Week of June 30, 2024

Dalton Mountain Road Bridge closing for reconstruction July 8

News Release, MDTY | Jul 5, 2024

Starting on July 8, the Montana Department of Transportation and Sletten Construction, in cooperation with Lewis and Clark County, will close the Dalton Mountain Road Bridge for demolition and reconstruction. During the closure, traffic will be detoured around the project site on Herrin Lake Road and Stemple Pass Road. The detour length is approximately 11 miles, bridge end to bridge end. Detour directions from the north side of the Dalton Mountain Road Bridge: Head north on...

How gas prices have changed in Montana in the last week

Stacker | Jul 1, 2024

Gas prices, up several cents per gallon on average over the last week, could rise even more next week as AAA anticipates a record number of travelers will hit the road. Over 60 million drivers may be on the roads during the travel period around Independence Day this year (June 29 to July 7), a 4.8% jump from last year, according to the association's latest travel forecast. AAA noted that this is the first time it has included two weekends in the holiday's travel period. That...

DOJ's OCP warns of jury duty scam

News Release, Montana Department of Justice | Jun 25, 2024

HELENA – The Montana Department of Justice's Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) is receiving reports of fraudsters, posing as law enforcement, attempting to scam unsuspecting Montanans out of thousands of dollars by calling individuals claiming there is a warrant for their arrest because they missed jury duty. The scammers are directing individuals to go the bank, withdraw cash, and then deposit the funds into bitcoin machines or ATMs, such as Coinstar kiosks, and not to...

Teacher retention, wages hot topics at meeting of state education officials

Alex Sakariassen, Montana Free Press | Jun 25, 2024

Discussing likely areas for future policy improvement in Montana's K-12 school system at a meeting in the state Capitol Monday, officials with the Office of Public Instruction highlighted teacher retention as a continued challenge across the state, noting that Montana public schools lost 2,039 educators to attrition during the 2021-22 academic year. According to the presentation, given by OPI Chief Operating Officer Julie Murgel during a meeting of key lawmakers and education...

Fire season forecast: Wetter than expected

Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press | Jun 14, 2024

Montanans can anticipate a generally normal fire season this summer, a regional fire weather forecaster reported at a Tuesday morning briefing in Bozeman. Dan Borsum, a Missoula-based forecaster with the Northern Rockies Coordinating Center, said springtime moisture has mitigated the impacts of a generally dismal winter snowpack in Montana. (Water supply forecasters noted in early January that half of their monitoring stations were reporting record-low accumulations due to an...

Growth Policy Update - Lewis and Clark County Community Engagement is in Full Swing

News Release, Lewis and Clark county | Jun 5, 2024

Helena, MT – Lewis and Clark County is actively updating its County Growth Policy and is thrilled with the ongoing community engagement! Over the past few weeks, we've hosted six successful open house events and had numerous insightful conversations. Now, to gather more perspectives from across the County, we're launching an exciting new online interactive map and survey. Why is this Important? The Growth Policy is a crucial document that articulates the County's goals and...

AG Knudsen and MHP provide safe driving tips ahead of 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

Press Release, MTDOJ | Jun 5, 2024

HELENA – Attorney General Austin Knudsen and the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) are reminding drivers to stay safe on the road ahead of the holiday weekend and unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the "100 Deadliest Days of Summer." State troopers will increase their presence on Montana roads and highways throughout the summer, cracking down on drunk and drugged drivers. MHP has already seen an increase in deaths and crashes compared to this...

  • Agenda: Lincoln Lewis & Clark Sewer District Board Meeting

    Jul 1, 2024

    Lincoln Lewis & Clark Sewer District Board Meeting Tuesday, July 2, 2024, 6:00 pm AGENDA 1. Call to Order 2. Roll Call 3.Public 4. Review of Minutes a. Meeting 06/4/2024 b. Meeting 06/18/2024 5. Review Financial Reports a. All checks, ledgers, credit cards, statements, quick books must be delivered b. Restricted account balance of last working day. c. New operation Account 6. Managers Report a. Yearly report and financial report to be submitted to the State 7. Old Business a. Finance status and new operations. b. Posting of...

