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 By Hope Quay    Community    January 16, 2019 

Lincoln fish pond plan to be revived, revisited

In March of 2015, Lincoln area Game Warden Ezra Schwalm was all set to move forward with an application to a Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks public fishing pond grant program. Schwalm, who originally became aware of the program via a work e-mail,...

 
 By Hope Quay    Columns    January 16, 2019 

My Smart Mouth: Woman's Best Friend

Despite having grown up surrounded by animals – or perhaps because of it – I am not a card-carrying member of the dog lover’s club. Before you rally a lynch mob, let me explain my position by saying that I was raised surrounded primarily by...

 
 By Hope Quay    School    January 9, 2019

Lincoln science teacher retiring at end of school year

Times change, and kids grow up, but for twenty-six years George Pierce, recognizable in his trademark daily ties, has remained a fixture at Lincoln Schools. When Pierce hired on as the school's only...

 
 By Hope Quay    School    January 9, 2019

Changes ahead for structure of Lincoln School administration

The retirement of Lincoln Schools Superintendent/Principal Carla Anderson at the end of this school year could mean a change in the structure of the school's administration. Anderson, who has served...

 
 By Hope Quay    Features    January 2, 2019

A love note to Betty Lou

Any rancher will tell you that cows have no great respect for excuse or circumstance. In times of joy or grief, hardship or plenty, celebration or sadness, one aspect of ranch life remains universal...

 

Man Therapy comes to Lewis and Clark County

A new public health program that launched in September is aimed at lowering the stigma associated with mental health issues like depression and suicide, and providing a friendly environment for...

 
 By Hope Quay    Columns    December 26, 2018

My Smart Mouth: Recipes, Memories and a Dash of Split Pea Soup

I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing about the holidays is the food. It’s something of an understatement to say that I like to eat. In fact, I would say a good portion of my life revolves around food – deciding what to eat, purchasing...

 
 By Hope Quay    Columns    December 5, 2018

My Smart Mouth: A disorder for the holiday season

Do you have small children who are destroying your life and your perfect tree this holiday season with their clumsily placed homemade ornaments? Do you, too, spend hours after they go to bed rearranging the ornaments on the tree and wondering how...

 
 By Hope Quay    Features    December 5, 2018

Lighting up Lincoln for the holidays

Lincoln is lighting up as businesses and homes get into the holiday spirit. For many, beautifying the town this holiday season is its own reward, but for a few lucky winners, holiday cheer will give...

 

School's new custodian brings his quirky sense of humor back to Lincoln

New Lincoln Schools part-time assistant custodian Jim Oly is no stranger to school hallways. A Drummond native, Oly was a janitor at Drummond school for three years before deciding to relocate to...

 

A horse called St. Nick

Ovando's annual Old West Christmas Fest wouldn't be complete without "Cowboy Claus" and his trusty horse, St. Nick. St. Nick has become a favorite of kids and families who come from the Ovando area...

 
 By Hope Quay    Columns    November 21, 2018

My Smart Mouth: An ever lasting and ever changing Holiday

Every American school kid knows the story of the first Thanksgiving holiday, or at least the version of it referenced on cutesy holiday décor and in our first-grade lesson plans. The reality of the feast that took place in the Plymouth settlement...

 
 By Hope Quay    Columns    November 14, 2018

My Smart Mouth: Vintage fashion, not vintage attitudes

By now, just about everyone in town is aware I am a vintage enthusiast. Most specifically, I have a passion for vintage clothing, but my love for the remnants of days gone by is not limited to fashion - I am also a fan of vintage dishes and kitchen...

 

Lincoln kids find support for skate park

When Lincoln Schools English teacher Philip Reed heard two of his students discussing Pearl Jam drummer Jeff Ament's skatepark project last year, he encouraged them to write in to the foundation,...

 
 By Hope Quay    News    October 31, 2018

Envision Lincoln catches attention of Lt. Gov., Main Street Montana Rural Partners

Trails, traffic, tourism and teamwork were all topics of discussion as Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney sat down with Lincoln stakeholders and Main Street Montana Rural Partners Monday, Oct. 22. Administered by...

 

Lewis and Clark Library brings interactive movie to Lincoln branch

The Lincoln branch of the Lewis & Clark Library hosted a free "interactive" screening of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" Friday, Oct. 19. The activity was administrated by Lewis &...

 
 By Hope Quay    Columns    October 17, 2018

My Smart Mouth: Mercy Killing in the morning

Today I euthanized a chicken. Nothing starts the day like a little mercy killing before breakfast, right? In case you weren’t aware, chickens are by and large conscienceless, carnivorous little jerks who will devour any flesh available to them and...

 
 By Hope Quay    Features    October 10, 2018

Lincoln's new Grand Piano an important tool for music students

A Kawai grand piano purchased by Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild and intended for the use of the community and the park has taken up residence at the Methodist church. BPSW President Becky...

 
 By Hope Quay    Columns    October 10, 2018

My Smart Mouth: The return of decorative gourd season

We’ve reached the second week in October, and summer is over. Summer, that tantalizingly brief season of Vitamin D and seemingly endless evenings, officially ended at midnight on September 21 in North America. We made it through relatively unscathe...

 
 By Hope Quay    Features    October 3, 2018

Sculpture in the Wild Composer-in-Residence Adele O'Dwyer debuts original music inspired by native poetry and pathways

Composer Adele O'Dwyer wrapped up her 2018 stint as Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild Composer in Residence with a final concert Friday, Sept 28. The concert at the Lincoln Community Hall...

 
 By Hope Quay    Features    October 3, 2018

Surveys to provide a look at BPSW visitors, their preferences and impact on local commerce

The Montana Office of Tourism and the University of Montana are collaborating with Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild to gather data about who visits the sculpture park, and BPSW board members...

 

BPSW's Festival in the Wild highlights music, continued community support

Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild welcomed fall with Festival in the Wild 2018, a weekend program of events and music celebrating the sculpture park's fifth anniversary. The festival kicked...

 

BPSW Education Program looks at the ever-changing nature of the sculpture park

The ephemeral nature of art and beauty is an important theme of Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild's 2018 education program, according to BPSW Education Officer Hannah Demma. Demma, who guides...

 

My Smart Mouth: Sustainable Fashion

One buzzword that seems to be getting a lot of airtime these days is “sustainability.” Most often, the word is used to mean the responsible maintenance of the world in which we live, so that the planet’s resources will be able to support many...

 
 By Hope Quay    Columns    September 5, 2018

My Smart Mouth: The Unabomber and respect

The 2016 20-year anniversary of the capture of the Unabomber, and the recent presence of film crews in Lincoln have prompted a renewed interest and a lot of memories for many of us about that surreal...

 

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