edge of their seats as they watched local cowboys and cowgirls compete to see who could hang on the longest during the high-flying action o...

Mariners end regular season at home Mariners end regular season at home

POLSON – In American Legion baseball action, the Mission Valley Mariners A squad played their last home games of the regular season by hosting back-to-back doubleheaders this past weekend at O’Malley Park in Polson. The Mariners opened the weekend series with a doubleheader split against the M...

Linderman experiences the end of an era Linderman experiences the end of an era

POLSON – Small groups gathered all day Tuesday, June 25, to watch a large excavator turn the nearly 70-year-old Linderman Gymnasium into a pile of rubble, dust and memories. “This is sad,” said one onlooker. “I remember going to high school in that building.” Linderman Gym...

Car wreck claims three

CHARLO – A two-vehicle crash claimed the lives of three people Monday morning, June 24. The Montana Highway Patrol said the crash was reported just shortly after 7 a.m. on U.S. Highway 93 at mile marker 42, near Ninepipes Lodge, which is south of Ronan. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell identified the...

DOT holds public meeting on Hwy 93 design improvement near Pablo DOT holds public meeting on Hwy 93 design improvement near Pablo

PABLO – More than 40 Mission Valley roadway users took advantage of the opportunity to weigh in on the Montana Department of Transportation’s potential safety improvements to the intersection of U.S. Highway 93 and Old Highway 93.   The public meeting was held at the Confederated Salish a...

Locals show their stuff at Mission Mountain Rodeo Locals show their stuff at Mission Mountain Rodeo

By Rob Zolman              Valley Journal POLSON – The Mission Mountain Rodeo wrapped up 79 years of high-energy action Saturday evening, drawing in cowboy and cowgirl competitors from as far away as Canada, Idaho and Wyoming. The National Rodeo Association sanc...

Coast Guard Auxiliary uses education, inspections to keep Montana waters safe Coast Guard Auxiliary uses education, inspections to keep Montana waters safe

MELITA ISLAND – With the nearest ocean nearly 600 miles away, many Montanans are surprised to learn that the U.S. Coast Guard patrols the waters here in Montana. “We are trying to create an awareness that the U.S. Coast Guard actually exists in Montana,” said U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary P...

Chiseled Art Chiseled Art

RONAN – The sounds of blaring, buzzing chainsaws and power tools filled the air in Ronan over the weekend during the inaugural Mission Valley Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous, held at the Lake County Fairgrounds. With wood chips flying all about, onlookers gathered during the four-day extravaganza to wat...


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