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 By News Release    News    July 8, 2020 

Montana VA Health Care Systems Announces Additional COVID-19 Testing for Asymptomatic Veterans Across the State

Helena, Mont— Montana Veterans enrolled in the Montana VA Health Care System (MTVAHCS) are eligible for free COVID-19 testing in a second round of swabbing events across Montana. The first round of... Full story

 By News Release    News    July 8, 2020 

New Public Health Order limits large gatherings and events to 250

Helena – Effective Wednesday, July 8, at 12 am, Lewis and Clark Public Health is issuing a Public Health Order limiting events and gatherings to no... Full story

 By News Release    News    June 24, 2020

Montanans should be prepared for encounters with bears

Grizzly bear populations continue to become denser and more widespread in Montana, increasing the likelihood that residents and recreationists will...

 By News Release    News    June 17, 2020

Lincoln Branch Library to reopen with limitations

The Lincoln Branch Library will be open June 22for browsing Monday-Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday from noon-3 p.m. One individual...

 By News Release    Community    May 27, 2020

They sure did look good

Lincoln American Legion Post 9 started our twentieth year of the Flag Program on Friday, May 22. We placed 83 American Flags between the Hi Sign Road...

 By News Release    News    May 20, 2020

Lewis and Clark County updates

With the smell of spring in the air, we hope this finds our Lincoln community well. In these strange and challenging times, we at Lewis and Clark Coun...

 By News Release    News    May 20, 2020

Update on Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Campgrounds and Cabins

Helena Ranger District: All campgrounds will be open for Memorial Day weekend May 22. All cabins will be open by May 29 to renters except Miller Cabin which will remain closed. Jefferson Divide: All... Full story

 By News Release    News    May 20, 2020

Be alert and check weather, road and trail conditions before you travel to the Forest

HELENA, Mont. (May 19, 2020) – The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest reminds the public to be alert and check the weather, road and trail condi...

 By News Release    News    May 20, 2020

NorthWestern Energy donates another $100,000 to COVID-19 crisis relief

Butte, Mont. – May 21, 2020 – Today NorthWestern Energy announced another $100,000 in aid to assist the communities we serve working to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,... Full story

 By News Release    News    May 20, 2020

Man injured in grizzly bear attack on Sun River

A man was attacked by a female grizzly bear on Sunday morning near the Sun River. The attack left the man with non-life-threatening injuries. The man was part of a group who were floating and camping...

 By News Release    News    May 13, 2020

Hunting license drawing results now available

Hunters can now check the results of the 2020 moose, bighorn sheep, bison and mountain goat license drawings to see if they were successful. To view drawing results online go to MyFWP and click on...

 By News Release    News    May 13, 2020

Reminder: Leave baby animals alone, and be mindful of diseases

Each spring, FWP receives calls from people who have picked up deer fawns, baby birds or other newly born wildlife.  It's important to remember...

 By News Release    News    May 13, 2020

Personal Use Mushroom Permit and fee waived for 2020 season

HELENA, Mont. – The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest will not require a Personal Use Mushroom Permit for the 2020 season which runs May 15, 20...

 By News Release    News    May 13, 2020

Wildlife Management Areas open May 15 with social distancing

Many recreationists look forward to May 15 every year as the opening day of many of Montana's Wildlife Management Areas that are closed between Dec....

 By News Release    News    May 13, 2020

Bullock announces Montana to enter Phase Two of re-opening June 1.

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the state will move to Phase Two of the Reopening the Big Sky plan and will lift the 14-day out-of-state travel... Full story

 By News Release    News    May 6, 2020

Public Health Lists Criteria for 'Reopening' the County

Lewis and Clark Public Health has developed a list of criteria to help it decide whether the county is ready to move to phase two of the governor's "R... Full story

 By News Release    Features    May 6, 2020

Blackfoot Challenge unveils updated logo

As part of a larger effort to revitalize the look and feel of Blackfoot Challenge materials, we are excited to unveil our new logo. Early in 2019,...

 By News Release    News    May 6, 2020

Forest preparing to reopen campgrounds, day use sites and rental cabins and lookouts

HELENA, Mont. – Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest staff is working hard to reopen developed campgrounds by Memorial Day weekend, or shortly... Full story

 By News Release    News    May 6, 2020

Bullock Announces $123 Million Available in Emergency Grants

Governor Steve Bullock today announced that families, small businesses, non-profits, health services centers and individuals across Montana... Full story

 By News Release    Features    May 6, 2020

Victory in Europe (V-E Day): "Our Victory is only Half Over".

Fort Harrison, Mont. – Victory in Europe, or V-E Day is the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allied Nations of Nazi Germany's unconditio...

 By News Release    News    April 29, 2020

Local Health Officials Allow Developed Campgrounds to Reopen

Lewis and Clark Public Health announced Thursday that public and private developed campgrounds in the county may reopen beginning Friday, May 1. Health Officer Drenda Niemann rescinded the order she... Full story

 By News Release    News    April 29, 2020

FWP announces updates to COVID-19-related closures and suspensions

People looking to get outside and enjoy spring will continue to have ample opportunities with Gov. Steve Bullock's phased approach to re-opening the s... Full story

 By News Release    News    April 22, 2020

Bullock secures additional PPE from private market for Montana health care workers

Governor Steve Bullock Tuesday announced he has secured hundreds of thousands of face masks, shields and gloves from private market distributors to... Full story

 By News Release    News    April 22, 2020

Be bear aware when recreating outdoors

After a long winter, bears are out and about. And, as COVID-19 quarantines continue, humans are seeking solace and activity in the outdoors. Where...

 By News Release    News    April 22, 2020

Grizzly euthanized after killing calves on ranch near Ovando

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks euthanized a young male grizzly bear on Monday, April 13, after it killed three calves over a period of several days...


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