Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Mary Auld

Polson City Commission swears in new police officer

POLSON—The police department added a new officer to its ranks last week. Police officer Dylan Moll was sworn in at the Aug. 6 commission meeting. Moll attended Polson High School and earned a degree in criminal justice from Flathead Valley Community College, where he was student body president.  ...

Childhood immunization protects individuals, communities

The approach of a new school year brings with it a hefty to-do list: school supplies must be purchased, new routines established – and children of some ages must be vaccinated. As back to school tasks go, immunization is seriously consequential for the health of children and their classmates. Just 1...

New principal starts at Polson High School New principal starts at Polson High School

POLSON – On Aug. 29 Peter Hamilton will start his first school year as principal of Polson High School, and he is excited. “One of the coolest jobs is being a high school principal,” he said. He said that he looks forward to living near the lake and serving the Polson community. Af...

Polson Middle School principal changes schedule, approach Polson Middle School principal changes schedule, approach

POLSON – Tim Finkbeiner, principal at Polson Middle School, says that in order to guide students through the “roughness” of their pre-teen years, his school needs to be more cohesive – and he’s making changes to achieve that cohesion. Last year was Finkbeiner’s first ye...

New public safety building on horizon for Polson  New public safety building on horizon for Polson

POLSON – City staff and commissioners agree: the city needs a new public safety facility.  The commission and members of city staff met for a strategic planning workshop last Monday. The top agenda item was the public safety building. The police and fire departments have outgrown their current ...

Rain causes flooded roads in Post Creek area Rain causes flooded roads in Post Creek area

ST. IGNATIUS – Rising waters are an enemy of road infrastructure, and Post Creek has been especially tough on the bridges and culverts that it flows through this year. “When you put a bridge and a road over a creek, you’re not letting it do what it naturally wants to do, which is to mean...

Make-A-Wish gifts recording studio to teenage cancer survivor Make-A-Wish gifts recording studio to teenage cancer survivor

When 14-year-old David Iliff walked into his backyard last Tuesday afternoon, he discovered that his greatest wish had been granted. When Iliff left for his grandparents’ house earlier that day, a crew of family, friends, and volunteers moved a free standing guitar studio into his backyard. When he cam...

Polson Redevelopment Agency awards grants to local businesses Polson Redevelopment Agency awards grants to local businesses

Three Polson businesses will get significant upgrades, thanks to grants facilitated by the Polson Redevelopment Agency. The city commission approved funding for improvements to the exteriors of Pebble Creek Enterprises, LLC, Mission Valley Ice Arena Association, and Polson Theatres, Inc.  The busines...

Local artists share visual stories in new exhibit Local artists share visual stories in new exhibit

 Paint, wood, skulls, photos, and found objects were among the materials that local artists used to express their narratives in the Sandpiper Gallery’s “Let Me Tell You My Story” exhibit. “Every single piece tells a story,” member artist Charlie Fudge said at the recepti...

Library programs available for all ages Library programs available for all ages

POSLON – During the summer months, the library in Polson will provide programs to inspire reading, imagination, and scientific inquiry.  Abbi Dooley became the library director in January. She said library staff organize events and programs to encourage youth to engage with the library. The sum...


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