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Articles from the February 27, 2019 edition


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  • Photo: Smooth Operator

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Feb 27, 2019

    Groomer operator Gordy Becker heads back to the Ponderosa Snow Warriors groomer shed after spending the night preparing the snowmobile trails around Lincoln ahead of last Saturday's Fun Run. "Gordy groomed all night long so we had it all ready for the Fun Run Saturday. We were pretty excited, so our fun run was good," said Snow Warriors Secretary Bonnie Christian. "Everybody had a good ride," she said. "(The weather) didn't stop them from staying out. They stayed out in the...

  • Dear Dietician: Probiotics

    Leanne McCrate|Updated Feb 27, 2019

    Dear Dietitian, My friend is always on the latest health kick, so now she is taking probiotics every day and swears she feels so much better. She keeps bugging me to take them too, but I priced them at the drugstore, and they are expensive. Are they worth it? Sharon Dear Sharon, Probiotics are a popular health trend with sales of $1.4 billion in the United States in 2014. Since then, sales have nearly doubled, racking up $2.4 billion in 2018. Everyone wants to be healthy, espe...

  • Photo: Wolf man

    Updated Feb 27, 2019

    Lincoln's John Mann finds a unique way to keep his face toasty while visiting the Ponderosa Snow Warriors warming hut on Copper Creek during their fun run Saturday, Feb. 23. Although the weather was a calm and balmy 13 degrees when the run started at 10 a.m., a winter storm blew in about an hour later, dropping the temperature and bringing winds that gusted up to 27 miles per hour....

  • My Smart Mouth: Columbus Don't

    Hope Quay|Updated Feb 27, 2019

    Having been raised in a rather traditional lifestyle and culture, I by no means consider myself a person who places no value in the past. Having said that, I like to think that I also recognize the danger inherent in clinging inflexibly to outdated traditions that no longer fit in the world in which we live. I'm all for honoring and learning from the past, but at what point does holding on to the version of the past that suits us become a detriment to the future? This is the...

  • 2019 Deer/Elk/Antelope Regulations available on FWP website

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated Feb 27, 2019

    The 2019 Deer/Elk/Antelope Regulations are available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov/hunting/regulations/. Hunters will notice some changes to this year's Deer/Elk/Antelope Regulations. The regulations booklet has been reorganized and reformatted for better flow and clarity. In addition, the legal descriptions will be published in a separate booklet. Hard copies of the hunting regulations will be on the shelf at FWP offices and local license providers in A...

  • Kenny

    Dick Geary|Updated Feb 27, 2019

    When I was at my sickest in Brazil, and my legs didn't work to the point I sometimes couldn't get off the toilet by myself, I remembered a rancher whom I knew from my infancy to adulthood. Kenny and his brother had a ranch about six miles from ours. He suffered polio as a child, and didn't have the use of his legs. He used crutches his entire life, Even on crutches, Kenny mowed hay in the summer, a job that often involved him struggling on and off the tractor scores of times...

  • Mountaintop Musings: First Steps on the Self-Confrontation Journey

    Dave Carroll|Updated Feb 27, 2019

    To change biblically and travel the “self-confrontation journey” one must be born-again, a Christian, a Christ-follower; the terms may vary but you must be a person who has sincerely asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior. This is the priority principle. However, even if you are not a Christian, but you recognize there is a need for change you can still gain tremendous benefits tby applying God’s Word to your life. Taking the life principles of the Bible and applying them works...

  • Photo: Snow Joke

    Updated Feb 27, 2019

    Lincoln's Bonnie Joseph waves at the camera while running in the 40th Annual Snow Joke Half-marathon in Seeley Lake Saturday, Feb. 23. Joseph, the only runner from Lincoln to take part, completed the route that loops around Seeley Lake in three hours and two minutes. The run is the areas oldest and largest winter half-marathon and drew 553 registered runners...

  • Mushers working with Lincoln Ranger District to honor Race to Sky founder

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Feb 27, 2019

    After Jack Beckstrom died unexpectedly of a heart attack last March, Seeley Lake musher Roy Etnire began looking for a spot along the Race to the Sky trail for a sign or plaque to honor the man who founded the event in 1986. "There are a lot of people who use this trail who would, I think, enjoy knowing the story of Jack Beckstrom," said Etnire. "He affected so many people that we shouldn't ignore him." Pam Beckstrom, Jack's widow, said the idea for a sign to honor him came...

  • Guest Editorial: Flu lessons

    Connie McAfferty|Updated Feb 27, 2019

    Three things I learned from the flu. 1. You can’t take care of yourself. Nearly passed out in body pain and over-all weakness, I couldn’t raise my head to answer Art when he asked if I was staying home from church. I grunted what I hoped was the obvious answer. I thought about Jell-O. Jell-O with fruit cocktail. But the only activity I actually accomplished in the next two days was to drag myself to the bathroom and sip on water to keep from dying of dehydration. I couldn’t sleep for 48 hours, strobe lights flashed behin...

  • Op/Ed: Catch and Keep Or Let Them Swim Away

    Rep. Joel Krautter, MT HD 35 - R- Sidney|Updated Feb 27, 2019

    It's often said that Montana is like a small town with long streets. Montanans may be separated by hundreds of miles but it's amazing how many mutual friends you find you have after talking with someone for five minutes in this giant small town. A defining characteristic of small towns is that people care about one another and rally together in challenging times. Chances are you've attended at least a few community benefits to raise money for medical bills or to help a family...

  • William Donald Martin, Jr.

    Updated Feb 27, 2019

    William Donald Martin Jr. passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents W.D. Martin, Sr and Ann Marie Martin, sons William D, Martin III and Shawn Lester Martin, brothers Frank Martin and Jackie Bob Martin, sisters Patsy Martin and Joanne Martin. Don is survived by his wife Bonnie (Sherman) Martin, sister Barbara Stevens and her husband Jim, son Steve Martin and daughter-in-law Staci Martin, Daughter Angie Ratayczak and...

  • White Hope lawsuit ends with decision in favor of Forest Service

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Feb 27, 2019

    The lawsuit and subsequent counterclaim that pitted the U.S. Government against Lincoln-area miners in a dispute over mining regulations and property rights ended last week with a decision in favor of the U.S. Forest Service. The Feb. 21 decision by Judge Charles Lovell ordered Intermountain Mining and Refining, LLC to remove any unauthorized locks, signs and explosives, and an unapproved 12x20 foot garage by June 30 of this year. It brings to a close three-and-a-half years of legal wrangling that began Aug. 11, 2015, when...

  • Lincoln Schools set to interview five superintendent candidates

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Feb 27, 2019

    The Lincoln School Board is currently considering five applicants for the position of Lincoln Schools Superintendent. In January, the board contracted with the Montana School Board Association to aid in a candidate search for two separate positions that will be made available by the impending retirement of Lincoln Schools Principal/Superintendent Carla Anderson. "We work with a couple of lawyers, and they coach us on the different steps to take," Lincoln School Board...

  • Legislative Roundup week 7

    Updated Feb 27, 2019

    Helena-The Montana House of Representatives last week advanced legislation that would require a two-third vote majority for the Legislature to transfer funds out the state's fire suppression account. The governor would still hold the authority to pull from the fund, as well. Speaker of the House Greg Hertz, R-Polson, is carrying House Bill 276 and said on the House Floor during the bill's second hearing that it was proposed in response to the historic 2017 fire season that...

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