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Articles from the August 5, 2021 edition


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  • Key updates from the Lincoln Ranger District

    Rob Gump - Ranger, Lincoln Ranger District|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    This is my first report to you all, and I'd like to first express my appreciation for the warm welcome by the community. Thanks for those of you that have stopped by the office and those who have stopped me in the street to introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming months. I'd like to report out a few key updates and speak to what the Lincoln Ranger District has been working on this past month. The current wildfire activity across Montana and the...

  • Upper Blackfoot Chronicles

    Updated Aug 4, 2021

    It's been a while since we took a back at a few glimpses of Lincoln history. 1985 was the third annual Art in the Park, now known the Lincoln Arts & Music Festival. 80 years ago Heinie Opp's Inn in downtown Lincoln was a hopping joint. and 85 years ago, the search was on for a vacationer....

  • Montana Independent Living Project specialist to visit Lincoln next week

    Kate Radford, Contributing Writer|Updated Aug 4, 2021

    The Montana Independent Living Project, which provides a variety of services to promote independence for people living with disabilities in southwestern Montana, has recently started offering one-on-one services for residents in Lincoln. MILP independent living specialist Maria Stout plans to visit with Lincoln residents Aug. 12, first at the Lincoln Library, then at Leepers Motel. "I help people live independently in their communities by providing services with whatever they...

  • Opinion: Speech Control is Thought Control

    Rogeer Koopman, Bozeman|Updated Aug 4, 2021

    I used to dismiss as a peculiar form of psychosis, the desire of some troubled souls to silence and censor the right of others to speak and think freely. After all, the impulse to gag the mouth and shut the mind of another individual is hardly what we would call "normal." Compelling others to conform to our views isn't very normal either. Doing such things never enters the minds of healthy, rational people. It's creepy. ational people understand that living in a free society...

  • Healing Adventures

    Tammy Jordan|Updated Aug 4, 2021

    Some of you may have noticed the absence of a column from me last week. I was finally traveling with family and close friends (after a year’s postponement) to Alaska to fulfill my dad’s final wishes. He had two, actually. One was to be able to die at home, which he did, and the second was to have his ashes spread at a fishing hole he and my stepmom visited for the last 25 years before he passed away. More than having his ashes spread, I think his wish was to have us all togeth...

  • Obituary: Greg DuRette

    Updated Aug 4, 2021

    Gregory Alan DuRette, 59, of Ovando died on Saturday, July 24 in a motorcycle accident along Highway 200, west of Lincoln. Born on March 6, 1962 in Portland, Oregon, Greg was adopted by Hugh Richard and Arlene DuRette. Greg grew up in Eugene and Lincoln City, Oregon. He graduated from Lincoln City High School. He enlisted in the Navy and had an honorable discharge at the end of his four years, finishing out his military service with two years in the Navy Reserve. Greg was a... Full story

  • Unforeseen circumstances lead to slight changes for BPSW program

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 4, 2021

    After forcing the cancellation of last year's Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild programs, COVID-19 is still affecting events planned for this year, through both ongoing concerns about transmission of the disease and an artist's backlog of commissions resulting from 2020's restrictions. While most of the schedule remains unchanged, circumstances led Bently Spang to push his residency back once more, into 2022. Spang, a Northern Cheyenne artist, was originally slated to...

  • Motorcycle accident victim identified

    Updated Aug 4, 2021

    The victim of a motorcycle crash just west of the Powell County line July 24 has been identified as Gregory DuRette of Ovando. Powell County Coroner Heather Gregory said the cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt force trauma. She siad it appears DuRette lost control of his motorcycle, but couldn't provide any additional details.... Full story

  • Petition signatures needed to move RID chip seal projects forward

    Kate Radford, Contributing Writer|Updated Aug 4, 2021

    Two petitions to fund chip sealing on Lincoln’s hard surface streets continue to be available to residents living in the Lincoln and Lambkins Rural Improvement Districts. If 20 percent or more of property owners in the RIDs sign the petitions, they will then be presented to the Lewis and Clark County Commissioners for a resolution of intention to take out loans to fund chip sealing. At the July 20 Upper Blackfoot Valley Community Council meeting, the council discussed the low signature count on the current RID petitions l...

  • Lewis and Clark Public Health recommends face coverings, other measures

    News Release, Lewis & Clark Public Health|Updated Aug 4, 2021

    Helena – Lewis and Clark County is now considered an area of substantial community transmission for COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on guidance from the CDC, Lewis and Clark Public Health recommends all individuals wear a face covering when in public indoor areas, regardless of their vaccination status. LCPH Health Officer, Drenda Niemann said the community must, once again, come together to ensure our cases don't rise h...

  • Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in effect

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 4, 2021

    Two small lightning-caused fires near Rogers Pass, July 30, each about an acre in size, were knocked down quickly with water and retardant drops by aircraft. Although the fires were natural and not human caused, they served as a reminder of the high fire danger in the area and came the day before Stage 2 Fire restrictions went into effect throughout Lewis and Clark County at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 31. Based on the recommendation of the Rural Fire Council and Sheriff Leo...