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Unofficial 2020 Primary Election results reported

Valley Journal staff LAKE COUNTY – The 2020 Primary Election ballots were collected from the mail-in June 2 race with all precincts fully reported, although the results are not yet official.  Montana had a 54 percent turnout, and Lake County saw a 53 percent turnout with 10,206 total ballots counted. In Lake County, 18,934 voters are registered.   For President of the United States, the overall democrat vote in Lake County was for Joe Biden who had 3,038 votes, 78 percent. Bernie Sanders received 526 votes, 13 percent. Elizabeth Warren had 244 votes, six percent.  In the Republican race, Donald Trump received 92 percent of the Lake County vote with 5,536 v...


Governor supports local meat processors, small businesses

News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock announced funding through the federal CARES Act will be used to boost in-state processing and storage capacity for local meat processors, to provide additional financial assistance for small businesses, and to reimburse lo...


Governor praises SCOTUS decision upholding Montana Disclose Act

News from the Office of the Governor   MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a challenge to the 2015 Montana DISCLOSE Act and instead uphold a lower federal court ruling that determined the law was constitutional.  “Time a...


Montana families apply for WIC

News from DPHHS MONTANA — Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Sheila Hogan said today a program to support mothers and children is available and ready to help Montanans who may need food assistance, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support. The Women, Infants, and Chil...


Tester accepts applications for awards

News from the office of Senator Jon Tester U.S. Senate — U.S. Senator Jon Tester recently announced that he will now be accepting applications from young Montanans who are pursuing nominations to attend one of the United States Service Academies. He is also extending the deadline for applications ...


Sheriff’s Office mourns fellow officer

News from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office  LAKE COUNTY – Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said: “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of one of our detention officers.”  Corporal Lanny Van Meter, a longtime Lake County Sheriff’s Office employee, died...


People continue buying homes despite pandemic People continue buying homes despite pandemic

LAKE COUNTY – Homes in the area are selling quickly. Real estate agents are having different experiences, but overall, they are selling homes despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Local real estate broker Ric Smith, owner of Century 21 Big Sky Real Estate, said that’s mostly due to people from the st...


Antibody tests available, not completely reliable Antibody tests available, not completely reliable

POLSON – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some wonder whether they have recovered from the virus, but never got tested, which is where the antibody test comes into play.  The COVID0-19 antibody test analyzes a blood sample to determine whether a person had the virus in the past. The antibody...


Local schools celebrate students accomplishment with banners Local schools celebrate students accomplishment with banners

Schools across Lake County are celebrating 2020 graduating students with banners displayed near their schools. The banners are a way to show support for students who had their final school year cut short and many activities canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In St. Ignatius, the banners are displayed on ...


Local students earn Montana University System Honor Scholarships

News from the Montana University System MONTANA – The Montana University System has awarded the prestigious Montana University System Honor Scholarship to Violet Anderson and Mesa McKee, both of Polson High School. The MUS Honor Scholarship is a renewable scholarship offered by the Montana Boar...


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