Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Latest Headlines

Current Events

Special Sections

What's New?

Send us your news items.

NOTE: All submissions are subject to our Submission Guidelines.

Announcement Forms

Use these forms to send us announcements.

Birth Announcement
Engagement Announcement
Wedding Announcement

Articles with the Tag: Fire

Cause of Polson modular home fire under investigation

POLSON — Polson Fire Department responded to a modular home fire at 305 Fourth Ave. E. the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 29.  Fire Chief Clint Cottle said the initial call from dispatch came in at 12:45 p.m.  Firefighters were able to put down the fire in about 25 minutes, he said, addin...

Polson Rural hires veteran firefighter as chief of vast district Polson Rural hires veteran firefighter as chief of vast district

POLSON – Gordon Gieser was about to retire, but his wife Kelly had other ideas, he said.  Gieser, 61, took over as fire chief at Polson Rural Fire District in September.  He came to Polson after 30 years as fleet supervisor with Missoula Rural Fire District because he wanted to be close...

S&S Sports rebuilds after fire: ‘It’s going to be all metal’ S&S Sports rebuilds after fire:  ‘It’s going to be all metal’

RONAN – S&S Sports is rebuilding after a fire destroyed the 10,000 square-foot shop, containing recreational vehicles, watercraft, tools, and other things. On March 14, 2016 a thick plume of smoke rose up over the S&S building and moved east across U.S. Highway 93, a few miles south of Ronan...

Firefighters battle two fires on windy day

POLSON — Oct. 17 was a very windy day and that led to a busy day for Polson Rural and other area fire departments as they battled two separate fires west and northwest of Polson.  Polson Rural Fire Chief Gordon Gieser said the Binger Fire was reported at 1 p.m. followed by the Irvine Flats Fire...

Target shooters, hunters should take precautions to avoid starting fires

News from CSKT Division of Fire The CS&KT Division of Fire reminds the public to be safe when hunting and target shooting by being aware of dry grasses and wildfire safety. Hunters or target shooters can accidentally spark a wildfire. Follow these simple guidelines: - Avoid shooting into rocks...

Attempted deliberate homicide, arson, aggravated burglary charges dismissed Attempted deliberate homicide, arson, aggravated burglary charges dismissed

POLSON — Three of four charges against an Arkansas man were dismissed as part of a plea agreement last week. The Lake County Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss charges of attempted deliberate homicide, arson and aggravated burglary against Shane Thomas Northweather, 23, in exchange for a guil...

Briefs for Oct. 11, 2017

Marine Corps invites veterans and public to celebrate birthday News from the Polson VFW POLSON – The Marine Corps 242nd Birthday Celebration with silent auction and dinner will be held on Friday, November 10, at the Polson VFW Post, upstairs.  Proceeds from the silent auction will go ...

Fire danger low on Flathead Reservation

News from CSKT Division of Fire RONAN – Recent significant and widespread rain has resulted in a drop in the fire danger on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The Division of Fire officials have dropped fire danger within CS&KT from moderate to low, the lowest level of fire danger.  Rece...

County official gives fire wrap up

POLSON – Steve Stanley gave an update on the fire season and also talked about some up-and-coming things in an address to the Lake County Pachyderm Club last week. Stanley, the county’s emergency management director, said 1,147 acres burned in the county this summer, the largest of which was t...

Cool weather helps dampen area fires Cool weather helps dampen area fires

POLSON – A week of cooler temperatures combined with rain and snow at high elevations impacted the Liberty Fire last week, and more of the same forecast this week should continue to put a damper on things. Devlin Lafrombois, a fire prevention specialist with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Trib...


Lo 8°

Sponsored by: