Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Caleb M. Soptelean

Fighting to protect the Flathead Fighting to protect the Flathead

POLSON — An impending state budget cut has forced the Flathead Basin Commission to consider alternative funding mechanisms, including a possible alliance with Lake and Flathead counties and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The FBC is a state entity that was created in 1983 to protect the...

Former VFW manager charged with embezzlement Former VFW manager charged with embezzlement

POLSON — The former manager of the Polson Veterans of Foreign Wars has been charged with felony embezzlement after more than $15,000 was missing from a VFW account.  Shelley Lynn Leprowse, 49, of Ronan, was charged after VFW quartermaster Matt Lee looked into records and found little to minimal...

Olson clarification

To clarify a portion of last week’s court news – Judge James A. Manley gave Nicholas Ayers Olson, 31, of Polson, a three-year suspended sentence to the Department of Corrections for his fourth DUI, a felony, under the condition that Olson completes Lake County Drug Court. Olson also received susp...

Montana-made film coming to Polson

POLSON — “A tense survival saga and disarmingly moving father-son tale.”  Those words describe “Walking Out,” a one-hour, 35-minute film set in the mountains of western Montana.  Brothers Alex and Andrew Smith, who were born in England but raised on a ranch in we...

Attempted deliberate homicide, arson, aggravated burglary charges dismissed Attempted deliberate homicide, arson, aggravated burglary charges dismissed

POLSON — Three of four charges against an Arkansas man were dismissed as part of a plea agreement last week. The Lake County Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss charges of attempted deliberate homicide, arson and aggravated burglary against Shane Thomas Northweather, 23, in exchange for a guil...

Two men face charges after woman struck by bullet Two men face charges after woman struck by bullet

POLSON – Two men, ages 60 and 70, face charges following an Aug. 13 shooting on Canyon Mill Road northeast of Ronan.  Allen Ted Metzger, 60, and Roy Lee Sinclair, 70, were charged after a woman was shot in the thigh.  Metzger was charged with two counts of criminal endangerment and tamp...

Peer group for drug addicts opens in Ronan Peer group for drug addicts opens in Ronan

RONAN —  A new evening recovery center for drug addicts, the Never Alone Recovery Hall, recently opened on Main Street thanks to the combined efforts of Don Roberts and a supportive community. Twenty people from an addiction-focused support group are helping, Farmers Insurance agent Diane Ivano...

Drug dealing charge dismissed due to failure to ‘knock and announce’ Drug dealing charge dismissed due to failure to ‘knock and announce’

POLSON — A charge of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs was dismissed last month against a Ronan man while another charge remains.  The Lake County Attorney’s Office filed two separate charges against Brian Francis Charette, 44, stemming from Dec. 30, 2016, and June 2.&nbs...

Reflections Salon celebrates 30 years, employee longevity Reflections Salon celebrates 30 years, employee longevity

RONAN —  It’s been 30 years this October since Marilyn Jette opened a hair salon, and she took time to reflect on its success last week.  Reflections Salon began in a building across from Ronan High School in 1987, but five years later Jette purchased the former Burlington Northern r...

For Pete’s sake For Pete’s sake

POLSON – After 34 years tending bar, Pete Terteling decided to put his knowledge to use as a business owner.  He and his wife, Laurie Joyce, purchased Swanee’s Bar and Grill from previous owner Scot Swan on June 1.  “He just decided it was time for him to have a place to put...


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