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Articles from the May 4, 2024 edition

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  • Lincoln School election results

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated May 10, 2024

    School Board Lincoln School District had nine candidates to choose from for three seats on the Lincoln School Board this year. The results saw incumbents Billy Cyr and Doug Mengel retain their seats, while voters elected Julie Zarske to the third open seat, which had been held by Ken Lumpkin. Mill Levy Voters also opted not to approve a 25.75 mill levy for the school. The increase was designed to raise $127,581.62 per year for the school budget. The property tax increase was...

  • Lincoln students star in MCT's Treasure Island

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated May 10, 2024

    Lincoln School students starred in the Missoula Children's Theater's adaptation of Treasure Island, with two performances following a week of rehearsals. Starring Claire Gilbert as Jim Hawkins and MCT actor Olivia Woodall as Captain Long John Silver, the tale sees Hawkins discover a treasure map at his family inn, with Silver seeking to take advantage of the youngster to recover treasure left on Skull Island. With a small band of ruffian friends, Hawkins joins Silver and the...

  • Congress Just Accomplished Something. Can It Do It Again?

    Lee Hamilton, Center on Representative Government|Updated May 10, 2024

    Until recently, it seemed like you couldn't turn around without finding a headline lambasting the current Congress as the least productive ever. There was good reason for that, which we'll get into shortly, but it's worth noting that they've suddenly disappeared. Clearly, that's because of April's passage of the foreign aid package that includes significant aid for Ukraine, Israel and Gaza, and Taiwan, and a measure that attempts to force a sale of TikTok. There was a great...

  • Montana's Pryor Mountains Offer Diverse Landscapes

    Rick and Susie Graetz, University of Montana Dept. of Geography|Updated May 10, 2024

    Red desert, ice caves and wild horses are symbols of a most unique piece of Montana's mountain country – the island-like Pryor Mountains of south-central Montana. From the Yellowstone River Valley and the big-little town of Billings, these Pryors appear as hills when compared to the towering Beartooths 30 miles to the west. Looks are deceiving, though. Flying just beyond their flanks, especially along the east face, reveals a steep, rugged and high landscape. Named after N...

  • Growing number of Montanans report their quality of life is declining

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Updated May 8, 2024

    Montanans are increasingly reporting that their quality of life is declining, according to a recent University of Montana poll. Sixty-two percent of Montanans contacted by pollsters say their quality of life has gotten worse over the past five years. That's a seven-point increase compared to 2022 when the Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative last put that question to likely Montana voters. "It's quite clear that residents all over the state - even out on t...

  • Op-ed: Quality of life survey confirms policy decisions 

    Sen. Jason Ellsworth - R, Hamilton|Updated May 8, 2024

    A recent University of Montana survey confirms what legislators have been hearing from our constituents: Montanans are seriously concerned about several issues that they say are negatively impacting quality of life. Among the findings, 90 percent think that urban sprawl eating up open lands is a problem, 84 percent are worried about Montana's changing character, and 78 percent think outdoor recreation is becoming overcrowded. The 2023 Legislature passed legislation to take...

  • Explosive growth, tourism weigh heavy on western Montana's aging roads 

    Katie Fairbanks, Montana Free Press|Updated May 8, 2024

    Growing populations and tourism in western Montana are straining aging roads, leaving state and local governments to fix problems or make improvements with limited funding, according to transportation officials. While development-driven infrastructure upgrades are nothing new, the Montana Department of Transportation is trying to keep afloat amid "explosive" growth around Missoula and Kalispell, said Joel Boucher, a state engineer for a nine-county district that includes...

  • Bear activity picks up in Montana, bear aware habits can prevent conflict

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated May 8, 2024

    HAVRE – With the onset of spring weather, both species of Montana bears are active. Much of Montana has both black and grizzly bears, with grizzlies showing up further and further east each year. Recently, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks confirmed a grizzly bear sighting in the Bear Paw Mountains east of Big Sandy. "Though not common, grizzly bear sightings around central Montana have increased over the years," said FWP Region 6 Supervisor Drew Henry. "This emphasizes the n...

  • Heritage Tourism Council recognizes National Historic Preservation Month

    Kathy Macefield, Historic Preservation Office Assistant|Updated May 8, 2024

    The City of Helena/Lewis and Clark County Heritage Tourism Council (HTC) is recognizing National Historic Preservation Month with proclamations and a historic photo display. The Board of County Commissioners are scheduled to issue a Proclamation at their regular 9 a.m. Tuesday meeting on May 14. The Proclamation for the Helena City Commission is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, May 20. Both public meetings are in the Commission Chamber, room 330, on the third floor of the City-Co...