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Articles from the March 10, 2024 edition

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  • Lincoln Legionnaires assemble cold weather bags for homeless veterans, prepares for District 6 meeting in Lincoln

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    A handful of Legionnaires from Lincoln American Legion Post 9 spent the morning of March 6 gathered at the Lincoln Community Hall. Standing around tables piled with boxes of hygiene supplies and cold weather gear like socks, gloves and caps, they filled nylon sacks for distribution to homeless veterans. Although helping veterans in need was the main goal, the morning's effort was also related to the upcoming Montana American Legion District 6 meeting slated for March 17. "At...

  • Counties with the worst droughts in Montana

    Stacker|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    More than one-fifth of the continental U.S. is currently experiencing moderate to exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Winter storms brought heavy (in some areas, record-setting) rainfall and flooding to California, offering the state an expected two-year reprieve from widespread droughts, that covered nearly 100% of the state from 2020-22. But in other parts of the country, especially dry conditions continue. New Mexico currently is the state with the...

  • States sending the most people to Montana

    Stacker|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    Fewer Americans moved in 2022, according to the latest census data, but of those who did, 1 in 5 moved to a different state. Population growth has returned to pre-pandemic norms; Southern states continued to record influxes in population, while the Northeast saw the biggest drops, particularly in New York and Pennsylvania. These trends largely continued into last year, according to United Van Lines' annual movers study. States with the most inbound moves in 2023 were Vermont,...

  • Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce unveils updated website

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    Reports of the demise of the Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce have been greatly exaggerated, and the latest version of their website is a key part of the plan to reinvigorate the business organization. The new, updated website went live in early February after about a year in development. It marks the fourth iteration of the LVCC website since 2013. The decision to once again revamp the chamber website stemmed from ongoing difficulties in keeping the last site updated, the...

  • Op-Ed: Cheers to more good, local beers

    Montana Sen. Jason Ellsworth - R, Hamilton|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    Montana beer is a unique industry. Local breweries are dedicated customers of Montana farmers, buying locally grown raw agricultural ingredients. They brew those ingredients into a wide array of delicious, value-added, made-in-Montana products that routinely win national awards. Breweries have become community hubs for activities like live music and philanthropy. Many are now centerpieces of rural towns. A great example is Libby, where Cabinet Mountain Brewing is known as...

  • Nearly 900,000 acres of Montana in access limbo 

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    When four hunters used a specially constructed ladder to step from one corner of public land in southern Wyoming to another, the ripples from that decision were initially small but have since ignited an impassioned debate that could open - or unequivocally restrict - access to more than eight million acres of public land across the West. Here, in the second of our three-part series, we explore why Montana lacks a clear "test case" on the legality of corner-crossing. Nearly a...

  • The Promise of the Equinox: A Personal Account

    Rick Graetz, University of Montana Department of Geography|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    On about Dec. 21, the occasion of the winter solstice, the sun takes a brief respite on the tropic of Capricorn at 23 1/2 degrees south latitude. Then it begins its six-month odyssey north for a rendezvous with the tropic of Cancer at 23 1/2 degrees north latitude. Along the way, at a precise second in March, its rays are directly overhead on the equator, declaring the Spring Equinox. This year that instant occurs at 10:57 a.m. Montana time on Thursday, March 20. In Montana,...

  • Matt Rosendale drops out of eastern Montana House race

    Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Montana Free Press|Updated Mar 15, 2024

    Continuing a series of campaign reversals, Republican Montana Congressman Matt Rosendale announced Friday morning that he will not seek re-election to the state's eastern U.S. House district. Rosendale, a hardliner who was elected to the House in 2020 after serving as Montana State Auditor, launched a long-anticipated campaign for the U.S. Senate Feb. 9, only to call it off six days later. Then, at the end of February - by which point several Republicans had already begun...