  • Greetings from the Upper Blackfoot Valley Historical Society!

    Jun 26, 2024

    The UBVHS has some exciting projects on the horizon for 2024, starting with the continued reconstruc- tion of the historic Matt King House on the UBVHS property adjacent to the school in downtown Lincoln. The King house is a true representation of the pioneer era in the valley. It may be taking more time than we'd like, but the UBVHS is still working to realize our vision for the historic museum in downtown Lincoln. It will not only add appeal and charm to downtown Lincoln,...

  • Agenda: Lincoln Lewis & Clark Sewer District Board Meeting - Finance Meeting

    Jun 14, 2024

    Lincoln Lewis & Clark Sewer District Board Meeting Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 5:30 pm AGENDA - Finance Meeting 1. Call to Order 2. Roll Call 3. Public 4. Review Financial Reports a. All checks, ledgers, credit cards, statements, quick books must be delivered 5. Managers Report a. Yearly report and financial report to be submitted to the State 6. Open Forum The next Meeting July 2 2024 at 6 pm Adjournment Board of Directors President Eric M Gool, Vice President Sandi Conroy, Secretary Susie Gehring, Treasure Wendy...

  • Sewer District Board Meeting Agenda, June 4, 2024

    Jul 5, 2024

    Lincoln Lewis & Clark Sewer District Board Meeting Tuesday, June 4th, 2024 6 pm, Lincoln Library Bldg. AGENDA 1. Call to Order ( Swearing In New Board) 2. Roll Call 3. Public: Any Notices 4. Review of Minutes { no prior meeting) 5. Review Financial reports (physical year) 6. Communications May Terminations Updates 7. Managers Report 8. Old Business New board Members Rate report 9. New Business Financial Operating Budget New hire Re-Postings Interviews 10. Open Forum Next...

  • Simulation in Motion Montana to Provide Trauma Training for Lincoln EMS

    News Release, Simulation in Motion Montana | May 30, 2024

    Lincoln, Montana – June 3, 2024 – Simulation in Motion Montana (SIM-MT), in partnership with the Area Health Education Center (AHEC), is excited to announce an upcoming trauma training session for Lincoln EMS. This essential training event, set for June 3, 2024, will focus on preparing emergency responders to manage motorcycle and motor vehicle accident trauma. The training will take place at the local fire department and hospital. Lee Roberts, a representative from...

  • Lincoln Putt Putt appreciates the Lincoln Community

    Bonnie Christian, Lincoln Putt Putt | Jun 5, 2024

    The 16th Annual Lincoln Putt Putt wants to extend its extreme appreciation to the Lincoln Community, businesses, volunteers and all those who help make this annual fundraiser such a huge success each year. Once again many Lincoln Businesses joined together with me , Bonnie Christian, our main volunteer crew, including Lisa Reynolds, Christa Horner, April Erickson, Mary Lloyd, Ellie Schouten, Sue Anderson, Diane Ironie, and so many others who step up to pull off this AMAZING...

  • Lincoln School Board Meeting Agenda

    Jun 14, 2024

    When: Monday, June 17, 2024 at 7:00 PM Where: Lincoln Public School Library Agenda I. Call to Order II. Pledge of Allegiance III. Approval of Minutes and Bills IV. PTSO Report V. Public Comments for the Board VI. Communications A. Action Items B. Informational C. Calendar of Events a. www.lincoln.lynx IX. Athletic Director A. AD Update B. Coach Resignations (Jen Packer, Dani Fry, Ryan Hollinger, Rick Freeland, Abbie Erickson, Cailey DenBoer.) C. Coach Recommendation D....

