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 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...

 By Roger Dey    Features    May 16, 2018

Quake Talk: seismologist discusses recent Lincoln-area earthquakes

The earthquakes that have rattled the Lincoln area intermittently since last July may not have caused any major damage or ripped open cracks in the earth, but Mike Stickney, director of the...

 By Roger Dey    Features    May 16, 2018

EXTRA Photo Story: Ready for a close up

Filming on the movie 'Ted K,' which looks at Ted Kaczynski's time in Lincoln in the years just prior to his arrest has been ongoing around town. Last Wednesday, May 9, film crews set up a scene at... Full story

 By Roger Dey    Features    May 9, 2018

Film crew returns for principal photography of 'Ted K'

Last Thursday afternoon, a phone booth re-appeared on the corner of Highway 200 and Stemple Pass Road, in the same spot where one once stood for years. Although the booth differed from the original...

 By Roger Dey    Features    May 9, 2018

Sculpture in the Wild joins AmazonSmile as part of ongoing fundraising efforts

Last month, Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild took advantage of a new way to raise funds by working with AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile, or, is a shopping website run by Amazon that allows shoppers to designate a nonprofit...

 By Roger Dey    Features    May 9, 2018

Dive Bomber

A male bluebird defends a nesting boss by diving at a marauding swallow that got to close. Swallows have a knack for taking over bluebird boxes for their own nests. (Roger Dey Phot...

 By Roger Dey    Features    April 25, 2018

Ovando energized by unexpected recognition

Between phone calls to the Blackfoot Angler asking if Browns Lake is open yet (it's not, except where someone dropped the front end of their truck through the ice), Kathy Shoendoerfer spoke with a lin...

 By Andy Bourne    Features    April 25, 2018

Scientists take steps towards cure for DIPG brain tumors with help of Seeley Lake family

SEATTLE - "I had never, at any point in my medical training, sat in a room where at the same time you tell a patient they have a diagnosis, you also tell them they will definitively die from that... Full story

 By Hope Quay    Features    April 18, 2018

On Her Own Terms

A presentation on the life of one of Lincoln's most colorful characters visited the Community Hall last week. Sponsored by the Montana Historical Society and the Lewis and Clark Library the...


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