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Exploring the sciences

A diverse spectrum of sciences were represented at the second annual K. William Harvey Elementary School Science night last Tuesday. From astronomy to ornithology — elementary students chose from an array of science stations and participated in experiments with their parents and families.  “We were thrilled,” K. William Harvey teacher Carey Swanberg said. “We thought it went beautifully. There was a large turnout and a lot of diversity in science.” One of the most popular experiments created ice cream from liquid nitrogen. Children swarmed the experiment table as liquid dairy and liquid nitrogen collided, emitting a smoky substance and cooking up ...

Commissioners approve city engineer contract

POLSON — At the Polson City Commission meeting on April 19, Polson City Manager Todd Crossett’s comments were moved to the beginning of the agenda. Crossett had quite a few people and projects to bring the commission up to speed on, too.  Starting the list, Crossett said he wanted to pers...

Rural Fire Trustees plan for new wildland truck

POLSON — The Polson Rural Fire District Trustees held their monthly meeting on April 14 at 7 p.m. The trustees discussed 323, a truck housed at Irvine Flats. It will cost an estimated $2,000 to fix the truck. Trustee Jack Clapp said there seem to be three choices with the truck: scrap it, repair ...

New law for an old drug

They're not just names in a registry. They're your neighbors, friends, coworkers and family members. They're medical marijuana patients, and for part four of our series exploring the issues surrounding Montana's medical marijuana program, we've asked three Lake County residents to share how marijuana helps t...


In last week’s Valley Journal, the Charlo-Moiese Fire Hall story incorrectly stated that the Charlo-Moiese Volunteer Fire Department’s district is 25 square miles. The district actually covers a total of 125 square miles.  Tammy Ely’s name was missing from the lineup of the picture ...

Vandals destroy political signs

CHARLO — Three political signs were torched and axed by an unknown party last Sunday evening, leaving political candidates and their neighbors outraged. The signs were on properties in the Charlo and Ninepipe areas. Paul Tryon, a Republican candidate, purchased two of the signs as part of his campai...

Arlee water/sewer district honored with public health award

ARLEE — Clean drinking water is something most Americans take for granted. But when you’ve spent 25 years working on providing your community with good water, as Arlee residents Gary and Connie Wining have, certainly some recognition is due. That’s why the Lake County Board of Health recent...

Firefighters hold candidate forum

POLSON — The Polson Volunteer Fire Department, which serves both city and rural districts, held a forum for candidates seeking two spots on the Polson Rural Fire District board of trustees. Beth Hoel and Alison Meslin are running for a three-year term while Paul Laisy and Stephen Stanley vie for a one-...

Sign language

No garden hats or floral dresses or watercress sandwiches were visible at the Tea Party on the evening of Tax Day, April 15, at Ducharme Park. Irv Milheim counted 61 people who showed up with their handmade signs and lawn chairs to protest taxes on a beautiful spring day. A few more Tea Party supporters m...

Naethe leads Mack Days through 5 weekends of fishing

The record-breaking number of anglers entered in the 2010 Spring Mack Days had to endure rain, snow, sleet and wind last weekend. The 1,037 anglers have turned in 13,577 trout through five weekend. The second-highest total through five weekends.  Pablo teenager Stephen Naethe leads all anglers wit...

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