Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Mary Auld

City manager severance package awarded, developers agreement reached

POLSON – At the Jan. 7 commission meeting, all commission members present voted to provide former City Manager Mark Shrives six months of salary and benefits in the wake of his departure from the city.  The city will pay Shrives $45,176.82 in severance pay, $3,209.04 in health insurance benefit...

It’s not your imagination: the snowpack is low It’s not your imagination: the snowpack is low

POLSON — Snowpack is lower than average throughout western Montana. And, the Flathead basin received the least amount of snow, compared to average, of any region in western Montana.  The upper Clark Fork basin, near Butte, has seen the highest percentage of average snowpack in western Montana, ...

Friends support local woman battling cancer Friends support local woman battling cancer

POLSON – Mary Rensvold is facing a breast cancer diagnosis with a team at her side.  Rensvold’s friend, Shelley Croft, is organizing a fundraiser to offset medical costs. The Friday, Jan. 18 fundraiser will feature a spaghetti dinner, a live auction and a silent auction. The event will be...

New Ronan Motors owners dive into business New Ronan Motors owners dive into business

By Mary Auld  for the Valley Journal RONAN – Paul and Kelly van Hoek are veterans in the car business, but cars aren’t the reason they decided to buy Ronan Motors. It’s the beauty and community in the Mission Valley that attracted them to the business. “We knew it was go...

New deli serves healthy, community oriented fare New deli serves healthy, community oriented fare

ST. IGNATIUS – “Build your own sandwiches, soups from scratch, and a little bit of love of course, which makes it taste better,” is how Janis Heffern describes her new business.  Daybreak Deli and Floral has been open since July 2018, but it’s been a dream for much longer. Hef...

Assistant police chief retires after 30 years of service Assistant police chief retires after 30 years of service

POLSON – Assistant Police Chief John Stevens is leaving a legacy in the Polson Police Department. At the Dec. 17 Polson City Commission meeting, Stevens was honored with a plaque and a personal message from Governor Steve Bullock commending his work in law enforcement and celebrating his retirement. ...

Representatives answer to constituents Representatives answer to constituents

RONAN – With the next legislative session on the horizon, three representatives to the Montana State legislature conversed with local residents on topics ranging from healthcare to aquatic invasive species. Mission Valley Rises: Democracy Engaged! sponsored the forum. The local group works to promot...

St. Ignatius facilities funded

ST. IGNATIUS – Students will see more opportunities for vocational training and athletics thanks to a $5.6 million bond that St. Ignatius voters passed in November. SuperinSargent said plans are still in the works but he hopes construction will start in the spring. The bond will fund the expansion o...

Economic development organization seeks director Economic development organization seeks director

RONAN – Lake County Community Development Corporation is accepting a second round of applications for their top leadership position. Gypsy Ray, current executive director, is leaving the organization after four years at the job. LCCDC is a local economic development organization in Ronan that sup...

City of Polson hires legal staff

POLSON – More than a month after the former city attorney resigned, the Polson City Commission appointed a city attorney and an assistant city attorney to take on the city’s legal needs. Attorney Clinton Fischer is the new city attorney and Joshua Morigeau is the new assistant city attorney. T...


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