Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Articles Written By: Taylor Davison

Closer indeed Closer indeed

POLSON — The Mission Valley Ice Arena Association (MVIAA) recently announced a major development in the progress of creating a skating rink: the acquisition of a deed that will finally make the ice arena a reality.  The idea of a local ice arena got its start in 2013 when a community survey con...

MDT shares draft proposal for highway improvements along Ninepipe corridor MDT shares draft proposal for highway improvements along Ninepipe corridor

CHARLO — The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) held informational meetings last week to share what may be the last draft of their feasibility findings for improving the Ninepipe ...

Growlers on Main experiences break in Growlers on Main experiences break in

POLSON — Growlers on Main, located at 208 Main Street in Polson, was broken into via the front window at approximately 2 a.m. on Jan. 12. A representative from Growlers commented that they’ve heard it’s been happening around town, mentioning similar break ins occurred recently around Riccia...

Water compact board draws closer to establishing development applications

RONAN — The Flathead Water Compact board held a meeting on Jan. 12, and with that came a draft of the much-anticipated application for well drilling  or development of springs.   Different from the individual domestic allowance application, the presented draft of the 60DF (D) Part A form h...

STRIDE Challenge brings winter motivation to SOMT athletes

By Taylor Davison / Valley Journal MONTANA — Special Olympics of Montana is celebrating their third year of the STRIDE Challenge, inviting athletes involved in the organization throughout Montana to get active.  An eight-week endeavor, the virtual challenge got its start in 2021 when the o...

Lake County withdraws from Public Law 280 Lake County withdraws from Public Law 280

LAKE COUNTY — On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Lake County Commissioners voted to withdraw the county from Public Law 280.  PL280 is an agreement with the State of Montana passed in 1964 to conduct law enforcement and provide other services on the Flathead Reservation. According to Commissioner Bill Bar...

Polson Running group warms up cold season with fun run Polson Running group warms up cold season with fun run

POLSON — Polson Running will be defying the cold later this month with the Sorry ‘Bout That half marathon and team relay on Jan. 21 at 9:30 a.m.  The 10th anniversary of Sorry ‘Bout That race will run clockwise on the route this year, meaning there will be both an uphill start and a...

Fire breaks out in Ronan shop Fire breaks out in Ronan shop

  RONAN — A structure fire broke out off of 7th Avenue in Ronan at around 5 p.m. on Dec. 27. The structure was a 60x40 shop owned by Big Creek Plumbing where the business stored its supplies. According to Fire Chief Chris Adler, the fire began due to complications with a wood stove. “I...

Community Foundation closes the book on a successful year Community Foundation closes the book on a successful year

POLSON — The Greater Polson Community Foundation (GPCF) wrapped up 2022 with over $100,000 in grants given to local organizations to help improve Polson, and there will be more to come in the new year.  The GPCF was founded in December of 2007 when the first meeting of community members was fol...

Ronan Co-op Brewery says goodbye to event coordinator, looks to future Ronan Co-op Brewery says goodbye to event coordinator, looks to future

RONAN — With the new year comes changing times at the Ronan Cooperative Brewery along with new ideas for the future.  The Co-op’s event coordinator Eric Brunet has officially stepped away as of Dec. 30 to focus on his heath. “It has been an honor to serve as a taproom server, manage...


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