Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Mary Auld

New law changes regulations on ballot delivery

LAKE COUNTY – There are new restrictions on Montana residents who convey other people’s absentee ballots to the election office this year. The change comes as a result of the Ballot Interference Prevention Act, which was approved by 63 percent of Montana voters in the November 2018 election. ...

Polson pauses search for city manager

POLSON – After nearly six months without a permanent city manager, last week’s commission meeting didn’t bring the city any closer to deciding on a hiring process. Commissioners were tasked with deciding whether to accept the City Manager Search Committee’s recommendation to contra...

Flooding takes out Dublin Gulch Road Flooding takes out Dublin Gulch Road

CHARLO – Rising waters brought on by rain took out a chunk of Dublin Gulch Road on Wedensday, April 10.  Lake County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Clary said the road would likely be closed for a “couple months” before it is repaired. Travelers often use the paved road to mo...

Flathead cherry crop expected to be later this season Flathead cherry crop expected to be later this season

YELLOW BAY – The Community Clubhouse was full of talk about soil health, bud size and harvest dates at the Flathead Cherry Growers co-operative meeting. According to Bruce Johnson, President of the co-op’s board of directors, the event serves as a springboard for the coming season. Growers lea...

Annual Buttercup Run draws big crowd Annual Buttercup Run draws big crowd

ARLEE – Four-year-old Chmte Pete charged across the finish line of the one-mile race with gusto, beating his father by 20 seconds. Pete was one of the younger participants in Saturday’s races, but the event brought out community members in every stage of life. Chmte’s father, Shandin Pet...

Killdeer Artisans highlight spring with focus on birds Killdeer Artisans highlight spring with focus on birds

ARLEE –At first glance, the inside of the Hangin’ Art gallery has the look of a bird sanctuary. The newest Killdeer Artisans Guild installation pairs real bird nests with depictions of birds in various mediums.  The spring installation, which opened Saturday, is called “Spring&rsquo...

45 volunteers assemble to clean up Arlee streets 45 volunteers assemble to clean up Arlee streets

ARLEE – Neon green vests dotted the roadsides as community members beautified Arlee by picking up trash on Saturday.  Merrill Bradshaw attended the cleanup. He said he has been picking up roadside trash in Arlee annually for nearly all of the 40 years he’s lived in the community. “T...

Women 4 Wellness planning underway Women 4 Wellness planning underway

PABLO – Whether time constraints, fear or cost have prohibited you from pursuing healthcare, it’s time to schedule a day off from work to attend the annual Women 4 Wellness health fair. The event organizers have found ways to eliminate almost all barriers to women pursuing healthcare. This yea...

Bison stampede supports play equipment for Dixon schools Bison stampede supports play equipment for Dixon schools

DIXON – Some ran, some cheered, some rode in strollers, and some just ate pancakes at the fifth annual Bison Stampede run in Dixon.  Dixon Principal Crista Anderson said this year’s race supports the purchase of new play equipment for the school’s daycare students. The new equipment...

Flooding minimal despite extreme late-winter weather Flooding minimal despite extreme late-winter weather

LAKE COUNTY – Though the winter may have seemed never-ending, lower than average overall snowfall for the winter means there’s less risk of flooding as snow melts this spring.   “We are seeing signs that spring runoff season has begun,” said Casey Ryan, hydrologist for the Con...


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