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  • Montana Followed Meandering Path Toward Statehood (Part 1 OF 2)

    Updated Nov 6, 2023

    Each of the United States of America – except the original 13, Texas and California – was first organized as a territory before achieving admittance to the Union as a state. Originating with the Ordinances of 1785 and 1787, the territorial system provided the expanding U.S. with a method to govern frontier areas until they gained sufficient population and economic maturity to qualify for equality with the states. Territories represented a sort of compromise between col...

  • 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...

  • Bear with Me!

    The Foundation for a Better Life|Updated Oct 2, 2023

    Young soldiers, far away from home and missing their families, discover a bear cub. That's how the story of Wojtek begins, back in 1942. He was alone in the mountains of Iran; nobody knows how he got there. When beleaguered Polish troops came upon Wojtek, they were immediately struck with emotions. They had been away from their loved ones for a long time. Their own families had been separated by war. They needed something to pick their spirits up. So, they nursed the baby...

  • Photos: Northern Rockies Blacksmith Association Hammer-In

    Roger Dey|Updated Sep 19, 2023

    Members of the Northern Rockies Blacksmith Association came to Jason Valler's shop in Lincoln for their fall conference from Sept. 15-17. The conference was an oppeortuntiy for new blacksmiths to learn the craft and for members to practice and refine their skills....

  • Time for an update on Rusty Relics and the BVD

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 29, 2023

    So, what's going on at Rusty Relics and the BVD? Well, it's past time to explain. To begin with - if it's not already clear – both our store and the BVD office is temporarily closed. For the next few weeks as we'll be work on a rebuilding project. Contrary to rumors, the new construction that began in June behind Rusty Relics isn't a huge hair salon, strip club or whatever else people are saying. It's actually just the back half of a new, energy efficient building. We c...

  • Sheehy's political positions at forefront during 'America First' town hall

    Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Montana Free Press|Updated Aug 9, 2023

    Montana U.S. Senate candidate Tim Sheehy was in Gallatin Gateway Thursday for a town hall moderated by the America First Policy Institute, a right-wing think tank founded by former advisers to former President Donald Trump. And while his team ushered Sheehy away after the event and declined to field questions from Montana Free Press - questions that would have addressed, for example, how he plans to ethically run for Senate while continuing to serve as CEO of an aerial...

  • Roger's Pass Fire

    Updated Aug 2, 2023

    The Roger's Pass Fire started on the afternoon of August 1 south of Highway 200 and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Aviation resources, crews, and heavy equipment from Montana DNRC and the Forest Service is on scene with additional resources on order. A closure order is forthcoming. Thru hikers are advised to exit the Continental Divide Trail at Flesher Pass and reconnect at Roger's Pass. Current as of Wed, 08/02/2023 - 13:32 Incident Type Wildfire Cause under investigation Date of Origin Tue, 08/01/2023 -... Full story

  • Photos: Cowboy Mounted Shooting returns to Lincoln

    Updated Jul 27, 2023

    The Treasure State Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association returned to the Lincoln Rodeo Club for their Montana State Championship July 21-23....

  • 12 ways to maximize vertical space

    Metro|Updated Jul 27, 2023

    Who hasn't, at one point in their lives, lamented a lack of space and organization at home? A lifetime's worth of items have to be kept somewhere, and without the right organizational strategy, clutter can quickly take over. The home improvement site Home Therapy says that, when square footage is limited, tapping vertical walls is the fastest way to maximize and multiply the space available. Hooks, rods, shelving, built-ins ... the sky is the limit when it comes to finding...

  • Simple tips for successful slow cooking

    Metro|Updated Jul 19, 2023

    Slow cookers can be found in many homes. Slow cookers are great for busy individuals who prefer to prepare meals in advance and then arrive home in the evening to a hot, homecooked meal. People new to slow cookers may want to gain some knowledge before diving in to improve their chances of preparing tasty meals. The following are some slow cooker tips that can benefit home chefs. • Treat the slow cooker like an oven and preheat it. Putting food into an already warmed crock c...

  • Photos: Lincoln Independence Day Parade

    Updated Jul 10, 2023

    Lincoln hosted their annual Independence Day Parade Saturday, July 1. For these and more photos go to

  • Photos: Lincoln's 4th of July Fireworks

    Updated Jul 10, 2023

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  • Photos: Sunday at the 71st Annual Lincoln Rodeo

    Updated Jul 10, 2023

    The Lincoln Rodeo saw a tremedousr weekend with good crowds on both days and a loaded field of competitors this year. Lincoln Rodeo Results Saddle Bronc 1st Dustin Morigeau 69 Bareback 1st Hayden Reed 71 Bull Riding 1st Bennette Weindel 80 2nd Jade Murphy 74 Calf Roping 1st Taylen Lytle 11.53 2nd Craig Bagnell 11.54 3rd Kyle Bagnell 14.69 4th Nwyatt Lytton 16.02 Team Roping 1st Dustin Datisman/Josh Harris 7.42 2nd Jimmy Racine/Neill Tatsey 8.96 3rd Willie Lytton/Wyatt Lyton...

  • Photos: Ovando's July 4th parade

    Updated Jul 10, 2023

    Every year on the July 4th, Ovando hosts their Independence Day parade. This year saw the small town crowded with visitors to watch the participants make a couple laps around the main square....

  • 12 ways to maximize vertical space

    Metro|Updated Jul 10, 2023

    Who hasn't, at one point in their lives, lamented a lack of space and organization at home? A lifetime's worth of items have to be kept somewhere, and without the right organizational strategy, clutter can quickly take over. The home improvement site Home Therapy says that, when square footage is limited, tapping vertical walls is the fastest way to maximize and multiply the space available. Hooks, rods, shelving, built-ins ... the sky is the limit when it comes to finding...

  • Photos: A couple bucks

    Roger Dey|Updated Jun 30, 2023

    As summer gets underway, buck whitetails with growing antlers enjoy the lush grass near Lincoln....

  • In Congress, July 4, 1776

    Updated Jun 28, 2023

    In Congress, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel...

  • The link between volunteering and academic performance

    Metro|Updated Jun 28, 2023

    There are many reasons for parents to encourage children who express an interest in volunteering. Volunteering is a social activity that can help children develop their social and networking skills, and many parents credit volunteering with instilling a sense of perspective in their children that they might not have gained had they not been exposed to people from different backgrounds. Volunteering also has been linked to stronger academic performance. The Corporation for...

  • SCOTUS wetlands rollback through a development lens

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Updated Jun 20, 2023

    BOZEMAN - On a recent rainy June day, Leanne Roulson pointed out features of a soggy area just inside the Bozeman city limits suggestive of a wetland. Cattails poked out from several inches of standing water. A dense clump of willows sheltered songbirds, which trilled from their dripping perches. If she wanted to, Roulson, a former president of the American Fisheries Society trained in botany, biology and ecology, could consult a three-part test to determine whether the...

  • Supreme Court cleans up the Clean Water Act

    Madilynne Clark, Mountain States Policy Center|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Thanks to the perseverance of a Northern Idaho couple, the Clean Water Act, is less polluted by bureaucratic expansion. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled (5-4) in favor of Michael and Chantell Sackett in their 15-year case versus the Environment Protection Agency. The Court's decision brings clarity to the long-disputed definition of adjacent waters, determining that a continuous surface connection must exist for adjacent wetlands to be included within the authority of the...

  • Matt Rosendale shares his thoughts on a variety of issues with the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch during recent visit to Lincoln

    Roger Dey, BVD Editor|Updated May 16, 2023

    Following a May 1 tour of the Hi Country Snack Food facility to kick off Small Business Week, Rep. Matt Rosendale stopped by the Blackfoot Valley Dispatch office for a short interview that touched on some of the legislation and national issues topics that affect Montana. Rosendale, a firebrand conservative who until last fall was Montana's sole member of the House of Representatives, now represents Montana's second congressional district. Lincoln, lying just a few miles from...

  • A sure sign of spring

    Updated May 3, 2023

    Bluebirds and blue skies....

  • Blackfoot River Ducks Unlimited 23rd Annual Banquet

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Blackfoot River Ducks Unlimited 23rd Annual Banquet Tammy Jordan The Blackfoot River Ducks Unlimited Chapter will be hosting their 23rd annual fundraising banquet on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the Lincoln Community Hall. The committee has been hard at work planning, organizing, and collecting donation to make this their best banquet to date. Letters went out to area individuals, businesses, and organizations to solicit donations for the event. If you didn't receive a letter...

  • Community Social

    Updated Apr 6, 2023

    Community Social Comes to Lincoln Tammy Jordan It all began with an idea at the Lincoln Community Hall meeting. Now, with more than 20 organizations, the Lincoln Community Social (a.k.a. Get to Know Your Community and Neighbors Social) event is well on its way. The event is hosted by the Lincoln Community Hall and the Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce and will take place Friday, April 14, 2023 from 4pm-8pm at the historic Lincoln Community Hall. There were four main reasons t...

  • As Marijuana Money Starts Pouring Into State Coffers, a Debate Sparks About Who Should Control Spending

    Caven Wade, UM Legislative News Service|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    In 2020, the state of Montana joined a pack of 20 other states and the District of Columbia when it legalized recreational marijuana. Montana voters passed ballot Initiative 190 on a thin margin of 57 percent for and 43 percent against. The legalization came with a brand-new pipeline of tax money and now that the money is starting to flow, a debate is building in the Capitol over how that money should be used and who should be controlling it. Just like alcohol or tobacco and...

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