Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Rob Zolman

Air tankers refill at Ronan Airport to fight Garden Creek Fire Air tankers refill at Ronan Airport to fight  Garden Creek Fire

RONAN – Friday was the first day that Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) stationed at the Ronan Airport were used to drop fire retardant in an attempt to rein in the Garden Creek fire. The lightning-ignited fire is burning in a rocky, remote area two miles northwest of Hot Springs. SEATs have a speed...

Pioneer Days celebrated in Ronan Pioneer Days celebrated in Ronan

RONAN – Last weekend, Ronan took center-stage, as Mission Valley residents turned out to have a good time at the annual Pioneer Days celebration. The city kicked off the three-day celebration Friday morning in Bockman Park with youngsters dipping their fishing lines in Spring Creek in hopes of catch...

A fair for all A fair for all

RONAN – “I enjoy spending time with the animals,” eighth grader Aspen Taber stated. She also noted chickens are her favorite animal. “I do well with them. They suit me.”  The fair had over 500 4-H exhibits packed with livestock, art and food. Whatever your interest, from...

Flathead Lake Festival of Art showcases work from local artists Flathead Lake Festival of Art showcases work from local artists

POLSON – On Saturday and Sunday, the 4th annual Flathead Lake Festival of Art was held in Polson’s Sacajawea Park along the shores of Flathead Lake. The mid-summer art festival celebrates local art and artisans from across Western Montana. “This year has gone really well,” said ...

Democrats open campaign office in Polson Democrats open campaign office in Polson

POLSON – Last Wednesday evening, the Montana Democratic Party opened an office in Polson to support the campaigns of candidates in the upcoming November election.  Announced by the Montana Democratic Party in a press release, “Polson is just the latest installment in the Montana Democrati...

Quilters share stories, art through their craft Quilters share stories, art through their craft

RONAN – Each of the 140 quilts displayed this past weekend in the K. William Harvey Elementary School gym had a story to tell.  Whether it was a tale of a family heirloom quilt passed down from generation to generation, a celebration of past glory days from high school or a story of just sharin...

Street Ball Street Ball

POLSON –  It has become customary for one weekend every summer, the downtown streets of Polson belong to the echoing sounds of whistles, basketballs bouncing on pavement, the swish of the net and the occasional loud cheer from the crowds.  This year marked the 26th year that Polson’s...

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...


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