Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Caleb M. Soptelean

City approves PILT agreement with housing developer

POLSON – By a 5-1 vote with Stephen Turner dissenting, the City Commission last week approved a payment in lieu of taxes, or PILT, agreement with the developer of a low-income housing project.  The agreement, which will provide $10,827 for city services such as police and fire, follows an annou...

Freeway Shootout affects local attorney, cattle rancher

POLSON – A shootout between a father and son and law enforcement last week has some local implications. Lake County’s deputy civil attorney Walter E. “Wally” Congdon said a cattle ranch that he owns a mile east of Missoula County just north of Interstate 90 received some stray shot...

Tribal re-entry program offers help to those in court system

PABLO – A helping hand to those re-entering society. That’s what the Flathead Indian Reservation’s Tribal Re-entry Program offers to those dealing with misdemeanor or felony convictions. Once tribal members are released from jail or prison, they may find life difficult. That’s wher...

Man charged with slashing another’s forehead

POLSON – A 37-year-old Finley Point man has been charged with assault with a weapon after allegedly slashing another man across the forehead with a knife. William James Redwood was charged after Polson Police responded to St. Joseph’s Hospital on April 2 where a man was being treated for a cut...

TERS graduates encouraged to ‘leave footprints worth following’ TERS graduates encouraged to ‘leave footprints worth following’

agle River School graduates listened to words of encouragement from a former TERS Salish teacher and graduate during last Saturday’s commencement exercise. Aggie Incashola said TERS has been her family since she first attended the tribal school for eighth grade in Dixon.  Incashola, who now ...

Jette Lake logging project finishing up

JETTE — A 1.2-million- board-feet logging project is finishing up in the Jette Lake area. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Department of Forestry Division Manager Steve McDonald said the project started a year ago. Only tree thinning and burning of wood debris piles remains to be done....

Potential effects of SB307 discussed Potential effects of SB307 discussed

POLSON — School boards may receive the authority to raise funds for building maintenance without the approval of voters if SB 307 is signed by the governor. Three area school superintendents discussed the legislation on May 5 at a Pachyderm Club meeting at the Polson Rural Fire District building. ...

Rep. Hertz reflects on state budget, session Rep. Hertz reflects on state budget, session

POLSON – State Rep. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, took time to reflect last week on the recent biennial legislative session, and said he plans to run for speaker of the House if he’s re-elected in 2018. Hertz made the comments before a Pachyderm Club meeting on Friday, May 12. Much of his talk cent...

Deposits rising for special event, street, shelter permits

POLSON — After postponing consideration of new special event fees last month, the Polson City Commission on May 1 unanimously voted to move forward with increases in deposits for special event, street and park shelter permits along with increases in park shelter fees. The commission will consider in...

Anti-AIS bill passes, waiting for governor’s signature

A Senate bill that would fund $13.9 million over two years to fight aquatic invasive species has been approved by the Legislature and waits for the governor’s signature. All indications are that Gov. Steve Bullock will sign the bill, which is an attempt to prevent mussels from expanding from eastern...


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