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    News Release, State off Montana|Updated Sep 11, 2020

    Governor Steve Bullock yesterday evening issued an executive order declaring a state of fire emergency due to extremely hazardous wildland fire conditions throughout Montana. "Local, state, and federal partners, and the brave men and women on the front lines are working together to take on this fire season and we are prepared to use every resource available to protect Montana lives and property," said Governor Bullock. "At the same time, I know that Montanans will continue to...

  • Hunters encouraged to submit samples from animals taken in CWD surveillance areas and to follow proper carcass disposal protocols

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated Sep 11, 2020

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will continue chronic wasting disease surveillance this year in high-priority areas known as Priority Surveillance Areas in northwest, southwest and eastern Montana. Hunters who harvest a deer, elk or moose in these areas are asked to voluntarily submit their animal for sampling to help gather additional data for that area. This information will be used to help inform the best management strategies for the affected hunting districts. This year,... Full story

  • County Commissioners discuss mail-in ballot decision at Lincoln Gov't Day

    Rogeer Dey, BVD|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    The Lewis and Clark County Commission’s decision to conduct voting by mail for the 2020 general election dominated the Sept. 4 Lincoln Government Day meeting, the first held here since June. At their Aug. 13 meeting in Helena, the commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to conduct the Nov. 3 election as a “mail ballot election with an in-person voting option.” The decision came one week after Gov. Steve Bullock authorized Montana’s counties to hold the election by mail to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Nationa...

  • Deputy's Log: Aug. 30-Sept. 6

    Senior Deputy Robert Rivera, Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs Office|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    Lewis and Clark County 911 Center received thirty-six calls for service during the week of Aug. 30 to Sept. 6, 2020. Deputies performed six traffic stops and one civil service in the Lincoln area. Three of those calls generated a case report last week: A Deputy responded to the 100 block of Spring Creek Lane for a report of a nuisance dog, Sunday, Aug. 30th. The dog was reportedly chasing the complainant's cat. Later, the dog owner was served a notice to appear for nuisance...

  • Helping the country heal: Keeping workers safe

    MNews Chancellors Edition 2020|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    Editor's note. Corey Butler, a 1998 Lincoln High graduate, grew up in Lincoln and is the daughter of Mike and Renee Campbell. The following appeared in Montana Tech's MNews Chancellors Edition published earlier this year. Re-printed with permission During this complex and challenging time, Montana Tech's Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Alumni Engagement, Joe McClafferty, recently spent some time with Lieutenant Commander Corey Butler (Campbell). Lt. Cdr. Butler is a U.S.... Full story

  • Reminder in the field this hunting season: Be a good steward of the land

    News Release, Montana FWP|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    Although most hunters respect the land, property and wildlife they are hunting, many others do not. FWP would like to remind hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts to be good stewards of the land, and respect both private and public property. Every hunting season, there are reports of vandalizing of Block Management Area (BMA) boxes, hunters driving off road, illegal trespassing, hunters being shot over, littering, and livestock being shot. FWP encourages everyone to be good...

  • Teacher Feature: Danielle Cyr

    Kate Radford, Contributing writer|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    Danielle Cyr, Lincoln School's new pre-K teacher, attended school as a student in Lincoln from kindergarten through her senior year, and she's looking forward to her first year teaching. Cyr attended the University of Montana, Western and finished up her degree last year around early April. "When I went into student teaching, I always thought I wanted to do the younger grades," she said. After she student-taught 5th grade with Stacey Mannix, she said, "I could see myself...

  • DeHart retiring after 38 years

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    Although much of Friday’s Governement Day meeting revolved around the upcoming November election, Lewis & Clark County Treasurer/Clerk and Recorder Paulette DeHart won’t be on hand come election day. Geise reported that Dehart will be retiring Sept. 25, after 38 years. Dehart started in the job at just 18. As Treasurer/Clerk and Recorder DeHart has overseen elections, motor vehicle licensing, the recording of plats and property tax collection. “It’s just a huge, huge job,” Geise said. The commissioners received 12 applicati...

  • Reputation, specialty work keeps L&L Custom Sawing buzzing

    Kate Radford|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    Leroy Blancher has owned L&L Custom Sawing for 26 years, after he and his dad, Len, purchased the sawing equipment together. Blancher was born in Great Falls, spent some time in Chinook, then lived in Helena from the 6th grade on. He and his wife, Linda, met and married in the Marine Corps more than 37 years ago. As they were getting ready to leave the military, he traveled back and forth to Montana for two years trying to find a job. When nothing worked out, he and Linda move...

  • From My Perspective: The Meaning of Friendship

    Tammy Jordan|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    It’s said that if you have one good friend, you have been blessed. I’ve been blessed with very good friends, and some not-so-great friends throughout my life. I’ve learned lessons from both and I’m grateful. I’ve unfortunately had to learn the same lesson from those not-so-great friends on repeated occasion. And, sometimes, it’s been my really close friends who point it out and help me through some of those repeatedly difficult lessons to learn. As most of you who know me kno...

  • Letter: Shocked by ad

    Updated Sep 10, 2020

    When I read the ad VOTE WISELY in the August 27th BVD, and in another one since, I was shocked. Then I was angry, and then I was sad. How can decent, educated, reasonable people of faith and good character tell such lies about their fellow citizens in a small town newspaper or even believe such falsehoods, as if they can't think for themselves, about Democrats in Montana and across the nation? Sure, there are extreme individuals and groups far left of center who might have...

  • Helmville caps off an unusual summer in traditional rodeo style

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Sep 10, 2020

    The 56th Annual Helmville Labor Day Rodeo wrapped up the Northern Rodeo Association season Sept. 6 and 7, with a shift in weather that presaged the coming change of seasons. Sunday saw temperatures in the 80's with a slight breeze throughout the day, but by Monday things turned cold and blustery. This year's rodeo also saw changes as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests no longer paid an entry fee as they entered to park, but instead paid at a controlled access gate,...