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Articles from the May 2, 2018 edition


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  • Rising Water

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated May 2, 2018

    Lewis and Clark county Public Works Director Eric Griffin said the county is monitoring the roads around Lincoln on a daily basis , and will deal with them on a site by site basis once water stops flowing across them. If the roads become impassable, they will deal with them on a site by site basis as well. The May 1 Snow Pack Summary from the National Water & Climate Center shows the Blackfoot Basin snow pack is still at 180 percent, so more water is expected.(Roger Dey... Full story

  • Hi Country employee concerns take center stage during CDBG public hearing

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated May 2, 2018

    A public hearing held by the Montana Business Assistance Connection to take public comments on the application for a Community Development Block Grant that could be used to help a prospective buyer purchase Hi Country Snack Foods, Inc. drew more than a dozen people, nearly all of them Hi Country employees. MBAC's Community Development Program Grant Manager Eric Seidensticker, identified the potential buyers as Travis and Molly Byerly of Bozeman and reiterated that the purpose...

  • Arlene Mae Lemmon Heppner

    Updated May 2, 2018

    Helena - Arlene Mae Lemmon Heppner passed peacefully at Legacy Assisted Living Facility in Helena, MT on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Arlene was born on July 10, 1924, in Savoy, MT to Claude and Billie Lemmon. She graduated from Harlem High School and married Rudy Heppner on January 26, 1942. Following WVVII, they moved to Great Falls where they raised their five children. After raising her children, she went to Beauty College, which was always an ambition of hers. They... Full story

  • MCT brings 'Gulliver's Travels' and a unique student experience to Lincoln

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated May 2, 2018

    The Missoula Children's Theater returned to Lincoln School last week with their take on the Jonathan Swift classic "Gulliver's Travels," and the play drew a record number of students interested in taking part. Sixty-one students, ranging from kindergartners to high school juniors, tried out for roles that re-imagined Gulliver as an explorer lost in space and encountering various cultures divided by education, color or size, all while traveling between planets using a...

  • Roberson retires from job at Ranger District

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated May 2, 2018

    After four and a half years as the front desk person at the Lincoln Ranger district, Lisa Roberson retired from her position last week. Roberson, who has been battling Huntingtons disease for the past several years, bid farewell to a job that made her the face of the Lincoln Ranger District for locals looking for information or a conversation with a staff members, and for visitors stopping in to check out the Lincoln Grizzly. "A lot of people walk through the door and expect...

  • Thanks for a record breaking Fireman's Ball

    Zach Muse, Lincoln Fire Rescue|Updated May 2, 2018

    Sorry this has taken a while, but I've been waiting to get some better numbers on what we earned from the Fireman's Ball and get all the bills in. I've gotten most of them in and after going through the numbers best we can, I'm gonna go out there and say that without a doubt, it was another record breaking year for the Fireman's Ball. It's a bit rough, but we should net around $20-$21,000, when we figure the expenses and what was earmarked for the new 6x6 water tender we are j...

  • Lincoln plays host to Montana American Legion District meeting

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated May 2, 2018

    Lincoln hosted the spring meeting of District 6 of the American Legion of Montana, with about 50 Legionnaires from the "Mining District" and several representatives from the Veteran's Administration gathering at the Lincoln Community Hall Saturday, April 28. Doug Vulcan, adjutant for Lincoln Post #9, said the bi-annual meetings rotate through the thirteen Legion posts in the District, which extends from Dillon to Lincoln and includes posts in Butte, Helena and Philipsburg....

  • End of the Ride

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated May 2, 2018

    Although Ovando was recently recognized for the community's welcoming attitude and hospitality toward cyclists, one of the major cycling events that used the town as its base fell victim to last year's fire season and the realities of declining fundraising. Last fall, as the enormous Rice Ridge Fire burned through the hills north of Ovando, the Missoula Symphony made the call to cancel their annual early-September Ovando Gran Fondo mountain bike ride. "I think the decision at...

  • Long-time owner works final shift at Helmville's Copper Queen Saloon

    Hope Quay, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated May 2, 2018

    The Copper Queen Saloon, Helmville's only local watering hole, recently changed hands after more than two decades. Former owner and chief bartender Tami Foell, who ran the Copper Queen – Helmville's sole commercial establishment – for nearly 21 years, worked her last shift behind the bar Monday, Apr. 30. "It was just time," Foell said of her decision to sell. The host of the official Helmville Rodeo Sunday night Labor Day Dance, the Copper Queen is known for its old-time Wes...

  • Absenteeism, poor scores affect Lincoln 7-8 accreditation

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated May 2, 2018

    Issues with absenteeism and failing grades among Lincoln's Junior High School students has taken a toll on the middle school's accreditation status this spring, placing it in an "Advice" category, while both the High School and Elementary School have met the required performance standards and maintained their "Regular" accreditation. Under the Administrative Rules of Montana Chapter 55, which sets the standards for accreditation, there are three categories of accreditation...

  • Change & Choices

    Dave Carroll, Community Bible Church of Lincoln|Updated May 2, 2018

    My last “Musing” was titled “A New Beginning” and in it I shared some thoughts on being in community, and also on a new chapter in life as pastor of the Community Bible Church of Lincoln. I am very excited about that! But then again we are all excited about new things, new relationships, and the newness that springtime brings to our lives. But with new things there is change, and we often do not like change. Change causes us some feeling of discomfort doesn’t it? But to gr...

  • Congress should address deferred maintenance problem in National Parks

    Rep. John Knokey - R, Bozeman HD 65|Updated May 2, 2018

    The week of April 21 thru 29 marks National Parks Week, a time to celebrate the natural wonders and unique cultural heritage our Parks protect and put on display. This year’s National Parks Week couldn’t come at a more opportune time—that’s because right now proposals in Congress to dedicate funding for deferred maintenance in the National Parks are gaining momentum. It is appearing likely that Congress will this year solve one of the most pressing issues affecting the future of our National Parks. Deferred mainten...

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