Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Mary Auld

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...

Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees hail from Lake County Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees hail from Lake County

LAKE COUNTY – Two notable men from Lake County have been chosen to join the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center based on their contributions to the culture and history of the region. Asa Clayton “A.C.” Brooks, who lived in St. Ignatius, and Carl V. Moss of Polson are the...

From ‘Pedal to Plate’ From ‘Pedal to Plate’

RONAN–Nearly 80 neon-clad cyclists left the Lake County Fairgrounds on Saturday morning carrying forks in their pockets and bags. The riders explored 40 miles of the Mission Valley’s biking infrastructure and used their forks to taste the products of local agriculture at its source. On the ina...


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