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  • Public invited to Trumpeter Swan Release in Ovando Sept. 5

    News Release, Blackfoot Challenge|Updated Sep 5, 2019

    After a two year hiatus, the Blackfoot Challenge will again host their annual Trumpeter Swan Release Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Rolling Stone Ranch in Ovando. This annual event offers the public a rare opportunity to take an up-close look at Trumpeter Swans and learn about their biology, habitat, and recovery in the Blackfoot watershed. This year, attendees will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for the opportunity to release a swan themselves the morning-of. Releases...

  • Photos: The 55th Annual Helmville Labor Day Rodeo

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Sep 4, 2019

    This year's rodeo was dedicated to the memory of Kathy Daniels, a lifelong Helmville resident who dedicated more than 45 years of service to the Helmville Rodeo Club. https://www.blackfootvalleydispatch.com/photos...

  • Forest releases Draft Decision for Stonewall Vegetation Project

    News Release, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest|Updated Sep 4, 2019

    LINCOLN, MONT., August. 30, 2019-The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest released its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision for the Stonewall Vegetation Project. The release of these documents begins a 45-day objection period. "This has been a marathon process, especially when we identified the need to reevaluate conditions in the project area after the Park Creek Fire. However, we needed to take the extra time to re-analyze...

  • Learn the latest about chronic wasting disease in Montana

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated Sep 4, 2019

    What is chronic wasting disease? Where in Montana has it been found? What is Fish, Wildlife and Parks doing about CWD? What can hunters do about CWD? Answers to these questions and more will be offered at a CWD program at Montana WILD Sept. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. FWP Game Management Bureau Chief John Vore will give a presentation on CWD and will demonstrate how hunters can remove their harvested animal's special lymph nodes that can be tested for CWD. The program begins at 6...

  • Bull Trout in the Blackfoot

    Dick Geary|Updated Sep 4, 2019

    I spent a large part of my youth fishing: the Blackfoot River, Nevada Creek, Brown's Lake, the small creeks near Helmville, plus the pond behind our house. We fished for a large variety: natives, browns, rainbows, brooks, and bull trout, depending on which water we were on. A small creek about three miles from us produced buckets of small natives, so hungry even the smaller kids could catch them. The fish that we hooked lightly were put in water and hauled to our pond to be...

  • A section of the Stonewall Vegetation Project area in late 2017 shows the effect of the Park Creek fire led the Forest Service to re-analyze portions of the project. (Roger Dey Photo)

    Dave Carroll, Community Bible Church of Lincoln|Updated Sep 4, 2019

    Biblically speaking the idea of “self-assurance” is one area of thinking that can lead to many problems. If we think that we are the source of all our blessings (material and immaterial) we do God a great injustice. The Israelites were warned about this in Deuteronomy 8: 11-18: “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, an...

  • A busy year at BPSW

    Tammy Jordan, BVD|Updated Sep 4, 2019

    Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild awaits the arrival of Artistic Director Kevin O'Dwyer and the 2019 Artists in Residence, but the park has been plenty busy already this year. If you've been out to the sculpture park recently, you may have seen the new Memorial Benches and picnic tables. The new picnic tables were acquired through a matching grant through the Montana Department of Commerce. Ten picnic tables, four of them wheelchair accessible, provide an area for...

  • Montana is the oldest state in the West

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|Updated Sep 4, 2019

    HELENA - Montana is, in fact, a country for old men, and women too, according to demographic statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, which indicate that based on median age, Montana holds the distinction of grayest state in the west. And certain stretches of the state - including many but not all rural counties - have considerably older residents than Montana as a whole. That state of demographic affairs has wide-ranging implications for regional economies, education systems,...

  • First Lincoln Farmer's Market season coming to a close

    Tammy Jordan, BVD|Updated Sep 4, 2019

  • Lincoln Council for the Arts discusses events, fundraisers at August meeting

    Tammy Jordan, BVD|Updated Sep 4, 2019

    The Lincoln Council for the Arts discussed the Lincoln Arts & Music festival, along with some upcoming events and their current fundraisers at their monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 19. In keeping with their mission, they also discussed various ways to bring art-related functions and programming to the school and community. One possible new endeavor may involve a collaboration with the Lincoln Branch of the Lewis & Clark Library. Kate Radford, the new librarian attended the...

