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Articles from the February 11, 2024 edition


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  • Lincoln Outdoor Club back in action

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated 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...

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

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated 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 large c...

  • Obituary: Jason Martinson

    Updated 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 Sewer District for three years. He enjoyed spending... Full story

  • Montana Nonprofit Association warns of scam targeting nonprofits

    News Release, Montana Arts Council|Updated 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...

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

    Andrew Posewitz|Updated 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...

  • Letter: Elections not selections

    Updated 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...

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

    Lee Hamilton, Center on Representative Government|Updated 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. They're...

  • The Blackfeet Nation Has Long, Epic History

    Rick and Susie Graetz, U of M Dept. of Geography|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    At one time, they were feared Plains warriors. Historians believe the Blackfeet, forced out of their ancestral grounds in today's upper Great Lakes region by white advancement, were one of the first Native American tribes to head West. Though there are several stories on how they received their name, the most plausible is that their moccasins were blackened from the long journey across the prairie to reach what would become Montana. The Blackfeet band now living on the Blackfe...

  • Feb. 12: Lincoln's Birthday

    Library of Congress, Library of Congress|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States, was born in a single-room log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm in LaRue County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. He was the son of Thomas Lincoln, an illiterate pioneer farmer, and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, who died when Abraham was nine years old. It was Thomas Lincoln's second wife, Sarah Bush Johnston who, while illiterate herself, recognized Abraham's "uncommon natural talents" and encouraged his famous bookishness....