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  • LINCOLN MEETINGS CALENDAR

    Updated May 17, 2024

    AA Tradition One if you need to talk, call Jay at 406-750-1238 or Dawn at 406-362-4697 Alcoholics Anonymous, Lincoln Chapter 6-7 p.m., Lambkins restaurant back room. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. American Legion, Post 9 7 p.m., Third Wednesday of the month, Lincoln Community Hall Blackfoot Community Conservation Area Council Meeting 7 p.m., First Thursday of the month, Ovando Fire Hall Cal 406-739-3900 to confirm Blackfoot Challenge Board... Full story

  • Updated May 17, 2024

    Lincoln Community United Methodist Church Worship, 10:30 a.m. First and Third Sunday of the month, Pastor Terry Turner. For Food Bank information, please contact Diane Ironi at the Senior Ctr. Blackfoot Valley Bible Church Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Adult Sunday Bible Study, 9:45 a.m.; Ladies Bible Class, 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the church; Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study, Friday 7 a.m.; Sunday evening Prayer Meeting, 6 p.m. Pastor Art McCafferty, 362-4714. Community Bible Church of Lincoln Sunday Worship Service, 11:00 a.m. at t...  Website

  • Slim turnout for County Growth Policy open house

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    An open house at the Lincoln Library April 24, designed to gather the first round of information for updates to the Lewis and Clark County Comprehensive Growth Policy, saw only light turnout. About eight people showed up to the event facilitated by the planning and design firm SE Group, which is partnering with the county on the growth policy update. They provided input on ta variety of topics that will be taken into account as the county develops the policy updates The open...

  • Lewis and Clark County begins planning for updates to Growth Policy

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Apr 10, 2024

    About every 20 years, Lewis and Clark County tackles the thorny issue of drafting a new, updated policy to plan for anticipated changes as the result of population growth in the county. Later this month, Lewis and Clark County will host a series of open house meetings to gather information from residents on the direction the county should take in develping a new Comprehensive Growth Policy. Since the county adopted its current policy in 2004, the county has seen a population i...

  • Veterans Pancake Breakfast brings veterans together, introduces new services they can draw on.

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Apr 9, 2024

    It's well known locally that Lincoln counts a larger than usual number of veterans among its residents, but it's not always obvious, even to other veterans, who they are. Finding a way to let veterans connect with one another was at the heart of the March 29 Veterans Meet and Greet Pancake Breakfast sponsored by Lincoln American Legion Post 9. Nearly 50 veterans and family members turned out for the free pancake breakfast, which was seen as a good turnout, particularly for a...

  • Guest Editorial: Lincoln Prosperity Proposal a local effort that needs congressional support

    Zach Muse, Lincoln|Updated Apr 8, 2024

    The Upper Blackfoot Valley, specifically the community of Lincoln, is not just where I live, it is also where I serve. As a native Montanan, I moved to Lincoln 20 years ago and found my place. I was surrounded by country where I could fish, hunt, and enjoy the backcountry whether on a snowmobile or a mule. I first served as a volunteer firefighter, and now serve as the Lincoln Fire Chief and as a member of the Upper Blackfoot Valley Community Council. Almost ten years ago, I...

  • Hi Country highlights changes during Gianforte Ag Week Visit

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    LINCOLN – Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte stopped by Hi Country Snack Foods Wednesday, March 20 as part of several Ag Week visits around the state highlighting Montana's 27,000 farms and ranches and related businesses. Hi Country has emerged as one of the states leading value-added agriculture businesses after transitioning to the use of Montana-grow beef for its products. In 2022, Montana Manufacturing Association and Montana Chamber of Commerce recognized Hi Country as the v...

  • Snow Warriors see good turnout for vintage Rendezvous despite weather

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Mar 7, 2024

    Despite the historically warm and dry winter Lincoln has been experiencing the Ponderosa Snow Warriors had a good turnout Feb. 24 for their annual Vintage Rendezvous. More than 40 vintage snowmobiles, including some very rare machines, graced the oval at Hooper Park after warm weather prompted cancellation of the Snow Moxie and the move to town from the Rodeo Grounds. "We didn't want to tear it up," Snow Warriors President Forest Mercill said. "We'd harvested snow and we were...

