Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Mary Auld

Ronan releases 2018 water report

RONAN – The annual water report revealed that Ronan’s water meets state and federal standards for water quality. The report calls the document a “snapshot” of the water quality for the year. Water from both of the city’s wells was tested at Montana Environmental Laboratory in...

Commission supports downtown projects

POLSON – The Polson City Commission approved a number of measures intended to revitalize Polson’s downtown. At its June 3 meeting, commissioners approved applications for funding from the Polson Redevelopment Agency from the Cove Deli and Betty’s Diner. The commission also approved a zoning...

Community wide outbreak of Pertussis emerges Community wide outbreak of Pertussis emerges

LAKE COUNTY – While a vaccination usually prevents whooping cough, there have been 19 confirmed cases of the respiratory illness in recent weeks. School children at St. Ignatius High School, St. Ignatius Elementary School, St. Ignatius Head Start, and Arlee Elementary School have contracted the illness...

New St. Ignatius shop offers candy, gifts New St. Ignatius shop offers candy, gifts

ST. IGNATIUS – Stuart Morton dreamed of bringing life back to the set of storefronts that line U.S. Highway 93 near the entrance of town.   “I wanted to make it something as big as when Doug Allard owned it,” Morton said. And he is keeping the Allard name on the business. Allard&rsq...

Red Nose Day fundraiser supports local children Red Nose Day fundraiser supports local children

POLSON – Locals can show support for children’s programs by donating money and wearing a bright red nose on their face.  This is the fifth year that the Polson Walgreens has raised money to support underprivileged children through the national Red Nose Day fundraiser. This year, the fundr...

Friends raise ‘dough’ for baker fighting cancer Friends raise ‘dough’ for baker fighting cancer

RAVALLI – Every summer the Windmill Village Bakery provides the community with irresistible treats, but this year the community is supporting the baker.  According to a GoFundMe page, owner and baker Nancy Martin was diagnosed with cancer in November 2018. The shop closed early for the 2018 sea...

Wastewater treatment plant begins operating

POLSON – Two years after plans were finalized, Polson’s wastewater is being cleaned with a new system. The new facility started operating on April 24. As of that day, sewage is not being directed to the old system.  Water and Sewer Superintendent Ashley Walker announced the news to the ci...

Wellness committee identifies, addresses student health concerns Wellness committee identifies, addresses student health concerns

POLSON – The scene was familiar: families talked while stirring sauces and chopping vegetables, but instead of being in their respective homes, the cooks were in a middle-school classroom learning to cook healthy meals.  The event was part of a three-class series sponsored by the Polson School ...

Addiction recovery hall takes unique approach Addiction recovery hall takes unique approach

RONAN – On a Tuesday afternoon a man played pool at the Never Alone Recovery Hall, surrounded by mental health professionals and peers determined to help him recover from addiction. Just hours earlier he was down the road at the transitional living center in Pablo, bored and lonely.  “He ...

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. ...


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