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Articles from the March 20, 2019 edition


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  • Legislative Roundup: Medicaid expansion, Coal bill tabled, CWD, Infrastructure

    Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce, Community News Service UM School of Journalism|Updated Mar 20, 2019

    People filled the Montana Capitol Saturday to testify during an all-day hearing on two competing bills that would extend Medicaid expansion, some of them arguing to keep the program as is, some arguing for more requirements for enrollees and others arguing against the program completely. Republican Rep. Ed Buttrey of Great Falls and Democratic Rep. Mary Caferro of Helena are carrying competing Medicaid expansion bills, which were heard back-to-back Saturday. With nearly...

  • Fireman's Ball comes together after demanding winter

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Mar 20, 2019

    Lincoln firefighters descended on the Lincoln Community Hall Friday afternoon and Saturday morning to prepare the hall for their annual Fireman's Ball. Lincoln Fire Chief Zach Muse said efforts to get the Fireman's Ball up and running was "a bit chaotic" this year, following a few tough months. Muse said circumstances this year, including the passing of Fire District Chairman Bill Frisbee, health issues within the families of various firefighters and even the extra plowing...

  • Lincoln Out of Date

    Updated Mar 20, 2019

    March 19, 1969 Local Chamber Has A Name A five􀀚man steering committee has decided to name the new organization 'Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce'. At a three-hour session Friday the committee also appointed a nominating committee to select a president, vice-president and secretary-treasurer. The group also set up by-laws and determined a six-man board of directors should be nominated. The first election of candidates will provide for two members to serve as directors for on...

  • UM Helps Create National Center for Rural School Mental Health

    News Release, University of Montana|Updated Mar 20, 2019

    MISSOULA – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $10 million to establish a National Center for Rural School Mental Health. Dr. Ryan Tolleson Knee, a University of Montana social work professor, will co-direct the new center. Researchers and staff at the new center will create an online data and training system to support the mental health needs of students in rural schools throughout Montana, Missouri and Virginia. "This national center will develop and p...

  • Trapper Ed class set for April 6 in Missoula

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated Mar 20, 2019

    A trapper education class is planned for Missoula on Saturday, April 6 from 8:30am to 5pm at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 2 Office (3201 Spurgin Road). The class is free and open to anyone. Students must register by calling FWP at 406-542-5500 or Montana Trappers Association (MTA) member, Bob Sheppard, at 406-793-5885. An adult must accompany students under 10 years of age. Topics will include trapping equipment, trap setting, ethics, regulations, furbearer...

  • Lincoln School to increase minimum age to attend preschool next year

    Hope Quay, BVD|Updated Mar 20, 2019

    The Lincoln School Board has voted to raise the minimum age to attend Lincoln's free pre-school from three to four years old. Montana is one of nine states without state funded pre-school programs. However, the 2018-19 school years saw the introduction of Lincoln's first free pre-school program, thanks to grant funding that made the program possible. Originally, the program accepted three and four-year-olds, but the minimum age will rise to four in the 2019-20 school year....

  • Op/Ed: Time to cut long vacant positions in state agencies

    Updated Mar 20, 2019

    Your Republican led legislature is in the process of compiling the budget for the next two years. We are not just talking about efficient state government, we are implementing it. We are doing this by focusing on reducing waste in bureaucracy, while at the same time retaining indispensable state services. The Republican caucus is united behind the idea of no new or increased taxes while rejecting what the Governor calls "revenue enhancers" (new taxes). Last session we began to...

  • Op/Ed: Don't tax Montanans' medicine cabinets

    Updated Mar 19, 2019

    Politicians in Helena need to understand that good intentions and well wishes don’t count for much when their decisions cause harm to Montanans. Montanans are aware of the damage the opioid epidemic has caused to families, friends, and our communities. The state has taken many commendable steps to combat opioid addiction. However, the need to fight opioid abuse does not excuse bad policy making. Helena politicians are working on proposal to impose a new tax on prescription medication in order to address the opioid epidemic. T...

  • Shed hunters should give wildlife a break

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated Mar 19, 2019

    Late winter can be a stressful time for deer and elk with deep snow, limited food options and depleted fat reserves. That’s why Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is asking shed hunters and other recreationists to give deer and elk their space until the snow melts and the animals are less stressed. Shed hunting – looking for antlers shed each year in the winter by male elk and deer so they can regrow a new pair – has become increasingly popular in recent years and more competitive. While it is illegal to trespass on FWP’s...

  • Grandmother Ethel

    Dick Geary|Updated Mar 19, 2019

    With most of the news being about politics these days, I think often about our maternal grandmother who was a dedicated Republican in the Eisenhower vein. Her political views stemmed from her intense dislike of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. She was disgusted that FDR was on the dime, and when the 10 cent stamps with his bust on them were issued, she was vocal in her contempt. She disliked using the stamps, blaming FDR for the high price of postage and everything else...

  • Lincoln Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Mar 19, 2019

    The Lincoln Baptist church welcomed a new pastor to town this month with the arrival of Marshal Visger. Visger comes to Lincoln from Glasgow, where he worked as a Valley County Deputy Sheriff. "I'd been involved in Southern Baptist for quite some time, and felt the calling of the ministry and I saw Lincoln was looking," he said. "There were very few places I wanted to move to and Lincoln was in the top three." Visger comes to Lincoln with his wife Katelyn and a 10-month-old...

  • 32nd Annual Pete Sitch Tournament sees good turnout and support

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Mar 19, 2019

    Dave Sitch said his family is so thankful and appreciative for the continued support of the Pete Sitch Memorial Basketball Tournament. This year marked the 32nd annual tournament created in honor of the Sitch family patriarch, who was killed in a logging accident in 1984. The Lincoln Telephone Company team took home the top spot after beating Big Rock, a team based out of Boulder, in the championship game Sunday afternoon. Sitch said this year's tournament had a full roster of...

  • Legion donates to school music dept.

    Updated Mar 19, 2019

    Lincoln American Legion Post 9 presented a donation of $150 to the Lincoln School Music Department Monday afternoon. Post Adjutant Doug Vulcan said part of the money came from donations raised by the veteran’s organization at their warming hut for spectators and participants during the Race to the Sky start, Feb. 9. Vulcan said the Legion matched the $38 raised, then kicked in a bit more for the final total....

  • Dear Dietician: Cancer and nutrition

    Leanne McCrate|Updated Mar 19, 2019

    Dear Readers, Today I am writing about a topic near to my heart: nutrition and cancer, or more pointedly, nutrition myths and cancer. My clinical experience included twelve years of oncology nutrition, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Good nutrition can help prevent some types of cancer, and not surprisingly, it is the same diet that helps prevent other diseases, such as heart disease and stroke. You’ve heard it before and read it in this column: Eat lots of f...

  • Photos: Paddy's Parade

    Updated Mar 19, 2019

  • Sculpture in the Wild a finalist for tourism award

    Hope Quay, B VD|Updated Mar 19, 2019

    Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild has been chosen as one of three finalists up to receive a Montana Tourism Award in the category of Heritage and Cultural Tourism. Nominated alongside Sculpture in the Wild are Helena’s Archie Bray Foundation and the Kootenai Country Montana Chainsaw Carving Championship. Visitors and friends of Sculpture in the Wild nominated the park, and BPSW President Becky Garland said board members were notified of the park’s selection as a finalist last week. She said she hopes several boa...

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