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Museum celebrates Reservation’s history

ARLEE — Fourth of July weekend in Arlee is packed with outdoor activities like the powwow, rodeo, basketball tournament and parades, but the Jocko Valley Museum offers a break from the heat and a look at the area’s rich history. The museum opens July 4 with several exhibits commemorating various events in the Flathead Reservation’s past. “People, Place and Time – Creating Connections with People, Cultures and Communities” is a traveling exhibit on loan from The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for July 4 only, featuring large photographs and stories of important events and people of the Flathead Reservation. “(The exhibit) is quite an e...


Valley Journal announces new editor

Lovell Beaulieu, an award-winning journalist who has worked at some of the nation’s top daily newspapers, has been named editor of the Valley Journal. Beaulieu’s appointment is effective Monday, July 5, 2010. A native of New Orleans, Beaulieu has worked at newspapers such as the Columbus Di...


Defend your home against pesky ants

There’s strength in numbers, and anyone battling an ant problem in his home can testify to the truth of the adage. But with a little planning, a single human can defeat an army of ants.  “The structurally damaging ants are carpenter ants,” MSU’s Lake County Extension Agent Jac...


Do-it-yourself home inspires creativity, recycling

POLSON — When Eva Oruste moved into her 1920s home eight years ago, the backyard was a concrete parking lot and the home hadn’t been redone since the 1970s.  It was an absolute disaster.  The previous owners had been smokers, and the grime that comes with the nicotine addiction li...


Camp focuses on traditional skills

ELMO — No matter your age or interests, last week’s Kootenai Language and Ancestral Skills Camp in Elmo made for a fascinating learning experience. From tiny tots listening to ancient lore to parents and grandparents learning how to fashion bark baskets, the Elmo Community Center was a hub of act...


Stray cat finds home at city hall

RONAN — After being thrown out of the Second Chance Saloon and the Ronan Liquor Store, a stray feline found her home in the most unlikely of places: the Ronan City Hall.  Originally known as Alley, because of her humble beginnings on the street, the new city mascot took shelter in city hall in ...


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 b...


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...


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