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Articles from the June 16, 2022 edition

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  • Hook, line and...sucker?

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    The calls of sandhill cranes echoed off the nearby hillsides above Alice Creek Ranch. On the ponds below, the calm surface of the water was broken only by handmade flies, the occasional spinner and a rather large muskrat. With the end of the school year on the horizon, Lincoln School science teacher Nancy Schwalm and a handful of students took advantage of a surprisingly mild evening Wednesday June 1 to fish the ponds at the historic ranch property and enjoy a tailgate...

  • Fire season outlook

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    Commissioner Jim McCormick asked Lincoln Fire Chief Zach Muse for an update on the fire department and fire season. Muse said everything is going well and the Lincoln Volunteer Fire rescue has been pushing hard on their wildland fire training "We're green right now," he said. "May and June are our wettest months for rain. In May we had 1.4 inches, which really isn't that much. But it was cool, so that helped." He said Lincoln averages five to six inches in June, and the...

  • Sticker shock

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    When Lewis and Clark County officials opened the bids for the chip seal projects on the Rural Improvement Districts in Lincoln and Augusta, they weren't sure what to expect. Although they had anticipated a substantial increase in the cost of the project, they found when they opened the bids May 24, rising costs had far outpaced what they expected. "The bid we received, with anticipation of inflation and fuel costs, was higher than we predicted.," County Public Works Director J...

  • Road and bridge improvements begins on MT 141 near Helmville

    News Release, Montana Department of Transportation|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    Helmville - The Montana Department of Transportation resumed construction on MT 141 in Powell County on June 13. The project begins near the northwest end of Nevada Lake and extends northwest for 12.5 miles ending at the junction of MT 141 and MT 200. This project was started in 2021. Final construction work includes a seal and cover (chip seal) and upgraded pavement markings. The purpose of the project is to improve the road surface, upgrade safety features, and increase the...

  • Dutton discusses school security, response issues

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    With the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas last month and the May 31 threat of shooting in Helena that led to the arrest of a 23-year-old Helena man, , Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton addressed some of the challenges facing school security. Dutton said he has been stressing the importance of a single point entry for schools where a potential threat can be contained. He said the Helena School District has worked to make that happen through new construction and...

  • State, local officials report alarming number of fatal overdoses in recent weeks

    News Release, Department of Public Health and Human Services|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and the Montana Department of Justice, in conjunction with local law enforcement, have identified an alarming number of fatal overdoses across the state in the last two weeks. In the period from May 22 to June 1, there have been at least eight fatal overdoses, likely due to opioids. These fatalities occurred in Cascade, Custer, Gallatin, Lake, Lewis and Clark, and Yellowstone counties and involved individuals aged 24 to...

  • Safe driving, OHV traffic concerns

    Rogere Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    During the June 3 Lincoln Government Day meeting, Lincoln's resident Highway patrol Trooper Jesse Short said he's made a lot of traffic stops in the last month due to people following too closely. "I've been pulling over quite a few people, trying to get them to spread out. It's the fourth largest state in the union; we don't have to drive right up behind each other. There's plenty of room," he said. Short has also been talking to people about driving on the shoulder of the...

  • The role of exercise in cancer prevention

    Metro|Updated Jun 14, 2022

    The effects of cancer on the body are profound, which is why so many people want to implement as many measures as they can to reduce their risk of developing the disease. One of the vital steps to take is to increase physical activity. A recent study from researchers at the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute links exercise to a lower risk of specific types of cancer. People understand that exercise is important to health, but they may not know just how...

  • From My Perspective: Gratitude Changes Things

    Tammy Jordan|Updated Jun 14, 2022

    Over the past several weeks, there has been something missing in my day-to-day life. Not a person, not a place, not even something to be bought. My heart was feeling heavy, and trouble seemed to be around every corner. I found myself getting frustrated easier, sharp words coming more quickly, and the judgmental side of me in overdrive. I’m normally a pretty happy person, but glancing back at the past few weeks, possibly even the past couple of months, I can see clearly now, I...

  • Solid waste fees set to increase

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 14, 2022

    Lewis and Clark County Commissioners approved a resolution of intention to increase the solid waste disposal fee from 90 to $100 during a public hearing at the Lincoln Government Day meeting Commissioner Andy Hunthausen said the fees pay for the cost of running the container site, the disposals of that waste to Great Falls., under contract with Republic Service. and the recycling bins by the Lincoln Senior Center. County Finance Coordinator Misty Edwards said the assessment had been decreased from $100 to $90 in 2019 due to...

