Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Mary Auld

Annual Pedal to Plate bicycle tour postponed due to COVID-19 Annual Pedal to Plate bicycle tour postponed due to COVID-19

LAKE COUNTY – For the past two years in late summer, a string of cyclists has ridden around the Mission Valley from farm to farm, sampling producers' goods and taking in the beauty of the region. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Pedal to Plate tour has been postponed to 2021.  &ld...

Local group urges residents to complete census Local group urges residents to complete census

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – Once every ten years, the federal government counts residents of the United States, and a local group is working to ensure that residents of the Flathead Reservation are included in the 2020 count.  The census is available for completion at mycensus2020.org. It takes less...

Commission to interview four finalists for city manager

POLSON – The Polson Commission voted unanimously to accept the four finalists for city manager, chosen by consulting firm The Mercer Group, Inc. and the city’s commission-appointed City Manager Search committee, in a vote held via Zoom meeting.  City planner Kyle Roberts said Jim Mercer r...

Local businesses get pandemic creative

POLSON – When the state of Montana was under a stay-at-home order, businesses around the area deemed “non-essential” went dark as part of the effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Polson Chamber of Commerce office manager Carol Cunningham said many local businesses have lost si...

Erase your e-waste by recycling electronics

LAKE COUNTY – Old computers, televisions, or cell phones often fall to the back of the closet as we update our technological devices; however, that waste shouldn’t be tossed in the garbage.  On June 27, Lake County residents can drop off used electronic devices at the local transfer stati...

Experts examine relationship between COVID-19, invasive species Experts examine relationship between COVID-19, invasive species

MONTANA – While the coronavirus pandemic is at the forefront of minds this summer, invasive weeds and aquatic invasive species continue to threaten the ecological, economic, and human health of the region. On June 3, the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region and the Western Governors’ Association ...

SKC graduates celebrate virtually SKC graduates celebrate virtually

PABLO – While they didn’t have the chance to walk across a stage and be handed a diploma, Salish Kootenai College graduates marked their accomplishment with a socially distanced graduation ceremony.  Graduates, faculty, family and friends tuned in to view a live ceremony that featured dru...

People continue buying homes despite pandemic People continue buying homes despite pandemic

LAKE COUNTY – Homes in the area are selling quickly. Real estate agents are having different experiences, but overall, they are selling homes despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Local real estate broker Ric Smith, owner of Century 21 Big Sky Real Estate, said that’s mostly due to people from the st...

Antibody tests available, not completely reliable Antibody tests available, not completely reliable

POLSON – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some wonder whether they have recovered from the virus, but never got tested, which is where the antibody test comes into play.  The COVID0-19 antibody test analyzes a blood sample to determine whether a person had the virus in the past. The antibody...

Garden program earns school sustainability award Garden program earns school sustainability award

LAKE COUNTY – Local schools in Arlee and Polson earned state recognition focused on conservation and sustainability practices. In the spring, a corner of the Polson Middle School grounds becomes lush with food plants. The garden, and programs that utilize the space, earned PMS the SMART Green School...


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