Week of February 25, 2024

Rosendale drops out of race for U.S. Senate 

Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Montana Free Press | Feb 23, 2024

Montana Congressman Matt Rosendale, who just last week announced a highly anticipated run for U.S. Senate, is dropping his campaign after former President Donald Trump - the ultimate kingmaker in modern GOP politics - endorsed his primary opponent Tim Sheehy last Friday, shortly after Rosendale's announcement.  "I have long been a supporter of the President, and remain so. But I have been forced to calculate what my chances of success would be with Trump supporting my...

Gianforte says statewide sales tax off the table as his property tax task force gears up

Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press | Feb 23, 2024

Addressing his property tax task force at the group's first formal meeting Wednesday, Gov. Greg Gianforte had two big messages: Figure out how to bring some permanent tax relief to Montana homeowners - and don't do it by recommending a statewide sales tax. "As we and all Montanans know too well, property taxes are too high. That's why we're here - Montana homeowners need relief," Gianforte said, detailing a list of goals that includes slowing how fast property taxes are...

DPHHS Officials State 2022 Administrative Rule Governs Sex Marker Birth Certificate Change Requests

News Release, Montana DPHHS | Feb 21, 2024

Department of Public Health and Human Services officials announced today that, effective immediately, the agency will process applications to change sex markers on Montana birth certificates pursuant to a 2022 administrative rule on the subject and consistent with a 2023 law. “DPHHS must follow the law, and our agency will consequently process requests to amend sex markers on birth certificates under our 2022 final rule,” DPHHS Director Charlie Brereton said. “This notification serves to keep the public apprised of...

UM Geologist Describes Where Gold Comes From

Rick and Susie Graetz, UM Dept. of Geography | Feb 26, 2024

David Alt, author and a retired professor of geology at the University of Montana, explains why gold was found in Grasshopper Creek and the surrounding gulches. "At Bannack, as in many gold mining districts, much of the production came fast and early from bonanza deposits in stream placers. Early miners working the gravels in the streambed skimmed the cream off the district, leaving the hardest work and leanest pickings for those who came later. That happens because streams...

  • Veteran's pancake breakfast planned

    Feb 27, 2024

    A Veterans "Meet and Greet" Pancake Breakfast is planned for Friday, March 29 at the Lincoln Community Hall. The get together is sponsored by Lincoln American Legion Post 9 and is open to all Veterans, of all branches, whether they are members of the Legion or not. The breakfast is part of effort to help connect Lincoln's Veterans with one another and to help build a local support network. Lincoln is home to a high number of Veterans and there is a concern that many of them...

  • Outdoor Club gearing up for winter campout

    Tammy Jordan | Feb 22, 2024

    On March 1 and 2, the Lincoln Public School's Outdoor Club will be having an overnight winter camping event for students grades 5-12. Activities during the campout include a Dutch oven dinner Friday evening, campfire, and a moonlight snowshoe hike. Saturday morning there will be a sourdough pancake breakfast and a fun survival olympic games exercise. Students are asked to bring warm layers of clothing, including hat, gloves, jackets and water-resistant pants, personal...

  • Montana Weed Control Association to Hold Training in Deer Lodge

    News Release, Montana Weed Control Association | Feb 21, 2024

    The Montana Weed Control Association is a member-supported 501(c)3 non-profit organization started in the 1960's by extension agents and weed managers. Over the years the MWCA has expanded to include professional weed managers, weed control businesses (grazing, commercial applicators, bio-control agent providers, re-vegetation and planning specialists), ranchers, farmers, educators, researchers, students, government officials at the city, county, state and federal levels,...

  • Lincoln Outdoor Club back in action

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch | Feb 15, 2024

    Half a dozen kids took advantage of the recent belated snowfall to strap on cross-country skis and cruised through Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild with the Lincoln Outdoor Club Friday Feb. 9. The excursion marked the third activity for the Outdoor Club since December, after being dormant for a year. Club coordinator and Lincoln High School science teacher Nancy Schwalm said they had planned a ski day in January, but it was cancelled as record cold settled across...

  • Montana Nonprofit Association warns of scam targeting nonprofits

    News Release, Montana Arts Council | Feb 13, 2024

    The Montana Nonprofit Association received word over the weekend that a check cashing scam has hit a number of Montana nonprofits. So far they've heard of at least five organizations targeted by the same scheme. Please be on the lookout for this scam. It goes like this: Organization receives an unexpected donation of around $200,000 to honor someone's late mother. Multiple orgs have said the amount the received was $191,250, and that the email came from the name Alphonso...

  • Lincoln School looking ahead to Science Fair

    Tammy Jordan | Feb 27, 2024

    The annual Science Fair for the Lincoln Public Schools is set for March 6-7, 2024. Students in grades 7-10 are required to participate, and the science fair counts for a large portion of their science grade. During this long-term project, which begins the day students return from winter break and runs through March 7, when judging takes place, students come up with a hypothesis and then test and experiment to prove or disprove their idea. They then write their results and...

