Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Mary Auld

45 volunteers assemble to clean up Arlee streets 45 volunteers assemble to clean up Arlee streets

ARLEE – Neon green vests dotted the roadsides as community members beautified Arlee by picking up trash on Saturday.  Merrill Bradshaw attended the cleanup. He said he has been picking up roadside trash in Arlee annually for nearly all of the 40 years he’s lived in the community. “T...

Women 4 Wellness planning underway Women 4 Wellness planning underway

PABLO – Whether time constraints, fear or cost have prohibited you from pursuing healthcare, it’s time to schedule a day off from work to attend the annual Women 4 Wellness health fair. The event organizers have found ways to eliminate almost all barriers to women pursuing healthcare. This yea...

Bison stampede supports play equipment for Dixon schools Bison stampede supports play equipment for Dixon schools

DIXON – Some ran, some cheered, some rode in strollers, and some just ate pancakes at the fifth annual Bison Stampede run in Dixon.  Dixon Principal Crista Anderson said this year’s race supports the purchase of new play equipment for the school’s daycare students. The new equipment...

Flooding minimal despite extreme late-winter weather Flooding minimal despite extreme late-winter weather

LAKE COUNTY – Though the winter may have seemed never-ending, lower than average overall snowfall for the winter means there’s less risk of flooding as snow melts this spring.   “We are seeing signs that spring runoff season has begun,” said Casey Ryan, hydrologist for the Con...

Volunteers needed to help pick up winter trash along highway in Arlee Volunteers needed to help pick up winter trash along highway in Arlee

ARLEE – Along with budding flowers and chirping birds, spring’s warm temperatures reveal roadside trash. The Arlee Community Development Corporation has organized a community event to remove unsightly debris from Arlee’s roads.  Arlee CDC member Makenzie Felsman hopes this will make...

Law enforcement officials speak on local drug activity, solutions Law enforcement officials speak on local drug activity, solutions

POLSON – Community members got answers last week to a wide range of questions on drug use in the county directly from those who enforce drug laws - from which drugs are used to what is being done to treat addiction.  The event featured a panel of officers from the Confederated Salish and Kooten...

City manager search hesitancy sparks commission conflict

POLSON – It will be at least another month before the City of Polson takes action toward hiring a new city manager. After nearly five months without a city manager, the commission voted four to one to table a vote on the selection process for the next two meetings.  The vote came after the comm...

Flathead nearly freezes over for first time since 1993 Flathead nearly freezes over for first time since 1993

By Mary Auld for the Valley Journal POLSON – Sequential cold fronts and low wind created an anomaly during the first week of March: 90 to 95 percent of Flathead Lake’s surface froze. Aside from a few open channels in the narrows outside of Polson Bay, the lake froze shore to shore. Flathead...

School meal participation rises statewide, locally

ST. IGNATIUS – It’s easy for St. Ignatius students to be fueled up and ready to learn thanks to the two hot meals they’re offered at school each day — free of charge. “Not being hungry is one of our most important considerations for students as far as academic achievement,&rd...

New crafts, clothing store receives redevelopment funds

POLSON – Updates to a long-empty Main Street storefront will be made with the help of funds from the Polson Redevelopment Agency.  Carol Lynn Lapotka, owner of Eddie Boy LLC, has purchased 212 Main Street, the former home of Jackie M’s footwear. She plans to use the storefront to sell Mon...


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