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Articles from the March 11, 2020 edition


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  • Lincoln School Board convenes emergency meeting to respond to statewide school closure order

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Mar 16, 2020

    The Lincoln School Board held an emergency meeting Sunday night to develop a response plan to Gov. Steve Bullock's order to shut down all K-12 public schools in the state for two weeks, as part of an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. There are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln Schools or in Lincoln. There are currently six reported cases in the state, with two victims in Missoula County, one in Broadwater County, one in Gallatin County,...

  • Lewis and Clark County Issues Public Health Emergency Declaration

    News Release, Lewis and Clark County|Updated Mar 15, 2020

    Helena – Lewis and Clark County Commissioners today issued a County Public Health Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 epidemic occurring across the United States. Lewis and Clark Public Health (LCPH), along with other local health services and stakeholders, have been proactively preparing for the virus to reach Montana. While there are still no confirmed cases in Lewis & Clark County*, local officials expect it is only a matter of time. This declaration allows t...

  • The hustle & bustle of everyday life

    Tammy Jordan, BVD|Updated Mar 14, 2020

    Busy people get things done… or do they? When I resided in Billings for a few years, I was pretty active in a variety of things, including working two jobs, one full-time and another almost full-time. I was also going through a class called the Montana Artrepreneur Program (MAP) in an effort to build a more successful fiber art business. I was the co-chair and secretary for the local spinning guild, on the planning committee that organized a large festival each year, and v...

  • Photos: Songblast! Dueling Guitars

    Updated Mar 11, 2020

    The Lincoln Council for The Arts brought Pat Balder and Glen Everhart, the duo who comprise SongBlast! to Lincoln for a performance March 5. The event, a high energy performance featuring classic rock and audience participation, drew more than 80 people to the Lincoln Community Hall....

  • Lincoln selected for membership in Montana Main Street Program

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Mar 11, 2020

    This month, Lincoln became the first unincorporated community in the state to become an affiliate member of the Montana Department of Commerce Montana Main Street Program. Last December, Envision Lincoln and Erin Farris-Olsen, the Rural Development Director for the Heart of the Rockies Initiative, worked with the Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce and Lewis and Clark County to apply for affiliate membership in the program as part of ongoing economic development efforts. Membership in Montana Main Street Program has been a...

  • Residents voice concerns about Dalton Mountain Bridge replacement schedule, Herrin Lake Road detour safety

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Mar 11, 2020

    The Dalton Mountain Road Bridge replacement project became a dominant topic of conversation at the March 6 Lincoln Government Day, Lewis and Clark County Public Works Director Eric Griffin fielding a variety of questions and comments following his regular update for the meeting. The chief concerns included the timeline of the project, which is now in the hands of the Montana Department of Transportation’s off-system bridge program and traffic and safety on Herrin Lakes R...

  • Vallers hosting Down Syndrome Awareness Day & Ice Cream Social

    Tammy Jordan, BVD|Updated Mar 10, 2020

    If you take a closer look at the fence surrounding the Heritage House building, you’ll notice colorful socks along the fence posts. Why, you ask? It’s in preparation for their upcoming Ice Cream Social event on Saturday, March 21 in appreciation of World Down Syndrome Day. “Colorful socks have always been a part of WDSD because they resemble genes and the extra chromosomes those with Down syndrome usually carry. The socks help create awareness.” Tiana Valler said. WDSD is held each year on March 21, and has been observe...

  • Deputy's Log

    Deputy Robert Rivera, Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs Office|Updated Mar 10, 2020

    Lewis and Clark County 911 Center received twenty-four calls for service during the week of March 1 through March 7. Deputies performed fifteen traffic stops and one civil service call in the Lincoln area. Other calls for service in the Lincoln area last week included two animal reports, one citizen assist, two road hazards, and one search and rescue training. Lincoln Ambulance responded to two medical calls for service....

  • Dear Dietitian: The 50's

    Leanne McCrate, Featured columnist|Updated Mar 10, 2020

    Dear Dietitian, I’ve recently stumbled upon a few articles touting a return to the diets of the 1950s, which were influenced by war-time rationing. They say people ate healthier. What are the pros and cons of following a typical diet from that era? Sincerely, Rick Dear Rick, These days there are several ways to eat healthy, and sometimes this can be confusing for people. Recently, there has been an interest in returning to a 1950s style of eating, but did people really eat h...

  • Science Fair Gives Kids a Chance to Learn From Setbacks and Successes

    Kate Radford, BVD|Updated Mar 10, 2020

    After spending weeks designing experiments, writing hypotheses, and testing out theories, Pre-K through 10th grade students presented their findings to judges on Thursday, Mar. 5 at the annual Lincoln School Science Fair. Nancy Schwalm is a new science teacher this year at Lincoln School, and this was her first experience coordinating the Science Fair. "I think it went very well. Obviously, I learned some things that I'm going to do differently next time," said Schwalm. She...

  • Lincoln Skatepark ramping up 2020 fundraising efforts

    Kate Radford, BVD|Updated Mar 10, 2020

    Jeff Ament, bass guitarist for Pearl Jam, is originally from Big Sandy, Mont., and has helped build more than a dozen skateparks in rural towns throughout Montana, from St. Ignatius to Glendive to Havre. A group of students, along with some dedicated adults, hope to add Lincoln to that list this year by building a skatepark in Hooper Park where the horseshoe pits currently are. In 2018, students approached Ament about supporting a skatepark in Lincoln. At that time, Ament...

  • March Madness at Montana WILD

    Updated Mar 10, 2020

    Montana WILD’s March programs are offered Mondays and Fridays at 4 p.m., with a different focus each week. Three programs are left for the month: March 16 and 20: Reptiles and Amphibians Some of the most underappreciated species in Montana, reptiles and amphibians, live all around us. Come learn about and meet turtles, snakes and salamanders. March 23 and 27: Turkey Vultures While their taste for dead, rotting animals can make them seem disgusting, turkey vultures are incredibly important to our ecosystems. *The Friday p...

  • DPHHS seeks nominations for Emergency Medical Services awards

    News Release, Montana DPHHS|Updated Mar 10, 2020

    Department of Public Health and Human Services officials are requesting nominations for the 2020 Emergency Medical Services awards to be announced later this year. DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan said the department looks forward to honoring Montana's first responders. "These dedicated Montanans are there for all of us each and every day when help is needed the most," she said. "This is an opportunity for these heroes to be recognized for their life-saving efforts." DPHHS seeks...

  • Census self-response starts March 12

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Mar 10, 2020

    April 1 is Census Day in the United States, but self-response for the Census starts online tomorrow, March 12 and Lewis and Clark County Commissioner Andy Hunthausen again reminded people of the importance of filling out the census at the March 6 Lincoln Government Day Meeting. Hunthausen, a member of the Lewis and Clark County Complete Count committee, said households will be receiving an invitation to respond in the mail beginning March 12, with plans in place to reach...

  • Hey Howdy Hey

    Jim Oly, Lincoln|Updated Mar 10, 2020

    I was just thinking about a short time ago when I had gone into a little café for lunch. I was sitting there having my meal when a young family of four came in. As soon as they sat down, their phones came out. Not a word was said by any of them. The mom and dad and the two young children sitting with their heads down staring at their phones. The only words that came out of their mouth was when a waitress took their order, then they were back glued to their phones. Even when...

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