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Helena-Lewis and Clark National forest hosting Forest Plan Revision meetings to discuss draft plan, draft EIS

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest began hosting a series of public meetings across the forest this week to discuss both the draft forest plan and the draft environmental impact statement...

 By News Release    News    July 25, 2018

Montana DOJ releases 2017 Annual Crime Lab Report

HELENA – The Montana Department of Justice released its Forensic Science Division's 2017 Annual Report Wednesday, July 18.  The Division, commonly known as the State Crime Lab, analyzes crime...

 By News Release    News    July 25, 2018

West Nile Virus Found in Local Mosquitoes

West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Lewis and Clark County, prompting local health officials to advise steps to prevent mosquito bites. So far, health officials have confirmed no cases of illness in people or horses in Montana, but...

 By Roger Dey    News    July 18, 2018

Lincoln man injured in crash near Bonner

After a quick trip to Missoula last Wednesday, Quinton Grantier headed back to Lincoln on Highway 200 . He was only a couple miles outside of Bonner when his dog, Junebug, jumped into his lap. As he...

 By Roger Dey    News    July 18, 2018

Three Bears Motel a dream opportunity for new owners

When Patty and Bob Weatherston saw the Three Bears Motel listed for sale in a Craigslist ad, they saw both a business opportunity and a chance to move to a town they love. "For 30 years we've been...

 By Roger Dey    News    July 18, 2018

Impact of spring flooding spreads to county road maintenance

For two months this spring Lewis and Clark County road crews dealt with two rounds of flooding that took a toll on county roads. Although the water has subsided, County Public Works Director Eric...

 By Roger Dey    News    July 18, 2018

Lincoln woman charged with felony drug possession

A Lewis and Clark County Deputy who stopped to check on two vehicles pulled onto the side of the road arrested a Lincoln woman late Thursday night, after discovering drugs and paraphernalia in her...

 By Roger Dey    News    July 18, 2018

Local group evaluates community trail options in last of three planning meeting

Last week, the Trust for Public Lands held the last of three meetings aimed at designing a local trail system that makes walking and biking around Lincoln safer and more appealing. The trail planning...

 By Roger Dey    News    July 11, 2018

New fireworks firing system glitch delays July 4 show, but improves safety, flexibility

Lincoln's annual Fourth of July fireworks show got off the ground a little later than usual this year, after a new wireless digital firing system had difficulty syncing with the modules that set off t...

 By Hope Quay    News    July 11, 2018

Lincoln Community Hall marks a century with events through town

The Lincoln Community Hall celebrated the historic building's hundredth year as the heart of Lincoln last weekend with entertainment, exhibits and activities that spanned two days and stretched from...

 By Roger Dey    News    July 11, 2018

LRFD funds new well for pump house

In setting the annual budget for the Lincoln Rural Fire District last month, district trustees opted to commit $25,000 to the effort to make the districts in-town water pumping station operational....

 By News Release    News    July 4, 2018

Extra: UM Study: Forests May Lose Ability to Protect Against Extremes of Climate Change

MISSOULA– Forests, one of the most dominate ecosystems on Earth, harbor significant biodiversity. Scientists have become increasingly interested in how this diversity is enhanced by the sheltering...

 By News Release    News    July 4, 2018

Trapping Advisory Committee to meet July 10 and 11

The Montana Trapping Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting July 10 and 11 in Helena at the Montana Wild facility, 2668 Broadwater Ave. Trapping has been and remains controversial. Therefore,...

 By Roger Dey    News    June 27, 2018

Cleanup work to to resume at UBMC, but funding, timeline for completion uncertain

Personnel from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Montana Natural Resource Damage Program and U.S. Forest Service provided an update on the status of the Upper Blackfoot Mining Complex...

 By Connie McAfferty    News    June 27, 2018

Lincoln kids among those evacuated from Augusta-area bible school

Six teenagers from Lincoln were among 137 students and leaders from the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible who boarded CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the Montana Army National Guard's 1-189th...

 By Roger Dey    News    June 27, 2018

LVFD aids in Rogers Pass culvert repair

The Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department came to the aid of the Montana Department of Transportation last Wednesday when a plugged culvert just east of Roger's Pass threatened the stability of the highwa...

 By Roger Dey    News    June 27, 2018

A neighbor in need: LVFD delivers sandbags, water to flooded Augusta

The Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department got a shout out from the Augusta-area Chamber of Commerce last week for delivering more than 60 cases of water and Gatorade for residents whose wells may have...

 By Submitted News    News    June 27, 2018

Lincoln Airport a safe haven in a storm

The storm that first moved into Montana on Saturday, June 16 forced six aircraft to land at Lincoln Airport on Sunday and one on Monday due to the local passes over the Continental Divide being cloude...

 By News release    News    June 27, 2018

Fireworks prohibited on Helena-Lewis and Clark Nat'l Forest

HELENA-As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest reminds visitors that fireworks are prohibited on all state and federal lands, including Forest Service;...

 By News release    News    June 27, 2018

FWP co-authors award-winning paper on methods for mapping wildlife corridors

A Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologist was a co-author of a report that won the Outstanding Paper Award in Landscape Ecology from the U.S. Regional Association of the International...

 By Roger Dey    News    June 20, 2018

Judge vacates Stonewall Project ROD

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen granted a motion to remand the Stonewall Vegetation Project to the Forest Service for completion of a supplemental environmental analysis but also vacated...

 By Roger Dey    News    June 20, 2018

Lincoln Ranger District welcomes new Minerals Administrator

The new minerals administrator for the Lincoln and Helena Ranger Districts began work at the Lincoln Ranger Station last Monday to help the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest to better manage thei...

 By News release    News    June 20, 2018

Extra: DNA results show mysterious canine shot near Denton s a wolf

DNA results show mysterious canine is a wolf The canine creature shot in Montana a month ago that captured the curiosity of the nation is actually a gray wolf. DNA from the animal, which was shot...

 By News release    News    June 20, 2018

Extra: Register for hunt roster starting June 15

Hunters interested in participating in "game-damage" hunts on private land or possible management seasons this year have from June 15 to July 15 to register online with Montana Fish, Wildlife &...

 By Roger Dey    News    June 13, 2018

Lincoln man, former girlfriend dead in Great Falls murder/suicide

The Cascade County Sheriff/Coroner's office identified a Lincoln man and his former girlfriend as the victims of a murder-suicide in Great Falls Saturday morning. Great Falls Police, responded to repo... Full story


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