  • Lincoln School toehold meeting on nepotism concern

    Jun 5, 2024

    The Lincoln School Board is slated to vote on the School clerk position at a meeting June 17, 2024 at 7 p.m. the Clerk, Whitney Cyr, is related to Board Member Billy Cyr, who will abstain from the...

  • Fort Missoula Camp Help Italians and Japanese DuringG World War II

    Carol Van Valkenburg, Emeritus Professor UM School of Journalism | Jun 25, 2024

    When full-scale war erupted in Europe in September 1939 as Hitler's troops marched into Poland, merchant seamen docked in U.S. ports found themselves stranded. Great Britain refused to grant safe passage home to the crews of German and Italian ships because it did not want the ships or their crews to be used in the war against them. When the crews began to sabotage their own ships to keep them out of British hands, the men were taken off and sent first to Ellis Island and...

  • Celebrate the Fouth of July on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

    News Release, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest | Jul 1, 2024

    HELENA, Mont., July 2, 2024 - With nearly 2.9 million acres to explore and over 30 developed campgrounds to choose from, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is a great place to celebrate Fourth of July. Many people and animal companions are sensitive to the sounds of fireworks, so national forests can be an excellent escape to find peace and connection. The Forests are also part of the heritage of this country that we celebrate this Fourth. Before you head out, here...

  • To help baby animals survive, leave them alone

    News Release, Montana FWP | Jun 14, 2024

    HELENA – They look so cute and helpless. But your efforts to help could end up harming the animal and reducing its chances to survive. It's important to understand that wildlife care for their young much differently than humans. One strategy that some species, particularly those species typically preyed upon by other animals (deer, rabbits, birds), use is to distance themselves from their young for many hours at a time. This helps to keep predators away from their young....

  • Look Out for Harmful Algal Blooms When Recreating this Summer

    Press Release, Montan DEQ | Jun 5, 2024

    HELENA-When recreating on Montana's waterbodies, be on the lookout for harmful algal blooms (HABs) that can occur on Montana's lakes and reservoirs. HABs can release toxins that can impact human and animal health. Report suspected HABs at HAB.mt.gov to help alert others and prevent illness. How to identify a HAB: *A coloration or scum in the water that can look like spilled paint, pea soup, or grass clippings. *Often blue, green or red in color. HABs can occur when certain...

  • Op-Ed: Why has Montana's energy fallen behind?

    Karin Kirk, Bozeman, Mont. | Jul 1, 2024

    ready for electric vehicles. Sen. Usher is correct that Montana's electricity system has fallen behind, leaving us unprepared for modern technologies. Sen. Usher noted that Montana's power grid is strained. I suppose one solution would be to never add any new electricity uses so we can preserve our precarious status quo. But other states are taking a different approach: they're improving their grids to get ready for the new ways we Americans are using energy. Compared to...

  • A Big (and Growing) Issue No One's Addressing This Election Year

    Lee Hamilton, Center on Representative Government | Jun 25, 2024

    Though the pace won't really pick up until the fall, federal election campaigns are well under way. And we're hearing a lot about a welter of key issues like abortion, immigration, the ethics of the Supreme Court, wars in Europe and the Middle East, and the like. But at a time when candidates should be engaging the electorate on the country's biggest challenges, here's something they're not talking about: the national debt. We've been in uncharted territory on this front for...

  • Opinion: Democracy is Bipartisan

    Linda McCulloch and Bob Brown | Jun 14, 2024

    Having proudly served as former Secretaries of State in Montana, we understand how important democracy is to the people of our state. It's not a matter of what side of the aisle you stand on – it's a matter of what you value. Recently our state's Supreme Court reaffirmed that Montanan's right to cast a ballot is not a mere privilege – it is a right guaranteed by our Constitution. A coalition of lawmakers in Congress, including Montana's Senator Tester, are working to...

