Area News Briefs

Ice cream social celebrates recovery


Together Our Recovery Center Heals and Young People In Recovery are putting on an ice cream social Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Symmes Park to celebrate those who have overcome substance abuse. The event will feature testimonies and live music by Charlie Denison. The event is also open to those who want to learn about recovery and how they can make a difference.


Feel the wind beneath 

your wings with Wind and Strings


Come and dance to the country band, Wind and Strings, today, Saturday, July 30 at the afternoon dance.  The band features Tom Wilson on harmonica, Carole Songer on vocals, Tony Hencil on dobro and Woodie Westburg on guitar and vocals.

The dance hall is located at the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. The dance goes from 2 to 4 p.m. Dancers of all ages are welcome.

There will be a coffee/cookie break at 3 p.m. There is a small admission fee.


Airport changes meeting date to Aug. 10


The Lewistown Municipal Airport Board changed its meeting date to Aug. 10. It will be at the Airport Terminal Meeting room at 3 p.m. The public is invited.


ROWL invites you

 to their next board meeting


Recycle Our Waste Lewistown, a volunteer-run plastics recycling program, invites all interested persons to the next open to the public board meeting at the Lewistown Public Library. The meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 4 at 5:15 p.m. in the library conference room. Volunteers are always welcome. Come and hear how you can help. For information call 535-2643.


50s FHS Alumni Picnic


Reservations for the “All ‘50s FHS Alumni Picnic” at Frank Day Park on Aug. 20 at 12 p.m. would be appreciated. Contact Bette Lee Cox, 538-8376, by Aug. 7.

RCAC to honor Don Pfau
and other community leaders


The Rural Community Assistance Corporation is celebrating Lewistown. Members of the RCAC Board of Directors will gather Aug. 4 to honor those involved with the Recharge Our Community efforts and the Youth Engaged in Learning and Leadership movements. 

Six ROC groups have been working since last fall on a variety of projects aimed at improving the economic climate of Lewistown. YELL student members created and ran several projects to support community causes this past spring. Both ROC and YELL are the results of training provided by RCAC to Lewistown.

In addition, Lewistown’s own Don Pfau will be honored with a Yoneo Ono Award, given every two years to rural residents who have made siginificant lifelong contributions to their community as volunteers. Pfau spearheaded many important community projects, including the hospital, high school, fairgrounds and MSU Northern branch campus.


Class of 59 to host 

dinner at the Elks Aug. 22


On Monday, Aug. 22, the Fergus High School Class of ’59 will host the “Keep in Touch” dinner at the Elks Club for all classes of FHS and St. Leo’s. The dinner, which consists of roast beef, chicken and berries, scalloped potatoes, salad and a dessert bar, begins with registration at 4:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Kris Gapay at 538-5885.


Energy and Telecommunications 

Interim Committee requests comments


Public comment is welcome on legislative reports and proposed draft legislation related to 9-1-1 laws in Montana, net metering in Montana, and renewable energy credit reporting.

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee of the legislature met July 14-15 and requested a series of draft legislation and related reports be prepared and posted for public comment.

The ETIC, as guided by House Joint Resolution No. 7, is reviewing next-generation 9-1-1. The ETIC has proposed draft legislation to update and revise 9-1-1 laws and funding mechanisms in Mont. The committee is requesting specific comment on revising 9-1-1 laws and “Next Generation 9-1-1 Montana’s Efforts to Move Forward.”

Public comments should be submitted by August 25 to Sonja Nowakowski, ETIC staff, at (put 9-1-1 in the subject line) or to Legislative Services Division, Attn. Sonja Nowakowski, P.O. Box 201704, Helena, MT 59620-1704.

The ETIC, as guided by Senate Joint Resolution No. 12, is reviewing net metering in Mont. The ETIC has proposed draft legislation on a variety of net metering issues. The committee is requesting specific comment on: requiring PSC review of interconnection; eliminating electrical licensing exemption for grid-tied generators; updating PSC’s role in reviewing net metering technologies; requiring PSC review of net metering rates under certain circumstances; increasing net metering cap for tax-exempt properties; and “Net Metering In Montana – A Report to the 65th Legislature.”

Public comments should be submitted by Aug. 25 to Sonja Nowakowski, ETIC staff, at (put net metering in the subject line) or to Legislative Services Division, Attn. Sonja Nowakowski, P.O. Box 201704, Helena, MT 59620-1704.

Current law also requires public utilities, rural electric cooperatives, competitive electricity suppliers, or owners of a renewable electrical generation facility to file a report with the ETIC each interim concerning the purchase or sale of renewable energy credits within Mont. The ETIC is required to review the reports and, if necessary, submit recommendations regarding the use of renewable energy credits in Mont. Many entities have failed to file the reports since the requirement began in 2011, and the information provided in the reports has not proven to be useful information. 

The committee is requesting specific comment on repealing renewable energy credit reporting requirements and requesting an interim study of renewable energy credits in Montana.

Public comments should be submitted by Aug. 25 to Sonja Nowakowski, ETIC staff, at (put RECs in the subject line) or to Legislative Services Division, Attn. Sonja Nowakowski, P.O. Box 201704, Helena, MT 59620-1704.

The ETIC will meet Sept. 8-9 in Helena to review and discuss the public comments and the draft legislation. The committee will then determine how best to amend the drafts and whether they should be brought before the 2017 Legislature. All comments received by 5 p.m. on Aug. 25 will be compiled and reviewed by the ETIC prior to any decisions being made at its Sept. meeting in Helena.

Comments also may be submitted in the form of proposed draft amendments to the legislation. If you have any difficulty submitting your comments, please contact Sonja Nowakowski at (406) 444-3078. Additional legislative proposals by the ETIC related to Colstrip Units 1 and 2 will be posted for public comment in early Aug.



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