Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Mary Auld

Polson city manager, engineer, attorney resign

POLSON – The City of Polson will be searching for a new city manager after former City Manager Mark Shrives’ contract ended on Oct. 29. When a vote to renew Shrives’ two-year employment contract failed during a Monday meeting, the Polson City Commission voted five to one to amend the con...

Community meal promotes family dining Community meal promotes family dining

ARLEE – An estimated 60 people came together in the Arlee High School cafeteria for a hearty meal, conversation and information about integrating family meals into a household routine. The dinner was the first in a series of monthly meals meant to encourage families to regularly dine together at hom...

Grant supports Hot Springs library

HOT SPRINGS – Fiction allows readers to connect with far-away places and unfamiliar characters, but in Hot Springs it also builds bridges within the community. The Preston Hot Springs Library book club brings people together to talk about a designated book. “It’s a chance for people to g...

Commission grants Ridgewater extension

POLSON – Last week, commissioners decided to honor Ridgewater developer Mike Maddy’s application for a fifth extension on plans for the development. The Polson City Commission initially approved the Ridgewater Development Master Plan Subdivision in 2005. The plan proposed development of commer...

New Arlee feed store owners settle into business New Arlee feed store owners settle into business

ARLEE–Headley Family Feed, a new iteration of an old Arlee business, will continue to stock feed and livestock supplies with added services in response to customer request. “We care about taking care of the customer and what the customer thinks,” said owner Breanne Headley. Headley gr...

Candidates address issues at forum Candidates address issues at forum

RONAN – Seven candidates for local office spoke directly to the community they hope to lead last Wednesday. Approximately 100 community members attended the forum, held at the Ronan Community Center. The Lake County Democrats and Republicans sponsored the event. Lake County resident Elaine Meeks att...

Indigenous film series continues with free admission Indigenous film series continues with free admission

RONAN – The Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition’s Indigenous Film Series provides a platform for community members to celebrate the value of Native culture and address present-day challenges.  The fifth annual film series is taking place at the Entertainer Theater in Ronan every S...

Ridgewater subdivision adhering to timeline

POLSON – After discussion with commissioners and developers, a legal review of the proposed subdivision’s master plan will be conducted within the original time frame for the project. At last week’s commission meeting, City Manager Mark Shrives proposed that an attorney look over the con...

Hot Springs receives Heart and Soul grant

The Orton Family Foundation has awarded the town of Hot Springs a $20,000 grant to implement a program intended to generate community-driven development. Community Heart and Soul is a program run by the Orton Family Foundation of Shelburne, Vermont. According to its website, Community Heart and Soul aims ...

Bus vandalism threatens early childhood education programs

FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION – The gas lines on eight buses belonging to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Early Childhood Services program have been cut since the school year started on Sept. 10.  Gas has been stolen from the tanks of these parked buses at a variety of locations acros...


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