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Valley Journal looks forward to more anniversary celebrations Valley Journal looks forward to more anniversary celebrations

As we marked the Valley Journal’s 10th anniversary last Saturday, we were thrilled that so many of our friends, neighbors and readers from all over Lake County were able to attend the event at the Ronan Community Center. The group of people that mingled in and out truly represented the broad spectrum of our homegrown readership, from young children with mouthfuls of blue cotton candy to community leaders to athletes to our wise seniors. Without all of you, we’d have had nothing to celebrate. Congratulations to the following people who won one of our framed, scenic photographs: Val Bartel, Dick Wunderlich, Margaret Burke, Nila Anderson and George Moreno. As with most lar...


Goode retires from Mission Valley Power Goode retires from Mission Valley Power

PABLO — Bad news:  Ralph Goode is retiring as general manager of Mission Valley Power. Good news: Jean Matt will be taking over the position. Matt said, “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Ralph since July 28. He’s showed me the ropes.” Goode joked, “It to...


Pre-register for pesticide disposal in Polson

News from Montana  State University BOZEMAN – Dates have been set for Montanans to dispose of pesticide wastes through the Montana Pesticide Waste Disposal Program. Pesticides may be disposed of Sept. 17 in Polson at the Lake County Transfer Station. Other dates and cities are Sept. 16...


Webinars help businesses prepare for natural disaster

HELENA – Each year small businesses in our region are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, or wildfires.  Business interruptions, even if they last just a few hours, are costly in terms of lost productivity and profits. You can get help with your o...


Third auto parts store comes to Polson Third auto parts store comes to Polson

POLSON — As the walls go up on the O’Reilly Auto Parts store in the Ridgewater Subdivision, locals wonder if Polson can support another auto parts store.  With stores in 17 Montana towns and cities, O’Reilly’s has also expanded to Columbia Falls, Hamilton and currently is cons...


Partnership brings attention to small towns Partnership brings attention to small towns

News from the Montana Office of Tourism HELENA – The small community of Roy in Fergus County doesn’t have a traffic light, but it does have some of Montana’s best steak — and now travelers know, thanks to a Montana Office of Tourism partnership with National Geographic Travel. &...


Small businesses: be prepared for natural disasters

By Matt Varilek, Small Business Association regional administrator  HELENA – One of this region’s most expensive disasters unfolded the night of Sept. 9, 2013 when over 10 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period, devastating Boulder, Colo., and several other communities with flash floods,...


Local business leaders to collaborate

RONAN — Jay Wilson Preston of Community Tel, Inc. in Ronan and Judy Preston of Access Montana will join 42 other community, business, education, healthcare, and government leaders from across the state in Big Sky this September for Leadership Montana, a premier leadership development program. These inf...


Dr. Terry Smith joins medical clinic Dr. Terry Smith joins medical clinic

News from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is proud to announce that Dr. Terry Smith has joined the Providence St. Joseph Clinic as the new Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician. “Dr. Terry Smith will be an incredible addition to our s...


The Magic Man The Magic Man

What do a flaming phone, a rope and a bunny have in common? Magic, that’s what. And the undivided attention of an eager, young audience.  Local businessman and magician Ken Avison, owner of the Cove Deli and Pizza, has entertained folks of all ages with his magic shows for more than 50 years.&n...


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