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Articles from the March 24, 2022 edition


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  • How to overcome mental fatigue

    Metro|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Fatigue and exhaustion are often discussed in terms that characterize the physical effects that they have on the body. However, mental fatigue can be just as draining as physical exhaustion, even if its symptoms are not as evident as achy muscles or tired feet. The online medical resource WebMD notes that mental fatigue typically arises when individuals focus on mentally challenging tasks for extended periods of time. Many individuals also experienced mental fatigue during...

  • 'We're Back!'

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    "I wanted to make a banner that said 'We're back' on the front of the school," Dave Sitch, coordinator of the Pete Sitch Memorial Co-ed Basketball Tournament said. "It feels awesome." The tournament returned this year after being canceled in in both 2020 and 2021, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-year absence had Sitch wondering if it could make a comeback. "I was concerned about teams and people, but as soon as I got word out that we were good to go, we filled up just...

  • Student Arts Scholarships Available

    News Release, Alpine Artisans|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    We're beginning to see the light at the end of the 'Corona virus pandemic tunnel', and Alpine Artisans encourages parents and high school students to consider the grants and scholarships we offer. Does your K-12 student want to attend a summer camp in music, drama or any part of the arts? Are you a graduating senior who is interested in majoring or minoring in any aspect of the arts? AAI is interested in helping you! Since 1995, AAI has awarded over 24 senior scholarships for...

  • Douglas-fir Bark Beetle activity on the rise in Lincoln

    Brad French, MTDNRC Clearwater Unit|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Being an owner of forested property can bring many upkeep duties. Thinning, burning, road work, and monitoring for tree health can keep a property owner busy. Many large, old Douglas-fir trees on city lots in Lincoln are showing signs of beetle attacks in the last year, including some trees over 400 years in age. Last year's beetle-infested trees can affect your healthy trees if not dealt with in a timely fashion. Most forest insect pests occur naturally throughout Montana,...

  • Arts Council to host Empire Trio for night of entertainment

    Tammy Jordan|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    The Lincoln Council for the Arts is bringing the Empire Trio for a night of music and entertainment to Lincoln on Thursday, April 6th at 7pm. The performance, which will be held at the Lincoln Community Methodist Church will feature the Trio in conjunction with several local students and residents including M'Liss Weisner, Bill Quay, Elyssa Longson, Dick Birkholz, Diane Krier, Aubrian Van Winkle, and students from the Lincoln School. The Empire Trio has performed at Carnegie...

  • Attorney General Knudsen encourages Montanans to beware of tax scams

    News Release, Montana Attorney Generals Office|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    HELENA – Attorney General Austin Knudsen is encouraging Montanans to be on high-alert for scammers trying to take advantage of them during tax season. The Department of Justice's Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) has received 44 calls related to tax scams since January 2021. "Montanans pay enough in taxes without being scammed while trying to file their paperwork. It's more important than ever to be on the lookout for fraudsters trying to take advantage of you as we're r...

  • Lewis & Clark Library re-launching 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program

    News Release, Lewis and Clark Library|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    Helena, Mont – 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is getting a revamp! First established at Lewis & Clark Library in 2017, the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program has encouraged hundreds of families in the county to read 1,000 books before their child begins kindergarten. After five years, a remodel and a pandemic, we realized that we needed to reorganize the program to make it more accessible to our community. Thanks to generous funding from the Lewis & Clark Library F...

  • Op-Ed: Regulations stand in the way of attainable housing

    Updated Mar 23, 2022

    We are five of the youngest lawmakers in the Montana Legislature. At 20, 21, 24, 29, and 31 years old, we are in various stages of renting and home ownership, and all of us are concerned about the housing crisis facing Montana. In every one of our communities-Billings, Belgrade, Columbia Falls, and even Malta-housing is rapidly becoming more expensive and harder to find. Many of the factors causing the housing crisis, such as migration, supply costs, and the labor shortage,...

  • Opinion: Your sporting and conservation legacy is at risk, and it's worth fighting for

    Shiela Hogan, Executive Director - Montana Democratic Party|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    As one of seven kids growing up in Butte, Montana, the holidays in our house were equal parts chaos and celebration. But one thing was a constant-when you reached a certain age, you could expect to find your first hunting rifle under the Christmas tree. But with that gift came responsibilities-hunter safety, fair chase hunting ethics, and an understanding that public lands are an essential part of our hunting heritage in Montana. In one way or another, the opposite of these...

