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  • Christmas at Heritage House

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    Saturday marked the first major event for Heritage House, a Traditional School of Arts the Vallers have been developing over the past few months. "Its really good," Valler said. "Lots of people are excited for the classes and the gallery." Dates and details of the classes over the winter haven't been finalized yet, but Valler said they have a bowyer who makes traditional bows and wooden arrows coming and a lady who makes silver clay jewelry lined up. She said classes will...

  • Photo: Annie's Annual Christmas Show

    Updated Dec 11, 2019

    Artists Annie Clark, Sally Bogaert, Lisa Gibson and Tammy Jordan pose for a photo while waiting for visitors to the third annual Christmas Art show at Clark's studio west of Lincoln. In addition to fine art, the show also offered visitors the chance to enjoy home-made soup and cookies around a bonfire....

  • Lincoln's Annual Christmas Bazaar

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    The annual Lincoln Christmas bazaar did a brisk business Saturday, Dec. 7, with a constant flow of customers in and out throughout the day. "I've been busy," said Pryor, who had a hit with one of her products. "I've got two fruitcakes left and that's all." Pryor, who has been organizing and coordinating the Christmas Bazaar for the past 30 years, said this is her last year doing so. "I don't know how many times I was going to retire," she said, adding that at 80 years old,...

  • Southwest Montana Provides Distinctive Stories (Part 1 of 4)

    Rick and Susie Graetz, University of Montana Faculty Member|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    Defining a province like Southwest Montana is subjective. For us, an imaginary line commences at Lolo Pass west of Missoula and moves east along Interstate 90 and the Clark Fork River to Garrison Junction. Then it follows Highway 12 over McDonald Pass to Helena. From there, our boundary extends slightly in a southeasterly direction, taking in the Big Belt Mountains before heading to Bozeman and then along the Gallatin Range crest to West Yellowstone. The south and west line of...

  • Grizzly Bear Advisory Council struggles with 'herculean' challenge in Missoula

    Alex Sakariassen, Montana Free Press|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    MISSOULA - Chad Bauer, a member of Gov. Steve Bullock's Grizzly Bear Citizen Advisory Council, expressed a sense of urgency and unease on the second morning of the council's Dec. 4-5 meeting in Missoula. Bauer and Bullock sat across from each other in a crowded conference room on the University of Montana campus. Bullock had recently announced the end of his presidential campaign, and Bauer, who works as a municipal market manager for Missoula waste hauler Republic Services,...

  • A Train Set For Christmas

    Kate Radford, BVD|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    Don Hoffman, a local model railroad hobbyist, has built a four-foot by eight-foot train garden that is on display at the Lincoln Branch Library through the month of December. The garden includes three electric trains, a variety of town scenes, and a five-foot tall light-up Christmas tree. Hoffman built the garden using both commercial and handmade pieces. A camping scene includes handmade tents and a small campfire complete with smoke. Visitors can find a general store, train...

  • Four Ways to Protect Yourself From ID Theft This Holiday Season

    Statepoint Media|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    (StatePoint) 'Tis the season for holiday shopping. When making purchases online, be sure to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft -- it's more common than you may think. With just a few pieces of personal information, thieves can open new credit lines, drain bank accounts and file fraudulent tax returns. The Federal Trade Commission says credit card fraud was the number one type of identity theft reported in 2018, with 167,000 people saying their informatio...

  • Suggestion to improve school crosswalk safety meets with positive response from MDT

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    A suggestion by Lincoln's new librarian Kate Radford could improve the safety at the crosswalks near Lincoln School. At a meeting of the Upper Blackfoot Valley Community Council two months ago, Radford suggested improving the school crosswalks with the use of a button that could activate the flashing warning lights as needed. The crosswalk lights are currently timed to activate at the start and end of the school days, when students are most likely to be crossing the highway....

  • Helmville Mustangs Tamed by Lynx in Junior High Game

    Connie McAfferty, BVD|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    The Lincoln Junior High Lynx combined A and B teams took on a small group of Helmville Mustangs Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Lincoln school gym. The final score, 28-13, showed how outnumbered the visitors were, but the contest was made more interesting by two Mustang ladies who scored most of their team's baskets and who were tall enough to grab most of the rebounds. Only fifth graders, the gals may have lots of hoops success in their future. Seventh grade shooter Andrew Brown...

