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Teepee erected through efforts of chamber, tribe

RONAN — The Ronan Chamber of Commerce installed an 18-foot tall teepee on Friday morning.  The newest traditional monument adorns the Mission Mountain Visitor's Center in Ronan, drawing tourists from U.S. Highway 93. Facing east, the Sioux-style teepee is made from two types of weather resistant canvas and lodge poles.  “It was the chamber’s idea,” Ronan Chamber of Commerce Board Member Ky Bartels said. “We just felt that the reservation and its people needed to be represented.”  After approaching the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council with the idea, the Chamber of Commerce contacted Larry Gauthier and Michael Pierre t...

Festival blends wine, auctions with scenic view

 POLSON — About 200 wine fanciers enjoyed the beautiful views from the Polson Motorcoach Resort for the 26th annual Soroptimist Wine Festival on Aug. 16.  From 7 to 10 p.m., guests could choose from 36 different wines, fill their plates at the buffet and enjoy KC and the Valley Cats and th...

Grants, donations provide upgrades for Arlee Fire Department

ARLEE — It’s been a good year for the Arlee Volunteer Fire Department. After moving out of a 50-year-old building that was once the town jail to a brand new facility in January, the department has recently added several pieces of new equipment that Chief Ken Light said will improve service to the...

Baucus, tribal leaders discuss issues facing reservation

RONAN — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D) received a warm welcome Thursday afternoon at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Complex, where he held a listening session with the CSKT council and other tribal leaders. Baucus is spending the month touring Montana, and also plans to visit Rocky Boy, Black...

Tribes: No more harassing wolves after federal ruling

PABLO — A recent U.S. District Court ruling reinstating gray wolves to the Endangered Species List means stockowners on the Flathead Reservation will no longer be allowed to harass or kill wolves that are harassing livestock. “We go back to the interim control plan that we had before (wolves w...

Alcohol involvement under investigation in 1-vehicle wreck

RONAN — Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in a one vehicle wreck on Sloan Road at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Day said. Day said that alcohol and narcotics involvement is still under investigation.  Tammy Stack, the driver of a gray 2008 Hummer H3, crashed t...

Two boys drown in canal

ST. IGNATIUS — A family vacation turned tragic Saturday evening when two boys drowned in an irrigation canal off St. Mary’s Lake Road east of St. Ignatius.  Eight-year-old Dennis Beauchamp and his older brother Harry, 15, were on a family camping trip visiting friends on the Flathead Rese...

In this 'camp,' it's the teachers who learn science

BLUE BAY — Making hand drums from deer hide, playing stick game and coaxing a fire out of tinder without matches all sound like fun skills to learn at camp.  But there’s a twist. The campers were adults, K-8 teachers actually. Their camp was a three-day Culture Camp put on by Big Sky Scie...


Volunteers at the Aug. 7 Water Daze beach cleanup in Polson picked up 13.3 pounds of trash from Boettcher Park’s shoreline.  Information submitted to the Valley Journal incorrectly stated that 31.3 pounds of litter was collected.

Man injured in electrical accident

PABLO — An employee of Farrier Fencing was injured on Aug. 12 at about 10:54 a.m. when he dug into one of Mission Valley Power’s lines.  The man was part of a crew building a fence around Two Eagle River School. He was using a spud bar and thought he had hit some tree roots but instead it...

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