Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Rob Zolman

Invasive mussels called the real Flathead Lake Monster Invasive mussels called the real Flathead Lake Monster

POLSON – Clean, drain and dry are the measures citizens can take to ensure that zebra and quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species never enter Flathead Lake. Tom Bansak, an aquatic ecologist who serves as assistant director of the Flathead Lake Biological Station, shared his prevention message...

Sports shorts for April 24, 2019 Sports shorts  for April 24, 2019

Tennis Ronan Chiefs On Thursday, the Ronan boys tennis team picked up a 5-2 win over Libby, while the girls struggled against the Lady Loggers falling 6-1. Earlier in the week, the teams fell to Corvallis; boys 7-5 and girls 7-1. Mission Bulldog s Maria Bugeda, Pam Frost and doubles partne...

Students donate blankets to hospital Students donate blankets to hospital

By Rob Zolman Valley Journal RONAN – Infants born at the St. Luke Community Healthcare hospital’s New Beginning Birth Center will receive cozy blankets thanks to the generous donation from the Charlo High School class of 2022. On Thursday, the freshman donated handmade fleece blankets to ...

Rain, rain, go away: softball games get rained out Rain, rain, go away: softball games get rained out

ST. IGNATIUS – With field conditions last week more suited for a bass-fishing tournament than a girls’ high school softball game, the Mission-Arlee-Charlo (MAC) Lady Bulldog’s 2019 season home openers against the Eureka Lady Lions and Libby Lady Loggers were scrapped, rescheduled and reloca...

Charlo girls' track team wins memorial competition Charlo girls' track team wins memorial competition

POLSON – The Charlo Lady Vikings girls’ track and field team deployed claimed a dominating victory in the Dave Tripp Memorial at the Polson High School track on Friday. With 11 top-five finishes, including four victories, the Lady Vikings racked up 105.5 points, well ahead of the 93 points tot...

Blixt wins Pheasants Forever Youth Shooting League title Blixt wins Pheasants Forever Youth Shooting League title

POLSON – For the second consecutive year in a row, Kayla Blixt clinched the Pheasants Forever Youth Shooting League Championship title in the girls’ division. Blixt, a Polson High School senior, joined more than 50 youth shooters from around the Flathead and Mission valleys during the one-day ...

Lady Pirates split weekend season home opener Lady Pirates split weekend season home opener

POLSON – In their 2019-season home opener, the Polson Lady Pirates softball team rallied for three scores but came up short as they fell 10-8 on Friday evening in a Class A nonconference battle with the Hamilton Lady Broncs. Polson pitcher Lauren Vergeront pitched well despite taking a loss that all...

Sports Shorts for April 17, 2019

Tennis The Ronan tennis team faced the Bigfork Vikings and the Mission Bulldogs in a double-header court matchup on Thursday. Bigfork defeated the Ronan boys 4-1 and the girls 4-0. In the Mission matchup, Ronan prevailed 6-1 over the boys and 3-1 over the girls.   Track and Field Po...

Lieutenant General Frank Libutti pins the Navy Cross on Lance Cpl. James Stogner. Lieutenant General Frank Libutti pins the Navy Cross on Lance Cpl. James Stogner.

POLSON – More than a half-century after his battlefield heroics during the Vietnam War, former Polson resident Lance Cpl. James Stogner was awarded the Navy Cross – the nation’s second-highest decoration awarded for valor in combat. The Polson Veterans of Foreign Wars hosted the ceremony on...

Students gift basket full of appreciation Students gift basket full of appreciation

RONAN – Student representatives in four fourth-grade classes at K. William Harvey Elementary expressed appreciation for the Ronan Police Department by delivering a basket filled with treats on Thursday afternoon. April Uhrich, a student in Ms. Anderson’s class, enjoyed delivering the basket wi...


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