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Dear Readers, Some things never change. Sometimes things have to. Here at the Journal, we’re charging forward with needed change. Studies have shown that the closer we are to the communities we serve, the more success a newspaper is likely to have. Through a grassroots approach to community journalism, the Valley Journal has become a trusted source for local news. We’re proud of the close connections we’ve made with you, our readers, over the past 14 years. We’ve been asked countless times how we can put out a free newspaper. The answer has been that local advertisements make it free. In an ever-evolving world, circumstances change. And so must we. Startin...

Community bike ride encourages outdoor activity Community bike ride encourages outdoor activity

RONAN – Rainy weather and a few muddy puddles couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of more than 40 cyclists who attended a family-friendly bike ride around Ronan on Saturday during the Mission Mountain Family Pedal to Plate. “It was really wonderful to see people out biking in our community,&r...

Cornerstone pizza closes up shop

ST. IGNATIUS – One last pizza was made at the Cornerstone Pizza shop on Thursday afternoon before supplies were depleted and the doors were closed on what has been an eight-year adventure to support the community. The closure comes not as a result of any major issue but as a simple change in focus. ...

Senator sponsors bill to simplify irrigation elections

LAKE COUNTY – Sen. Dan Salomon (R) sponsored a bill to help make irrigation elections easier, and the Governor signed it into law on May 1 after a 50-0 vote on the third reading.  Senate Bill 116 revises the voter requirements in irrigation district elections across the state. “Numerous i...

Lake County election officials report early results

  LAKE COUNTY – The unofficial results for the mail-in 2019 District Election are waiting to be canvased.  In the Arlee School District, voters were asked to vote for two candidates for the school board for three-year terms. Kris Gardner has 194 votes; Brian BigSam has 175 votes, and Cr...

Proceed with caution Proceed with caution

POLSON – Where there once stood a cute little white cottage with blue trim is now just an empty 50-foot lot. The space is located in downtown Polson between the Showboat Cinemas and the Payne West Insurance buildings. At 9 a.m. on Friday morning, crews from Abel Moving and Rigging out of Arlee began...

Local students earn Montana University System Honor Scholarships

News from Montana University System  MONTANA – The Montana University System has announced that local students have been offered the prestigious Montana University System Honor Scholarship.  The MUS Honor Scholarship is a renewable scholarship offered by the Montana Board of Regents t...

Polson middle, high schools earn Montana SMART Schools Recycling awards Polson middle, high schools earn Montana SMART Schools Recycling awards

POLSON – The Polson Middle and High schools were recently awarded for being 2018-19 Montana SMART School Recycling Challenge champions.  The Montana SMART School Challenge, now in its fifth year, challenges schools across Montana to compete amongst each other to see who can save the most money ...

Players to honor Syvrud's love of music Players to honor Syvrud's love of music

News from Port Polson Players June Syvrud played Dolly in the 1996 Port Polson Players production of Hello Dolly. June passed away in September of 2017, but her love of music will live on through a scholarship fund to be set up in June’s name. The grant will accommodate students in any musical dis...

Lake County student filmmakers share new film Lake County student filmmakers share new film

News from Lake County Film Class  RONAN – On Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m., the MAPS Lake County Film Class will present a screening of their film “A Day to Remember” at the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Indian Reservation and Lake County in Ronan at 62579 U.S. Highway 93. ...

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