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 By Roger Dey    News    December 17, 2020

Stansberry takes Forest Supervisor position in Minnesota

Lincoln District Ranger Michael Stansberry will be leaving Lincoln next month to take over as the Forest Supervisor for the Chippewa National Forest...

 By News Release    News    December 17, 2020

Local calls will require area code due to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline rollout

HELENA, Montana - On July 16, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission approved the designation of 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit abbreviated...

 By Jeni Garcin    News    December 10, 2020

Lewis & Clark County update

The Lewis and Clark County Commission unanimously approved the application for a $20,000 grant from the Montana Main Street Program during the Friday...

 By Roger Dey    News    December 10, 2020

County commission approves application for Montana Main Street Program grant fund Lincoln Master Plan

The Lewis and Clark County Commission unanimously approved the application for a $20,000 grant from the Montana Main Street Program during the Friday...

 By News Release    News    December 10, 2020

Augusta and Lincoln Branch Libraries to Offer Non-Contact Holds Pick-up Only

HELENA - Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases throughout Lewis and Clark County, and out of an abundance of caution for staff and patron safety, The... Full story

 By Tammy Jordan    News    December 10, 2020

A Friend Indeed

The Fat Hippie, a medical cannabis dispensary, became Lincoln's newest business along Main Street Nov. 5, and celebrated their grand opening November...

 By Roger Dey    News    December 3, 2020

Lincoln School closure extended into January

The Lincoln School Board voted to extend the school closure and to continue distance learning until Jan. 4 during an emergency meeting Nov. 25.... Full story

 By Chris Aadland    News    December 3, 2020

Playing catch-up with the curve

In Montana’s largest county, Yellowstone, the public health officer said his workers are facing a backlog of more than 760 new COVID-19 cases waiting for contact tracing and case investigation.... Full story

 By Kate Radford    News    December 3, 2020

Masking reality

Since the start of the pandemic, messaging about mask-wearing has changed considerably. Early on, the World Health Organization suggested that...

 By Kate Radfrord    News    December 3, 2020

Lincoln Pit Stop closes briefly due to concerns about COVID, employee health

With COVID cases on the rise, both statewide and locally, Jill Frisbee made the hard decision to temporarily close the Lincoln Pit Stop. When Frisbee first closed the Pit Stop, she began by extending...

 By News Release    News    December 3, 2020

Average end to big game season in west-central Montana

MISSOULA – The 2020 general big game hunting season closed on November 29, with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' west-central Montana check...

 By News Release    News    December 3, 2020

Attorney General Fox, Montana Lottery Warn of Lottery Scams

HELENA - Attorney General Tim Fox and Montana Lottery Director Angela Wong cautioned Montanans today about lottery-related scams that have become...

 By Roger Dey    News    November 26, 2020

Pureview offering COVID-19 testing to the public

This week, PureView Health Center began offering COVID-19 testing at Parker Medical Center to members of the public in Lincoln who are showing... Full story

 By Roger Dey    News    November 26, 2020

Bullock implements new restrictions as COVID cases increase

During a Tuesday afternoon press conference Nov. 17, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced three new directives aimed at curbing the spread of... Full story


News to Make You Smile

As of Veteran's Day, November 11, 2020, United States veterans and Gold Star Families (the immediate family members of fallen service members) will ge...

 By News Release    News    November 26, 2020

County Planning Department now requiring appointments due to COVID-19

Helena – Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the Lewis and Clark County Community Development and Planning Department will now see...

 By News Release    News    November 26, 2020

Hunting activity stays steady in west-central Montana

MISSOULA – West-central Montana hunter check stations remained steady with hunter traffic over the weekend. Cumulative season harvest totals for...

 By Roger Dey    News    November 19, 2020

Bullock implements new restrictions as COVID cases mount

During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced three new directives aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 within... Full story

 By Roger Dey    News    November 19, 2020

COVID close contact prompts two week school closure

Lincoln Schools suspended in-person instruction and shift to remote learning for two weeks Monday morning after a person intown who had cloe contact... Full story

 By Roger Dey    News    November 19, 2020

Reported COVID cases may not tell full story for Lincoln

COVID-19 cases are spiking throughout Lewis and Clark County, and Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance President Aaron Birkholz, has serious concerns that the... Full story

 By Roger Dey    News    November 19, 2020

Suspected carbon monoxide poisoning claims life of Lincoln woman*

A Lincoln woman and her two pets died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in a home west of town, Nov. 13. According to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff/Coroner Leo Dutton, dispatch received a call...

 By Roger Dey    News    November 12, 2020

Ovando residents donate to Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance

Fred and Leigh Ann Valiton, owners of the Blackfoot Commercial Company in Ovando, paid a visit to the Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance Nov. 3, to present...

 By Roger Dey    News    November 12, 2020

UBVCC responds to MDT speed recommendation

Following their Oct. 20 meeting, the Upper Blackfoot Valley Community Council drafted a letter to the Montana Department of Transportation objecting...

 By News Release    News    November 12, 2020

MDT invites comments on Dalton Mountain Road Bridge

LINCOLN - The Montana Department of Transportation would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to replace the bridge on...

 By Emilee Rivera    News    November 5, 2020

High winds batter region, cause power outages east of Lincoln

High winds caused a power outage east of town Friday, Oct. 30. The National Weather Service recorded wind gusts in Lincoln exceeding 25 mph between 3...


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