  • Obituary: Evelyn Hight Stokes

    Updated Sep 4, 2019

    Evelyn Hight Stokes, 92, passed away in Missoula, Mont. at St. Patrick's Hospital on Aug. 24 with her daughter at her side. Evelyn (Jonnie to friends and family) was born March 31, 1927 in Gallup, N.M. to John George Hight and Beatrice Colton. She was the third of four children which included her brother George and sisters Peggy and Beatrice. After graduation from the University of Albuquerque, Evelyn became a Physical Education instructor, first at Fort Sumner, N.M. and then... Full story

  • Op/Ed: Tick Tock. It's Time to Stop Rx Sticker Shock

    Sen. Steve Daines and Sen. Chuck Grassley, U.S. Senate|Updated Sep 4, 2019

    As United States Senators representing the Big Sky state and Hawkeye country, older Montanans and Iowans keep a watchful eye on spending. Like millions of Americans across the country, they are mindful that they need to stretch their savings in order to pay the bills and uphold their quality of life in retirement. Whenever we hear from folks in Iowa or Montana, we hear widespread concern about the rising costs of prescription drugs. It’s particularly upsetting to find out some patients ration or skip doses of daily m...

  • Deputy's Log Aug. 25-31

    Robert Rivera, Deputy, Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs Office|Updated Sep 4, 2019

    Lewis and Clark County 911 Center received twenty-seven Calls for Service in the Lincoln area during the week of Aug. 25 through Aug. 31, 2019. Six of those Calls for Service were traffic stops and three were civil services performed in and around the Lincoln area by deputies. One call for service generated a case report last week: At around 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, in the 500 block of Main Street, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a male observed speeding. The male was...

  • Dear Dietician: Gastroparesis

    Leanne McCrate|Updated Sep 4, 2019

    Dear Dietitian, I have acid reflux and gastroparesis, both are under good control with medication. I drink water and sugar-free sports drinks, and I'm getting tired of them. Are there other drinks you would recommend? I do not have diabetes. Sharon Dear Sharon, It is not uncommon for those who have gastroparesis to also have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). For those who are not familiar with gastroparesis, it is a condition where the actions of the stomach are slowed...

  • Photo: Upside Down

    Updated Sep 4, 2019

    Kids swarmed the school's playground at the annual school event designed to give parents and community members a chance to meet the school staff and visit the classrooms. It was also a chance to enjoy a meal hosted by the Lincoln Parent-Teacher-Student- Organization, which seemed to be a hit. Chuck Dietz, who prepared the barbecued pork for the meal, planned for 200 meals, and they came close. Aaron Birkholz, who helped keep track of the meals, said they served 172 plates...

  • The Geriatric Great Divide Extravaganza

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Sep 4, 2019

    A small horse pulling a tiny covered wagon is an interesting sight. A small horse pulling a tiny covered wagon from the Mexican border to the Canadian border, following the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, is an extravaganza. Rani 'Narni' Merz of White Salmon, Wash., has been driving her "rockstar pony" Chirpa, north on the GMDBR since April 30, when "Narni's & Pappy's & Chirpa's Geriatric Great Divide Extravaganza" started its journey at the Mexican border at Antelope...

  • Work underway on Lincoln sewer system; State Revolving Fund loans approved for project

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Sep 4, 2019

    Lincoln’s aging sewer system is getting a much-needed upgrade with the help of two loans for the State Revolving Fund approved last month. Governor Steve Bullock officially announced the approval of $538,900 in loans in an Aug. 26 press release. The Lincoln Sewer District received one 30-year SRF loan for $430,000 with a 2.5 percent interest rate, a second $108,900 SRF loan that may be forgiven if the district meets certain conditions and a $125,000 Renewable Resource Grant from DNRC for the project. According to the press r...

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