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 By News Release    Features    July 18, 2018

Lewis & Clark FSA announces Emergency Conservation Program sign up for flood recovery assistance

Flooding has caused severe damage in Lewis & Clark County recently. Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)...

 By Hope Quay    Features    July 18, 2018

Powerhouse sees enthusiastic response since opening in June

Just a few months ago, work on Rick Freeland's dream of a non-profit fitness and recreation center for Lincoln had just begun. Now, Freeland and his wife Patti have converted the dated mid-century...


BVD makes respectable showing in 2018 Better Newspaper Contest

The Blackfoot Valley Dispatch scored six awards in this year's annual Montana Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest. The BVD, a Division 1 publication with a circulation of less than 1250, pi...

 By Roger Dey    Features    July 11, 2018

A nest for relaxation, contemplation

Annie Allen has spent the past couple years developing the property around her home on Blackfoot River Ranch Road into an art exploration site, hosting classes and get together for artists, students...


Kids chalk up fun during art contest

Twenty students, some adults and a few toddlers joined in the fun events around Lincoln on Saturday, July 7 to celebrate the 100th birthday of our unique Community Hall by entering the Chalk Art...

 By Roger Dey    Features    July 11, 2018

Music in their veins

Billings-based band Arterial Drive performed a free concert at Hooper Park, July 6. Band frontman Drew McDowell, had a family reunion in Lincoln and took the opportunity to entertain the community The...

 By Roger Dey    Features    July 4, 2018

Volunteer trail crew helps repair CDT at Lewis and Clark Pass

During last summer's fire season, flames from the Alice Creek fire swept across Lewis and Clark Pass, scorching the area's whitebark pine, damaging the trails in the area and destroying a Forest...

 By Roger Dey    Features    July 4, 2018

Getting 'the Hall' off the ground no small job a century ago

The Lincoln Community Hall stands as the oldest building on Lincoln's Main Street, the sole survivor of the era when the area's original miners were the "old timers," ranching held sway over the... Full story


66th Annual Lincoln open Rodeo

Rodeo Results Bareback 1st J2 Bridges 80 2nd Dalton May 75 3rd Dustin Morigeau 64 Saddle Bronc 1st Kolby Kitson 61 2nd Brett Door 54 Bull Riding 1st Jade Murphy 73 2nd Tanner Therialt 69 Steer...

 By Roger Dey    Features    July 4, 2018

Kids get Wild About Art at BPSW

Kids taking part in this year's Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild Summer Education Program had the chance to get "Wild About Art" with artists John and Souheir Rawlings last week. Every year,...


Summer morn

The morning sun creates a golden glow in a fog bank that formed over the Lincoln Valley early in the morning of June 21.... Full story

 By Roger Dey    Features    June 20, 2018

Major mushroom

Lincoln's Erin Dey is nearly hidden by a giant puffball mushroom she found on private land south of Lincoln. The mushroom, which measured 25 and a half inches across and more than six feet around,... Full story

 By Roger Dey    Features    June 20, 2018

Lincoln quilting group donates time, effort to benefit project for veterans

A group of local quilters are creating bed coverings for a project near Superior that's designed to give service members returning from deployments a place to rest and heal. Tom and Debi Logan are...

 By Roger Dey    Features    June 20, 2018

Restoring life to the UBMC

Life is returning to the upper Beartrap and the Mike Horse. At a glance, the two narrow valleys that were once home to most of the mine waste in the Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex still seem like a...

 By Roger Dey    Features    June 20, 2018

A cold ride after a warm welcome

A drenched Ben Weaver and Keenan Deplanks made their way down Beaver Creek Road during Saturday afternoon's downpour as they continue toward Helena on the Tour Divide. Weaver and Deplanks made the...

 By Roger Dey    Features    June 13, 2018

Shifting perceptions

Historically, Lincoln hasn't had a great reputation among bicyclists. In a 2013 University of Montana analysis of bicycle tourism in Montana, Lincoln was one of just a few towns in the state singled...


Photo: Day on the Lake

The Lattin family takes advantage of the nice weather to paddle around on the clear blue green waters of Reservoir Lake near Beaver Creek Road Friday, June 8. Getting out into the lake also provided...

 By Hope Quay    Features    June 13, 2018

Travel plan and fire repairs mean "mega" Trail Crew for Lincoln Ranger District

For most Lincoln residents, the United States Forest Service Trail Crew- a work force responsible for keeping trails clear and usable - has been a fixture in and around the nearby back country for as...

 By Roger Dey    Features    June 6, 2018

Morel Season

Picking his way across burned patches of hillside above Sucker Creek Road, Joe Lafountaine kept an eye out for the small gnarled mushroom that proliferate in recently burned areas. He was having a goo...

 By Roger Dey    Features    May 30, 2018

Bob Marshall Wildernesses Open a test of skill, endurance and self

Crossing the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex over the Memorial Day weekend may seem like a bad idea, but for a small group of ultralight backpackers the challenges it presents is the very reason to...

 By Roger Dey    Features    May 23, 2018

Tea and History at Ovando

It's not every day you hear a catchy tune about the Plague, but the students at Ovando School found one to dance to. Every spring students at Ovando School cap off the year highlighting the topics...


Photos: Moving the herd

The Cyr Family, owners of BC horses and Scapegoat Wilderness outfitters, move their string of horses and mules through town Sunday afternoon, May 20....


Photos: Greening of the black

Spring returns to the Lincoln Valley and brings with it new growth to areas burned last summer....

 By Hope Quay    Features    May 16, 2018

Family of Dick Geary raising funds to bring ailing writer home

(Editor's Note: Readers of the BVD who have followed Dick Geary's exploits in Brazil during the past year may have noticed there hasn't been a column from him in the last month. Although we initially...

 By Roger Dey    Features    May 16, 2018

Photo story: Ovando Clean Up Day

Ovando residents turned out last Saturday for the town's annual Clean Up Day aimed a sprucing up the town ahead of the busy summer season. The spring tradition fell by the wayside several years ago...


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