Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Caleb M. Soptelean

Taking the oath: Ronan judge, reserve officer sworn in last week Taking the oath: Ronan judge, reserve officer sworn in last week

RONAN — A couple of men were given their oaths of office last week. Randy Melton, 57, a longtime local rancher, was sworn-in as Ronan’s municipal judge by the man he will replace on Dec. 31: Justin L. Bartels. Bartels, who has served in the one-day-a-week position since 2009, said he will c...

Two women arrested following chase, shootout  Two women arrested following chase, shootout 

A shootout between two women and police on Eagle Pass Trail east of U.S. 93 and Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge last week resulted in no injuries, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  Alta Littlelight-Threefingers, 34, of Crow Agency, and Roishell St. Dennis, 27, of Missoula, were ...

State of the city: Mayor, city manager give update to Polson Chamber State of the city: Mayor, city manager give update to Polson Chamber

POLSON – The state of the city was on the agenda at last week’s Polson Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Mayor Heather Knutson and City Manager Mark Shrives gave attendees at KwaTaqNuk Resort a rundown on goings-on in the city since Jan. 1. Shrives said that the city’s $17 million wastewa...

Free breakfast, lunch on menu this year at RHS Free breakfast, lunch on menu this year at RHS

RONAN — All Ronan High School students are getting free breakfasts and lunches this year if they choose, thanks to a federal Department of Agriculture program. About two-thirds of RHS students are taking advantage of the program, Ronan Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston said during the Ronan Chamb...

Charette charged following alleged sale of 14 stolen guns Charette charged following alleged sale of 14 stolen guns

POLSON – A 44-year-old Ronan man faces a theft charge for allegedly selling stolen guns to a criminal informant.  Brian Francis Charette was arrested Nov. 27 and held on a $100,000 bond. According to a court document, he sold 14 shotguns and rifles for $150 each on Sept. 22, which was substa...

Rosa gets four years for aggravated assault

POLSON – A Ronan man was sentenced last week to five years in the Montana State Prison for aggravated assault with one year suspended. Daniel Olin Rosa, 33, was originally charged with criminal endangerment and aggravated assault following an incident where he crashed a car into a garage and punched...

Spiritual hymns, jovial tunes peformed during concert Spiritual hymns,  jovial tunes peformed during  concert

POLSON — Spirituality and joviality were in vogue Sunday afternoon at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  The Mission Valley Choral Society’s 55th annual Christmas Concert included the Copeland Memorial Ringers.  After an introduction by 90-something Patty Ferdinand on piano, the chor...

‘Kasching’ it in  ‘Kasching’ it in 

POLSON — After 30 years of selling Christmas trees, Marvin Kaschke has said this season will be his last. Nebraska native Kaschke, 84, moved to Polson in 1988 and shortly thereafter began growing trees. He had purchased 11 acres at 37488 Kerr Dam Road while working as manager of the National Bison R...

Assault with a weapon charges refiled against father, son 

POLSON — A father and son have been recharged with assault with a weapon stemming from a June 7, 2015 incident related to a dispute about access to property. According to Lake County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher, William Robert Hocker, 59, and Russell Almon Hocker, 28, originally received three-year ...

Cause of Polson modular home fire under investigation

POLSON — Polson Fire Department responded to a modular home fire at 305 Fourth Ave. E. the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 29.  Fire Chief Clint Cottle said the initial call from dispatch came in at 12:45 p.m.  Firefighters were able to put down the fire in about 25 minutes, he said, addin...


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