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Articles from the August 25, 2022 edition


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  • Blackfoot Valley Dispatch to end print publication after September

    Roger Dey, BVD Publisher|Updated Sep 23, 2022

    6 has been a rough year here at the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch so when the 'Newspaper Office' sign blew off our building at the end of July, it seemed kind of like an omen. By now the rumors have probably made the rounds around town that the BVD is closing. A couple of weeks ago that was the plan. But that changed last week. Well, sort of. After our Sept. 22 issue, the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch will end print publication, but we plan to keep the paper alive on our website...

  • Application available for FWP's Habitat Conservation Lease Program

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is accepting applications for its new Habitat Conservation Lease Program. A habitat conservation lease is a voluntary, incentive-based agreement between FWP and private landowners in which the landowner commits to specific land management practices that protect priority wildlife habitat. In turn, FWP pays landowners a one-time per-acre fee for the lease. These agreements would have a term length of 30 and 40 years. As it has for d...

  • Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest welcomes Molly Ryan and Helen Smith to Forest leadership

    News Release, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    HELENA, Mont. August 19, 2022 – Molly Ryan and Helen Smith have both been selected to join the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest's leadership team; Ryan will serve as deputy forest supervi-sor and Smith as the Belt Creek-White Sulphur Springs district ranger. "Both Ryan and Smith have dedicated their careers to navigating challenging natural resource man-agement issues while prioritizing local communities," said Forest Supervisor Emily Platt. "I am ex-cited to welcome the...

  • A Purdy good game

    Roger Dey|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Eighteen co-ed softball teams descended on Hooper Park last weekend as the 39th Annual Bob Purdy Softball Tournament got underway. Tournament organizer Doug Richards said the teams had a great time and they all want to come back again next year. Laurie Richards said two of the teams that had never been to the tournament before said they'll make a point never to miss it. "They had a great time." Doug and Laurie continue to organize the tournament as they've done for years, but...

  • Art and Music return to Hooper Park

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    The Annual Lincoln Art & Music Festival at Hooper Park held Aug 13 and 14 was scaled down a bit this year, with about 20 vendors and three bands on hand for the two-day event. Finding both vendors and bands proved to be a challenge this year, and while the weekend proved to be generally successful, festival organizer Karyn Good said it was a tricky thing to pull together. “It’s getting harder and harder to find artists who will do outdoor events, especially fine art...

  • Sculpture in the Wild ready for 'sculpture season' next month

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Sculpture season returns to Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild in September, featuring an artist originally slated to be here in 2020 and the return of an artists who was last here in 2019. Following a two-year delay, Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang will be here to create an installation reflecting his Native American culture. "We're real excited about him," said BPSW president Becky Garland. Spang was originally scheduled to create an installation during the...

  • Obituary: Beverley Hadley Thornton

    Updated Aug 24, 2022

    Beverley Lorraine Hadley Thornton peacefully passed away on Feb, 23 2022, at the certified home of Kirsten and Julio Diaz in Athol, Idaho, At this time the family would like to sincerely express their gratitude for the loving care given to her during her time with them. Beverley was born Nov. 7, 1928 in Winchendon, Mass. to Bessie and Ray Hadley. Beverley married James Thornton in 1945, who preceded her in death in 1995. They moved to Montana in 1956 to raise their family of e... Full story

  • Montanans: Plan for a Sober Ride and Help Everyone Get Home Safely This Labor Day Weekend

    News Release, Montana Department of Transportation - Vision Zero|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    August 17, 2022, Helena, Mont. – As the Labor Day weekend approaches, the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office, Helena Police Department, East Helena Police Department, and the Montana Highway Patrol are encouraging Montanans to plan for a sober ride home before celebrating. Labor Day weekend marks the tail end of the "100 Deadliest Days of Summer" for traffic safety in Montana, all law enforcement will be increasing patrols across the state and making DUI arrests to e...

  • AG Knudsen: New data show fentanyl is top public safety threat in Montana

    News Release, Montana Department of Justice|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    HELENA – Anti-drug task forces in Montana are on pace to triple last year's record-shattering fentanyl seizures and have already taken 58 times more fentanyl off the streets this year than in all of 2019, Attorney General Austin Knudsen announced today. Fentanyl-linked deaths, opioid overdose 911 calls requiring emergency services, and firearms found alongside illegal drugs are also on the rise this year. Through June 30, Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (...

