Week of May 26, 2024

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...

The GOP scrum for Montana's second House district

Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Montana Free Press | May 17, 2024

The eastern congressional district candidate forum that the Yellowstone County Republicans hosted at their Lincoln Reagan Dinner in April was, by the standards of campaign-season political events, remarkable. But not because of emotional fireworks or raised voices or intra-party bickering. Those are all commonplace. What was remarkable, instead, was that in a sprawling Montana Republican Party with no shortage of internal divides, almost all of the eight Republicans vying for...

Growing number of Montanans report their quality of life is declining

Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press | May 8, 2024

Montanans are increasingly reporting that their quality of life is declining, according to a recent University of Montana poll. Sixty-two percent of Montanans contacted by pollsters say their quality of life has gotten worse over the past five years. That's a seven-point increase compared to 2022 when the Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative last put that question to likely Montana voters. "It's quite clear that residents all over the state - even out on...

Explosive growth, tourism weigh heavy on western Montana's aging roads 

Katie Fairbanks, Montana Free Press | May 8, 2024

Growing populations and tourism in western Montana are straining aging roads, leaving state and local governments to fix problems or make improvements with limited funding, according to transportation officials. While development-driven infrastructure upgrades are nothing new, the Montana Department of Transportation is trying to keep afloat amid "explosive" growth around Missoula and Kalispell, said Joel Boucher, a state engineer for a nine-county district that includes...

Heritage Tourism Council recognizes National Historic Preservation Month

Kathy Macefield, Historic Preservation Office Assistant | May 8, 2024

The City of Helena/Lewis and Clark County Heritage Tourism Council (HTC) is recognizing National Historic Preservation Month with proclamations and a historic photo display. The Board of County Commissioners are scheduled to issue a Proclamation at their regular 9 a.m. Tuesday meeting on May 14. The Proclamation for the Helena City Commission is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, May 20. Both public meetings are in the Commission Chamber, room 330, on the third floor of the...

Slim turnout for County Growth Policy open house

Roger Dey, BVD | Apr 30, 2024

An open house at the Lincoln Library April 24, designed to gather the first round of information for updates to the Lewis and Clark County Comprehensive Growth Policy, saw only light turnout. About eight people showed up to the event facilitated by the planning and design firm SE Group, which is partnering with the county on the growth policy update. They provided input on ta variety of topics that will be taken into account as the county develops the policy updates The open...

Mill closures 'shock' industry, but officials say demand for wood remains

Justin Franz, Montana Free Press | Apr 23, 2024

Five days a week, a short train rolls out of the rail yard in Whitefish with empty freight cars destined for the Flathead Valley's three surviving wood products mills in Columbia Falls and Evergreen. At one time, short trains like this could be found all over western Montana, serving mills in places like Libby, St. Regis, Darby and Pablo. But today, this is one of the few "local" freights left in the region. Since 1990, about three dozen mills have closed in western Montana,...

Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health Professionals Expand Mobile Crisis Response

News Release, Lewis and Clark County Public Health | Apr 23, 2024

Helena, MT - Lewis and Clark County Public Health (LCPH) is teaming up with St. Peter's Health and the Helena Police Department to enhance and expand behavioral health and crisis intervention services through the Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) Community Coalition. "When someone in our community experiences a behavioral health crisis, be it mental illness or substance misuse, we have a team of first responders that can partner with law enforcement and help take the lead on...

Attorney General Knudsen files lawsuit against Biden's EV mandate

News Release, Montana Dept. of Justice | Apr 23, 2024

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, along with 24 other attorneys general, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Biden Administration’s unlawful electric vehicle (EV) mandate that threatens the economy, puts jobs at risk, and undermines the reliability of the electric grid. This is the 42nd lawsuit Attorney General Knudsen has filed against the Biden administration. The new emissions rule, put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), forces...

Door-to-Door County Health Survey Scheduled for late June, Volunteers Needed

News Release, Lewis and Clark County Public health | Apr 23, 2024

HELENA, Montana – Lewis and Clark Public Health officials, in collaboration with PureView Health Center, St. Peter's Health, United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area, Rocky Mountain Development Council, and the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, are overseeing a first-of-its-kind community health survey in a multi-county area that spans Lewis and Clark, Jefferson, Powell, Broadwater, and Meagher counties. Scheduled for late June, the Community Assessment for...

