Area News Briefs

Lewistown Municipal Airport Board meets today


On Wednesday, July 6 at 3 p.m., the Lewistown Municipal Airport Board will meet in the Airport Terminal Meeting Room to discuss bus barn progress, contracts, land use and public commentary. The next airport board meeting will be on Wednesday, August 3 at 3 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.


House and Garden Tour coming up soon


The second annual House and Garden Tour, a fundraiser for Central Montana Family Planning, will be Sunday, July 17, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance at Alpine Floral; for more details call 535-8811 or email to


Swing to the Groovy Gaffers this Saturday


The Groovy Gaffers will provide the music for the July 9 Saturday afternoon dance. The band features Dave Robertson, Lauri Lohrer, Don Engle and Barbara Engle on guitars and vocals. The dance goes from 2-4 pm.If you enjoy dancing to good country music, come and join in the fun. Dancers of all ages are welcome.There is a short coffee/cookie break at 3 p.m.


Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee Meeting July 14-15


The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee meets July 14-15 in Room 172 of the Capitol. The ETIC is dedicating a portion of its agenda to a discussion of Colstrip and the future of energy generation in the area.

Talen Energy and Puget Sound Energy will discuss the future of Colstrip Units 1 and 2. Talen will discuss its plans for continued operation of Colstrip and the company’s ongoing efforts to exit Montana. Speakers also will discuss Puget’s development of a rate case outlining the company’s path forward at Units 1 and 2 -- particularly in light of passage of Senate Bill 6248 by the Washington Legislature.

Absaroka Energy will discuss the proposed Gordon Butte closed loop pumped storage hydro project. Clearwater Energy will discuss a proposed wind farm near Forsyth that could generate up to 300 megawatts of electricity. The electricity from both the pumped hydro and wind projects could potentially replace power now generated at Units 1 and 2 and be exported to customers on the West coast.

During the two-day meeting, the ETIC also will develop findings and recommendations to begin wrapping up its net-metering assignment as outlined in Senate Joint Resolution 12. The committee also will review draft legislation and a draft report for its HJ 7 – Next Generation 9-1-1 study.

For more information, including a full agenda, visit the committee’s website or contact Sonja Nowakowski, committee staff.

Committee Website:

Committee Staff: or 406-444-3078

This meeting is open to the public.


Trails committee to discuss new park plan


The Lewistown Trails Coordinating Committee will meet today, July 6 at 11 a.m. at the conference room at the Snowy Mountain Development Corp offices on east Main Street. Items on the agenda include a review of the proposed Creekside Park and Pavilion plan, an update on Montana Department of Transportation construction projects, discussion of fish hatchery park, planning for Trails, Ales and Bales, the Machler stream restoration project, recruitment of new committee members and the 2016 trails fund drive. The meeting is open to the public.


Fergus County Fair Commission meets July 11


The Fergus County Fair Commission Board will meet on Monday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Trade Center to discuss committee and fairgrounds reports, box office drop box, grandstands handrail project, water truck repairs and wall/fence replacement, tree management, equipment rentals and other items of business. This meeting is open to the public.

Please be advised that any non-agenda comments for the Board will be heard during Open Public Participation. Please limit your comments to assure all have time to speak and if possible, provide written information on your discussion. If a group is here for comments on a particular non-agenda item, please appoint a spokesman to present on behalf of the group. The Chair –if deemed necessary– may limit the time of comment.

Public comments on action items will be allowed once there is a motion and second for that item on the floor. Again please try and limit your comments and if possible, provide written information on your discussion.


Wichman retires after 31 years


Join David Wichman in celebrating his retirement after 31 years at the Research Center west of Moccasin. The event will take place on Friday, July 8 at the Tall Boys in Hobson from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by and wish him well.



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