Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Mary Auld

Commission considers unanticipated addition to wastewater treatment facility

POLSON – Commissioners will visit the wastewater treatment facility construction site before deciding whether to approve a request for a $119,000 drainage improvement that was not included in original designs for the project. Kevin Johnson, project manager from DOWL, the engineering firm that design...

Community Christmas tree to be removed, new tree established Community Christmas tree to be removed, new tree established

POLSON — Last year was the final holiday season for an evergreen that has been an emblem of holiday cheer in Polson for years.  The former community Christmas tree is located between Showboat Cinemas and Glacier Bank on Main Street. It will not be lit this year, and it will be removed before th...

Polson to consider alternative routes for hiring city manager

POLSON — The city of Polson is ready to start the hiring process for a new city manager, but the city will not be contracting with the same recruiting firm they used to hire their last city manager. The commission voted five to one not to contract with the consulting firm Prothman, which led the hir...

Animal shelter director resigns Animal shelter director resigns

POLSON — Mission Valley Animal shelter is operating without the leadership of an executive director. Former director Filip Panusz’ last day at the shelter was Oct. 15. He started working as shelter director in April 2017. Operations manager Steve Reynolds said the team of kennel attendants and...

Historic barn renovated for community use Historic barn renovated for community use

ST. IGNATIUS – Actors, brides, dancers, dairy cows and cattle are among the many who have used the huge barn across from the St. Ignatius Mission church since it was built in the 1930s. The two-story building has a rich history in the area, but it has been unusable in recent years. Now, the barn is get...

Tax credits explained

What are tax credits? Tax credits reduce the amount of money an individual or corporation owes in taxes. The more tax credits a person or company has, the less they owe in taxes. The federal government uses tax credits to encourage developers to build affordable housing.  Why does the federal governm...

Ronan selected for affordable housing incentive

RONAN – Housing is a basic need: without a home it is difficult to care for a family, hold down a job or be part of a community. More options for affordable, high-quality housing in Ronan are on the horizon thanks to incentives from the federal government.  A proposal from Lake County Community...

Polson installs interim city manager

POLSON – All five commissioners present voted to appoint Police Chief Wade Nash as interim city manager at the Polson City Commission meeting on Nov. 13.  Commissioners Lou Marchello and Bob Martin were not in attendance. Nash did not attend the meeting but provided a letter to the commission e...

Arlee students perform Snow White Arlee students perform Snow White

ARLEE–The frenzy of producing a full-length play in less than a week has retained its magic in the 40 years since the first Missoula Children’s Theater production in Arlee. On Saturday, a high-energy crowd of 60 children from kindergarten to 12th grade transformed into woodland creatures, evil...

Arlee bolsters school safety, communication in wake of gun incident

ARLEE – At the first regular Arlee School Board meeting since a student brought a BB gun to school in a backpack, trustees took a series of actions concerning school safety.  An estimated 50 parents, community members and students attended the meeting.  While the Oct. 31 incident was th...


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