  • Helena-Lewis and Clark Resource Advisory Committee solicits new project proposals

    Chiara Cipriano, Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest | Feb 26, 2024

    HELENA - The Helena–Lewis and Clark National Forest invites interested parties to submit project proposals for funding consideration by the Helena-Lewis and Clark Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). The RAC will consider proposals for projects that are on or provide substantial benefits to National Forest System lands within Broadwater, Teton, Lewis and Clark, Fergus, Judith Basin, Pondera, Meagher and Wheatland counties. The deadline to submit project proposals is April...

  • New hunting, fishing and conservation license year begins March 1

    News Release, Montana FWP | Feb 23, 2024

    HELENA – The new license year opens March 1, which means that is the day you can buy your 2024 hunting, fishing and conservation licenses and begin applying for permits and special licenses. The deadline to apply for deer and elk permits is April 1. Applications for most species – deer, elk, antelope, deer B licenses, elk B licenses, antelope B licenses, moose, sheep, goat, bison, bear, turkey – can be made beginning March 1. A new online feature this year is the option for applicants to reapply for the same offerings...

  • FWP reopens public comment period for draft grizzly bear and wolf management plans

    News Release, Montana FWP | Feb 15, 2024

    HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is reopening the public comment period for the 2024 Grizzly Bear Management Plan and Montana Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to ensure Montana counties, Tribes, and state and federal agencies have a chance for input. The new deadline is March 9. The extension will ensure that Montana statute requiring FWP to notify county commissioners of opportunities to comment on management plans for grizzly bears, wolves and other...

  • One Away

    Tammy Jordan | Feb 26, 2024

    We're all just "one away" from something. One day, one choice, one decision, one contact, one drink, one hit, one breath away from something different in our lives. Sometimes our "one-aways" are insignificant, or at least they seem so at the time. And other times, they are life-changing. For an addict or an alcoholic, that one drink or one hit and the decision to take it or not is the difference between sobriety and falling off the wagon. For the procrastinator (and yes, this...

  • Letter: property taxes, political games

    Feb 26, 2024

    Well, the next step in your residential property tax increase is happening. Banks are sending updated "mortgage bills" to homeowners. Guess what? You owe more money! Recently, a young friend reached out, concerned about his $100 monthly mortgage increase and he didn't know why. That's a lot of money - $1,200 a year. Drumroll for the explanation. Since the bill comes from the bank, it's the lender's fault, right? Nope. By law, a residential mortgage statement must show the...

  • What I saw on my trip to the southern border

    Sen. Bruce Gillespie, Montana SD9 | Feb 26, 2024

    My wife Doreen and I recently returned from a tour of the southern border in the Douglas, Arizona area. Since we once lived there and managed a Registered Charolais ranch between Douglas and Bisbee, we wanted to see for ourselves the differences from when we were there.  The evening we arrived in Douglas we stopped at a convenience store and by chance ran into three Border Patrol agents with three horses in a horse trailer just going out on patrol. We had a conversation on...

  • You May Be Tempted to Tune Politics Out, But Here's Why You Shouldn't

    Lee Hamilton, Center on Representative Government | Feb 13, 2024

    Back in January, the Pew Research Center released the results of an intriguing set of focus groups they carried out last year. Ordinarily, of course, survey research organizations test the sentiments of registered or likely voters to check in on their mood. But these groups were voters who, in Pew's words, "look at the nation's politics as a topic better avoided than embraced." What those voters had to say is a sign of these highly polarized, highly politicized times....

  • Letter: Elections not selections

    Feb 13, 2024

    Dear Editor and Fellow Constituents, Montana's election process belongs to the people. We want to facilitate open and fair discussions during our primaries. The National Republican Senate Committee-Chairman Daines- does not need to choose the Arizona candidates or the candidates for Montana... Montanans can pick our own candidates, we do not need rich establishment politicians spoon feeding us our choices for Federal or State offices. We want fair and honest Elections not Selections. Now is a time for the Grassroots of...

  • Op-ed: Veto of SB 442 fails public lands and voters

    Andrew Posewitz | Feb 13, 2024

    In my family there is a wide swath of political views and when you are in the same room as we were for the Holidays, the juvenile name calling stops and thoughtful discussions can occur. What these discussions revealed was that while we have many differences, there is also agreement. Well, if I'm being honest, there was some juvenile name calling too, we are family after all. But back to my point, I wonder then, why don't we at least have the things we all agree on? For...

  • Obituary: Jason Martinson

    Feb 13, 2024

    Jason Michael Martinson, of Lincoln, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024 at the age of 44. Jason was born March 24, 1979, in Bremerton, Wash. to David and Jerri (Strandskov)Martinson.  His first 10 years of life he lived in Poulsbo, Wash.  After that, his family moved to Quilcene, Wash. on the Olympic Peninsula.  He attended Quilcene High School. Jason moved to Lincoln, Mont. where he lived with his brother and mother after his step dad's passing. He worked for the Lincoln...

  • LINCOLN MEETINGS CALENDAR

    Feb 26, 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...

  • Feb 26, 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

    Feb 26, 2024

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