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Articles from the January 21, 2024 edition

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  • Cold, Colder, Coldest

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    If there's one thing Montanans seem to love, it's bragging about how cold their town got during a cold snap. Maybe it's pride in being able to deal with extreme cold; maybe it's due to the old idea that "40 below keeps the riff raff out;" or maybe its because record cold temperatures often make both state and national headlines, as Lincoln did on Dec. 22, 2022. It hit minus 49 at the Lincoln Ranger Station weather site and broke the previous local records of 48 below, set...

  • 2024 Race to the Sky canceled

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    Despite the recent cold snap and ensuing snowstorm that dropped a foot of snow on Lincoln, snow conditions remain poor enough that the Montana Sled Dog board of directors decided to cancel the 2024 Race to the Sky, which had been slated to run Feb.9-13. The announcement came Monday morning, Jan. 22, as weather forecasts called for a return to unseasonably warm weather throughout the rest of January. "The lack of snow, no base to build from, predictions of no significant snow p...

  • Packer to retire as Lincoln Schools superintendent

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    The Lincoln School Board accepted a letter of retirement from Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Packer during their meeting Jan. 8. Packer has served as the Superintendent of Lincoln Schools since July 1, 2019, when she took over the job from Carla Anderson. During her tenure she has dealt with a number of challenges,. While most were relatively routine for a small school she oversaw the implementation of distance learning as students and staff conducted classes...

  • Do you earn tips? Montana now taxes them.

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|Updated Jan 23, 2024

    Among several changes to Montana's income tax system that took effect at the beginning of the year is a provision that makes income from tips subject to state taxes. The shift aligns Montana with the federal tax system, in which tips have long been taxed alongside salaries and wages. It also means that many service-sector workers will likely have their state income tax obligation increased by hundreds of dollars a year. The change was made by the 2021 Legislature as part of...

  • Op-ed: Get to know your judges

    Sen. Barry Usher - R, Montana SD 20|Updated Jan 21, 2024

    As you learn about all the candidates for various offices this year, the most important ones are the ones that most Montanans know the least about. The politicians you need to do the most research on are not the would-be congressmen, governors, or even legislators. It's the judges. Although they claim to be above the political fray, judges in Montana are in fact politicians. From the district courts to the state Supreme Court, they're elected. They have to run campaigns,...