Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Mary Auld

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...

Polson police chief to act as interim city manager

POLSON – Polson Police Chief Wade Nash’s job responsibilities have increased since Nov. 7.  At their regular meeting, Polson City commissioners unanimously authorized Nash to act as interim city manager until a contract officially appointing him could be finalized. Nash has been police ch...

Unexpected resignations rattle City of Polson

POLSON – A series of employees in leadership positions have left vacancies in the City of Polson’s staff. On Oct. 22, the commission held a special meeting to renew city manager Mark Shrives’ contract, offering him only a one-year employment agreement. The following day Shrives declined ...

Community Thanksgiving celebrations planned Community Thanksgiving celebrations planned

LAKE COUNTY – Homemade food and good company will be readily available throughout the region this Thanksgiving. Volunteers from St. Ignatius to Polson will provide free community meals to celebrate the holiday on Nov. 22.   In St. Ignatius, Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 12 p.m. to 2 p...

Local hydrologist awarded Science Foundation fellowship Local hydrologist awarded Science Foundation fellowship

Tyler Fouty spends his days in his lab at Washington State University, focused on engineering calculations about culvert design. But when you talk to the engineering graduate student, it’s clear that the heart of his work is improving the world: for salmon, and, by extension, for people who rely on sal...

Two Eagle photographers featured in New York City exhibit Two Eagle photographers featured in New York City exhibit

When high school junior Chandra Whiteman-LaForge snapped a photo of her friend in a pink dress beneath the Armed Forces Memorial Bridge in Polson last February, she never dreamed that it would earn her the opportunity to travel over 2,000 miles to the nation’s largest city. Whiteman-LaForge took the...

Local woman recovering from car accident

Mary Ouellette has spent the last three months working to return to the life she loves in Polson. On Aug. 10, Ouellette sustained life-threatening injuries in a head-on car crash. She was driving on Kerr Dam Road, on her way to a friend’s house.  The driver of the other car involved in the cras...

Black Mountain Software donates to Ronan school Black Mountain Software donates to Ronan school

News from Black Mountain Software   POLSON – Black Mountain Software, through actions of the company’s Giving Committee, contributed $430 to K. William Harvey Elementary School to purchase a KIBO robot.  This new coding program introduces four-to-seven-year-olds to how to create, ...

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...


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