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  • Lincoln's Concrete Wave

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jul 15, 2020

    Skateboarders from Helena, Lewistown and Stevensville joined Lincoln skaters Saturday July 11, to celebrate the formal grand opening of the new Lincoln Skatepark. "It's been a long process, but as you can see it was well worth it, so thank you everybody," Jeff Ament said after cutting the ribbon to officially open the Lincoln Skatepark Saturday afternoon. "Thanks for giving us a reason to come back to Lincoln." Behind him, local kids and members of the Lincoln Skatepark...

  • Cyclists, hikers scarce as GDMBR, CDT see impact of COVID-19 restrictions

    Kate Radford, BVD|Updated Jul 15, 2020

    Most summers, Lincoln welcomes hikers from the Continental Divide Trail as well as cyclists from the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, many of them participating in the Tour Divide Race. This year, COVID-related closures have affected both trails. According to the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, closures of the CDT in Montana include the sections running through the Blackfeet Nation and Glacier National Park. COVID-19 restrictions also closed the GDMBR's Canadian border... Full story

  • FWP seeks input on North Fork Blackfoot River westslope cutthroat project; online public meeting planned for July 22

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated Jul 15, 2020

    Missoula - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking input on a proposed fisheries conservation project on the North Fork Blackfoot River that would establish a conservation population of native westslope cutthroat trout upstream of North Fork Falls. FWP will host an online meeting Wednesday, July 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m., to discuss the proposal, answer questions and take comment. The proposal calls for first reducing the number of hybrid trout above North Fork Falls to the... Full story

  • Photo: Explosions of color

    Updated Jul 15, 2020

    Amid a sea of lupine, a patch of Indian Paintbrush burns a bright red. Lupine has been exploding into bloom across the forests in recent weeks....

  • Changes coming to the BVD next week

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jul 15, 2020

    Next week you will see a change in the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch. Seven years ago, we made the jump from a newsletter format on office paper to a tall tabloid on newsprint, returning the BVD to standard newspaper format. This issue of the BVD will be the last to be printed at River's Edge printing in Great Falls. Next week we'll transition to a new printer, with the Livingston Enterprise, as well as to a larger format, as a traditional, full-size broadsheet. While we had been planning to revamp the BVD's design, the...

  • Deputy's Log: July 5-11

    Robert Rivera, Senior Deputy Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs Office|Updated Jul 15, 2020

    Lewis and Clark County 911 Center received thirty-seven calls for service during the week of July 5th, 2020 through July 11th, 2020. Deputies performed five traffic stops in the Lincoln area. Four of those calls generated a case report last week: July 5th, 2020, in the 600 block of Main Street, a male was served a notice to appear for under age drinking. July 5th, 2020, in the area of Good News Ln and Sunrise Lane, a male was arrested for DUI. The investigation started with a...

  • A Look into the benef its of Thai Massage

    Tammy Jordan, BVD|Updated Jul 15, 2020

    Red Mountain Yoga, owned and operated by Sue Lattin, has been open since 2014 and offers yoga classes , as well as a variety of massages. One of the massage techniques available is called Thai Massage, sometimes referred to as Traditional Thai Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, or Lazy Man’s Yoga. Whatever you decide to call it, Thai Massage is less known than regular table massages here in the United States, but can offer very beneficial results. “Thai massage is good for everyone a...

  • 406 MT Mercantile Celebrates Grand Opening

    Tammy Jordan, BVD|Updated Jul 15, 2020

    The new 406 MT Mercantile, Lincoln's newest shopping destination, had their grand opening the weekend of June 27. The new retail shop at 224 Main Street features a variety of Made in Montana items. Sarah Muse, owner of the new establishment, developed the idea to bring additional shopping to Lincoln, while creating a business that fit her schedule and lifestyle. She said she likes the idea of being able to set her own hours and work at her own pace, which is really helpful giv...

  • Hey Howdy Hey: Grizzly Hardware

    Jim Oly, Lincoln|Updated Jul 15, 2020

    With my time here vastly coming to a close, I am sadly not going to be able to thank all the people, organizations and businesses for all they do for this wonderful little town, I apologize for that. Lincoln is truly fortunate for all the great services it provides; grocery store, gas station, bank, restaurants, newspaper, just to name a few. One of the businesses I wanted to thank before I go is a business that folks here in Lincoln are extremely fortunate to have. Grizzly...

  • Town Pump grant funds four AEDs for Helmville community

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jul 15, 2020

    A recent successful grant application to the Town Pump Charitable Foundtion funded four Zoll Automated External Defibrillators for most of Helmville's public buildings. Kate Appleford, who owns the Copper Queen Bar with her husband Tommy, said she was prompted to write the grant when she started training to become an Emergency Medical Technician. "We realized Helmville really doesn't have any in public areas, and we're an aging community," Kate said. The only one the...

  • Photo: A foundation for the King

    Updated Jul 15, 2020

    Trenton Grantier (left) and Wyatt Jorgensen (operating mini-excavator) complete the fine grading at the site of the Matt King House's new foundation. The Upper Blackfoot Valley Historical Society chose to use a concrete slab rather than a footer to ensure a stable foundation for the historic house, which was built using very thick Ponderosa pine logs. The foundation is expected to be poured next week, with reconstruction of the building expected to take most of the...

  • Helena man facing felony charges after July 5 incident at Lincoln Rodeo Grounds

    Updated Jul 15, 2020

    A Helena man faces three counts of felony endangerment and a misdemeanor DUI after Lewis and Clark county deputies responded to reports of an intoxicated person shooting into the air at the Lincoln Rodeo Grounds July 5. Deputies arrested Cody James Wortman, 28, at a traffic stop after learning he was headed east in a grey Chrysler. According to court documents, Wortman had reportedly been in a fight and was threatening other people. After his arrest, Wortman claimed he had...

  • Lincoln Schools awarded four-year literacy grant

    Kate Radford, BVD|Updated Jul 15, 2020

    Last October, Montana was awarded a five-year, $50 million literacy grant through the U.S. Department of Education. In June, the state awarded Lincoln Schools a subgrant for a little over one million dollars. According to a press release from the Office of Public Instruction, the Montana Comprehensive Literacy State Development Project broke the Striving Readers Comprehensive State Development Program literacy grant into competitive subgrants that were awarded to eligible dist...

  • From My Perspective: Long ,Winding Roads

    Tammy Jordan, BVD|Updated Jul 14, 2020

    This past weekend I was able to attend and teach at my first fiber festival for the year. In any other year, this would have been my seventh or eighth show of the season. It felt strange, in a way, loading up the car to make the trek, but once headed to my destination, it felt right. Most of the trips I make are by car, but I'm usually so far behind and in such a rush, I rarely get to "enjoy the ride" so to speak. This trip was different. I was ready ahead of time (this is a r...

  • Obituary: Betty Jane Perry

    Updated Jul 14, 2020

    Betty Jane (Armstrong) Perry, Great Falls, Mont., passed away on the morning of July 1, 2020 at the age of 88. She was born Nov. 3, 1931, an only child to Doris Armstrong, at the family homestead east of Brady, Mont., the same home in which her mother was born & raised. As a child, Betty was raised by her grandparents, Laura and T.P. Armstrong, along with numerous aunts and uncles, as Doris had to travel to where she could find work. She graduated as valedictorian of her... Full story

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