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Articles from the June 27, 2018 edition

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  • Cleanup work to to resume at UBMC, but funding, timeline for completion uncertain

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    Personnel from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Montana Natural Resource Damage Program and U.S. Forest Service provided an update on the status of the Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex mine waste cleanup operation during the June 19 meeting of the Upper Blackfoot Valley Community Council in Lincoln. Work to clean up mine waste at the UBMC is expected to resume in July, after a nearly year-long delay that stemmed from a "disconnect" among state and federal...

  • July Fourth events on tap in Ovando

    Updated Jun 27, 2018

    Ovando is once again hosting their annual "Everyboy participate. Nobody Watches" Independence Day Parade, Wednesday July 4. Anyone interested in taking part in the parade, known for being short on formality and long on small town flair, should be at Trixi's at 10:30 a.m. to line up. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and heads down into the heart of Ovando and takes a turn or two through town. The Stray bullet will also open as a Beer Garden at 11 a.m. After the parade, hotdogs and...

  • Free Fly-tying class At the Lincoln Library

    Tiana Valler, Lincoln Community Hall|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    Jim Bosshardt will bring his love of fly fishing to the Lincoln Library Saturday, July 7, to help celebrate the Community Hall 100 Year Anniversary. Jim is a master fly fisherman and fly tyer. He has shared his passion for fly tying with kids in the classroom and adults in the community for years. Whether you are an experienced fly fisherman or if it's just something on your bucket list, you are sure to learn something new. Come join the fun! There will be two classes; one...

  • Montana doesn't need I-186

    Dave Galt, Exec. Dir., STOP I-186 to Protect Miners and Jobs|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but I was always taught that you don't fix what isn't broken. And when it comes to Montana's mining regulations and the environmental protections we have in place, they are far from needing fixed. Even a cursory look at Montana's permitting process for mines reveals that our regulatory standards are among the world's most stringent when it comes to protecting our land and water resources. But I-186, a recently proposed ballot initiative, completely...

  • Audit on bed tax needed

    Dee Brown-R, MT Senate District 2, Hungry Horse|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    Summer is upon us and traffic is indicating what most already know-it's going to be another great tourism season in northwest Montana. Recent headlines show that many cities are trying to mitigate the crush and diversify their venues so that it doesn't happen all at once. The recent audit of the Department of Commerce shows that bed tax collections have continued to climb in the state. What it doesn't show, however, is that about half of the collections are from Montanans....

  • Lincoln kids among those evacuated from Augusta-area bible school

    Connie McAfferty, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    Six teenagers from Lincoln were among 137 students and leaders from the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible who boarded CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the Montana Army National Guard's 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion for the long trip home Thursday, June 21. It turned out to be a summer Bible camp week that they will never forget. Governor Steve Bullock's state of emergency order during the catastrophic floods in Lewis and Clark County this month opened the way...

  • LVFD aids in Rogers Pass culvert repair

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    The Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department came to the aid of the Montana Department of Transportation last Wednesday when a plugged culvert just east of Roger's Pass threatened the stability of the highway. MDT put the fire department's big 1000 gallon-per-minute pump to use in the effort to remove water from of a deep pool feed by run off from last week's rain that developed on the north side of Highway 200 near mile marker 99. Harry Barnett, Maintenance Chief for MDOT's Great Fa...

  • Summer morn

    Updated Jun 27, 2018

    The morning sun creates a golden glow in a fog bank that formed over the Lincoln Valley early in the morning of June 21.... Full story

  • Fearless music at the Lincoln Library

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    Princess Fearless, also known as Mindy Dillard, performs with "Prince Craig" England and he son "the Magical Elf" Cyrus for young and old alike at the Lincoln Branch of the Lewis and Clark County Library, June 27. Dillard, and award winning singer and songwriter, describes herself a 'musical alchemist" and is known for her story telling that blends music and spoken word. Dillard uses her Princess Fearless persona to teach kids about safe risk taking; that it's OK to try new...

