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Transformer failure causes Ronan area power outage

RONAN — A failed transformer and regulator at a Mission Valley Power substation on Mink Lane put 900 residents out of power and nearly stopped the Ronan Chiefs from playing their homecoming football game Friday night. “It created a mess — it was right after the homecoming parade,” Ronan Fire Chief Mark Clary said. The lid blew off the transformer a little after 4:30 p.m. — just after the fire department finished driving the parade route down Main Street. Firefighters blocked off the area around the substation while MVP workers dealt with the problem. The outage caused a five-minute delay in the football game, but power was restored to the school just in t...


Lake County elected officials receive pay raise

POLSON — The Lake County Compensation Board and the Lake County Commissioners have been grappling with a way to give elected officials with experience more money. In a meeting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, the board, after much discussion, passed two motions for the commissioners to peruse.   ...


Ronan Homecoming Parade

RONAN — Works of art don’t drive … usually.  And normally they’re not in the form of a 1981 Bluebird school bus.  But on Friday afternoon at the Ronan Homecoming parade, a school bus transformed into a stunning piece of art rolled down Main Street. “The bus w...


Daily Grind

“When people take action, it is an antidote to despair.” Those words echoed in Kristie Nerby’s head Saturday as she watched hundreds of youngsters zoom around on a world-class skatepark that ordinarily wouldn’t belong in a rural town on an Indian reservation. But Skate Ignatius ...


Mission school spirit rewarded with homecoming win

ST. IGNATIUS — Blue and white were the colors of the week in St. Ignatius as the Mission Bulldogs took school spirit to a new level in preparation for Friday night’s homecoming football game.  And their efforts paid off when the Bulldogs blew the Thompson Falls Bluehawks out of the air in...


Learning the ropes

RONAN — Before launching their own newspaper a group of Linderman fourth-grade students decided to take a trip down to the Valley Journal office to get some last-minute advice. The nineteen students in Bonnie Perry’s class got in a bus Tuesday afternoon to travel to Ronan to learn the nuts-and...


OPI head Juneau tours Ronan/Pablo Schools

RONAN — When Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau visits school districts, she gleans information from the schools that will assist the Office of Public Instruction in their endeavor for educational excellence. “Is learning happening in the classroom? Are students engaged? Is the school board ...


Students greet OPI head Denise Juneau

POLSON — When Denise Juneau, Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction, came through the door at Cherry Valley School, she was met by Josiah Nichols. Nichols, 10, was singing and drumming a traditional Indian song.  Nichols, a young member of the Chief Cliff Singers as is his dad, J.D....


Man pleads not guilty in fatal Flathead River crash

POLSON — A Missoula man who allegedly drove a sport utility vehicle off a cliff into the Flathead River in April, killing two passengers, pled not guilty Sept. 15 to two counts of felony negligent homicide. Shain Steffens, 24, told investigators he was “showing off when he took a turn too fast...


Fire department widens doors

RONAN — The Ronan Volunteer Fire Department loosened things up a bit last week, widening its garage doors to accommodate the new, wider trucks.   “The sides of the fire hall have been hit numerous times,” Ronan Fire Chief Mark Clary said. “Sometimes there’s less than an ...


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