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6 -- BLACKFOOT VALLEY DISPATCH Lincoln, MT June 18, 2009 t val surprising opportumties for trout ley Historical Society will have a "Spring Clean Up" on the museum grounds behind the Hi-Country Jerky Store. Work will begin Saturday, June 27 at 9 a.m. centering on the new Interpretive Center, which is the first building straight ahead through the gate, and behind the store. Additional, limited work is planned for areas around the site. Volunteer assistance is needed to perform cleanup around buildings and grounds in order to prepare the area for public tours this summer, and to prepare the Interpretive Center for artifact displays. Recent renovations of the cabin have been completed by Historical Society volunteers and area contractors. If the grounds area can be raked, litter bagged, and weed eating performed, the complex will be safe and more user friendly for all to enjoy Lincoln's heri- tage displays. If you would like help with this project, your assistance is greatly appreciated. Please bring yard and cleaning tools. The Historical Society will provide cold drinks for all those who can help. Name omitted The name of Emily Siloti was omitted from the list of Lincoln students on the Spring Quarter Honor Roll, printed last week in the BVD. Emily finished the year with a4.0 gpa. Congratulations Emily. County Sprayer The mobile sprayer, provid- ed by Lewis and Clark County is available in Lincoln for weed control or other spraying proj- Lincoln receives national recognition While the banking indus- try has taken a significant hit over the past year, its good to know that the Lincoln bank has remained a strong institu- tion throughout the economic challenges plaguing many. The Independent Com- munity Bankers of America (ICBA) identifies and ranks its member banks measuring performance and return on as- sets. The ICBA 400 recenhtly listed its Top 20 industry per- formers for 2008 in a number of categories depending on their overall assets. The First Bank of Lincoln was ranked in the top 20 na- tionally for banks with assets less than $50 million. The Lincoln bank was recognized in the same list two years ago, indicating continued strong customer service and reli- ability by its bank president, Kenny Martin and staff of friendly professionals. Barn workday The Barn Revivin' Potluck Picnic Workday is this Satur- day, June 20th beginning at 8 aan. Workers will gather at Eddie Grantier's big red barn on Stemple Pass, just across from the Sheriff's substation. Experienced carpenters are particularly needed to coor- dinate the project and get it moving. If the weather is chilly, think about bringing a thermos of coffee and/or hot chocolate to share. Thanks are in order to the many people who helped to make this possible through their donations and those who donate their time to help. For (See Out & About, page 8) By Jim Bosshardt Some rivers or streams are to be best enjoyed on a warm summer's day, fly-fishing with a dry fly. One of these streams is Alice Creek, east of Lincoln about 10 miles. This creek is rich in history and can be read about from the local historical society's book Gold Pans and Single- trees. It can be purchased at the Hi-Country Trading Post, just west of town. From a re-count of the early days, to realize the amount of time someone had to go fly-fishing is much different than today. Life was more difficult and challenging in many ways than today. But, back to fly-fishing. This small steam is decep- tive, for it has many fish and in places where you would expect to catch something. Alice Creek is a good stream to take someone who is learn- ing the sport/art of fly-fishing. Keep in mind many things while enjoying this part of the valley. Respect private property, and stay within the high water mark while wad- ing this stream. Also, this is a wild country (Grizzly Bear habitat) so keep your senses alert and it would be smart to carry with you some pepper spray. It is much better to have it and not need it than to make a surprise encounter and wish you had it The stream is like many other freestone rivers, made up of runs, pools, and pocket water. Behind many of the large rocks in the river, you will hook a cutthroat and just when you think there is no size to them, WHAM! Surprise, and this keeps hap- pening. Typical dry flies work well on this river; standards like the Adams, BWO, Elk Hair Caddis, and other dry search- ing types of flies. What I usually use is a size 14 foam-body caddis. This fly can easily take 20 fish or more and keeps on hook- ing and floating. I tie it, or should I say, Anja Christian- sen ties it using materials that stay floating and are able to (See Alice Creek, page 9) Jim Bossshardt snapped this picture of Alice Creek, just east of Lincoln. After a bit of a hike to the stream, the morning sun provides a serene setting for a day of fly-fishing.