Notice to Lincoln Solid Waste Customers

Apr 23, 2024

Lincoln Solid Waste Customers: Beginning May 1, aluminum recycling will be moved from the Lincoln Senior Center to the Lincoln Transfer site. When bringing your aluminum to the site, please be sure to remove it from any trash bags or boxes. Plastic bags in the aluminum recycling bin soils the load. Paper recycling has been discontinued at this time. The recycling bins located at the Senior Center will be removed from the parking lot. Please call...

  • 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

    Jun 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...

  • Memorial Day Observance Monday

    Roger Dey, BVD | May 23, 2024

    Lincoln American Legion Post 9 is slated to hold their annual Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at the Lincoln Community Hall. The observance is open everyone, with hotdogs and chili served after the service. Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day after the Civil Wa and was generally observed May 30r. Over time it became known as Memorial Day and in 1971 its observance was set at for the last Monday of May. Although Memorial Day generally marks the...

  • Lincoln Sewer District Agenda May 7

    May 2, 2024

    Lincoln Lewis & Clark Sewer District Board Meeting Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 6 pm Lincoln Sewer Bldg. AGENDA 1. Call to order 2. Roll Call 3. Public: 4. Review of April 2, Minutes 5. Review of Financial Reports 6. Communications April Termination Notices 1st notice – 7 2nd notice – 5 3rd termination notice – 1 Updated: 1st notice – 4 2nd notice – 1 3rd termination notice – 0 7. Manager's Report 8. Old Business: * Website still in finalization but able to pay...

  • Lincoln Seniors: Rocky's Agency on Aging visiting Senior Center May 16

    Apr 23, 2024

  • 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...

  • Lincoln School Board Agendas *Updated

    Lincoln Schools | May 19, 2024

    LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOL Annual Organizational Board Meeting When: Monday, May 20, 2024 at 6:00 Where: Lincoln Public School Library Agenda I. Call to Order II. Pledge of Allegiance III. Clerk’s Report A. Acceptance of School Board of Trustees Election Results a. William Cyr b. Julie Zarske c. Doug Mengel B. Issuing Certifications of Election C. Oath of Office D. Reorganization of Board E. Discuss Clerk position for 2024-2025 School year. IV. Executive Session “Possible...

  • Lincoln School election results

    Roger Dey, BVD | May 10, 2024

    School Board Lincoln School District had nine candidates to choose from for three seats on the Lincoln School Board this year. The results saw incumbents Billy Cyr and Doug Mengel retain their seats, while voters elected Julie Zarske to the third open seat, which had been held by Ken Lumpkin. Mill Levy Voters also opted not to approve a 25.75 mill levy for the school. The increase was designed to raise $127,581.62 per year for the school budget. The property tax increase was...

  • Lincoln students star in MCT's Treasure Island

    Roger Dey, BVD | May 10, 2024

    Lincoln School students starred in the Missoula Children's Theater's adaptation of Treasure Island, with two performances following a week of rehearsals. Starring Claire Gilbert as Jim Hawkins and MCT actor Olivia Woodall as Captain Long John Silver, the tale sees Hawkins discover a treasure map at his family inn, with Silver seeking to take advantage of the youngster to recover treasure left on Skull Island. With a small band of ruffian friends, Hawkins joins Silver and the...

Montana's Pryor Mountains Offer Diverse Landscapes

Rick and Susie Graetz, University of Montana Dept. of Geography | May 10, 2024

Red desert, ice caves and wild horses are symbols of a most unique piece of Montana's mountain country – the island-like Pryor Mountains of south-central Montana. From the Yellowstone River Valley and the big-little town of Billings, these Pryors appear as hills when compared to the towering Beartooths 30 miles to the west. Looks are deceiving, though. Flying just beyond their flanks, especially along the east face, reveals a steep, rugged and high landscape. Named after...

  • 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...

  • Bear activity picks up in Montana, bear aware habits can prevent conflict

    News Release, Montana FWP | May 8, 2024

    HAVRE – With the onset of spring weather, both species of Montana bears are active. Much of Montana has both black and grizzly bears, with grizzlies showing up further and further east each year. Recently, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks confirmed a grizzly bear sighting in the Bear Paw Mountains east of Big Sandy. "Though not common, grizzly bear sightings around central Montana have increased over the years," said FWP Region 6 Supervisor Drew Henry. "This emphasizes the...

