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Articles from the July 23, 2020 edition

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  • A new look for the BVD

    Roger Dey, Editor- BVD|Updated Jul 23, 2020

    Welcome to the new and improved Blackfoot Valley Dispatch. This issue marks our first as a broadsheet since the mid 1990's. It's a return to a format we hope our readers will appreciate. Last week, the BVD earned a somewhat dubious spot in the history of newspaper publishing in Montana when our final issue in the tabloid format became the last newspaper printed on the Goss Community press at River's Edge Printing in Great Fall. The Great Falls Tribune wound down its press oper...

  • Letter: Public sector transparency shows importance of public servants like Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Editor, No good comes from a house divided so it is my hope that a middle ground can be found. It's my aim to find a commonality in an effort to reduce single-minded intolerance aimed at public servants. The definition of transparency: free from pretense or deceit, can be found inside a dictionary. Let's go one step further and apply this concept within the Private and Public sectors. The private sector is governed by a CEO (Chief Executive Officer). This individual is the...

  • Letter: Make noise and Shout Out for America

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Dear Editor, It is time to make some noise for the Red, White, and Blue.Many Patriots want to let their voices be heard against the lawlessness we see in our country, but don’t know how to go about it. Well, together let’s say to Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters, spineless Democrat and Republican politicians, and the news media that we are fed up with their crap and that we support America, our Law Enforcement, and Constitution. Enough already of this “destroy America” garbage. When I was 20 years old, I had orders...

  • Lincoln Farmers Market postponed until 2021

    Tammy Jordan, Contributing Writer|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    As with several local events, the Lincoln Farmers Market has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19, but plans are in the works to kick-off the event earlier and stronger in 2021. “While we really had great plans for the market this summer, it was becoming more unrealistic for us to meet the new requirements being imposed by the Lewis & Clark County Health Department,” said Jason and Tianna Valler, the new organizers for the market. “It also made it difficult for vende...

  • Obituary: Dorothy Gonzalez

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Dorothy "Dottie" Ann Gonzalez, 52, of Lincoln passed away peacefully, of natural causes, in her home July 17, 2020. Dottie was born in Downey, Calif. on Dec. 10,1967, to Karen and George Brewer. She was a loving sister, growing up with her younger sister Dana (Brewer) Arshad, and brother Steven Brewer. In 1991, Dottie married Roberto Ramon Rivera and they had Roberto Ramon Rivera II, also of Lincoln. Shortly after the birth of their child, Roberto senior passed away. Later,... Full story

  • Obituary: Florence Delores Whitworth

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Florence Delores (Mederios) Whitworth, 89, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont. She was born on February 15, 1931, in Fresno, Calif., to Mary (Russell) and Marion Mederios. Early on, she and her four siblings developed a strong work ethic; nothing was given, it was earned. She went to school in Kerman and Los Banos, Calif., before she attended Lyle's School of Beauty in Fresno, Calif. in 1951. On February 9, 1958, she married a... Full story

  • American Legion hosts annual membership BBQ

    Tammy Jordan, Contributing Writer|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    The Lincoln American Legion, Post 9 held their annual membership BBQ at Hooper Park on Wednesday, July, 15. The event, which occurs each year on the third Wednesday in July, gives members the opportunity to gather, enjoy burgers, dogs and other pot luck items, and bring their annual membership dues. "It's great to see everyone, and it gives them a chance to save a stamp." said Post 9 member Dawn Charron. This year was the first year that reminder postcards were also sent to...

  • Open burning closed as warm weather dries out fuels

    Zach Muse, Chief- Lincoln Fire Rescue|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    As you may have noticed, burning is closed. We do this every July/August and depending on fire conditions, into September. This has been the same for years. We have kept it open if it was unusually wet, but that’s pretty rare. There are numerous reasons why. First and foremost is because of fire danger. Just because it’s pretty green right now, there are places in our protection that have dried out faster. The south facing hillsides and bare slopes with lots of cheat gra...

  • Hairitage House now Hairway 200, under new ownership

    Kate Radford, Contributing Writer|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Kelly Samson has been doing hair for 24 years and has just opened her own salon called Hairway 200, in what used to be Hairitage House, on Highway 200 by the Post Office. "I decided to purchase the salon when Deb moved," said Sampson, who came to Lincoln with her family three years ago and has had family in the area for 25 years. Samson's parents, Rick Foreman and Sue Murphy, are active in the American Legion. Murphy teaches dance lessons, especially for the Fireman's Ball and...