  • Obituary: Bob Bushnell

    Updated Dec 11, 2019

    Bob (Kenneth Robert) Bushnell, Lincoln, passed away on Nov. 27, 2019 at the age of 82. Bob was the third born to Wilda & Ken Bushnell on Aug. 8, 1937. Bob worked for Rock Hand Hardware, where he met and became friends with so many area ranchers. He then joined the Montana Army National Guard in 1956. He retired from the Guard in 1993 as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jeanne, daughter Diane and sister Pauline. Bob is survived by his pa...

  • Op/Ed: Passage of Recovering America's Wildlife Act is good for all Montanans

    Updated Dec 11, 2019

    Martha Williams MTFWP Rich Janssen CSKT Natural Resources Dept. Montanans from all walks of life have a deep connection to our state’s fish and wildlife. Those of us lucky enough to live here and visitors from all over the world enjoy unmatched hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching opportunities. Fish and wildlife don’t see government borders, and the state of Montana shares authority to manage wildlife with Montana’s tribal nations. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks works in partnership with tribal agencies like the Natur...

  • Obituary: Diana Davis

    Updated Dec 11, 2019

    Diana (Dee) Davis, 67, of Great Falls, Mont., blessed Heaven with her presence on Friday Nov. 29, 2019 with her family by her side. At Dee's request a family gathering will be held in Kulm, N.D., where she will join the Hauff Family Plot in the Spring of 2020. Diana was born to Dave and Annetta (Dittus) Hauff on March 25, 1952 in Jamestown, N.D. She loved life on the family farm outside of Kulm with her three brothers: Darvin, Myron, and Donald Hauff. She attended beauty...

  • Mountain Top Musings: A Hopeful Time of Year

    Dave Carroll, BVD|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    As I think back about the way Congress has failed to address some major issues, I cannot help but scratch my head and wonder “What do they think their job is?” I mean we have put up with some of the most unproductive politicians I can remember. We have a large segment trying to legislate with no regard for the Constitution. They want us to become as destitute as Venezuela in fiscal and social integrity. We have some who think fiscal restraint is only spending say 4 per...

  • 911 Dispatcher Recognized For Life-saving Effort

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    A 911 dispatcher in Helena received a Distinguished Service Award from interim Helena Police Chief Steve Hagen Thursday, Dec. 4, for his role in helping to save the life of a Lincoln Man in October. Zack Slattery, a lead dispatcher for Helena 911, answered an Oct. 13 call from a woman in Lincoln who thought her 73-year old husband was having a seizure. When the man stopped breathing, Slattery talked the woman – who had completed CPR training several years prior - through the CPR process. “It was one of those things where we...

  • Kids and Crafts abound at 21st Santa's Workshop

    Kate Radford, BVD|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    The 21st annual Santa's Workshop hosted more than 60 children and their families in the Lincoln School gym Saturday, Dec. 7. Volunteer organizations including the Community Bible Church, American Legion Lincoln Post 9, the Blackfoot Valley Bible Church, and the Optimists Club, as well as numerous individual volunteers, took part in this year's kid-centered event. Jill Frisbee with Lincoln Council for the Arts organized the event, and Laura Butler greeted the volunteers as...

  • County Commission Endorses Lincoln Valley Public Lands Proposal

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    The Lincoln Valley Public Lands Proposal took a step forward last week as the Lewis and Clark County Commission unanimously approved a resolution in support of the plan at their regular Dec. 5 meeting in Helena. Commission Chairman Jim McCormick applauded the community involvement in the proposal as he announced the board's action during the Dec. 6 Lincoln Government Day Meeting at the Lincoln Library. "The group of folks have been working for years to bring the whole Lincoln...

