News Briefs

Lewistown Municipal Airport Board holds public meeting


The Lewistown Municipal Airport Board is having a public information meeting concerning a possible TEDD (Targeted Economic Development District). This meeting will be held at the Lewistown Municipal Airport Meeting Room at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. This meeting will be of interest to anyone looking at the development and growth of Lewistown. Kathie Bailey of Snowy Mountain Development will give a presentation and answer questions. We look forward to seeing you there.


County commissioners meet Monday


The Fergus County Board of Commissioners will hold a regular business meeting on Monday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. in the commissioners’ office on the second floor of the courthouse. Items on the agenda include: personnel announcements, Federal Lands Access Program project memorandum of agreement and appointments of Ted Murray and Denise Seilstad to the Fergus County Council on Aging. The meeting is open to the public.     


Environmental Quality Council to meet in Helena


The Environmental Quality Council will meet Sept. 27 and 28 in Helena starting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 27 in Room 172 of the Capitol. Items to be discussed include evaluation of state parks program, chronic wasting disease and aquatic invasive species report, hard rock mining program and fire study.

For more information, including a full agenda, visit the EQC’s website:

This meeting is open to the public.


Time change for ETIC meeting in Helena


The 2017-2018 Energy and Telecommunications Committee updated its agenda and start time for the second meeting of the 2017-2018 Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee on Sept. 29.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in Room 152 of the State Capitol.

The ETIC, at its second meeting of the interim, will finalize its interim work plan, discuss programmatic review options and possible tour locations for future meetings.

During the Sept. 29 meeting in Helena, the ETIC will hear updates on the ongoing Washington Utilities Commission Colstrip rate case and the Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s worker-retraining grant. Committee members will also receive a Public Service Commission update on qualifying facility tariffs and contracts and discuss wireless phone coverage in rural Montana.

The committee will also begin work on the SJ 31 Utility Decoupling and HJ 28 Natural Gas Consumer Choice interim studies and discuss Montana energy investment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Trevor at (406) 444-4978 or via e-mail at This meeting is open to the public.


Upland Game Bird Council to meet


The Upland Game Bird Council, an advisory council that provides recommendations on FWP’s Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program, will meet in Lewistown Oct. 2 and 3 to review habitat enhancement activities that occurred during the 2017 field season. The council will tour habitat projects on Monday and meet at the Lewistown Public Library, 701 W. Main St. in Lewistown, Montana, on Tues. at 8 a.m.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and may provide comments to the council during the time identified on the agenda. Click Upland Game Bird Council for meeting details.


For more information, contact Debbie Hohler at (406) 444-5674, or by e-mail:




 Harvest Mass and Potluck to be held Sept. 28


Friends of St. Wenceslaus in Danvers, Montana will hold a Harvest Mass with potluck to follow on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hall. Questions? Call Susan at 538-4610.


Nature Tourism committee meets Thursday


The Recharge Our Community Nature Tourism committee will meet on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 a.m. in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room. Items on the agenda include update on RCAC conference, data base of nature tourism stakeholder groups, hiking brochure and branding efforts. The meeting is open to the public.


Wind and Strings to headline today’s afternoon dance


Come and dance to the country band, Wind and Strings at today’s 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.


Big Spring Creek Watershed Council looks at Madison Aquifer


The Big Spring Creek Watershed Council will hold its next meeting on Monday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. in the library upstairs meeting room. Agenda items include Madison aquifer, Brewery Flats, Machler stream wrap-up, strategic plan and the Fish Hatchery. For further information call Clay Dunlap at 366-6887. The meeting is open to the public.


Writer’s Group to meet Sept. 28


The Lewistown Writer’s Group will meet Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at 712 Seventh Ave. N., in Lewistown. Maxine Melton will host the group this week.

LWG is a collaboration of Central Montana writers who meet on the second Saturday and fourth Thursday of the month. It is a non-profit resource for writers of all genres and skill levels. Members include published authors as well as those who like to write for enjoyment.

If you like to write, or be in the company of writers, come join us. If you want to share a piece of your work, bring eight copies.


“Meet the Candidates” for Lewistown City Commission


Lewistown citizens are invited to “Meet the Candidates” for City Commission at a free public event to be held 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Lewistown Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room. This event is free, non-partisan and open to all.

All candidates who filed for a City Commissioner position have been invited to participate in this public meeting. Each candidate will be allotted five minutes to share their views, concerns and solutions with prospective voters. A question/answer session will follow and refreshments will be served.

Ballots for this election will be mailed out Oct. 20 and must be returned by mail or to the County Courthouse by Nov. 7.

Commission positions are non-partisan, but key to the effectiveness of “city manager” style of government. Commissioners advise our city manager on policies, priorities and budgets.

All citizens are encouraged to attend, ask questions and find out where candidates stand on important issues facing our community. “Meet the Candidates” is sponsored by the Central Montana Democratic Committee.


The Muslim threat... or the threat to Muslims?


Zion Lutheran Church invites the public to a presentation on the religion of Islam, taught by Steven Benson, a retired Montana pastor. The class is free of charge and will be held Thursday, Sept. 28 from 6:30-8 p.m.

We have seen an explosion in recent years of information about Islam and about Muslim people. TV specials, magazine articles, books, specially-produced DVDs – each presenting its own viewpoint on the world’s second-largest religion. Some are produced by Muslims and portray a tolerant, peace-loving religion practiced by a culturally diverse population. Others challenge this with a picture of a backward religion and culture which is completely incompatible with modern Western civilization and which fosters violence and extremism. Which are we to believe? How can we evaluate such conflicting claims? And is there an unseen force behind this flood of publicity?

Pastor Steven Benson will shed some light on these and other issues. He will draw on his experiences and conversations over many years with Muslims and Christians in America, the Middle East and South Asia. He will also bring to bear insights from the past 1,400 years of Christian-Muslim encounters and studies of modern propaganda campaigns.

For more information contact the office, 538-5082. Zion Lutheran is located at 604 W. Evelyn St.



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