Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Mary Auld

Lake County’s second COVID-19 case shares her story Lake County’s second COVID-19 case shares her story

RONAN – Heather Roan Robbins wishes she could go back in time and get off the plane that took her to New York for the trip where she contracted COVID-19.  Robbins, 64, was the second person diagnosed with the virus in Lake County. She received her diagnosis on March 28. Robbins did not spread t...

Healthcare providers decide who to test for COVID-19 Healthcare providers decide who to test for COVID-19

LAKE COUNTY – The first cases of the novel coronavirus have been diagnosed in the area, so those displaying symptoms are rushing to local healthcare providers to get tested; however, due to a limited number of testing supplies at the state level, not everyone with a cough or fever is being tested for t...

Hospitals prepare for increase in COVID-19 cases Hospitals prepare for increase in COVID-19 cases

LAKE COUNTY – Healthcare providers know it’s just a matter of time before more people come down with the virus locally. Abigail Byers, St. Luke Community Healthcare’s director of nursing, said the hospital has different options for how to deal with the virus, depending on how the situati...

Local families adjust to pandemic closures Local families adjust to pandemic closures

ST. IGNATIUS – Weekdays look different for the McNutt family compared to a few short weeks ago, before Governor Steve Bullock announced that all public schools should close to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Since St. Ignatius schools closed on March 16, the five McNutt children s...

Schools scramble to provide education during COVID-19 closures

LAKE COUNTY – The classrooms of all local schools are empty in an effort to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus sweeping the nation, but teachers and administrators don’t want their students to fall behind during their absence from school.  For now, schools across the state are clo...

Schools continue to provide meals during Coronavirus closures Schools continue to provide meals during Coronavirus closures

LAKE COUNTY – Though schools are closed for two weeks to reduce the spread of COVID-19, districts are making sure students are still fed. Since the closures, schools have given out hundreds of meals for students to eat at home to make up for meals they would have otherwise eaten in their school’s...

Lake County prepares for COVID-19

LAKE COUNTY – The Lake County Health Department’s Health Service Director Emily Colomeda said Lake County residents should take precautions to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.  “This whole situation is changing every second it seems,” Colomeda said. “People should be usi...

Montana schools closed for 2 weeks to slow COVID-19 spread Montana schools closed for 2 weeks to slow COVID-19 spread

LAKE COUNTY–Schools bring people from all corners of local communities together, which makes them a likely avenue for the spread of the novel coronavirus. On March 15, Governor Steve Bullock announced that all Montana public schools will be closed for two weeks to prevent the spread of the illness. ...

County seeks election judges

By Mary Auld for the Valley Journal  LAKE COUNTY – Election judges are the boots on the ground that keep elections running smoothly. Lake County is recruiting community members for these important positions. “Election judges are on the front line dealing directly with voters,” La...

Grants fund improvements for local airports

LAKE COUNTY– The Montana Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Board has awarded the Polson, St. Ignatius and Ronan airports grant funds that will be used to improve airport runways.  “We do everything we possibly can to extend the life of our runways,” said Rick Newman, ...


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