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Listen to the pitch, but do your research before signing

There’s a lot to be said for engaging the brain long before engaging the mouth. The same could be prudent before putting your John Hancock on a piece of paper. Just as you can’t take back what you said, you also cannot rewind your signature.  As this year’s ballot initiatives begin to pop up in front of your favorite grocery store, I hope that same bit of wisdom will be applied by voters in both the signature-gathering and voting processes. A citizen proposed ballot issue can only appear on the 2010 general election ballot once the proposed language has fulfilled three requirements. First, the language must meet the requirements of the Montana’s Legisla...


Maybe it’s time for the election process to go postal

I admit I’m a positive kind of person. I see the glass half full and the potential to fill it.  At election time, I try to remain positive about our country’s election process, but there are times when my disenchantment seeps out. After the results from last week’s municipal and ...


Burn within the permit system

Open burning ended last Friday, but that doesn’t mean burning won’t continue for a while.  As of Saturday, May 1, open burning is permitted but only by permit. Everyone who lives on the Flathead Indian Reservation and wants to burn woody material must obtain a burn permit through the trib...


May 4 is a weighty start to the election season

School boards, fire boards and irrigation districts may not draw a lot of mainstream media attention during election season, but that shouldn't diminish the importance of the positions. On Tuesday, May 4, voters in Lake County have a lot of important choices to make with plenty of good candidates to choos...


Election season kicks off

To those of us that are avid political system observers the upcoming election cycle is an exciting time to be involved in the process. The current climate is supercharged with change and possibility. The effect is similar to that of any organized sport in all of its passion and excitement.  It is so ...


Invest it now, or pay for it later

Good things don’t last forever, at least not without some serious investment. What works with careers and relationships also works with the things we own and prize. We can keep using that favorite hammer for as long as we want, as long as we keep it out of the weather and out of our neighbor’s...


Some of area's finest will be on hand for spring scrimmage

Spring brings a lot more than flowers to the valley. This year, it brings the sound of popping pads and some college football to town. The University of Montana Western is treating the Mission Valley with its annual spring football scrimmage on Ronan High School's new football field this Saturday. This...


Political advertising must past muster

With the election season comes a lot of questions about candidates, where they stand and what they claim. That's politics and newspapers are particularly effective in passing on important messages to the public about the candidates who run for office. We realize the Valley Journal is an important and popu...


Ronan's firefighters enjoyed sharing breakfast with you

There's nothing like breakfast together for a family and last weekend's were pretty special. Members of the Ronan community came together, along with some friends from Polson and Charlo, to share a pancake or biscuits and gravy with the members of the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department.  The Ronan Firem...


Webb leaves Polson with many heartfelt memories

There is so much to visit with you about. As most all of Polson knows our Honorary Downtown Police Beat Officer Barry Webb has left us. We know he is looking down and no doubt frowning at times about the way we are handling things. In my eight years, Barry worked his way into my heart and my wonderful mem...


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