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Not since 1996, local folks say, has Polson received as much snow as it did on Dec. 29. Snow started falling during the night and continued to pile up all day, leaving the landscape, cars and houses covered with about two feet of the fluffy white stuff. Polson received much more snow than did Kalispell, with about 5 inches, and Missoula, with approximately 2 inches.  Longtime Polson resident Dave Sherick said there was “a time about 1996 when there was serious snow.” He was “kind of prepared” for snowblowing and such then. Sherick recalled a two or three foot pile of snow on carports around town in 1992, causing concern that the carports might collapse.  ...

New county officials take office

POLSON — Several newly elected Lake County officials took their oaths of office Thursday in an afternoon ceremony at the Lake County Courthouse, and they say they’re eager to jump in to their new duties. As the winner of the county’s highest-profile race this election cycle, Jay Doyle wa...

Polson man recounts sailing voyage

Although he’s become more accustomed to sunshine and the Pacific Ocean than snowy days and Flathead Lake, Kevin O’Brien came home for the holidays and took the opportunity while he was here to share with locals some of his sailing adventures. A 2001 Polson High School alumnus, O’Brien wa...

Alleged stabber enters ‘not guilty’ pleas

POLSON — A Ronan man who allegedly stabbed an acquaintance in early October pled not guilty last week to two unrelated felony charges. Jon Lozeau, 23, was charged with assault on a police officer and threats and improper influence, both felonies, and assault with bodily fluid, disorderly conduct and...

Book examines Salish political, economic strategies

PABLO — A new book by local historian and author Bob Bigart argues that the Salish Indians deserve far more credit for diplomacy and survival strategies that they normally get. In “Getting Good Crops: Economic And Diplomatic Survival Strategies Of The Montana Bitterroot Salish Indians, 1870&nd...

City Hall gets energy efficient

POLSON —Polson City Hall is welcoming 2011 with a list of improvements. Thanks to an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant, the building began refurbishment in November to improve its energy efficiency.  The whole middle of the building has been opened up and reconfigured. Doors, windows a...

Valley Journal gets new look for New Year

As you’ve surely noticed with this week’s newspaper, the Valley Journal has updated its look for the New Year. Changes include brighter white paper, taller pages and a slight increase in our type size for ease of reading. We’ll also be getting you your news a full day earlier – on Wed...

New mental health facility await funds

POLSON — Western Montana Mental Health has drawn up plans for a new campus in Polson, including a crisis stabilization home, a peer support recovery facility as well as office space. The campus tentatively would be located on the west end of land owned by Providence St. Joseph Medical Center across ...

Local health clinic says ‘goodbye’

ST. IGNATIUS — The last business day of 2010 didn’t start differently from any other day for the staff of Mission Valley Health Clinic. But it was bittersweet for physician assistant Randy Trudeau and his office staff as they prepared to close the clinic’s doors for the last time on Thursda...

Polar Plunge draws smaller crowd

POLSON — The sun was shining, the sky was blue and chunks of ice floated in Flathead Lake on New Year’s Day. It was time for the 12th annual Polar Plunge at Riverside Park. Only five people gathered to dunk themselves, and the temperature was 5 degrees on the First Citizen’s Bank reader boa...

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