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Montana veterans have multiple local options to get free flu shot Montana veterans have multiple local options to get free flu shot

News from Montana VA  MONTANA — Over 6,200 Montana veterans have received flu shots at Montana VA Health Care System sites in the past month. Veterans have received flu shots at walk-in and drive-thru clinics at 14 sites from Plentywood to Billings and Hamilton to Kalispell. “I encourage all our veterans and all Montanans to take proactive steps to be leaders to keep our communities healthy. Get your flu shot, cover your cough, wash your hands often, avoid high risk social activities and stay home when you are sick,” said Dr. Judy Hayman. “Your health depends on the health of your family, neighbors and healthcare teams, and their health depends on yours....


COVID-19 numbers surge in Lake County

Lake County has posted its highest number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began last spring. As of Sunday, the county posted 179 active cases, up 25 from Friday, with two deaths since the pandemic began.  The uptick mirrors an increase in coronavirus infections across the state that has many hea...


Candidates answer question two weeks before ballot count begins Candidates answer question two weeks before ballot count begins

With Election Day less than two weeks away, the Valley Journal wraps up its coverage with brief profiles of three uncontested local races: District Judge James Manley, who is running unopposed for another six-year term; Republican Greg Hertz, who is running unopposed for Senate District 6, the seat currently...


Battle continues for superintendent of public instruction seat Battle continues for superintendent of public instruction seat

MONTANA — As Montanans stirred in the early hours of Nov. 9, 2016, one of the state’s marquee races was still too close to call. An early Democratic lead from the night before had already dissolved, and when the election dust finally settled, five-term state legislator and retired Billings school...


St. Luke Community Healthcare supports local athletic programs St. Luke Community Healthcare supports local athletic programs

POLSON — St. Luke Community Healthcare presented a $2,675 check to the Polson High School’s Athletic Department on Friday evening during halftime at the football game. The money for the donation was raised from sports physicals performed over the summer and early fall. For each exam, a $25 don...


Local youth-based program grants open

News from the Mission Valley Youth Foundation, Festival of Trees  POLSON — It’s Festival time. Festival of Trees that is. This will be the festival’s 22nd year in Polson. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 5.   The festival generates funds for the Mission Valley Youth F...


Tourism grant program available

News from the Montana Commerce Department  MONTANA — Montana Commerce Department Director Tara Rice announced the Department will begin accepting applications for the Tourism Grant Program until Nov. 30 for the 2021 grant cycle. The Tourism Grant Program funds projects that strengthen Mont...


Court decision cuts short 2020 Census count

News from the Office of the Governor MONTANA — Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney released the following statements after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision allowing the U.S. Census Bureau to suspend its 2020 Census counting operations before Oct. 31 until further court acti...


Polson Job Service shares work opportunities

News from Polson Job Service  POLSON — Job Service Polson is sponsoring an online Zoom meeting each Wednesday at 3 p.m.  It is called Weekly Workforce Wednesday and will feature one Lake County employer each week that will present career opportunities. Hot Jobs will also be featured afte...


Support for mental health tools in rural America urged

News from the office of Senator Tester BIG SANDY — As the crisis of farmer suicide continues to rise in rural America amid poor economic conditions, ongoing trade wars, severe weather, and now the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today demanded that the House and Senate Armed Services...


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