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Thursday April 7 2016 Vol. 36, No. 14 A mountain bluebird sits on a.fence post south Hope Quay BVD Contribuffng Writer in Those Lincoln residents who enjoy a walk, bike ride or drive along many of the areas public roads may have noticed the small bird houses adorning fence posts and trees along the way. These tiny aviaries are not the forgotten fancy of past schoolchildren or landowners, as one might first imagine. In fact the bird houses, specially built to house the beautiful and friendly Mountain Bluebirds native to the area, are a labor of love for one Lincoln native, and they are in trouble. Born a Lambkin, one of Lin- coln's oldest and most recognizable names, Ellen Mulcare spent most of her 87 years in Lincoln. After an aneurysm in 1986 resulted in a ten month hospital stay, Mulcare needed to get some exercise. She and lifelong friend Bob Didrickson began taking walks, which sparked an interest in bluebirds that grew into an avocation for Mulcare. of Lincoln. (Photo by Erin Dey) "We noticed there were lots of bluebirds alongthe road going up toward Sucker Creek," Mulcare said. "We began making bluebird houses. I found the lumber, and Bob began building the houses." As her interest in the social little birds grew, Mulcare joined Moun- tain BluebirdTrails, an association dedicated to promoting bluebird conservation projects throughout the northem Rocky Mountains. Throughout her years with the society, as both a member and a director, Mulcare recruited many new members and was responsible for installing bluebird houses along several of Lincoln's thoroughfares. As a director, she offered free blue- bird houses to new members. Nearly thirty years later, the weathered little houses can still be seen along Sucker Creek Road, Stemple Pass Road, Dalton Moun- tain Road and East Highway 200, as well as along many other byways See BLUEBIRDS Pg.-5 A ,fence and warning sign keep the curious away.from the entrance and area around Ted Kaczynski's root cellar. Only a ,few ramshackle structures he built remain on the property he once owned. (Photo by Roger Dey) Story/photos by Roger Dey BVD Editor Editor's note: This is the sec- ond of two stories looking at the events surrounding the arrest of Ted Kaczynski. For a couple long weeks in April 1996, Lincoln was the epi- center of the biggest news story in America. The FBI arrested Theodore J. Kaczynski here April 3 in connec- tion with the Unabomber bomb- ings that had targeted universi- ties and airlines for 18 years, and reporters from around the country flocked to Lincoln. For two weeks, until Kaczynski was transferred from Helena to California, they camped out in Lincoln or called anyone they could, trying to dredge up any nugget they could on his life here. In the process, they didn't always paint Lincoln, or them- selves, in a positive light. For most Lincoln residents, the experience ranged from simply irritating to downright absurd. Susie Gehring,who lived only about a mile from Kaczynski, came home from Helena to find about 20 messages on her ma- chine from news agencies all over the cmmtry. To her Tedwas just a local weirdo she could feel watching her as she looked for her stray cattle near his property. She never called them back, but remembers the parade of satel- lite trucks and media vehicle on Stemple Pass Road any time there was a new development. "When I was riding out in the field, you knew, 'cause here's all the rigs going up Stemple, then they all come back down and wait in town." All they got from her was a wave. They got a bit more from Krissi Hagen, but maybe not what they expected. "Chaos and idiots," is how she described the hoopla she dealt with while working at Mom's Drive Inn. The reporters in town asked a hundred questions but would See REPORTERS Pg. 6 GR out: cou IIs in Lincoln Roger Dey BVD Editor uncertain at this point, but the first up darker on them. "To me, they are Bushwackers Wednesday, April 6, Lewis and Clark County Deputy two bills were easy to spot. blatantly obvious," Joyce said, "If you was of a far better quality and was Sheriff Chris loyce is asking Lin- "They're a little bit smaller and were in a rush and not paying atten- detected suing a counterfeit detec- coin residents to be on the lookout they're thick," Joyce said. "Not only tion, that's the only wayitwill get by" tion pen. It also displayed some for counterfeit $20 bills. Three fake are they thick, the paper doesn't feel Joyce took an example of the first smudged printing and had no wa- twenties nand a five have turned up right. I would describe it as furry, two bills around to local business to termarked portrait. The five dollar in Lincoln in the last week. compared to a normal $20 bill."show them what to look for. "It'll be bill, discovered at Wild Jacks, is also loyce said the first bills turned up In addition to being printed onso hard to prove if its someone ac- a higher quality fake. Thursday, March 31, and the second paper that's about four times as thick tually doing it. I'd rather just stop it There have been several instanc- was found the following day at First as normal currency, the bills appear so the bank doesn't have anymore es of fake twenties reported across Bank of Lincoln. to be a bit darker than normal and losses." westernMontana, during the last The origin of the counterfeits is counterfeit detection pens will show The third $20 bill, discovered at two year. INSIDE: News Briefs; Kathy Shaw; DU; Op/Ed- jobs under assault; Decisions; My Smart Mouth