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Polson City Commission swears in new police officer

POLSON—The police department added a new officer to its ranks last week. Police officer Dylan Moll was sworn in at the Aug. 6 commission meeting. Moll attended Polson High School and earned a degree in criminal justice from Flathead Valley Community College, where he was student body president.  “You’re one of ours and I really appreciate you going out, getting your education, and coming back,” Mayor Paul Briney said. “I thank you for serving the city.”  In other commission business, the commission unanimously approved an amendment to the contract for construction at the Polson airport. The city terminated the contract that it had with Bjo...


Chili cook off fires up the taste buds Chili cook off fires  up the taste buds

POLSON – Despite soaring temperatures, chili lovers united Saturday at Riverside Park for the 12th annual Rotary Chili Cook-off. The event, hosted by the Polson Rotary Club, featured 10 talented chili teams battling for top chili honors. The chili cook-off is the premier fundraising event for the...


National Farmers Market Week celebrated locally National Farmers Market Week celebrated locally

LAKE COUNTY – Although the time has past for National Farmers Market Week, Aug. 5 to 11, it’s not too late to support local markets across the county. “We are in the produce season,” said Rosie Goldich, food and agriculture coordinator with the Lake County Community Development Cor...


Work underway to save historic paintings Work underway to save historic paintings

By Karen Peterson             Valley Journal ST. IGNATIUS – Repairs to save historic murals in the St. Ignatius Mission have begun – just when it started to look like they couldn’t wait much longer.  The walls seem grand when you first step through t...


Closed cones sought for purchase

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Tribal Forestry in Ronan is now buying closed cones for seed of the following species on the Flathead Indian Reservation: western larch - $40 a bushel; ponderosa pine - $20 a bushel; and Douglas fir - $25 a bushel. (A bushel is eight U.S. gallons.) ...


West Nile Virus found in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY – One of the first two confirmed equine cases of the West Nile Virus in Montana for 2018 occurred in Lake County during early August.  The Montana Department of Livestock said they received notice of the virus in Lake and Musselshell Counties. The virus was also detected in mosquito...


A note on Montana Gap series

In late 2017, Montana legislators voted to substantially cut funding for mental health care, in response to a budget shortfall. In the wake of the budget cuts, a group of Montana newsrooms, in collaboration with High Country News and the Solutions Journalism Network, explored how communities are preventing t...


Where the old folks go Where the old folks go

After graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1986, Bill Thomas started working as the medical director of a small nursing home in central New York. It was a run-of-the-mill institution, “depressing and dispiriting,” he says. He was attending to an elderly resident’s rash one day when she...


Safety Days Safety Days

POLSON – Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children 12 years and younger, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, the NHTSA finds that half of all child safety seats are not properly fitted to the child or installed correctly in a vehicle. ...


Back to school dates, open houses announced

Polson Cherry Valley Elementary School starts: Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 8:30 a.m. The first day of school is an early release day. School will end at 2:40 p.m. Staggered start for kindergarten: Sept. 4 for students with last names A-L. Sept. 5 for students with last names M-Z.  The fir...


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