Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Rob Zolman

Season ends for Mariners in district tournament Season ends for Mariners in district tournament

HAMILTON – The Mission Valley Mariners American Legion baseball team’s season ended Saturday with a 1-2 record in the Western A American Legion baseball district tournament in Hamilton. On Thursday, the Mariners opened tournament play with a 10-8 win over the Kalispell Lakers. Corbin Davis ...

Local photographer is featured Flathead Lake Festival artist Local photographer is featured Flathead Lake Festival artist

POLSON – Jay L. Cross will be the featured photographer during the Fourth Annual Flathead Lake Festival of Art hosted by Sandpiper Gallery in Polson’s Sacajawea Park.  Cross, who has shot fine art photography — generally landscape and wildlife — for more than 20 years, is a me...

Culture celebrated Culture celebrated

ELMO – Amidst the sensory overload of rhythmic beating drums and dancers dressed in colorful regalia, it becomes very clear why the Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow is considered one of the favorites by locals and this year’s attendance proved that once again. An estimated 2,000 to 2,500 spectator...

Cherries, history, more celebrated in Polson Cherries, history, more celebrated in Polson

POLSON – Downtown Polson celebrated all things cherry during the Flathead Cherry Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The festival included kid’s rides, food, games, music, craft vendors, cherry sampling and of course, a lot cherries and cherry pie.   One of the weekend highlights were the...

Swimmers make a splash for kids Swimmers make a splash for kids

BIG ARM – Taking a plunge in Flathead Lake is an ideal summer activity and what better way to spend a warm summer weekend than going for a swim while supporting a worthy charitable cause. More than 60 swimmers hit the water during the Annual Flathead Lake Swim Series held at the Big Arm State Park o...

Craft beer, music flowed at Blues, Brews & Booze fundraiser Craft beer, music flowed at Blues, Brews & Booze fundraiser

RONAN – Blues, Brews & Booze sounds more like a title to a George Thorogood song than a signature event that brought the community together on Saturday at the Ronan Fairgrounds for food, music and fun while raising money for a local charity. Now in its second year, Blues, Brews & Booze enjoy...

Flathead Cherry Festival serves up sweet summer fun Flathead Cherry Festival serves up sweet summer fun

POLSON – In the mood for some fresh cherries or a slice of cherry pie?  The Annual Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival gets underway in downtown Polson from Saturday, July 21 through Sunday, July 22.   This long-time valley favorite will feature all kinds of family-friendly acti...

Mariners battle Bitterroot teams Mariners battle Bitterroot teams

POLSON – On Wednesday, July 11, the Mission Valley Mariners hosted the Bitterroot Red Sox in a conference double header. In the opening game the Mariners fell 8-5. Izyk Gillingham led the team at the plate going 2-for-4 and an RBI. The Mariners struggled at the plate and on the mound as the Red S...

Runners get down and muddy Runners get down and muddy

POLSON – What better way to start the weekend than a grueling obstacle challenge and a roll in the mud? That was the plan for many mud runners who sloshed their way through the 5th Annual Polson Mud Run on Saturday morning at the Polson Fairgrounds. The Mud Run has become a popular summer time ri...

Purple Wave takes 2nd place at softball tournament Purple Wave takes 2nd place at softball tournament

GREAT FALLS - The Polson Purple Wave, a 12U girls fast pitch softball team, took second overall at the at the Montana USA Junior Olympic State Softball Tournament June 8 in Great Falls. The Purple Wave was the only team to advance into the championship game undefeated. In Friday’s bracket action, th...


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