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Public welcome to watch Bigfork film festival from home until Oct. 26

News from the Bigfork Independent Film Festival  BIGFORK — After the decision was made to move the Fourth Annual Bigfork Independent Film Festival from April to October 2020, the bigger question was whether anyone would attend.  During Saturday night’s showing of Josiah Burdick’s film “Useless,” it was clear that BIFF 2020 was a success. The feedback from the public was positive with numerous patrons thanking us for bringing these films to the big screen even with COVID-19 active in Montana. All necessary precautions were taken to make the experience as safe as possible for guests, including disinfecting the theater seats, lobby and restrooms ...


Applications open for 2021 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship

News from Serve Montana, Governor’s Office of Community Service HELENA — The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact are pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship. The Youth S...


Protecting our most vulnerable from COVID-19 Protecting our most vulnerable from COVID-19

News from CSKT FLATHEAD RESERVATION  – Through photography, music and film, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and tribal artists, have come together to protect beloved elders, one of the tribes’ most vulnerable cultural assets, from COVID-19. “Our elders are cultural...


Kathleen Williams brings Solutions Tour to Polson Kathleen Williams brings Solutions Tour to Polson

POLSON – Democrat Kathleen Williams, a candidate for the state’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke to about 45 people at Sacajawea Park in Polson last Monday as part of her statewide Solutions Tour. She’s in a close race against Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale for t...


Senate District 47 candidates share priorities Senate District 47 candidates share priorities

The Valley Journal continues its election coverage with Q&As of candidates for Senate District 47, where incumbent Dan Salomon faces challenges from Democrat Chase Porter Gay (who did not respond to several requests for input) and Libertarian Devin Braaten. The district runs east and south of Polson to t...


MT minimum wage increases to $8.75 an hour on Jan. 1

News from the office of Governor Bullock MONTANA — Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate increase to $8.75 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2021.  An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 Montana workers, or two percent of the workforce, received hourly wages less than $8.75 per hour in 2020 and ...


Lake County Treasurers Office creates schedule to lessen lines

POLSON – If you have had to conduct business at the Lake County Treasurer’s Office lately, you probably experienced an unusually long line and wait time.  Lake County Treasurer Robin Vert-Rubel says there are a couple factors creating the backlog. They are down five staff members and out ...


UM, Montana Health Department partner to grow COVID-19 testing capacity

UM News Service MONTANA – As demand for COVID-19 testing increases across Montana, the University of Montana is launching a new partnership with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to process COVID-19 tests on campus. The partnership between UM and DPHHS will provide the ...


Critical MT infrastructure projects begin Critical MT infrastructure projects begin

News from the office of Governor Bullock MONTANA — “We are making long-term investments in urban and rural communities across Montana that bring quality jobs to the area and make critical updates that will sustain economic growth,” Governor Bullock said. “These projects are makin...


Vote by mail affirmed

News from the   Office of Governor Bullock MONTANA – The United States District Court for the District of Montana affirms the decisions by local counties to expand vote by mail and early voting in Montana for the November election. The court’s decision is the first in the country tha...


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