Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Caleb M. Soptelean

County seeks bids for drone services

POLSON – Lake County will soon request bids for drone services. The county commissioners announced that they would seek the bids following a hearing on April 12. Commissioner Bill Barron said the county could use drones for search and rescue operations, which it has used a private contractor for ...

Man charged with homicide, arson, theft Man charged with homicide, arson, theft

POLSON — A man who moved to Arkansas shortly after a Ronan house fire last November has been charged with deliberate homicide, arson, aggravated burglary and theft.  Shane Thomas Northweather, 23, of Searcy, Arkansas, was arrested earlier this month. His bond was set at $200,000.  No on...

Gianforte comes to Polson Gianforte comes to Polson

POLSON — Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte rallied GOP faithful last Thursday at the Red Lion Inn & Suites and targeted his Democrat opponent, Rob Quist.  Gianforte and Quist are squaring off to replace former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke on May 25. Also running is Libertarian Mark ...

Cherry mildew discussed at annual meeting Cherry mildew discussed at annual meeting

YELLOW BAY — Local cherry growers heard about cherry powdery mildew on Saturday. Claudia Probst, a research associate at Washington State University- Prosser, spoke about the fungus before the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, Inc. Probst said the mildew is unique to the Pacific Northwest, and mildew...

‘Wrapped in Hope’ project receives public health award ‘Wrapped in Hope’ project receives public health award

Hope has come a long way in a year. The program, which seeks to assist mothers and their babies from the impact of drug addiction, had its first client in May 2016. The medical professionals involved in the program and others took time to reflect last week during a luncheon at the Lake County Public He...

Sentence revoked for man convicted in drive-by shooting Sentence revoked for man convicted in drive-by shooting

POLSON – A man involved in a drive-by shooting in December 2013 had his probation revoked last week. Victor Pierre Barnaby was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections with no time suspended although he was given credit for 26 days served in jail. Judge James A. Manley recommended t...

Sentence revoked for man convicted in drive-by shooting

POLSON – A man involved in a drive-by shooting in December 2013 had his probation revoked last week. Victor Pierre Barnaby was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections with no time suspended although he was given credit for 26 days served in jail. Judge James A. Manley recommended t...

Lichte charged with thefts over $127K

POLSON — A former Polson property manager has been charged with 16 felony and three misdemeanor thefts for allegedly bilking his business clients out of more than $127,000. Douglas Dennis Lichte of Polson Property Management was charged and an arrest warrant issued March 14. He posted $100,000 bail ...

Kenmille gets 5 years for assault Kenmille gets 5 years for assault

POLSON — A man was sentenced in Lake County District Court on March 29 to 10 years in the Department of Corrections with five suspended for assault with a weapon. Daniel James Kenmille, 53, was sentenced by Judge James A. Manley as part of a plea agreement that included another five years for assaul...

Drug court gets head start Drug court gets head start

POLSON — A $50,000 grant from the Gianforte Family Foundation is enabling Lake County to get a head start on its drug court. The county has seen an increased number of drug cases over the past several years, and the drug court is an attempt to better deal with the individuals who make up those cases...


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