  • Harry's 97th

    Roger Dey|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    Harry Arvidson marked his 97th birthday Sunday with a celebration at the Methodist Church. Harry, whose birthday was Saturday, March 19, entertained friends and family with his sharp wit and stories of his days in the restaurant business and as a WWII submariner. After a rendition of 'Happy Birthday,' Rod Bullis shared some of the bits of wisdom he's learned from Harry and asked what the secret was to making it to 97. "I stopped smoking 50 years ago, Harry replied. "I quit...

  • Sharing Christmas 2021 in Lincoln: A belated Thank You

    Diane Ironi|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    Here it goes: a better late than never, long overdue thank you. I don't know where the time goes but it went by fast. Sorry I'm so late in getting this out. Thanks to everyone who bought gifts and/or helped make so many happy at Christmas time. Our seniors at the senior center had a very nice Christmas dinner. Thank you to the Putt-Putt Bonnie Christian who supplied the roast beef. Thank you, Donna Forkan and Diane Ironi, for flipping the bill and paying for the dinner. Our town donated very nice items, baskets, and money to...

  • MCT takes kids on a trip into the Wildwood with 'Hansel and Gretel'

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    Missoula Children's Theater, working with the POUNCE program at Lincoln Schools, returned to for a second year March 11 and 12 with a presentation of a re-imagined classic Hansel & Gretel. "Last year was supposed to be our off year," said POUNCE director Jackie Grantier, "but it was postponed ... because of COVID, so we did have it last year." Grantier said they had a close to record number of students turnout for the play, with 47 kids taking part. The retelling of the story...

  • Guest Readers Program brings community into the classroom

    Connie McCafferty, BVD|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    Twice a week, folks from the greater Lincoln community come to Cailey DenBoer's first grade classroom to read to her students and initiate a lively discussion with questions and answers about their book. The children gather around the guest reader in the library corner of the room and listen with rapt attention. One component of the attention-getting events are the new guests. Who are they? What book did they bring? DenBoer's goals for the visit are for the students to practic...

  • From My Perspective: Losing Our Childhood Heroes

    Tammy Jordan|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    I grew up in a very small town. I was five years old when we moved there in 1975, and the population sign read something just over 1,000 people. That same population sign as you enter that town, now an incorporated city, reads 113,381. It doesn’t really matter what the population is, I still have many of the friends I grew up with who still live there. What does matter is remembering the way, and the people I grew up with. And let me tell you, thinking back on those m...

  • Obituary: Barney Vanden Bos

    Updated Mar 23, 2022

    Barney Vanden Bos was born April 10, 1944 in Kalispell to Dick and Geneva Vanden Bos. He passed March 7, 2022. Barney attended grade school in Dupuyer and graduated from Valier High School 1963. He married Claudette Becker in 1965 before serving in the U.S. Army and received a Purple Heart during the Vietnam War. They were married for 55 years, raising two sons, Russell and Roy, on the family farm near Dupuyer. After farming, the family owned and operated a bulk fuel...

  • Lincoln High School and Middle School Students to Attend BPA National Leadership Conference in Dallas

    Laura Bullis, Lincoln Schools BPA Advisor|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    Students from Lincoln High School and Middle School Business Professionals of America chapters have qualified to attend the 2022 BPA National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas, May 3-8. The conference will bring together an estimated six thousand delegates from across the country to vie for top honors in business, finance, technology, marketing and health administration skills competitions; attend leadership and professional development workshops; receive awards for...

  • Town Hall small group responses provide first look at community priorities for Master Planning

    Roger Dey|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    With the Lincoln Master Plan Community Surveys out in the community for another week, a series of questions asked at the March 2 Town Hall meeting provides some early insights into concerns community members have about Lincoln and the planning process. After the presentation at the Town Hall, community members broke up into nine small groups of between 3 and 10 people to discuss six questions and provide answers for a large group discussion that was to follow. However, most...

  • Supporters crowd Community Hall for Fireman's Ball

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    The Lincoln Fireman's Ball returned to its traditional weekend Saturday, with a turnout of supporters that required overflow seating in Station One, next door to the Community Hall. Lincoln Fire Chief Zach Muse estimated they had between 300 and 350 people attend the ball this year, but didn't have an exact figure since people came and went throughout the evening. "This is what it's all about," Assistant Fire Chief Derek Perez said Saturday afternoon as the firefighters set...

  • Pierce takes on challenge as Lincoln's new librarian

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Mar 23, 2022

    The new branch librarian at the Lincoln Library is a familiar to face to those who have dropped in to peruse the stacks or use the computers. Eleanor Pierce has been the assistant branch library for about 20 years, and she stepped up to fill the librarian position left open when Kate Radford returned to Boise to take on a new challenge at the Boise Public Library in December. "There are many opportunities for me to learn and grow," Pierce said of her decision to apply for the...

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