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New homes help seniors maintain independent living New homes help seniors maintain independent living

RONAN – Beth Preston wanted in as soon as she saw the plans for the new independent living facility for the east side of Eisenhower Street, but she had to wait for The Peaks to be built along with the road that leads to it. “I was living alone in a big house, and I wanted something different,” Preston said. As a person considering her living situation later in her life, she wanted things to be easier. She said she wanted someone to handle the hassle of household duties like lawn work and home repairs, and she really didn’t want to deal with the stairs any longer, fearing she might fall. “I wanted to focus on other things,” she said, things she enjoys -...


25 years, counting for local woodcarver 25 years, counting for local woodcarver

WOODS BAY – Todd Coats has been carving images with a chainsaw for 25 years. It all started in 1992 when he was asked to carve a 9-foot bear for a customer. Coats, who was working at his parents’ wood products shop in Kalispell, embarked on the task and never looked back. “I taught...


Arlee Merc offers new venue for area artists Arlee Merc offers new venue for area artists

Story and photos by  Dakota Wharry  for the Valley Journal ARLEE- The Merc On 93, one of Arlee’s newest businesses, offers a new venue for area artists to share and sell their work. June 10 marked the first “Second Saturday Market at the Merc,” an open air market with ven...


Happiness served up one cup at a time Happiness served up one cup at a time

POLSON – According to Small Town Girl Coffee owners Tanya Reiser Patrick and Tasha Avison, their coffee stand is much more than just a business.  “We want to serve our community,” Tanya said. “Not just with coffee, but with happiness in a cup. We try to actually get to know ou...


Whitefish Credit Union Gives Back to Members

News from Whitefish Credit Union WHITEFISH, Mont., June 30, 2017 – Whitefish Credit Union has announced a 0.94% dividend for the six months ended June 30, 2017. This dividend represents a 38% increase over the 0.68% declared at December 31, 2016. “We are constantly striving to provide our...


Lane brings boot and shoe repair business to Polson  Lane brings boot and shoe repair business to Polson 

POLSON – Something’s afoot in Polson. Dale Lane – who opened Cowboy’s Toys in Ronan 1990 and sold the business to Steve Krum in 2000 – has brought a boot and shoe repair business back to town.  Lane, 55, and a Ronan native, opened Lane’s Boot and Shoe Repair Apr...


Ninepipes Museum to host cultural arts fair

  CHARLO – Summertime fun can be found on the grounds at the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana during the second annual Cultural Arts Fair. Local and regional artists, traditional skills demonstrators, live music, and Indian tacos and fry bread are on tap from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July...


Tips on shopping at farmers markets

Shopping at farmers markets is one way to get delicious and fresh produce you can enjoy at home. “Getting plenty of fruits and vegetables helps families live healthier lives and reduces the likelihood of chronic disease,” said Elaine Auld, CEO of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)...


Adelos receives $2.5M contract to develop intrusion detection technology Adelos receives $2.5M contract to develop intrusion detection technology

POLSON — A world class technology company is moving forward in Lake County. Adelos, a subsidiary of S&K Technologies Inc., received a two-year $2.5 million security contract with the U.S. Air Force following a competitive bid process last year.  According to chief executive officer Scott...


Downtown Polson business district sees changes Downtown Polson business district sees changes

POLSON – Polson’s downtown is undergoing some changes. Two longtime businesses, Gull Printing and Jackie M’s, have either closed or will be closing soon, while another business, The Rack, is just getting started and a restaurant looks to open soon as well.  Gull Printing’s las...


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