  • Additional School Board Updates

    Kate Radford, Freelance Writer|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Sports The Montana High School Association is planning to carry on with the fall sports schedules as they're currently set, said Lincoln Athletic Director Laura Allen-Bullis. She said MHSA recognizes changes will likely be coming to sports this year in response to COVID-19 and that they're working to create stages for athletics. One option MHSA is considering is offering Pixellot cameras to rural schools so schools could stream athletic competitions by subscribing to a...

  • FWP makes changes to 2020 surplus license process

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Resident and nonresident hunters will be able to sign up for the new Surplus License List, with some sign-ups starting next week. Surplus licenses are leftover licenses from the special license and permit drawings FWP conducts each year. To sign up for the Surplus License List, resident and nonresident hunters can sign up through the MyFWP portal: As licenses become available, the list will be randomized. Hunters at the top...

  • Investigation of local woman's death shows no foul play

    Roger Dey, Editor - BVD|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Investigators and deputies from the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office Investigated a death at a residence in the Sleep Hollow Trailer Park July 17 that was initially believed to be have been suspicious. A woman dropping off a new washing machine for the home reportedly found Dorthy Gonzalez unresponsive after breaking into the home to check on her when she got no response at the door. Members of the Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance responded and found that Gonzalez was...

  • Op-ed: Enforce the rule of law by supporting law enforcement

    Gary White and Roger Hagan, Montana American Legion|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    Editor's note: This op-ed from the American Legion went out three weeks ago, but we were unaware of it until this week. Nevertheless, it's a subject that remains relevant, so we have chosen to include it in this weeks BVD As we celebrated our independence on July 4th, it is important to reflect on those who brought us to this amazing republic in 1776. A great part of our success in establishing this republic can be attributed to the 'rule of law' and our country's willingness...

  • Amid COVID-19 debate, Lincoln School Board discusses options for upcoming school year

    Kate Radford, Freelance writer|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    The Lincoln School Board discussed different options for how school will proceed for the 2020-2021 school year during their Monday, July 13 meeting. The board made no final decisions, and the school district continues to develop and evaluate plans in light of the rapidly changing guidelines surrounding COVID-19. The school sent out a survey to parents to gather information about their wishes for how students might return to school in the fall, including school schedule... Full story

  • Bullock: masks now mandatory

    Chris Aadland, Montana Free Press|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock today said he's requiring mask wearing for many Montanans to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases continues to surge and the state grapples with a new problem of limited testing capacity. Bullock acknowledged at a Wednesday press conference that efforts to convince Montanans to voluntarily wear cloth masks in indoor spaces - which health officials say reduces the chance of viral transmission from the wearer to others... Full story

  • PureView cancels future COVID-19 surveillance testing following Lincoln

    Roger Dey, Editor - BVD|Updated Jul 21, 2020

    The drive-through testing event at Parker Medical Center Wednesday July 15 became the last of PureView Health Center's planned mass testing events for asymptomatic individuals, after one of the labs used to process results stopped taking tests from Montana. Jill Marie Steeley, the CEO of PureView, said the Lincoln event proved to be a slow one, and only drew 100 people who stopped to get tested. The second testing event planned for Lincoln Aug. 12, as well as the Aug. 5 testin... Full story

  • Photos: A plant walk with Klára

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    A biological technician at the Lincoln Ranger District, Klara Varga is a botanist by training, with a fascination for all types of plants native to the region. Varga's plant walk didn't actually involve much walking. Covering only a couple hundred feet, she spent an hour and a half keeping participants engaged with the wide variety of plants found over the short distance....

  • Lincoln's Annual Clothing Giveaway

    Updated Jul 21, 2020

    It’s that time of year already! This is a great time to clean out those closets, totes, boxes, and bags of items you don’t, won’t, or can’t wear. Donations and volunteers are the reason this effort is successful. The donations must be clean, wearable clothing and can be dropped off Sunday August 2 from noon-5 p.m. at the Community Hall (We can’t store items prior to that day, sorry) On Monday Aug. 3, Tuesday Aug. 4 and Wednesday, Aug. 5, it’s shopping time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursday, Aug. 6 we will be packing up...

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