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 By Roger Dey    News    August 22, 2018

Cooler weather dampens Trail 467 Fire; most closures lifted

Cooler weather and rain that moved into the Lincoln area over the weekend helped firefighters improve containment of the Trail 467 Fire, which was 90 percent contained at 23 acres Tuesday morning....

 By Roger Dey    News    August 22, 2018

Socked in by Smoke

With only a few small fires burning anywhere near Lincoln, the thick pall of smoke that descended on the area seemed to arrive out of nowhere, but was actually the result of wildfires burning in...

 By Roger Dey    School    August 22, 2018

Lincoln Preschool prepares to welcome youngsters

With Lincoln School's first class of 15 preschoolers set to arrive in less than a week, Sondra Grigsby said it's been a big challenge starting a preschool from scratch. "Luckily, I've worked in presch...

 By Roger Dey    News    August 22, 2018

Stalled Stalls

It was a busy weekend at Hooper Park during the 35th Annual Bob Purdy Softball Tournament, and for the second year in a row players had to make do with porta-potties and a lack of running water. Altho...

 By Roger Dey    Features    August 22, 2018

25 Years of Challenge

Downtown Ovando came alive last week as the Blackfoot Challenge hosted a Summer Party in the town square to celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary. The celebration kept things small and local,...

 By Roger Dey    Features    August 22, 2018

A busy weekend for the 35th Annual Bob Purdy Tourney

After 35 years, the annual Bob Purdy Memorial Softball Tournament is still growing strong. The tournament got its start in 1983, shortly after Bob Purdy, a strong advocate of sports, died in a...

 By Roger Dey    News    August 15, 2018

*Updated 8-17* Lightning ignites fires near Granite Butte, Mike Horse

**Update 8-17** After a day of minimal fire behavior Thursday, firefighters made progress in fighting the Trail 467 Fire, which was listed 23 acres and 50 percent contained Friday morning. Plans call...

 By Roger Dey    News    August 15, 2018

New Citizens Alliance branch manager finds challenge, opportunity in small town banking

The new branch manager and loan officer at Lincoln’s Citizens Alliance Bank spent part of his Sunday morning with his wife flipping pancakes and cooking sausage and eggs for the Lincoln Heritage Alliance/Upper Blackfoot Valley Historical Society...

 By Roger Dey    News    August 15, 2018

Lincoln seen as crucial stop for hikers, bikers as LVCC marks 2nd Annual CDT Gateway Community Celebration

Last year, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition based in Golden, Colo. recognized Lincoln as their first Gateway Community in Montana, and as Marty Bannon sees it, Lincoln's location on the CDT,...

 By Roger Dey    News    August 8, 2018

Recommended Wilderness Areas among top Forest Plan Revision concerns

Last week's meeting on the draft revised Forest Plan and draft environmental impact statement for the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest highlighted concerns many in the area have about the...

 By Roger Dey    News    August 8, 2018

Blazer ablaze

An apparent electrical short in a Chevy Blazer Jed Hinkle was preparing to take in for scrap ignited fire that destroyed most of the vehicle monday morning, Aug. 6. Hinkle, owner of Pete's Towing, had...

 By Roger Dey    News    August 8, 2018

4x4 Road RID sees mixed response but general support

A proposed Rural Improvement District on the 4x4 Road east of Lincoln drew about 30 people to the Lincoln Government Day meeting Aug. 3, but with only one County Commissioner on hand it didn't qualify as a public meeting on the topic. An RID for the...

 By Roger Dey    Features    August 8, 2018

73 years later, memories of a naval tragedy still linger

In 1942 Steve Stocks joined the Coast Guard at 17 years old. Four months later he was on a brand new fast transport headed to a base of operations on an island on the south end of New Guinea that had...

 By Roger Dey    News    August 8, 2018

Lincoln woman recovering after dirt bike accident

Bailey Grantier returned home to Lincoln Friday night, Aug. 3 after several days at the University of Utah Hospital, where she had surgery to repair three fractures to her jaw following a July 29 dirt bike accident at Pipestone Pass. Kevin Grantier,...

 By Roger Dey    News    August 1, 2018

Local pilot receives FAA's highest honor

The Federal Aviation Administration honored Charlie Sherman at the Lincoln Airport Open House last weekend with an award honoring him for several decades of safe flying. Jeff Vercoe, a Lincoln...

 By Roger Dey    News    August 1, 2018

Bushwackers under new ownership

Leona Cannon thought Dan Lerum was training her to be the new manager of Bushwackers over the winter, but by March he still hadn't given her an answer. So she asked for one. "I went to him... and aske...

 By Roger Dey    News    August 1, 2018

Fire destroys cabin near Landers Fork Bridge Monday

An early morning fire destroyed a cabin on Copper Creek Road near the Landers Fork Bridge Monday morning. A neighbor a few miles away reported the blaze at 6:45 a.m., thinking it was a wildfire. A...

 By Roger Dey    Features    August 1, 2018

Lincoln Airport potential underscored by grant announcement on heels of open house, barbecue

In a press release late Monday afternoon, Sen. Steve Daines announced more than $20 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for improvements to airports throughout the...

 By Roger Dey    News    July 25, 2018

UBMC cleanup work once again underway

Work at the Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex last week, nearly a year after the Montana Department of Environmental Quality suspended clean up efforts to determine, with the U.S. Forest Service and the...

 By Roger Dey    School    July 25, 2018

Lincoln School upgrades water main

Lincoln Public School is upgrading their main water line this summer, swapping out the old PVC water line pipe for newer, more durable HDPE pipe. School custodian Derek Perez said it's mainly a...

 By Roger Dey    School    July 25, 2018

Lincoln School athletics program raising funds to replace failing scoreboard

When the scoreboard at the Lincoln Gym shorted out during a Jan. 11 home game against Phillipsburg, Lincoln School Athletic Director Laura Bullis broke out a whiteboard to keep score. This summer,...

 By Roger Dey    News    July 25, 2018

'Finally, finally, finally'

'Finally, finally, finally,' commented Lincoln Park board member Jesse Sallin, on the long-awaited installation of the new pre-cast restrooms, jokingly referred to as the Hooper Pooper. Sallin was on... Full story

 By Roger Dey    News    July 25, 2018

King faces additional felony charges for mail theft, forgery

A Lincoln woman arrested July 12 for felony drug possession is facing new felony changes for mail theft and forgery stemming from a June 1 stop by a Lewis and Clark County Deputy in Helena. Deputies...

 By Roger Dey    Features    July 25, 2018

More than just making a buck

Occupying their usual spot, just off the main loop in Hooper Park in a campsite among the trees, Leroy and Jean Cyrs' set up, with glittering Rada knives, jams, suspenders and sundry collectibles, is...

 By Roger Dey    Features    July 25, 2018

Cowboy shooting returns to Lincoln with CMSA Northern Mountain Region Finals

The Lincoln Rodeo Grounds once again played host to the Treasure State Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association as they brought the Northern Mountain Region Finals to town last weekend. Michael Emch, the...


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