Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Caleb M. Soptelean

Boy’s wish comes true thanks to Montana Hope Project Boy’s wish comes true thanks to Montana Hope Project

POLSON — Fulfilling a child’s wish is what the Montana Hope Project is all about. One local child got his wish granted recently thanks to the project, which is funded through the Association of Montana Troopers. Joel DuMontier, 11, a fifth-grader who receives homebound instruction from Anna...

Commissioners approve mail-in ballot, pending Legislature’s decision

POLSON — In anticipation that the state Legislature may allow counties to have mail-in ballots for the May 25 special election to fill the seat of former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, the Lake County commissioners last week approved a resolution adopting such a balloting process. The vote was 2-0 with Gale ...

Dolar pleads ‘not guilty’ of robbery, tampering charges Dolar pleads ‘not guilty’ of robbery, tampering charges

POLSON – A woman charged with solicitation of robbery and tampering with a witness in relation to the theft of some $600 from the Sitting Duck in Woods Bay in late January was released on her own recognizance last week. Judge James Manley released Crystal Dolar, 33 of Bigfork, after she pleaded not ...

Arlee man charged with incest Arlee man charged with incest

POLSON – A bond reduction or release with a GPS-monitoring device was denied last week for an Arlee man charged with two counts of incest. Curtis Milton Smith, 60, is being held on a $200,000 bond. He was recently arrested at the border while trying to re-enter the country from Canada, Smith’s...

Man arrested after drugs found during traffic stop Man arrested after drugs found during traffic stop

POLSON – A Pasco, Washington, man was arrested and charged with criminal possession with intent to distribute following a traffic stop on Jan. 23. According to a court document, Leonardo Rafael Perez, 18, was initially arrested for driving with a suspended license after his vehicle was found in a ditch...

Cavity allegedly filled with heroin Cavity allegedly filled with heroin

POLSON – A man and a woman have been charged with criminal possession with intent to distribute after allegedly bringing heroin to Lake County from Spokane. Jay Sorrell, 26, and Ishan Adalin Wylie, 27, both of Pablo, were arrested after a Feb. 3 traffic stop. A confidential informant notified pol...

Montana’s jazz roots discussed Montana’s jazz roots discussed

POLSON — Although one might think of Montana as a haven for country and western music, it wasn’t always that way. Wilbur Rehmann, a Helena jazz musician and lecturer for the Montana Humanities Speakers Bureau, came to Polson last week to talk about the history of jazz in the state. Rehmann ...

Plea agreement reached for juvenile who killed 3-year-old boy

POLSON – The 17-year-old male charged with negligent homicide in the death of Phillip Shourds Jr., a 3-year-old boy who was killed in Pablo on Thanksgiving Day, has received a plea agreement. Ronan resident Chasen Curley appeared in youth court Wednesday, March 8, when the plea agreement was announc...

One Heart plans to open sober living home north of Hot Springs One Heart plans to open sober living home north of Hot Springs

ELMO — A sober living house may be coming to the Flathead Indian Reservation. A group known as One Heart, or Uti Akitwi in the Kootenai language, has been meeting for one year and it looks like their goal is coming to fruition. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Lands Committee was sched...

CSKT stepping up to fully fund Pablo inspection station CSKT stepping up to fully fund Pablo inspection station

PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are putting a little more muscle into the fight against mussels. CSKT is contributing $17,000 this year to operate an inspection station in Pablo, according to Mike Durglo, the tribes’ environmental director. Last year, the tribes gave $10,00...


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