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Tap into our web site calendar to plan your spring and summer

Signs of spring surround us and that means we're just going to get busier and busier. All this warm weather has got us heading outdoors more and more, whether it's to take care of chores we've put off until the snow melted or to get some shirt-sleeve fishing in while the sun is out. Events also begin to pick up as we look toward day and evening events that start to fill up our spring and summer calendars. Good weather or bad, there will be plenty of things to do until next fall. In an effort to help families with that planning we've published our Youth Guide in this week's Valley Journal. The Youth Guide includes a very useful calendar of events that cover fun stuff all the way throug...


Reinforce a valuable lesson for our students

Saturday's the first day of spring, and it appears it's going to be a nice one, one of those days where you set aside as many chores as possible so you can enjoy some other more fun activity outdoors. Not all the fun is outdoors, of course. With spring comes prom season, an opportunity for young people to...


Doing the math on BMI is worth the effort

Are you or your children part of the obesity epidemic? Is there really an obesity epidemic or is this just a new scare tactic used by health officials to coerce you into a more healthy lifestyle? Maybe the answer is a little bit of all of the above. There's no question that the weight of Americans h...


A lot of students and fans missed a good show

Apparently, there are a lot of people who don't care to watch athletes perform unless they think they're going to win. A mostly empty gym on Saturday morning proved that point to me.  Oh, there were some dedicated parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles in the stands of Glacier High School that mo...


Mining, energy bans not yet binding, permanent

The recent headlines just about said it all: "B.C. Bans Mining and Energy Extraction in the Flathead." This announcement and that of senators Baucus and Tester's to introduce similar legislation, and the subsequent Memorandum of Understanding between B.C. and Montana on the Flathead represent a huge shift in...


Seat belt use is a simple, basic rule

Every year across the United States, there are more than 40,000 deaths on our highways. While the causes may vary, one fact remains; many could have been saved had they done one simple thing: buckle the seat belt. While buckling up has always been considered a personal choice, drivers need to consider the...


Let us know about your summer activities

It's been warm and sunny enough that you can almost see the end of winter. Even though it's still three weeks away, we're already preparing for the spring and summer season here at the Valley Journal.  Now is the time that we put together those crucial spring and summer planners that valley residents...


Participate and be counted in the census

That knock on the door might not be a man with a big, 6-foot check from the lottery division. But by answering it, you could be helping our state or our valley win a piece of the lottery. The 2010 Census is about to begin and if you're a Flathead Reservation resident, that means you'll be having someone c...


Publisher's retirement marks end of long, successful career

Most people outside of the newspaper industry don't understand what a publisher is or what he does. Heck, I'll bet there's a big part of those who do work in newspapers that can't fully appreciate the crucial role a publisher plays. A publisher is the CEO of a newspaper, the buck-stops-here person who ste...


Don't let a dog drag you into trouble

I marvel at how my Labrador retriever loves the water, even when it's close to freezing over.  When Rita and I run by an irrigation canal or creek, she often stops and sniffs the frozen surface, then looks at me with a forlorn look that hints of her disappointment. She just doesn't seem to understand...


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