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A peek at Lincoln Heritage Day

Visitors to Lincoln's Heritage Day could step back in time last Saturday with horse drawn wagon rides and chances to try their hand at butter making, leather stamping, candle making, flower pressing,...

 

Renowned sculptors to be featured in September residencies at Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild

LINCOLN - The fifth anniversary of Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild this September promises to elevate further the surprising art park in this small mountain community. In addition to...

 

Sculpture in the Wild development ahead of schedule

LINCOLN - Five years ago some 60 Lincoln-area residents got together in the school gym to hear of a new vision for this small mountain community. Logging and mining were continuing to fade as...

 
 By Roger Dey    Features    August 22, 2018

25 Years of Challenge

Downtown Ovando came alive last week as the Blackfoot Challenge hosted a Summer Party in the town square to celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary. The celebration kept things small and local,...

 
 By Roger Dey    Features    August 22, 2018

A busy weekend for the 35th Annual Bob Purdy Tourney

After 35 years, the annual Bob Purdy Memorial Softball Tournament is still growing strong. The tournament got its start in 1983, shortly after Bob Purdy, a strong advocate of sports, died in a...

 
 By Hope Quay    Features    August 15, 2018

Arts Festival grows as organizers continue working on improvements

Despite temperatures in the 90's and a brief rainstorm on Saturday, Lincoln's second annual Arts Festival seemed to go off without a hitch last weekend. The Arts Festival was born last year when...

 

Photos:Laney Lou and the Birddogs perform at Lincoln Arts Festival

Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs provided more than two hours of live and energetic bluegrass to round the day during the Lincoln Arts Festival Saturday....

 
 By Roger Dey    Features    August 8, 2018

73 years later, memories of a naval tragedy still linger

In 1942 Steve Stocks joined the Coast Guard at 17 years old. Four months later he was on a brand new fast transport headed to a base of operations on an island on the south end of New Guinea that had...

 

5th Annual Terman Run

This years fun run, with 160 hands and 50 riders, was the largest since the inaugural run in 2014. Last year, the Park and Arrastra Creek Fires limited the size of the fun run, but this year they...

 

The future of small-town Montana rides on public lands

This story is part of The Montana Gap project, produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network. The winds of Montana's Rocky Mountain Front buffet the empty Dupuyer Elementary School....  Website

 
 By Roger Dey    Features    August 1, 2018

Lincoln Airport potential underscored by grant announcement on heels of open house, barbecue

In a press release late Monday afternoon, Sen. Steve Daines announced more than $20 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for improvements to airports throughout the...

 
 By Roger Dey    Features    July 25, 2018

More than just making a buck

Occupying their usual spot, just off the main loop in Hooper Park in a campsite among the trees, Leroy and Jean Cyrs' set up, with glittering Rada knives, jams, suspenders and sundry collectibles, is...

 
 By Roger Dey    Features    July 25, 2018

Cowboy shooting returns to Lincoln with CMSA Northern Mountain Region Finals

The Lincoln Rodeo Grounds once again played host to the Treasure State Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association as they brought the Northern Mountain Region Finals to town last weekend. Michael Emch, the...

 

Recollections from 30 years with the Lincoln Ambulance

I moved here in 1982, and wanting to be a stay at home mom, I provided daycare in my parents' house until 1983, when I moved in with a friend and continued to provide daycare. I later moved in with...

 

Blackfoot Valley Fishing Report

Fishing is going CRAZY currently. The flow is still above normal. The temperature is still cool [thank you mother nature for making this July cooler than the last several years. Feel free to continue...

 

'...the sweeter the tune'

Tales of two fiddles The Irish proverb "The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune" may not always be used to refer to the musical instrument, but Barb Pearson's pair of antique violins prove it to...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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