  • Lincoln Outdoor Club back in action

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    Half a dozen kids took advantage of the recent belated snowfall to strap on cross-country skis and cruised through Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild with the Lincoln Outdoor Club Friday Feb. 9. The excursion marked the third activity for the Outdoor Club since December, after being dormant for a year. Club coordinator and Lincoln High School science teacher Nancy Schwalm said they had planned a ski day in January, but it was cancelled as record cold settled across...

  • Cold, Colder, Coldest

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    If there's one thing Montanans seem to love, it's bragging about how cold their town got during a cold snap. Maybe it's pride in being able to deal with extreme cold; maybe it's due to the old idea that "40 below keeps the riff raff out;" or maybe its because record cold temperatures often make both state and national headlines, as Lincoln did on Dec. 22, 2022. It hit minus 49 at the Lincoln Ranger Station weather site and broke the previous local records of 48 below, set...

  • Dalton Bridge project out for bid

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Feb 12, 2024

    Six and a half years ago Dalton Mountain Road bridge was closed due to failing piles. Although it re-opened a few weeks later as a one lane bridge, the lingering question has been: when will it be replaced? This year finally seems to be the year, as the Montana Department of Transportation opened bids Feb. 1 for the bridge's replacement. At the. Feb. 2 Lincoln Government Day meeting, Lewis and Clark County Public Works Director Jenny Chambers said the Montana Department of...

  • 2024 Race to the Sky canceled

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    Despite the recent cold snap and ensuing snowstorm that dropped a foot of snow on Lincoln, snow conditions remain poor enough that the Montana Sled Dog board of directors decided to cancel the 2024 Race to the Sky, which had been slated to run Feb.9-13. The announcement came Monday morning, Jan. 22, as weather forecasts called for a return to unseasonably warm weather throughout the rest of January. "The lack of snow, no base to build from, predictions of no significant snow p...

  • Packer to retire as Lincoln Schools superintendent

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    The Lincoln School Board accepted a letter of retirement from Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Packer during their meeting Jan. 8. Packer has served as the Superintendent of Lincoln Schools since July 1, 2019, when she took over the job from Carla Anderson. During her tenure she has dealt with a number of challenges,. While most were relatively routine for a small school she oversaw the implementation of distance learning as students and staff conducted classes...

  • That Time Montana Hit 70 Below ... And Maybe Colder

    Rick and Susie Graetz, University of Montana|Updated Jan 20, 2024

    Snow had been falling almost continuously for a week, and it was very cold. The temperature had only risen to minus 18 degrees. Finally, late in the day, the snow and wind stopped, skies cleared rapidly, and as the sun set the temperature plummeted. Early the next morning, on Jan. 20, 1954, the Montana and continental 48 states' record cold temperature of minus 70 degrees was observed at a mining camp near the Continental Divide a short distance from Rogers Pass near Helena....

  • Lincoln School evacuated in response to e-mailed bomb threat

    Roger Dey, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    Students at Lincoln Public Schools were evacuated to the Lincoln Methodist Church just after the start of the school day this morning after administrators found an email claiming there were explosives hidden in the building. The same e-mail was sent to dozens of schools statewide Tuesday evening. Some reports indicate as many as 75 schools received the bomb threat. "We didn't see it until this morning. Some of the bigger districts saw it earlier and started doing some...

  • Lincoln Government Day meeting brief but informative

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jan 11, 2024

    The first Lincoln Government Day meeting of 2024 Jan. 5 proved to be short and to the point, despite getting off to a slightly late start. The start of the meeting was delayed for a few minutes as a camera was set up to record the meeting. A new law that goes onto effect in June, aimed at increasing transparency, will require the county to post video of their meetings in Lincoln and Augusta on line just as they do with their meeting in Helena. Commission Chair Andy Hunthausen...

  • Avon – Heart of the Little Blackfoot Valley

    Kilynn Groen with Rick Graetz, University of Montana|Updated Oct 18, 2023

    Fifteen miles up the Little Blackfoot River from Garrison Jct. and straddling US Hwy 12 sits Avon. A picturesque place, the Little Blackfoot River skirts the south perimeter of town, Nevada Creek Valley runs its course on the north, the Garnet Range begins its rise on the northeast and the Crown of the Continent's southwest corner is just a few miles to the northeast. About 115 folks in town and 200 in the surrounding area call Avon home. "Gold, Gold, Gold!" are the words...

