Valley Journal
Valley Journal

This Week’s e-Edition

Current Events

Latest Headlines

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

Articles with the Tag: Lake County Commissioners

Deadline arrives but confusion persists over tribal law enforcement in Lake County

The state of Montana’s May 20 deadline to release Lake County of its obligation to conduct felony law enforcement of tribal members on the Flathead Indian Reservation came and went, but as of this week, the local sheriff’s office is proceeding as normal — with one key difference. It’s...

public meetings

The Polson City Commission meets every first and third Mondays (Wednesday, if the Monday falls on a holiday) of the month at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 106 1st Street East. Meetings are open to the public.    St. Ignatius City Council meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 12...

Governor still mum on tribal law enforcement in Lake County Governor still mum on tribal law enforcement in Lake County

Officials in Lake County say the clock is ticking for the state to assume felony law enforcement duties on the Flathead Indian Reservation, but so far they’ve heard nothing from Gov. Greg Gianforte.  In November, the Lake County Commission sent a letter to Gianforte informing him that the local...

Zinke introduces Fill the Lake Act

News from the office of Congressman Ryan Zinke WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Nov. 16, Western Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke introduced the Fill the Lake Act. The legislation would require the Department of Interior to maintain a minimum pool level on Flathead Lake of 2892’ MSL (mean sea level) and ...

Unofficial results for 2023 Municipal General Election

News from Toni Kramer, Lake County Election Administrator LAKE COUNTY — Lisa Rehard won the position of City Commissioner for the City of Polson, Ward 2, with 230 votes to David L. Coffman’s 121 votes. This position is for a four-year term. Janis Heffern won the position of City Council M...

Lake County citizens celebrate centennial Lake County citizens celebrate centennial

POLSON — In 1911 a group of Polson residents petitioned the Montana Legislature to create a new county out of portions of Flathead County to the north and Missoula County to the south. Their request was granted in April of 1923 when voters within the new county’s proposed boundaries approved its ...

Ronan council approves hens in city limits Ronan council approves hens in city limits

RONAN — The Ronan City Council met on July 26, discussing whether to allow chickens within Ronan City limits.  The animal ordinance of Ronan has disallowed chickens within the city for decades but has become a topic of conversation within the council at recent meetings. Ultimately, the councilm...

County waits for PL280 verdict

HELENA — On Tuesday May 2, the 68th Montana Legislature came to end with words “sine die” uttered in both senate and finally, late Tuesday, in the house. In Lake County many eyes were watching the house, in particular HB 479, the only bill left dealing with the funding of Public Law 280 or ...

County rescinds Resolution 21-20

LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County Commissioners voted on March 27 to rescind Resolution of Intent 21-20 regarding the handling of fees related to the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project.  R21-20, passed by the commission in 2021, determined that Lake County would cease billing, collecting, and distr...

Legislators provide update during transmittal break Legislators provide update during transmittal break

RONAN — Funding of Public Law 280, protecting the interests of a community at odds with a corporation, and the purpose of a law that erodes parental rights were concerns Lake County citizens brought to their legislators during a March 6 meeting. The legislative update, hosted by Northwest Counties F...


Sponsored by: