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Ambulance seeks volunteers, EMR class scheduled

When a Lincoln resident calls 911 for a medical emergency, the providers who respond in the ambulance have dropped what they are doing, left their families dinner table or their job to help their neig...

 

Legislative Preview 2018: Justice Dept. seeks to close loopholes, clarify DUI laws

Legislators in Helena are preparing for a complete overhaul of the state DUI code, hoping to simplify laws and change Montana's dialogue when it comes to drinking and driving. The Montana Attorney...

 

Legislative Preview 2018: Mental health advocates push to restore state funding cut in 2017

Montana’s mental health and substance abuse programs are being pushed to the limit, warns Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana Executive Director Mary Windecker. Admissions into the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs has seen an increase of...

 

Photo: Eagle eye

A bald eagle, one of a pair, perches in a dead pine-tree near the corner of Highway 200 and Beaver Creek Road Sunday afternoon....

 
 By Hope Quay    Features    January 2, 2019

A love note to Betty Lou

Any rancher will tell you that cows have no great respect for excuse or circumstance. In times of joy or grief, hardship or plenty, celebration or sadness, one aspect of ranch life remains universal...

 
 By Roger Dey    Features    January 2, 2019

Ponderosa Snow Warriors Pancake Breakfast carries on despite slow start to snowmobile season

"We got a live one!” came the shout as the door to the Ponderosa Snow Warriors clubhouse opened Saturday morning. The arrival of a lone guest caused Bob Orr, Mark Christian, Gerry Malek and the...

 

Man Therapy comes to Lewis and Clark County

A new public health program that launched in September is aimed at lowering the stigma associated with mental health issues like depression and suicide, and providing a friendly environment for...

 

Photos: Lincoln lights up for the Holidays

The extensive Coyote Coffee lighting display, which is set to music took first place in the business category in this years Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce 'Light Up Lincoln' contest aimed at...

 

Santa's Return

Santa's appearance at the Lincoln Pre-K to 6th grade concert proved a delight for long-time Lincoln residents as Bob Armstrong came out of retirement for the evening to don the red and white. A...

 

The first ten minutes

Lincoln volunteer firefighters put the Ponderosa Snow Warriors clubhouse to use Friday night as a training location to practice the actions they take during their first ten minutes on a structure...

 

Does remote work bring Montana workers big-city wages? Yes - for some

On the list of ideas for tackling the twin challenges that plague Montana workers - scarce rural jobs and low wages even in cities - telework is close to the top. As better internet access connects...  Website

 

Santa's Workshop returns for another year of family fun

You could hear the excitement in the kids voices even before stepping into the gym at Lincoln School Saturday morning. More than 70 kids were inside, making their way from station to station at...

 

Photos: Lincoln Christmas Bazaar

Photos: Lincoln Christmas Bazaar...

 

'Remembering the Forgotten' burial event held to inter unclaimed remains

According to findagrave.com, there are 1,454 remains interred at the Lewis and Clark County Cemetery in Helena. Fifty-three of those were added last week during a burial ceremony for unclaimed and...

 
 By Roger Dey    Features    December 5, 2018

A Clean Slate

For 21 years, a secluded 1.4-acre parcel of land less than half a mile east of Stemple Pass Road remained relatively untouched since the day the FBI hauled away the 10-foot by 12-foot plywood shack...

 

Opioids aren't always the answer for chronic pain patients

(StatePoint) Decorated veteran Justin Minyard struggled for years with chronic back pain. And though his prescribed opioids provided only minimal relief, he developed a dependency on them....

 
 By Hope Quay    Features    December 5, 2018

Lighting up Lincoln for the holidays

Lincoln is lighting up as businesses and homes get into the holiday spirit. For many, beautifying the town this holiday season is its own reward, but for a few lucky winners, holiday cheer will give...

 

Ovando ushers in Christmas season

Ovando's Annual Old West Christmas Fest once again offered families and guests a small-town respite from the commercial excesses of Black Friday with a return to its traditional timeframe,...

 

School's new custodian brings his quirky sense of humor back to Lincoln

New Lincoln Schools part-time assistant custodian Jim Oly is no stranger to school hallways. A Drummond native, Oly was a janitor at Drummond school for three years before deciding to relocate to...

 

A horse called St. Nick

Ovando's annual Old West Christmas Fest wouldn't be complete without "Cowboy Claus" and his trusty horse, St. Nick. St. Nick has become a favorite of kids and families who come from the Ovando area...

 

Lincoln Out of Date

A look at news of Lincoln from years past...

 

Snow Warriors concerned about need for leadership

Mark Christian is deeply concerned about the future of the Ponderosa Snow Warriors and hopes to see some of the younger snowmobilers in Lincoln step forward to lead the club into the future. "The...

 

Five ways learning piano can boost kids' confidence

(StatePoint) Learning to play piano can boost children's confidence in many ways. So, if your family is looking to introduce a new hobby or after-school activity to your children, here are five reason...

 

Rewinding and Unwinding at the Lincoln Community Benefit

This year's Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce Community Benefit saw the Lincoln Community Players turn to the way-back (or the only-a-little-way-back) machine to recreate some of their funniest...

 

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