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Articles from the October 24, 2018 edition


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  • Respecting the Halloween traditions

    Dick Geary|Updated Oct 25, 2018

    Every fall, about 2,000 years ago, the Celts celebrated a festival they called Shahmain (show-in). As the centuries passed, some Roman and Catholic Church activities were blended in with the Celts' culture to give us our current Halloween. In the US, a quarter of the candy sold yearly is on Halloween, which is considered one of the biggest sales day of the year, (about $6 billion,) ranking second to only Christmas. So, we capitalists have added our financial (certainly not...

  • Lewis and Clark Library brings interactive movie to Lincoln branch

    Hope Quay, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Oct 25, 2018

    The Lincoln branch of the Lewis & Clark Library hosted a free "interactive" screening of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" Friday, Oct. 19. The activity was administrated by Lewis & Clark Library Teen Services Librarian Heather Dickerson, who traveled from Helena for the event, and featured free pizza, kool-aid and a bag of "supplies" for each child. Some of the supplies for the interactive experience included a script, a hat, a wand, two "gold" coins and a nerf...

  • Hunters can donate game meat through Hunters Against Hunger program

    News Release, Montan FWP|Updated Oct 25, 2018

    Local food pantries across the state are preparing to receive donations from the Hunters Against Hunger program. The program, a partnership between FWP and the Montana Food Bank Network, allows hunters to donate a portion or all of their legally harvested big game animals to be processed free of charge. The meat is then provided directly to a local food pantry in the area. Since its inception in 2014, over 130,000 pounds of meat has been donated through the program and distrib...

  • 2018 progress at the UBMC

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Oct 25, 2018

    Work at the UBMC has been proceeding rapidly this year, despite getting off to a late start. The plan for this year included a flexible three-section approach that started with a base bid that ensured remediation of Bear Trap Canyon, from the confluence of Mike Horse and Bear Trap Creeks down to the Water Treatment Plant, would be completed this year, at a minimum. By Aug. 10, the contractor for the project, Missouri River Contractors, had made enough progress that the...

  • UBMC tour showcases history, cleanup progress

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Oct 25, 2018

    Last Wednesday, about twenty people boarded vans at Hooper Park for a three-hour tour of the Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex for a look at progress that has been made since remediation and restoration work began there in 2014. Cleanup of the UBMC resumed this year on July 23, nearly a full year after efforts were suspended due to a debate among the partner agencies – the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the Montana Natural Resource Damage Program and the U.S. F...

  • Voters to decide if ballot collection should remain legal

    Caitlyn Patel, Community News Service UM School of Journalism|Updated Oct 25, 2018

    Supporters of LR-129 claim their proposal will ensure that mail-in ballots are secure and that the state’s elections are free of potential fraud, but opponents argue the entire effort may cause unnecessary gridlock at the polls and distract from any actual security issue. The initiative would prohibit the collection of another individual’s ballot, although family members and caregivers could deliver another person’s ballot but would need to sign a registry at the polling place. People not authorized to deliver the ballo...

  • Firewood cutting permitted on log deck at Flesher Pass

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Oct 25, 2018

    Logs decked near the Forest Service campground at Flesher Pass were opened to firewood cutters last week after Forest Service personnel determined the there was no market value in the wood. Lincoln District Ranger Michael Stansberry said firewood cutters looking to collect wood from the stack need to have valid firewood permits, which are available at the Lincoln Ranger District office. Permits cost $5 per cord, with a minimum purchase amount of four cords. Cutters can...

  • Dear Dietician: Natural Foods

    Leanne McCrate|Updated Oct 25, 2018

    Dear Readers, What images come to mind when you think of a natural food? An apple freshly picked from a tree? A loaf of bread fresh out of the oven? Fresh green beans right out of the garden? Some food manufacturers are finding themselves in hot water for labeling their foods as "natural" when maybe they're not so natural after all. Food companies are cashing in on the "natural" perception, as consumers often believe these products are better for them and are willing to pay...

  • Letter: Scott the person we need

    Updated Oct 25, 2018

    Letter to the Editor, Catherine Scott is exactly the person we need to represent House District 80, a diverse part of Montana covering over 2900 square miles. Serving in the legislature is no easy task. I feel confident that with Catherine having over 26 years of experience in law enforcement and public service, including her current job as an investigator for Montana's Dept. of Justice, that she is up to the task. As she is a skilled investigator as well as a Certified Fraud...

  • Obituary: Clifford Schmutzler

    Updated Oct 25, 2018

    Clifford A. Schmutzler, 82, of Great Falls, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 due to natural causes at Peace Hospice. Cremation has been entrusted to Croxford Funeral Home. Veteran burial services will be held at a later date at the old Lincoln Cemetery just outside of Lincoln, Mont. with Honors performed by the American Legions. Clifford was born on Feb. 1, 1936 in Rugby, N.D. He was raised on the family farm and went to a small country school and then to high school... Full story

  • Op/Ed: Working with President Trump & delivering results

    Rep. Greg Gianforte|Updated Oct 25, 2018

    Montana is special. That's why my wife, Susan, and I raised our four kids here. It's why we started a business here in our home – one that created hundreds of high-paying, Montana jobs. And it's why I ran for Congress – to protect our Montana way of life. I'm honored to serve as your lone voice in the U.S. House of Representatives. It's a responsibility I take very seriously. The only way I know to do this job is stay connected with Montanans where we live, work and rec...

  • Letter: Who is doing the lying?

    Updated Oct 25, 2018

    A recent letter in the BVD expounded the virtues of Jon Tester and the supposed foibles of Matt Rosendale. If you watch TV, one side says one thing, the other side another. Unless you have followed said issues with a microscope how do you know which side is lying? Of course, you have the faction out there who believe what "their" party reports whether it be true or not. I have letters (probably form letters) from Tester telling me how he will support the 2nd Amendment and...

  • Mercy Flight conducts annual Safety Stand-down at Lincoln

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Oct 25, 2018

    Last Wednesday about 45 members of the Mercy Flight air medical service from Benefis Hospital in Great Falls descended on the Lincoln Airport for their annual Safety Stand-down. Every year, Mercy Flight takes and operational break - effectively going out of business for the day- to review their safety procedures, conduct cross training between the medical specialties within their own ranks, and to train with other first responders in the various areas they serve. Mercy flight...

  • Caring for Lincoln, four paws at a time

    BobbiJean Buster, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Oct 25, 2018

    For the past 31 years, once a month, you can find a white motor home sitting outside the Sportsman's Motel. Inside, you will find Dr. Loren Keller waiting to care for the four-legged residents of Lincoln. During his college years, Keller spent his summers on a ranch in the Bitterroot Valley. When the vet would come, he would help out, which stoked his interest in medicine. During a summer spent doing research with a doctor at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md.,...

  • Skate park proposal: : An open letter to the community of Lincoln.

    Updated Oct 23, 2018

    Hello, we are the Lincoln Skateboard committee, also known as Straight Outta Lincoln. We are a group of kids aged 10 to 16 who are fighting to get a skate park built in our town. As some of you may know, we were visited and offered a grant by the lead bassist of Pearl Jam, Jeff Ament. He is willing to donate 50,000 dollars to our cause, on top of what else we raise. Jeff runs a program that donates money to help build skate parks in small towns, much like Lincoln. In fact, he’s help build 23 skate parks in the past 20 y...

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