News Briefs

Lewistown Municipal Airport Board to meet Sept. 7 The Lewistown Municipal Airport Board will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. in the Airport Terminal Room to address claims, public comment, walking trails, capital improvement plan, bus barn issues and other items. The public is welcome. The next LMAB meeting is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. ALA #76 opens new year with no-host luncheon The new year for American Legion Auxiliary #76 will begin with a no-host luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 12:30 p.m. at the Office Bar and Café in Moore. Awards received at Department Convention will be presented, and there is a surprise in store. Please call Mae Rosman or Rosalie Bruchez for details and reservations. Guests are welcome. Are you in? American Legion Auxiliary to host Poker Run The American Legion Auxiliary Post 16 will host a poker run on Saturday, Sept. 10. from 12:30-5 p.m. First card will be dealt at the American Legion Club in Lewistown at 12:30 p.m. and will continue on to the Wrangler Bar and Café in Grass Range, the Roy Legion Bar, Shirey’s Pub in Hilger, and end with the last card back at the American Legion Club at 402 West Main Street in Lewistown. There is a fee for each hand and unlimited hand purchases are allowed. Half of the pot will go to the best hand and half the pot will go towards local veteran projects. There is a door prize for the worst hand. All cards must be turned in by 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Back Country Horsemen will meet Tuesday The Judith Basin Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Montana will be meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Sheriff’s Complex for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting day/date was changed to Tues. Sept. 6, due to Monday, Sept. 5 being Labor Day. Among other agenda items, several future pleasure rides for this fall will be proposed by Judy Fossum, Trail Ride chairman. Those interested in preserving the back-country for equestrian use and getting out on local trails to enjoy the beauty of nature are encouraged to attend. Please call Scott Welsh, with questions: 538-3276. City Commission considers budget for 2016-2017 The Lewistown City Commission will meet Tuesday, Sept. 6 (rather than Monday, due to the holiday), at the Central Montana Community Center, 307 W. Watson. The Committee of the Whole meets at 6 p.m. to hear a discussion on the floodplain ordinance and fees. The Commission meeting begins at 7 p.m. Items on the agenda include a public hearing and then action on a resolution approving the FY2017 work plan and budget for the Tourism Business Improvement District; action on a resolution approving an assessment for the cost of the work plan and budget for the TBID; a resolution redefining boundaries of Street Maintenance District number 1; public hearing on the cost of maintenance of Boulevard District number 12, cost of maintenance reserve and administration for Lighting Districts and cost of maintenance in Street Maintenance District number 1; action on a resolution assessing a special tax to cover the cost of maintenance of Boulevard District number 12; action on a resolution assessing the cost of maintenance reserve and administration and supplying electrical current for street lights to properties within particular lighting districts; action on a resolution levying an assessment on properties for street maintenance; public hearing on the FY2016-2017 budget for the City of Lewistown; action on a resolution relating to final budgets, budget authorities and annual appropriations beginning July 1, 2016; public hearing and then action on an increase in the City of Lewistown’s mill levy to fund increases in premium contributions for medical group benefits for City employees; action on a resolution providing for the annual tax levy mills for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017. The meeting is open to the public. Bison management, Yellowstone River closure to be discussed at EQC meeting The Environmental Quality Council of the Legislature meets Sept. 14 and 15 to hear legislative proposals from DNRC, DEQ and FWP for the 2017 session, as well as updates on bison management, the closure of the Yellowstone River to recreation, and groundwater cleanup at Colstrip. In addition, the EQC will review program evaluations for the waste and underground tank management and air quality bureaus at the DEQ. Comments are encouraged from anyone with an interest. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. on Sept. 14 in room 317 of the Capitol. Updates on the fire season, Orphan Share remedial action, and sage grouse habitat conservation programs will be provided. The EQC will also finalize its HJ 13 study report. For more information, including a full agenda, visit the EQC’s website: Or contact Joe Kolman, council staff, 444-3747 or Fall Harvest dinner presented by the Pleasant Valley Homemakers Sunday, Sept. 25, Pleasant Valley Homemakers will present a Fall Harvest dinner in the historic building Monarch/Neihart Community Senior Center in Neihart, Mont. It will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. PVH will provide a full turkey dinner including dressing, potatoes, cranberries, salads, desserts and, of course, the turkey, with drinks of coffee and ice tea. The Pleasant Valley Homemakers are raising money to support their many activities around the valley (Great Falls Mercy Home, Chevy’s Kids, Project Linus, Neihart Volunteer Fire Department, Belt Ambulance, Mercy Home, Belt Families, Belt Giving Tree and many other programs.) The Homemakers also are having a silent auction in the library. Baskets include items for women, men and children, from food to quilted items. Also, we have two full rummage rooms full of items you might like to have. There is a fee for this dinner at the door. Children ages 0-4 are free and 5-10 half price. If you have questions about our event, please contact Sharon Williams, (406) 236-5573. Fibre Arts Guild to hosts meeting with “Show and Tell” The Central Montana Fibre Arts Guild will meet on Sept. 8 at the Celebration Community Fellowship Church, 361 West Frontage Road on Highway 87 out of Lewistown. Starting at 6:30 p.m. is “Show and Tell,” 7 p.m. is the business meeting and 7:30 p.m. is the program. Those who wish to may dine at 5 p.m. at the China Garden this time. All are welcome. Lost Old Quilt Patterns is the program for September. Please bring an 8-inch square of muslin, a 3-inch square of printed or solid color fabric, thread, needle and scissors. A lot of fiber-related items have been donated to the Guild. Many containers of stuff will be at the September meeting. Please bring containers or big plastic bags to put stuff into, as the original containers need to be returned. Keep the groove with Groovy Gaffers The Groovy Gaffers will provide the music for the Sept. 3 Saturday afternoon dance. The band features Dave Robertson, Lauri Lohrer, Don Engle and Barbara Engle on guitars and vocals. The dance goes from 2 to 4 p.m. 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. The dance hall is located at the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. There is a small admission fee. Heart of Montana Venture Network to meet Sept. 7 The next meeting of Heart of Montana Venture Network will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the reading room of the Eagles Club, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Presentations will include Kirk Donsbach focusing on marketing agriculture commodities and helping protect your profit, as well as an update on the Creekside Park and Pavilion proposal. Additionally there will be plenty of networking opportunities. This meeting is open to the public. Public invited to attend HRDC’s meeting on Sept. 14 District 6 Human Resource Development Council is having a county wide public meeting for the election of a board member to represent the low-income sector. If you have received benefits through District 6 HRDC in the past year, you are eligible to vote. The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the District 6 HRDC conference room at 300 First Avenue North, Suite 203, Lewistown. Ballots are available at the HRDC 6 office, online at or at the meeting. LEPC to meet Sept. 8 The Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet Thursday, Sept. 8 from noon to 1 p.m. at the City Complex, 305 West Watson in Lewistown. Items to be discussed include 911, training, exercise reports; Heart Ready community; state preparedness and other business to be determined at the meeting. The public is welcome. The next LEPC meeting is to be held on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the County Complex. Prairie Handspinners Guild to host first Fiber Festival Pairie Handspinners Guild is holding their first Fiber Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Their mission is to share the joy of fiber arts and educate the community on wool and all of the many other fibers that can be used for arts and crafts. This is a great opportunity to connect fiber artists with local producers and suppliers. Vendors from all over Montana and Wyoming will have their products available as well as demonstrations of fiber arts by various artists. More information is available on the website: Lewistown Trails Coordinating Committee to meet Sept. 6 The Lewistown Trails Coordinating Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Civic Center. Items to be discussed include Trails, Ales and Bales, Creekside Park and Pavilion, the Airport Loop, MDT, and the 2016 annual fund drive. This meeting is open to the public. The next meeting of the LTCC will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Civic Center.

Downtown Association, Market Council meet Wednesday

The Chamber Market Council and Lewistown Downtown Association will hold a coffee meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 a.m. at Pourman’s restaurant on Main Street. At 7:30 a.m. the planning meeting will start for downtown/market council involvement in upcoming events, and at 8:15 a.m. a general discussion of upcoming events and news will be shared. The meeting is open to the public.




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