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 By Kate Radford    News    July 8, 2020 

Higher beef prices putting a pinch on local restaurants

Beef prices have risen steeply for consumers since COVID-19 hit. At the same time, beef prices for ranchers have dropped. Much of this is due to suppl...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    July 8, 2020 

Lack of mask use causes some concern about July 4th events

Last weekend, Lincoln became one of only a few communities in Montana to host an Independence Day parade, rodeo and fireworks this year, after most...

 
 By News Release    News    July 8, 2020 

Montana VA Health Care Systems Announces Additional COVID-19 Testing for Asymptomatic Veterans Across the State

Helena, Mont— Montana Veterans enrolled in the Montana VA Health Care System (MTVAHCS) are eligible for free COVID-19 testing in a second round of swabbing events across Montana. The first round of...

 
 By News Release    News    July 8, 2020 

New Public Health Order limits large gatherings and events to 250

Helena – Effective Wednesday, July 8, at 12 am, Lewis and Clark Public Health is issuing a Public Health Order limiting events and gatherings to no...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    July 1, 2020

July 4th events OK'd to move ahead

Social distancing and personal responsibility will be paramount during this year's annual Independence Day Parade and Lincoln Rodeo. Both events,...

 

Collision course

A Volvo sedan sits in the road near Lambkins as Lincoln Fire Chief Zach Muse directs traffic around scene of the accident it was involved in...

 

COVID-19 related July 4th event changes

Parade Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce President Kate Radford said the LVCC is working to include many of the guidance strategies from Public Health’s Phase 2 Event Planning guidelines. The...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    July 1, 2020

Lincoln Ambulance, Sheriff 's Office prepared for busy Fourth of July

With a number of July 4th events canceled around Montana, Lincoln stands to see a major influx of visitors hoping to experience a traditional Independence Day Parade and Rodeo. Christ Lewenight,...

 
 By Kate Radford    News    June 24, 2020

Solid Waste Board halts plastic recycling for a year

The Lincoln Solid Waste Board has decided to pause plastics recycling for one year, starting July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021. One of the reasons for the move is the COVID pandemic, said Misty...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    June 24, 2020

COVID-19 concerns change USFS approach to upcoming fire season

With fire season on the horizon, the Lincoln Ranger District is preparing to tackle wildfires in a different way. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,...

 
 By News Release    News    June 24, 2020

Montanans should be prepared for encounters with bears

Grizzly bear populations continue to become denser and more widespread in Montana, increasing the likelihood that residents and recreationists will...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    June 17, 2020

Coronavirus restrictions ripple into Ovando's summer

Summer in Ovando is shaping up to be a quiet one this year. Business has been picking up for the small community in the last two weeks, after the...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    June 17, 2020

Lincolnstock canceled, but community still gets a free dose of entertainment

The concern surrounding COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of Lincolnstock, the annual music festival held at Hooper Park that had been scheduled...

 
 By News Release    News    June 17, 2020

Lincoln Branch Library to reopen with limitations

The Lincoln Branch Library will be open June 22for browsing Monday-Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday from noon-3 p.m. One individual...

 
 By Kate Radford    News    June 17, 2020

Hooper Park campground sees late opening, but now has camp host

Hooper Park, had a delayed opening this year due to maintenance issues, but the park's camp host position has been filled for the first time in about...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    June 10, 2020

Court decision allows Willow Creek Vegetation Project to move forward

A ruling in federal district court in Missoula last week rejected legal challenges to the Willow Creek Vegetation Project and cleared the way for...

 
 By Kate Radford    News    June 10, 2020

Let 'er Buck! Lincoln Rodeo gets the go ahead for July 4th weekend

Amid concerns about COVID-19, rodeos across Montana have been canceled, but the 68th annual Lincoln Rodeo will go ahead as planned this year, on July...

 

Dutton addresses protests, riots and rumors stemming from George Floyd's death

The death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis last month has sparked both protests and riots across the country, fostered tension between minority communities and...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    June 10, 2020

Rivera receives award, and recognition for promotion to Senior Deputy

Lincoln's resident Deputy Robert Rivera said he knew something was up when his whole family was at the Lincoln Government Day meeting June 5. Lewis...

 
 By Tammy Jordan    News    June 10, 2020

Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild cancels 2020 summer. and fall programs

Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild Artistic Director Kevin O'Dwyer, with the Blackfoot Pathways Sculpture in the Wild board, announced last...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    June 10, 2020

Willow Creek project decision breakdown

The Alliance for Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council filed suit challenging the Willow Creek Vegetation project June 14, 2019. Less than two weeks earlier, on June 3, they had filed a nearly id...

 
 By Kate Radford    News    May 27, 2020

Lincoln Skatepark nears completion

Lincoln Skatepark construction wrapped up Memorial Day weekend, apart from some remaining dirt work, paint, landscaping and signage. The park won't...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    May 27, 2020

HLCNF releases draft Forest Plan, final EIS

After six years of work, the Helena–Lewis and Clark National Forest released the draft record of decision and final Environmental Impact Statement for their 2020 Forest Plan Thursday, May 21. The...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    May 27, 2020

Mike Horse clean up enters home stretch

Heavy spring rains and runoff had the nascent Blackfoot River churning through its new channel near the Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex Water...

 
 By Roger Dey    News    May 27, 2020

Mike Horse Creek Road will provide public access, but with hardened ford at Blackfoot

The old Mike Horse Creek Road is closed while the last of the remediation work in the Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex is completed during the next two...

 

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