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Shop downtown during construction

Change is a good thing. And the changes being made to Polson’s Main Street are a very good thing — not only for downtown, but for the entire community. As Main Street undergoes a major improvement project, please remember to support downtown businesses by continuing to shop in their stores.  While Main Street is closed for construction, many businesses have rolled out the red carpet to their back alley entrances and have saved the parking spaces closest to their back door for the convenience of customers. Many are also having big sales to entice their customers to continue shopping during Main Street’s revitalization. Shopping downtown keeps money circulating...


Be accountable for what you write

We made a mistake. There, I said it. In last week’s Valley Journal we ran an incendiary letter to the editor attacking Lake County Sheriff candidate Jay Doyle with a fake name signed at the bottom. Maybe it was naiveté and trustworthiness on our part, where we didn’t think we had to che...


Frugal fashionista finds secondhand deals

When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan, I had recurrent dreams about two things: shoe shopping and nachos.  I would be in a warehouse of clothes and I would suddenly find myself drawn to a pair of indigo blue, beautifully ornate heels with ribbons and bows galore.  And for some re...


Nothing but the truth, please

Please allow me to set the record straight. Following a letter to the editor in last week’s newspaper penned by one, “Bob Rew,” our office received a number of phone calls regarding the legitimacy of the name.  First of all, let me say that we do indeed live in a small community. I ...


Thank you, six years worth

As the Valley Journal prepares to celebrate its sixth birthday, I am filled with immense gratitude. We have thrived because you, our readers, advertisers, news contacts, have welcomed us into your daily lives. Although we publish weekly, it takes all six days in between to gather your news and share your sto...


Fall brings changes to community

The beat goes on; however, it’s at a somewhat lesser pace as Polson Schools are now in session.  Nick and Rae Dentler, our heartfelt love and prayers are with you and your family. The Dentlers lost their precious Cylus 23 days into his life. We cannot even fathom the mental and emotional pain t...


I just want to ride my bike

The feel of handlebars beneath your eager fingers, the wind rushing through your hair and the sense of sweet freedom with nothing but the open road in front of you... few moments in life rival the exhilaration of your first bicycle ride.  After receiving a bike as a gift for a recent birthday, I have...


Wearing a new hat

Sometimes things just don’t work out. So, you adjust. That’s the simple answer as to why I’m filling in as interim editor for the Valley Journal.  Truth be told, I’m happy to serve our communities as editor, advertising sales representative, reporter, copy editor, graphic arti...


The suffering brought by Hurricane Katrina

Brace yourselves, Montanans. Between today and Sunday, you are going to be inundated with images of an American calamity. Maybe you already have been. You will be bombarded with pictures and words describing the destruction caused by the forces of nature and the follies of mankind. You will be reminded repea...


‘Timberjack’ highlights area’s logging history

POLSON - There’s a fairly good chance that when everyone — and this pretty much describes everyone who was there that night — in the Showboat Theater was seen leaving the intimate establishment smiling, they had a thoroughly grand time watching the featured film. The film, Timberjack, ma...


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