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Plan now for that long, dry season of fire

It’s hard to imagine the threat of wildland fire when rain is pelting you in the face, but there may be no better time.  The start of summer was officially Monday, June 21, but it’s hard to believe when you look up at the green hillsides and snow-capped peaks of the Missions. It’s been such a moist June that you could almost believe someone extended May by about three or four weeks. All that rain has created some wonderfully tall grass in pastures. I know my horses sure appreciate it. It’s also made for some very lush, green landscapes that typically start to turn a bit brown this time of year. It’s those areas of brown that typically warn us that...

Journal staff wins 21 newspaper awards

BOZEMAN — The Valley Journal staff enjoyed an award-winning weekend at the Montana Newspaper Association’s annual convention. The Journal earned 21 awards for the newspaper’s content in the MNA’s 2009 Better Newspaper Contest.  The purpose of the contest is to promote excellen...

SKC, family, friends, community honor Joe McDonald

PABLO — Michael “Mickey” O’Donnell had everyone in the audience close their eyes and relax. Then he asked folks to open their eyes and remember what they saw.  “Nothing,” O’Donnell said,” That’s what Salish Kootenai College had, we had nothing &md...

Beloved administrator, teacher retires after 36 years

RONAN — Among the faculty and staff at Ronan Middle School, there’s a universal truth known about Jim Gillhouse: his primary concern is for the well-being, health and of course the education of the kids he teaches and works with.  But after 36 years of dedicated service to Ronan’s y...

Ronan Telephone Company celebrates 50 years

RONAN —The Ronan Telephone Company commemorated 50 years in business on Thursday — not a small feat for a small company in Ronan. In the half-century that RTC has been in business, there have been many changes in the community and the communications business. Jay Preston Jr., the president of ...

Farmers introduced to mobile poultry processing unit

RONAN — Over the last few decades, much of the meat processing industry has been taken out of the hands of the local farmer and become a corporate industry, comprised of feedlots and factory farms.  But this April, local organizations introduced a new tool to give farmers and local poultry rais...

Encampment passes on appreciation for traditional skills

Last week’s Agnes Vanderburg Camp on North Valley Creek Road could have been transplanted from the 19th century except for the cars and pickups. Smoke from campfires veiled the pine trees, and the creek overfilled its banks. A deer carcass hung from a tree limb, and people knapped arrowheads, tanned...

Fight night

The sweet science? The 38 fighters in the Mission Valley Rumble “Smoker” Thursday night didn’t bother to bring any science into the ring with them. There was no feigning, no precise footwork, no bobbing-and-weaving, and the high school fighters certainly didn’t bother to take a rou...

AmeriCorps workers impact Camp Marshall

It isn't unusual for Camp Marshall, located along the east shore of Flathead Lake on Melita Island Road north of Polson, to be bustling with activity during the summer. But, instead of campers hiking, attending chapel and singing around the campfire, Camp Marshall has been home to a group of AmeriCorps Natio...

Mills flies high, fast in U.S. Air Force

POLSON – Memorial Day was celebrated across America on May 31. Originally called Decoration Day, it started around the end of the Civil War and was a day for commemorating the men and women who died while serving in our nation’s service. But Memorial Day may have lost its meaning to some resident...

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