  • Annual 2-day Tour of the Arts begins October 14.

    News Release, Alpine Artisans|Updated Oct 10, 2023

    Tour some of western Montana's most amazing artist studios while driving through the explosive fall color of our region's Tamaracks during the 22nd annual Tour of the Arts. Alpine Artisans offers this self-guided artist studio tour on October 14-15. Saturday hours are 10-5 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. This free tour stretches from Condon through Seeley Lake to Ovando and Lincoln, Montana. The tour features 10 studios and galleries and over 20 artists showing and...

  • Wild Montana Releases Fall Wilderness Walks Schedule

    News Release, Wild Montana|Updated Sep 11, 2023

    Helena – This year, Wild Montana will offer a fall Wilderness Walks season for the first time as part of the organization's effort to provide year-round educational opportunities. The free group outings combine education with wilderness experiences on public lands. Participants can graze on wild berries, marvel at constellations, summit a peak, and write poetry, all in the name of conservation and community. "Thanks to our amazing volunteers, we're offering fall Wilderness Wal...

  • Lincoln's 36th Annual Clothing Giveaway 2023: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

    Updated Aug 22, 2023

    Thank you to everyone who donated clothes and to everyone who shopped for clothes. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who quickly unboxed and distributed donations to the appropriate tables and hanging racks and who worked throughout the week to monitor, re-fold and organize. Where would we be without you?! Renee Campbell, Sandy Caudill, Linda Dresback, Toni Eckart, Sue Howsmon, Ken and Gwen Nelson, April Ninahuanca, Debbie Rauber, Amanda Robinson, Linda Sorem and Heidi...

  • Obituary: Enie Fisher

    Updated Aug 9, 2023

    Elizabeth Maureen "Enie" Fisher She was given life by wonderful parent Maurice and Thelma Dineen on Aug. 25, 1941, in Helena, Mont. She was greeted by two older sisters, Mary Lou and Jen who were waiting anxiously to meet their baby sister. Maureen grew up and went to school in Helena. She started ballet at a young age with Blanche Judge. She became a Prima Ballerina and was offered a position in the Royal Canadian Ballet, shortly before graduating in 1959 from Cathedral High... Full story

  • Obituary: Virginia Lambkin Horner

    Updated Aug 4, 2023

    The eldest daughter of Leonard and Mary Lambkin, Virginia was born in Great Falls in 1921, and spent much of her life in Lincoln, growing up at her parents' hotel, the now -iconic Hotel Lincoln and Lambkins of Lincoln Bar and Restaurant. Virginia was born with intense beauty, intelligence, a great sense of humor, and real grit. Virginia navigated through life with confidence and pride, and because of these traits she greatly influenced those lucky enough to be in her...

  • Carol Wells

    Updated Jul 10, 2023

    arol Darlene Wells Nov. 8, 1938 - June 21, 2023 LINCOLN - Carol Darlene Wells, 84 years old, of Lincoln, MT, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at 7:15 p.m. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Katherine and Delos Wells; two sisters: Pat Hutsell and Joyce Wells; and two brothers: Richard and Merle Wells. Carol is survived by two sisters: Myrna Wells and Phyllis Ward. She was a pillar of strength in the family and was considered the best bonus... Full story

  • County proposing increase to Lincoln, Lambkin RID maintenance assessments

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 28, 2023

    Lewis and Clark County Special Districts Program coordinator Jessica Makus proposed an increase to the maintenance assessments for the Lincoln and Lambkins Rural Improvement Districts during a public meeting held in conjunction with the monthly meeting of the Upper Blackfoot Valley Community Council June 20. The county Public Works Department held the meeting to discuss the change that is designed to fully fund the 2029 chips seal projects for Lincoln's paved streets. "The...

  • Public meeting scheduled to discuss RID assessment increase

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    The Lewis and Clark County Public Works Department is hosting a public meeting to discuss a proposed increase to the assessments that fund both the Lincoln and Lambkin Rural Improvement Districts. The meeting is slated to be held in conjunction with the Upper Blackfoot Valley Community Council meeting at the Lincoln Library Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. According to information provided by Special Districts Program Coordinator Jessica Makus, increasing the assessments to...

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