Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Rob Zolman

Local basketball teams battle for bragging rights Local basketball teams battle for bragging rights

ST. IGNATIUS – Last week saw a rivalry matchup in the Mission Valley called the “Battle of the Rez” on Tuesday, Jan. 8, between the Mission Bulldogs and the visiting Arlee Warriors that packed the house. On court battles continued with other schools as well.    The rivalry betw...

Downtown bar gets new name, new owners  Downtown bar gets new name, new owners

POLSON – The bar at 18 Main Street in downtown Polson, which for several decades was known as the Wolf Den and more recently was the Vine and Tap, now has a new name and owners. Dusty and Mandy Kisler purchased the bar in August, and named it Perfect Shot Tavern. The couple’s goal is t...

Pirates pounce on Columbia Falls MatCats Pirates pounce on Columbia Falls MatCats

POLSON – The Polson Pirates used four pins and four forfeits to record a 48-24 Northwest A Conference dual wrestling victory over visiting Columbia Falls MatCats Thursday evening. Pirate wrestling head coach Matt Owen cited strong performances by Maysn Cowell at 126 pounds and Caleb Pierre at 145 po...

Runners slide through Sorry ‘Bout That race Runners slide through Sorry ‘Bout That race

POLSON – One hundred plus marathoners competed in the Sorry ‘Bout That half marathon on Saturday afternoon and braved 13.1 miles in mid 20-degree-temperatures with ice-covered uneven surfaces along the trail.  The Polson Running group organized the race for the sixth year to provide runne...

Polar Plunge swimmers shiver into New Year Polar Plunge swimmers shiver into New Year

Lunacy might be defined as jumping into the wintery water of Flathead Lake at temperatures barely above freezing, wearing nothing more than swimsuits or clothes more suitable for a summer day, but as human nature goes, many people are up for doing crazy things.   The Polson Polar Plunge is an annual ...

Polson and Ronan split in post-holiday rivalry matchup Polson and Ronan split in post-holiday rivalry matchup

PABLO – The Polson Pirates and Lady Pirates basketball players returned to the court after the Christmas holidays to host the Ronan Chiefs and Maidens. The Lady Pirates fell in the opener, 57-27. The boys earned a 60-47 win.  The Maidens got off to a fast start with a 19-point first quarter and...

Chiefs host 50th annual duals wrestling tournament Chiefs host 50th annual duals wrestling tournament

RONAN – The year opened with a flurry of prep wrestling action for Mission Valley area teams during a weekend tournament. Mission-Charlo Bulldogs, Arlee Warriors and Polson Pirates all took part in the Ronan Chief’s 50th Annual Dave Edington Western Montana Duals Wrestling Tournament at the Ronan...

Smith goes to Montana Tech Smith goes to Montana Tech

CHARLO – Landers Smith, at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, is a force to be reckoned with on the football field as well as the basketball court for the Charlo Vikings. The all-state athlete announced Thursday, Dec. 20, that he will be taking his football passion to Butte.  He put pen to paper and sign...

Lake County officials sworn into office Lake County officials sworn into office

POLSON – Seven recently elected and re-elected Lake County officials were sworn in for their new terms and took their oaths of office Wednesday afternoon. Dec. 19, in the main courtroom of the Lake County Courthouse.  Montana’s Twentieth Judicial District Judge James Manley presided over ...

Superintendent holds community forum regarding Linderman gym Superintendent holds community forum regarding Linderman gym

POLSON – The Linderman gymnasium was the topic of discussion during a Jan. 19 evening forum held at the Polson High School auditorium. Polson School District Superintendent Rex Weltz provided an update to about 50 people including school board members and district staff on the current status of the Lin...


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