Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Mary Auld

St. Ignatius celebrates holiday season St. Ignatius celebrates holiday season

ST. IGNATIUS – On Saturday, the town was full of the holiday spirit. Families spent the day competing in Christmas games, visiting Santa Clause and the Grinch, and appreciating the huge town Christmas tree, newly lit with many-colored bulbs.  After a mug of hot chocolate and a bowl of chili, ch...

Coats for kids in full swing for 20th year Coats for kids in full swing for 20th year

POLSON – Everyone needs a warm coat to make it through the Mission Valley winter; however, as quickly as children grow, it can be hard for parents to keep up with the need for cold-weather gear, so Anne Engebretson’s Coats For Kids program steps in.  Engebretson started the program 20 yea...

Local filmmakers to hold fundraiser

POLSON – Jeri Rafter and Brook Swaney both grew up in Polson, and they’re headed back to their hometown to look for support in their newest film project.  The filmmaking team has finished filming the documentary “Daughter of a Lost Bird” and is fundraising for the costs of fin...

About two years ago, Doug Ruhman and his friend Keith Rennie set up speakers, microphones and amplifiers, unwinding cables around a room in one of their homes. They were preparing to play music together when they realized all the effort they put into preparing equipment should benefit more musicians than jus...

Polson City Commission approves sale of surplus equipment

POLSON – The City of Polson has a few things for sale and has a contract with a recruiting firm to find a new manager.  The city will sell fire and street maintenance equipment it no longer uses. The street department will be getting rid of a flush truck, a street sweeper and a sander box. The ...

Arlee students travel to space for MCT play Arlee students travel to space for MCT play

ARLEE – Aliens, robots, giants and a bumbling space explorer took the stage at this year’s Missoula Children’s Theater performance. The show was “Gulliver’s Travels,” set in space. The play told the story of the explorer Gulliver navigating space and meeting the locals ...

Two Eagle students exhibit photographs in Missoula Two Eagle students exhibit photographs in Missoula

MISSOULA – Photos Leanna Powell took over a year ago near her home in St. Ignatius have brought her to a show at the People’s Center in Pablo, to a prestigious show in New York and now to the new Zootown Arts Community Center Gallery in Missoula. “I had no idea it would go this far,&rdqu...

LCCDC hires new executive director LCCDC hires new executive director

RONAN – Jim Thaden is the new leader at the helm of Lake County Community Development Corporation. In his position, Thaden will head the multi-faceted organization to advance development in the area.  “I’ve done this kind of work all my life, and it’s a real treat when you get...

Girls’ empowerment program seeks leader Girls’ empowerment program seeks leader

ARLEE – Lunchtime meetings at the Arlee School District give girls and non-binary youth an opportunity to explore their unique strengths. Using Their Strength is a program facilitated by the YWCA of Missoula. The program has existed in Missoula for over 20 years. Two years ago, it was established in Ar...

Commission chooses city recruitment firm

POLSON – After more than a year without a permanent city manager, the commission decided to work with Mercer Group recruiting firm to find a new city manager. The City Manager Search Committee of Polson recommended the group. The group estimated the cost for the search as $16,500, plus expenses less...


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