Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Mary Auld

New gallery unites community around art New gallery unites community around art

RONAN – Nicole Tavenner spent last winter gazing at the vacant building across the street from her desk job, dreaming of the storefront filled with a bustle of art and performance.   Last month, Tavenner’s plans became a reality when she opened the Grey Leaf Gallery on Main Street. Her pl...

Invasive mussels found on boat at Ravalli check station Invasive mussels found on boat at Ravalli check station

RAVALLI – During a routine inspection, employees at the Ravalli Aquatic Invasive Species watercraft inspection station found adult zebra mussels stuck to a boat. The inspection station looks at every boat that passes through Ravalli. This is the second time they have identified the destructive, inva...

Commission takes action on animal welfare

POLSON – An approved ordinance will better protect pets in city limits. City code compliance officer Matt Ellermann introduced the ordinance. He said he gets between two and eight complaints of animal abuse or neglect every month. In recent months, the number of reports has increased.  Before t...

Families learn about health at after-school night Families learn about health at after-school night

POLSON – About 300 people recently filled Linderman Elementary School to learn about staying healthy and share a nutritious meal. The families attended the first fall health and wellness resource night for elementary students from Polson schools.  Each student was given a “passport&rdq...

Preparations for 2020 census begin

LAKE COUNTY – Once every ten years, the federal government attempts to count every single resident of the United States, and if people aren’t counted, the state won’t get the federal funding it deserves.  The 2020 census won’t begin until next spring, but the National Partners...

reaching higher reaching higher

32 steps to the top of the 90-story Space Needle, and seven Mission Valley women climbed to the top as fast as they could in support of family and friends who have had cancer.   In late September, the women went to Seattle to complete the challenge. They had raised $1,888 from local organizations and...

Section of U.S. Highway 93 named after Louis Charlo Section of U.S. Highway 93 named after Louis Charlo

EVARO – On a cloudy morning, nearly 100 people clustered in the grass alongside U.S. Highway 93 for a celebration. “Finally” was the word most often spoken.  Seventy-four years after his death, the state legislature decided to name a two-mile stretch of highway after Louis Charlo, w...

Fires cause permanent damage as weather warms Fires cause permanent damage as weather warms

Grass could soon replace the evergreens that blanket the base of the Mission Mountains, according to a new study. As summer weather gets hotter and dryer, ponderosa pines and Douglas fir seedlings in the northwest United States are less likely to survive to maturity, a study from the University of Montana...

Voter registration held on Sept. 24

POLSON – It’s nearly time for Lake County residents to make their voices heard in the upcoming local, state and national elections, but only those with an up-to-date registered-voter status can cast votes.  On Sept. 24, National Voter Registration Day, citizens can register to vote or upd...

Small wildland fire burns near Hot Springs Small wildland fire burns near Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS – The Mission Valley made it through what is normally the hottest, driest periods of the summer with relatively few burns, although a small fire did start last week. The Welcome 1002 fire started on Sept. 2 and grew to 60 acres. The fire slowly burned grass and timber 2.5 miles southwest...


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