  • Photos: On to elementary

    Updated Jun 14, 2022

    A dozen Lincoln children bid farewell to Kindergarten during the kindergarten graduation Wednesday May 8. Kindergarten teacher Kurtis Janzen presented the kids with both their diplomas and an award highlighting each child's special interest or contribution the class...

  • Waxing Historic

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 14, 2022

    Lincoln Middle School history students presented their final presentations for the year during a pair of "Wax Museum" displays, open to the public, at the Lincoln School gym Tuesday morning, June 7. The students, dressed as various historic figures, waited for visitors to hit a "play button" that launched them into their presentation on the person they represented. The morning started with the 7th grade World Cultures and Geography class, who portrayed figures from world...

  • Ron Kruelski remembered with $5,000 scholarship

    Connie McCafferty|Updated Jun 14, 2022

    The family of Ron Kruelski, a Lincoln resident and faithful member of the Blackfoot Valley Bible Church, wanted their dad to be remembered for his life-transformation after accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior late in his life. For many years, Ron was a devoted supporter of youth and children's ministries. Ron died in the fall of 2021 of a massive heart attack on the top of Stemple Pass. In his memory, his family established a permanently endowed scholarship of $5000...

  • Op-Ed: Bail or Jail? Montana's Wild West

    Troy Downing, Montana Securities and Insurance Commissioner|Updated Jun 14, 2022

    Montana's Wild West is alive and well as a rogue subset of bounty hunters commit crimes and abuses against defendants on bail, their families and the public. State law gives bondsmen unrestrained arrest powers leading some to employ dangerous tactics that threaten public safety and infringe on defendants' rights. There is a clear need for Montana to create sideboards, rules, and arrest reporting standards to ensure transparency and establish minimal qualifications for...

  • My Answer: Anything that takes the place of God is sin

    Updated Jun 14, 2022

    Q: It is hard to watch the breakdown of our nation and to hear the talking heads pontificate on the changes that have taken place in society, particularly the pride in living without religious trappings. Why do people resent the power of God but devise idols that can only feed their greed for power over others? - I.W. A: Mankind is innately religious. He must have a god of some kind, and he plays with the gods of his own fashioning. Someone once said, "The power of a nation or a civilization will be weighed not in missiles...

  • Obituary: Sally Ann Woods

    Updated Jun 14, 2022

    Sally Anne Woods was born March 2, 1957 in Santa Rosa, Calif. to Red and Patty Woods. Graduate of Santa Rosa High School, Class of 1975. Resident of Lincoln, Mont. for 29 years and an unofficial sister to Laura Nicolai. Sal embraced a considerable work ethic and enjoyed a career that included a variety of workplaces and locations: office assistant in San Francisco; in Petaluma, Calif. she worked in retail – and loved every minute until she retired. She enjoyed people, especial... Full story

  • Obituary: William Wesley "Wes" Eyer

    Updated Jun 14, 2022

    William Wesley "Wes" Eyer age 89, of Glendive, Lincoln, and Montana City passed away Tuesday May 31 in the company of family. We would like to say Wes passed away peacefully surrounded by family, but as Wes would have it, he spent his last hours pestering the staff and marveling at the wonderful people and experiences he was blessed with. Wes was born on April 26, 1933, in Glendive to Claude W. and Marguerite (Adams) Eyer. Wes was the first of three children. He was joined by... Full story

  • Obituary: James L. McClure

    Updated Jun 14, 2022

    On the morning of May 27, 2022, James Lawrence McClure died peacefully at home comforted by his wife. Jim was born Oct. 10, 1948, to Lawrence "Larry" and Ruby (West) McClure in Colfax, Wash., where he spent his early childhood years playing with cousins and swimming at Newman Lake. In 1960 Larry, Ruby, Jim, and little sister Cheryl moved to Lincoln, Mont. to start a new adventure. The McClure family owned and operated the Phillip's 66 station where Jim learned many life... Full story

  • Preserving a Tradition

    Laurie Welty, President, Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce|Updated Jun 14, 2022

    I was not at all surprised when results of the recent community survey showed overwhelmingly that Lincoln's annual Independence Day festivities were the favorite weekend/event(s) of the year. I was very surprised however to subsequently learn that a 20-year, full-time resident was unaware that our amazing annual fireworks display is and has always been sponsored (paid for) by the Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce. Our community's parade, rodeo and fireworks show is...

  • Graduation Day

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 14, 2022

    "Imagine going to a school; a school that is small but safe; a school where everybody knows everyone; where peer and friend mean the same thing. Imagine going to a school where you're not just a number, but a priority; a school where you are loved; where you consider your teachers and classmates, coaches and teammates to be a second family, and school your second home. This is Lincoln Public School." With those words Jenna Templeton opened her valedictory address at Lincoln's...