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Wastewater treatment plant months behind schedule

POLSON – At last week’s city commission meeting Kevin Johnson of DOWL engineering reported that the wastewater treatment plant would not be completed for “at least two more months.” The project was initially scheduled to be finished in December of 2019. The wastewater treatment equipment is running, but other aspects of the facility have yet to be finished. Roads need to be prepared and paved, sidewalks need to be repaired, the sludge drying beds need to be installed and some piping needs to be finished. Also on the to-do list is re-vegetating the construction area with native plants. Johnson attributed the slow pace of work to the contractor, Swank Enterprises...

St. Ignatius man questions Governor on climate change

Avery Old Coyote delivered a hard-hitting question during a live Facebook town hall that Governor Steve Bullock held concerning the state of Montana’s approach to climate change. During the meeting, Bullock also announced the creation of an executive order focused on climate change.   “My...

Arlee volunteers serve hundreds of pancakes to raise funds Arlee volunteers serve hundreds of pancakes to raise funds

By Karen Peterson   Valley Journal ARLEE – Although the breakfast served by volunteers with the Arlee Fire Department was filled with celebration on the Fourth of July morning, the need behind the event wasn’t quite as festive.  “We are working on getting the money to buy...

Glow in the dark event raises awareness for suicide prevention Glow in the dark event raises awareness for suicide prevention

POLSON – Suicide has been a persistent problem in Montana, but one high school student is trying to change that trend, starting with her community. “I have lost so many people to suicide,” said Lexie Gauthier, a sophomore at Ronan High School and 2019 Miss Flathead Lake Teen USA.  ...

Tribes make bison film available

News from CSKT  PABLO – For the first time, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are making publicly available the award-winning film, “In the Spirit of Atatíce: The Untold Story of the National Bison Range.”  The general public will now be able to access the...

Texas 4000 team rolls into St. Ignatius for ride benefiting cancer research

News from The University of Texas AUSTIN, TEXAS — This summer, more than 80 students from The University of Texas at Austin will ride from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, as part of Texas 4000 for Cancer on the longest annual charity bike ride in the world.  The team will ride more th...

Area museums offer history, tours, art

News from the Mission Valley Museum Consortium   Arlee Arlee Jocko Valley Museum  Our historic site opened on July 4. We will be open from 2-4 p.m. on July 20, Aug. 3, 17, 31 and Sept. 2, Labor Day.  The museum has many historical displays including many photographs...

Arlee Rodeo brings fast-paced action to Mission Valley Arlee Rodeo brings fast-paced action to Mission Valley

ARLEE – The excitement began as the chutes flew open at the 39th Annual Fourth of July Rodeo at the Arlee Rodeo Grounds on Thursday. Rodeo fans were kept on the edge of their seats as they watched local cowboys and cowgirls compete to see who could hang on the longest during the high-flying action o...

Bullock encourages people to clean, drain, dry

News from the Governor's office  MISSOULA — On Wednesday, July 3, Governor Steve Bullock visited the Ravalli watercraft inspection station. He heard updates from the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes and state agencies on Montana’s aquatic invasive monitoring, early detection efforts ...

Ronan Bread Basket honors volunteers Ronan Bread Basket honors volunteers

News from the Ronan Bread Basket RONAN – The Bread Basket Board honored all the Volunteers with a picnic in the park last Sunday. More than 60 wonderful people donate their time to help keep the food pantry open twice a week, serving approximately 160 families each month. The Bread Basket has b...

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