  • Lincoln Airport a safe haven in a storm

    Submitted News, Lincoln Airport|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    The storm that first moved into Montana on Saturday, June 16 forced six aircraft to land at Lincoln Airport on Sunday and one on Monday due to the local passes over the Continental Divide being clouded in. Five aircraft arrived from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association regional fly-in at Missoula, one arrived from Johnson Creek, Idaho, and one arrived from Sisters, Ore. One aircraft was headed for Great Falls, two aircraft for Casper, Wyo., one aircraft for Fort Peck,...

  • A neighbor in need: LVFD delivers sandbags, water to flooded Augusta

    Roger Dey|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    The Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department got a shout out from the Augusta-area Chamber of Commerce last week for delivering more than 60 cases of water and Gatorade for residents whose wells may have been contaminated by floodwaters. Lincoln Fire Chief Zach Muse and Kevin Grantier delivered the water to the Community Church in Augusta Thursday, June 21, after making the long detour to south to Interstate 15 necessitated by the closure of Roger's Pass the day before. The cases of...

  • Fireworks prohibited on Helena-Lewis and Clark Nat'l Forest

    News release, HLC National Forest|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    HELENA-As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest reminds visitors that fireworks are prohibited on all state and federal lands, including Forest Service; however, there are many other activities that people can do on the Forest. Fireworks-and the possession of fireworks-are prohibited on National Forest System lands, at any time of year. While exploring the national forest during the holiday, visitors are asked to be careful with...

  • 100-year Community Hall celebration

    Tiana Valler, Lincoln Community Hall|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    Come help us celebrate Lincoln Community Hall's 100th Anniversary on July 7th and 8th. Way back in 1918 when the Hall was constructed, having a place to come together and kick up their heels was a top priority – especially in those long, cold winters. Lincoln's beloved Hall was built with lots of volunteers, donated land, trees cut from surrounding forests then pulled out by horses in waist high snow and dances held as fund raisers. People pulling together when there is a n...

  • 4th Quarter Lincoln School Honor Roll

    Lincoln Public Schools|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    3th Grade Karissa Ninahuanca 4.0 Shelby Gaylord 4.0 Frances Cannon 3.846 Mandy Miller 3.6 Hunter Woodward 3.5 Payton Petersen 3.333 Clay Dailey 3.0 11th Grade Maggie Jorgensen 4.0 Bridger Kamps 4.0 Brittney Walker 3.857 Carly Templeton 3.846 Gavin Jorgensen 3.385 Tanea Reisch 3.286 Jager Vossler 3.286 Tanner Woodward 3.214 Joshua Melton 3.143 10th Grade Alexis Cannon 4.0 Sage Kamps 4.0 Jaken Shelton 3.846 Makenzie Storey 3.643 Savannah Hurst 3.571 9th Grade Lindsey Weisner 4....

  • The days of loose hay and stripped nuts

    Updated Jun 27, 2018

    During the loose hay era it was this time of year that most ranches got their haying equipment ready for the summer's work. In those days the machinery, except for the tractors, were home fabricated or built by the town mechanic. There was a lot of equipment: usually two buckrakes, two side delivery rakes, a winch, and two mowers, plus the beaverslide stacker itself. Most of the machinery was in a marginal state, having been patched together for years. But it worked. My...

  • FWP co-authors award-winning paper on methods for mapping wildlife corridors

    News release, Montana FWP|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    A Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologist was a co-author of a report that won the Outstanding Paper Award in Landscape Ecology from the U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology. The paper, titled "Connecting models to movements: Testing connectivity model predictions against empirical migration and dispersal data," was based on the research of Montana State University doctoral graduate Meredith McClure, who was the lead author of the...

  • Mountaintop Musings

    Dave Carroll, Community Bible Church of Lincoln|Updated Jun 27, 2018

    Last Saturday morning we were blessed to be able to sit around our kitchen table and talk with some dear friends from Tennessee who have come to assist us with Bible camp. We first met Doyle and Susan in the winter of 1994-95 when we started attending First Baptist Church in Benton. They became dear friends along with several other families. We spent seven wonderful years in that church family learning and growing together in our faith and friendships. But we moved to Montana...