  • BLM adopts rule described as a 'generation-defining' shift for America's largest land manager

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press | Apr 23, 2024

    The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday adopted a long-awaited rule that aims to put conservation initiatives "on equal footing" with oil and gas leasing, grazing and other commercial uses of federal land. The rule "combines our ongoing work with a vision for conservation to help us manage lands into the 21st century," BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning said in a video announcing the rule. "It ensures that the BLM can carry out its multiple-use and sustained-yield mission now...

  • 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...

  • Congress Just Accomplished Something. Can It Do It Again?

    Lee Hamilton, Center on Representative Government | May 10, 2024

    Until recently, it seemed like you couldn't turn around without finding a headline lambasting the current Congress as the least productive ever. There was good reason for that, which we'll get into shortly, but it's worth noting that they've suddenly disappeared. Clearly, that's because of April's passage of the foreign aid package that includes significant aid for Ukraine, Israel and Gaza, and Taiwan, and a measure that attempts to force a sale of TikTok. There was a great...

  • Op-ed: Quality of life survey confirms policy decisions 

    Sen. Jason Ellsworth - R, Hamilton | May 8, 2024

    A recent University of Montana survey confirms what legislators have been hearing from our constituents: Montanans are seriously concerned about several issues that they say are negatively impacting quality of life. Among the findings, 90 percent think that urban sprawl eating up open lands is a problem, 84 percent are worried about Montana's changing character, and 78 percent think outdoor recreation is becoming overcrowded. The 2023 Legislature passed legislation to take...

  • Op-Ed: Tackling the rising cost of housing in Montana together

    Sen. Jon Tester - D, U.S. Senate | Apr 23, 2024

    More than 100 years ago, my grandparents made a life for our family on a homesteaded plot of land outside of Big Sandy that we still farm to this day. I've been blessed to call Montana home my entire life and to always have a place to rest my head after a hard day's work. Unfortunately, finding an affordable place to live has become a challenge for far too many Montanans. As I travel across Montana, I hear about how housing challenges are hurting working families. From...

  • Op-Ed: Why I'm appointing a new Senate committee

    Sen. Jason Ellsworth - R, SD43 - Hamilton | Apr 23, 2024

    I recently announced that I'm in the process of appointing a new committee of the State Legislature. The Senate Select Committee on Judicial Oversight and Reform is a bipartisan committee that will be made up of state senators, representatives, and members of the public. It will be charged with addressing violations of the state's constitutional separation of powers by the Montana Supreme Court and certain district court judges. A series of troubling judicial rulings at the...

  • 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"...

  • Obituary: Charles "Eddie" Edward Grantier Jr. 

    Apr 30, 2024

    On the morning of April 20, 2024 lifelong resident of Lincoln, Eddie rode out to greener pastures. He passed peacefully at his home in Lincoln where friends and family had been staying with him. Eddie was 88 years young. Eddie was born on May 1, 1935 in Helena, Mont. to Charles "Ed" Edward Grantier Sr. and Pearl Lott Grantier. He was the only son of four Grantier children. Eddie was raised on the Stonewall Ranch until his parents purchased the Company Ranch, later named the...

  • Obituary: Gerald "Jerry" Arthur Wiederhold

    May 2, 2024

    Jerry passed away in his sleep after a stroke and a short stay in the hospital. Born to Virginia and Moritz Wiederhold, Jerry grew up in Lincoln, Mont. before volunteering to join the Army and completing tours in Vietnam. He lived and worked in Alaska briefly and returned to Montana. He enjoyed reloading, coin collecting and traveling to visit his family members across the country. He was a father, a Veteran and a friend to so many. He always had a bright smile and a crude,...

  • Obituary: Marlis Willey

    Apr 25, 2024

    Marlis Willey passed away peacefully at home on a beautiful spring morning Saturday 4/13/2024. She will be joining her husband Mack at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison in Helena on Monday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. Please join us for a short graveside service if you can. Marlis and her twin Mavis were born in North Dakota and were raised by loving parents during the Great Depression. They grew up with enough to eat but very little else. Gardening and homemade...

  • LINCOLN MEETINGS CALENDAR

    Jun 5, 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...

  • Jun 5, 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

    Jun 5, 2024

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