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  • Fire season outlook

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    Commissioner Jim McCormick asked Lincoln Fire Chief Zach Muse for an update on the fire department and fire season. Muse said everything is going well and the Lincoln Volunteer Fire rescue has been pushing hard on their wildland fire training "We're green right now," he said. "May and June are our wettest months for rain. In May we had 1.4 inches, which really isn't that much. But it was cool, so that helped." He said Lincoln averages five to six inches in June, and the...

  • Sticker shock

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    When Lewis and Clark County officials opened the bids for the chip seal projects on the Rural Improvement Districts in Lincoln and Augusta, they weren't sure what to expect. Although they had anticipated a substantial increase in the cost of the project, they found when they opened the bids May 24, rising costs had far outpaced what they expected. "The bid we received, with anticipation of inflation and fuel costs, was higher than we predicted.," County Public Works Director J...

  • Dutton discusses school security, response issues

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    With the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas last month and the May 31 threat of shooting in Helena that led to the arrest of a 23-year-old Helena man, , Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton addressed some of the challenges facing school security. Dutton said he has been stressing the importance of a single point entry for schools where a potential threat can be contained. He said the Helena School District has worked to make that happen through new construction and...

  • Safe driving, OHV traffic concerns

    Rogere Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 16, 2022

    During the June 3 Lincoln Government Day meeting, Lincoln's resident Highway patrol Trooper Jesse Short said he's made a lot of traffic stops in the last month due to people following too closely. "I've been pulling over quite a few people, trying to get them to spread out. It's the fourth largest state in the union; we don't have to drive right up behind each other. There's plenty of room," he said. Short has also been talking to people about driving on the shoulder of the...

  • Solid waste fees set to increase

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Jun 14, 2022

    Lewis and Clark County Commissioners approved a resolution of intention to increase the solid waste disposal fee from 90 to $100 during a public hearing at the Lincoln Government Day meeting Commissioner Andy Hunthausen said the fees pay for the cost of running the container site, the disposals of that waste to Great Falls., under contract with Republic Service. and the recycling bins by the Lincoln Senior Center. County Finance Coordinator Misty Edwards said the assessment had been decreased from $100 to $90 in 2019 due to...