  • A Bear Story

    Dick Geary, Featured Columnist|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    I had been back in Helmville about six months when the bear showed up. A number of people in and around town had mentioned that he had been on their decks or in their garages, but did no damage. He went into the basement at my dad's house, hauled the dog food out onto the lawn, ate his fill and left – without tearing the bag. A week or so later he sneaked into my back porch, hauled the dog food outside and ate what he wanted, leaving the bag in perfect shape. He was a t...

  • A Winning Meatball Recipe from Old West Christmas Fest

    Lee York, BVD|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    This year the Ovando Old West Christmas Fest had a meatball cook-off, organized by Eloise McNally and Norma Bower and sponsored by Fred & Leigh Ann Valiton. “They asked us to host the event this year. The cook off has been going on for five years and to change it up we decided to do a meatball cook off.” McNally said. The winner this year: Terry Sheppard’s Pineapple Sweet and Sour Meat balls. “It comes from The Montana Cookbook by Steven D & H Duane Harvey,” Sheppard said. “This book has all kinds of recipes for Pioneer, Wi...

  • Deputy's Log Nov. 24 -Nov. 30

    Deputy Robert Rivera, Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs Office|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    The Lewis and Clark County 911 Center received 18 Calls for Service in the Lincoln area during the week of Dec. 1 2019 through Dec. 7, 2019. Nine of those Calls for Service were traffic stops and one was a civil service performed in and around the Lincoln area by deputies. No calls for service generated a case report last week. Other calls for service in the Lincoln area were one non-injury crash, one citizen assist, one coroner investigation, one reported runaway, one...

  • Dear Dietician: FODMAP

    Leanne McCrate, Featured Columnist|Updated Dec 11, 2019

    Dear Dietitian, I have irritable bowel syndrome and appreciated your column on a high fiber diet to manage IBS. My symptoms are usually pretty well-controlled, thank goodness. I've been reading about the low FODMAP diet, and it seems pretty detailed. Should I try it? Thanks, Katie Dear Katie, The low FODMAP diet was created by a research team at the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia as a treatment for irritable bowel disease (IBS) (1). As you know, IBS is an...

  • Hey Howdy Hey

    Jim Oly|Updated Dec 10, 2019

    Just wanted to give out a Big Hey Howdy Hey of thanks to Rick and Dot Porter for putting a roof over people’s heads for over 30 years now, here in Lincoln. They originally moved here in 1985 and had a little cabin in the hills out of town. They took over the Roost in 1988, the year of the big fire in the Scapegoat. The Roost got its name from Paul Roos who used to own it when he had an outfitting and fly shop there. Paul had lived there in one of the oldest cabins, the bigger...

  • Drummond farrier providing service to Lincoln area

    Lee York, BVD|Updated Dec 10, 2019

    Tim Jensen, a farrier from Drummond, is now working in Lincoln and the surrounding areas. He’s traveled to Lincoln often after living here for a while during the 90s. Jensen learned his trade while growing up on a large ranch in Alberta. His dad was a farrier and a horseman who taught Tim how to trim and shoe horses and how to handle them. His father would pick the nicest horse for Jensen to work on, while he was working on another horse, then he would come back and help Jensen finish. Hands on learning under a talented h...

  • Medicare Issues New Numbers and Cards to Prevent Fraud

    News Release, Missoula Aging Services|Updated Dec 10, 2019

    As the result of recent fraud takedowns, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) identified a group of beneficiaries whose Medicare numbers were being fraudulently used to bill Medicare for unnecessary medical equipment and services. This was not due to a breach of personal information. To protect them from continued Medicare fraud, CMS gave them new Medicare numbers. New cards (with new numbers) for affected beneficiaries will arrive with an accompanying letter that explains the situation and further actions to...

  • Commentary: We Make Progress When Citizens Tackle Small Stuff

    Lee Hamilton, Indiana University Center on Representative Government|Updated Dec 10, 2019

    One of the not-so-small gifts of living in a representative democracy is that you can’t accomplish things alone. Whether you’re trying to get a stop sign put up on a dangerous corner or to change US policy on greenhouse gas emissions, you have to reach out to others. And learning how to persuade, motivate, and involve them — learning the skills of active citizenship, in other words — makes this a stronger, more resilient country. So I want to make a case for building and usi...

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