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Blackfoot City, once called American Switzerland, proved to be a flop as permanent mining camp of early days

In our Nov. 26 issue, we looked at the murder of John Smoot, a man from Blackfoot city murdered in McClellan Gulch on Christmas eve, 1867. Blackfoot...

 
 By Roger Dey    Features    January 7, 2021

Photos: Sliding into 2021

A sizable group of people gathered east of Lincoln on New Years Day to take advantage of the warm weather for a bit of classic wintertime...

 

BPSW looking ahead to busy, productive 2021

Blackfoot Pathways Sculpture in the Wild looks forward to a full event season in 2021, after the cancellation and postponement of last year’s events and artists due to the COVID-19 pandemic. BSPW wi...

 

The path to Lincoln Gulch Engraving and Leatherworks

Heidi and Jim Agner have lived in Lincoln since 2013 and are the husband and wife duo behind Lincoln Gulch Engraving and Leatherworks. They live with...

 

Leaving nothing on the table

Susan Good Geise ended her tenure on the Lewis and Clark County Commission Tuesday morning when Montana Attorney General Tom Fox swore in Tom Rolfe...

 

Veteran Highlight: Bob Armstrong

Bob Armstrong joined the National Guard as a junior in high school and served two years, before going on to serve two years in the Army and four more...

 

Christmas Trivia: The term "Xmas" dates back to the 1500s

Think "Xmas" is a newly nefarious attempt to take Christ out of Christmas? Think again. According to From Adam's Apple to Xmas: An Essential... Full story

 

Armstrongs recall 30-plus years of 'Santa Clausing'

Bob Armstrong played Santa Claus in Lincoln for 30 years, and while he has been retired from that position since 2014, many still think of him as the...

 

Paul Roos leaves a legacy of Lincoln's empowerment

"If we can come to a broad consensus, that has the potential to give us power. A new kind of power that will let us figure out that maybe we can...

 

Nature Pick: Snowberry and Snowflakes

The snowberry, or Symphoricarpos albus, is a shrub and member of the Honeysuckle family. Snowberry can be found in well over half of the fifty states...

 
 By MCC    Features    December 17, 2020

Shopping locally is now more crucial than ever

(MCC) The importance of shopping locally has been emphasized with increasing urgency in recent years. Events like Small Business Saturday and Plaid... Full story

 

Santa's Workshop, with a pandemic twist

Although Santa's Workshop couldn't be held in its usual form at the Lincoln School gym, a group of volunteers joined the Lincoln Council for the... Full story

 

Zach Muse

Zach Muse enlisted in the Navy on Sep. 1, 1990 and served in navigation during Desert Storm as a Master Helmsman. He was also a Master of Arms during...

 

Photo: Drumming up smiles

Jim Oly, outfitted as Santa Claus, paid a visit to Lincoln Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6 for a little performance art to make a little noise and spread a...

 

Photos: An Evening's Reflection

A massive lenticular cloud in the skies over the Lincoln Valley reflects the light of the setting sun Friday Nov. 27. The cloud provided and...

 
 By Roger Dey    Features    December 3, 2020

Blackfoot Valley Dispatch marks 40 years of local news

On Dec. 5, 1980, a small, still unnamed newspaper began circulating in Lincoln. Sporting a series of question marks where the publication's name...

 

Lincoln spinner featured in New Zealand magazine

Tammy Jordan, owner of Goldieknots Montana, recently published an article on lace-weight spinning in the international magazine The Wheel, which is...

 

The murder of John Smoot and its forgotten place in Montana history

It was Christmas Eve in McClellan Gulch in 1867 when a young man wrapped up some late evening grocery shopping before heading to saloon to have a...

 

Mental Health Corner: Everyone's a Deviant

Deviance is difficult to define and many who study the concept disagree on how it should be defined. However, the closest definition in its most basic form is that deviance is any violation of...

 

Veteran Highlight: Dawn Charron

Dawn Charron served for nearly 30 years in the Montana Air National Guard as a Supply Specialist. She retired as a Senior Master Sgt in 2014 and is...

 

Unique ways to support small businesses during the pandemic

Small businesses have faced unprecedented challenges in 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic wore on throughout the year, small businesses continued to...

 

Veterans honored with Hooper Park Veterans Day observance

Lincoln's American Legion Post 9 moved their annual Veterans' Day observance from the Community Hall to Hooper Park Nov. 11, due to concerns about...

 

Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame 2020 inductees announced

HELENA – The Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame recently announced the class of inductees for 2020. MHOF was created to honor individuals, both living...

 

God gained a hammer

Throughout my entire life, the sport of wrestling has brought amazing people into my lane. We just lost one of the greats. In 2014 I had the...

 

Veteran Highlight: Harry Arvidson

Harry Arvidson was a Navy submariner during World War II and was part of the crew to which the Japanese "super submarine" I-400 surrendered at the...

 

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