Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Rob Zolman

Dart throwers compete in local event Dart throwers compete in local event

RONAN – Dart throwers from all over Western Montana and the Mission Valley converged on the 3.2.5 Bar in Ronan last weekend to compete in the Darts on the REZ Tournament. Upon experiencing the excitement of a large tournament last fall in Kalispell, 3.2.5 Bar owner Mike Bartel was inspired to host h...

Arlee Rodeo catapults riders into the air Arlee Rodeo catapults riders into the air

ARLEE – Nothing says Fourth of July like whoopin’ it up at the legendary Arlee Rodeo. Since 1982, the Arlee Rodeo has been entertaining fans year after year with fast paced, high-energy rodeo action and this year’s show was no exception. “The weather was good and the stock bucke...

Ballers battle in Bigfork Ballers battle in Bigfork

BIGFORK – Bigfork got the ball rolling, or rather bouncing, on the valley’s 3-on-3 basketball season during the Battle in the Bay tournament, which was organized by Mission Valley 3-on-3. “We had a record turnout and it looks like a record number of fans too,” tournament organizer ...

Local artisan cheesemaker holds open house Local artisan cheesemaker holds open house

POLSON – If you love cheese, Flathead Lake Cheese is holding an open house, offering visitor tours and taste bud tantalizing samples of artisan crafted cheese.  The cheese factory is located at 208 1st Ave. East. The bright yellow two-story creamery has a life-sized mural of a cowgirl riding a ...

Having a Blast Having a Blast

POLSON – Once the smoke settled and the earplugs were out, area shotgunners helped raise more than $4,000 during the Polson Chamber of Commerce 7th annual Chamber Blast hosted at the world-class Big Sky Sporting Clays on Friday. Sporting clays is often described as golf with a shotgun. Instead of ho...

Mariners host Firecracker Tournament Mariners host Firecracker Tournament

POLSON – The American Legion Mission Valley Mariners baseball team hosted its annual Fourth of July Firecracker Tournament this past weekend at O’Malley Park.   The Mariners squared off in a four-team round-robin tournament featuring squads from Dillion, Missoula and Whitefish. Rain cance...

Claws for a cause Claws for a cause

RONAN – Few things are as certain to induce the community’s appetite for generosity like melting some butter, steaming up a big pot of crab and throwing a good old-fashioned all-you-can-eat crab feed. “All you can eat crab. This is crazy,” exclaimed 2018 Crab Fest attendee Tricia A...

Locals win barrels, saddle bronc events at Mission Mountain Rodeo Locals win barrels, saddle bronc events at Mission Mountain Rodeo

POLSON – This weekend, rodeo fans put on their boots and hats and made their way to the 78th annual Mission Mountain NRA Rodeo at the Polson Fairgrounds’ Less Baldwin Arena. Although attendance wasn’t quite a capacity crowd, fans who attended the two-day family-friendly event were treate...

Polson FC U16 are State Cup Champs Polson FC U16 are State Cup Champs

KALISPELL – As soccer clubs from around the world gather in Russia vying for the coveted World Cup Championship, a group of Mission Valley soccer players are celebrating a championship of their own. Recently, the Polson FC U16 girls’ soccer team won the Championship in the Gold Division during...

Skills on display at Skate Ignatius skate park Skills on display at Skate Ignatius skate park

ST. IGNATIUS – The gravelly sound of wheels crunching on the bowl walls and tails scraping on the concrete filled the Skate Ignatius skate park Sunday as skateboarders from across Western Montana came to hang out and show off their skills during the Board of Missoula hosted Skate Jam. Although skate...


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