  • Lewis and Clark County Announces ARPA Awards

    News Release, Lewis and Clark County|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    Helena, MT – The Lewis and Clark County Board of Commissioners has announced American Rescue Plan Act awards to 40 diverse community and County department projects addressing service and infrastructure needs in Lewis and Clark County. "We are pleased with the breadth and quality of the projects this ARPA funding will support across the County," said Lewis and Clark County Commissioner Jim McCormick. "It was our goal to select projects with a broad effect on community needs w...

  • Deputy's Log: Aug. 7 to Aug. 20

    Corporal Robert Rivera, Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs Office|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    The Lewis and Clark County 911 Center received seventy-three calls for service during the weeks of Aug. 7 to Aug. 20 in the Lincoln area. Seven of those calls were traffic stops performed by deputies. We had six cases created over the last two weeks. A Deputy took a report of a cold domestic disturbance Aug. 8 in the 2000 block of 7up Ranch Rd. The incident was investigated and presented to the County Attorney’s Office for review. A Deputy took a theft report Aug. 8 in the 9...

  • Op-Ed: Why a Special Session is not a good idea for our surplus.

    Frank Garner - R, HD 7 Kalispell|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    There are legislators working to call a special session 90 days before the next regular legislative session to address the billion plus dollars in surplus taxpayer funds. While the news of a surplus is welcomed, legislators must now decide if a special session is the right format for making decisions on the largest surplus in our state's history. The sheer volume and rarity of this surplus begs us to be thoughtful and deliberate. The short special session format has...

  • From my Perspective: Living up to Expectations

    Tammy Jordan|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    Let’s face it, we’re always trying to live up to someone’s expectations. Some of those expectations are our own, some of them are from others and still other expectations are those imposed by the society in which we live. There are expectations that are realistic, those that are not and those that fall somewhere in-between. If you think about it, we’ve been trying to live up to someone’s expectations, somewhere, since we were very young. Some of us even try to live up to the...

  • My Answer: God's Word teaches that everything has a beginning and an ending

    Rev. Billy Graham|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    Q: I watch the needless wars that accomplish nothing; they only end in gruesome death. Then I wonder what hope there is for a man who has lived a life of sin like I have and now am facing the reality of death with no possibility to make amends for a life ill lived. - L.S. A: The Bible teaches that all of mankind is rushing toward death. Even though wars rage around the globe, it does not increase death because death comes to every generation. Everybody dies. God's Word teaches...

  • Thank You, Lincoln!

    Updated Aug 23, 2022

    Lincoln's Annual Clothing Giveaway 2022 was an amazing success! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who donated clothes and to everyone who shopped for clothes. And a special thank you to our wonderful volunteers: Margie Beckman, Trudy Bouma, Renee Campbell, Sandy Caudill, Mary Curtis, Nancy Frandsen, Bob Frank-Plumlee, Carolyn and Stan Hoer, Kay Hollingworth, Sue Howsmon, Sylvia Johnson, Brandi Langlois, Renee Lundberg, Rich Paul, Debbie Rauber, Becky Terman, Heidi Vulcan, Marge Wahlm and Dean Yonkovich. A special...

  • Tipping Point

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    "The future of the Chamber is at a tipping point," Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce President Laurie Welty told the BVD last week. During the chamber's Aug. 11 board meeting, Welty announced that, unless something changes, the LVCC will be without a board of directors early next year. "By February of 2023 when we vote the board members in, there will be no active members on the chamber (board). The chamber can't function without a minimum of three. The bylaws say we can...

  • First Day of School, take two

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    The first day of school at Lincoln turned into a full day of recess after problems with the power prompted the administration to close for the day and send the students home. "First day of school; always something on the first day, I tell ya," Lincoln Schools Superintendent Jen Packer told the BVD. Packer said when they got to school, they found there was only intermittent power throughout the building. In some rooms, the lights would come on, but computers had no power....