  • Op:Ed: Montana Energy Isn't Ready for Forced Electric Vehicles

    Sen. Barry Usher - R, Montana Senate District 20 | Jun 14, 2024

    Last month, the Biden Administration published their finalized tailpipe emissions rule, an electric vehicle mandate which will upend the daily lives of Montanans. The EPA's new emissions rule calls for EVs to account for 56 percent of all cars by 2032, with two-thirds of all cars being electric or hybrid. However, with the state of Montana's electric vehicle usage and electric grid, this mandate spells disaster for our state's energy economy, electric grid, public safety, and...

  • A Who's Who of Partisanship and Non-Partisanship in Congress

    Lee Hamilton, Center on Representative Government | Jun 5, 2024

    Back in mid-May, the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University released the latest of their studies looking at bipartisanship in the US House and Senate. They summed up the bottom line in their first sentence: "The results show a slight improvement in bipartisanship in 2023 but remained near record lows." In the scheme of news stories coming out of Washington, the "Bipartisanship Index" rarely gets much ink, except for a one-day piece in...

  • Obituary : Shirley Getten

    Jul 5, 2024

    Shirley "Shirl" Ann Getten earned her wings on June 16, 2024, after a brief illness at Billings Clinic, surrounded by her children. A current resident of Great Falls, Mont., Shirley was born Oct. 9, 1946, at home in Blaine County, Montana, to Fred Emil Hockhalter & Clara Agnes Turney Hockhalter. She was the fourth of ten children. Raised on their family farm, Shirley had many great memories and adventures with her siblings. She graduated from Harlem High School in 1964....

  • Obituary: Jody Lynn Buster

    Jun 25, 2024

    Jody Lynn Buster, age 59, of Lincoln, Montana, peacefully joined the Lord on Feb. 11, 2024, following a long brave battle with COPD. Jody was preceded in death by her older brother Curtiss Lee Buster in 2021 and youngest brother Chris Buster in 2020. She is survived by her beloved children Tyson, Devan, Kylie, Donovan; parents Curtiss and Bobbie Buster; sisters Cindy Burow and Bobbijean Buster; nephews and nieces Charlie, Chelsey, Dianne, Bruce, Jordan; great nieces Annabelle...

  • Obituary: Edward "Jack" E. Hooker

    Jun 14, 2024

    Edward E. "Jack" Hooker, at age 93 of Ovando Mont., passed away at home on Montana Mountain View Ranch. A celebration of life will be held on Aug. 24, 2024 at 1 p.m. at Bill & Dena Hooker's residence in Ovando Mont. Jack was born in Hermiston, Ore. on Nov.r 19, 1930. At age 6 he worked with his uncle, LaVern learning to ride and break horses for surrounding ranchers. This started his passion for working with horses, which lasted his entire life. He would take a "troubled"...

  • LINCOLN MEETINGS CALENDAR

    Jul 1, 2024

    AA Tradition One if you need to talk, call Jay at 406-750-1238 or Dawn at 406-362-4697 Alcoholics Anonymous, Lincoln Chapter 6-7 p.m., Lambkins restaurant back room. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. American Legion, Post 9 7 p.m., Third Wednesday of the month, Lincoln Community Hall Blackfoot Community Conservation Area Council Meeting 7 p.m., First Thursday of the month, Ovando Fire Hall Cal 406-739-3900 to confirm Blackfoot Challenge Board...

  • Jul 1, 2024

    Lincoln Community United Methodist Church Worship, 10:30 a.m. First and Third Sunday of the month, Pastor Terry Turner. For Food Bank information, please contact Diane Ironi at the Senior Ctr. Blackfoot Valley Bible Church Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Adult Sunday Bible Study, 9:45 a.m.; Ladies Bible Class, 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the church; Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study, Friday 7 a.m.; Sunday evening Prayer Meeting, 6 p.m. Pastor Art McCafferty, 362-4714. Community Bible Church of Lincoln Sunday Worship Service, 11:00 a.m. at...

  • Community Events Calendar

    Jul 1, 2024

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