News Briefs

Time change noted 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.


First Christian Church to host Red Cross Blood Drive


The First Christian Chuch of Lewistown, located at 103 12th Ave. South, will host a Red Cross Lewistown Community Blood Drive on Monday, Oct. 2, from 12-6 p.m.

To schedule your appointment or for more information, please call the American Red Cross at 403-0956 or visit and enter sponsor code: lewistown.


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.


Mark Buckentin Memorial Turkey Shoot to be held in Denton


The Mark Buckentin Memorial Ham, Turkey Shoot and Pitch play will be held at the Denton Rod and Gun Club in Denton on Oct. 7, with practice starting at 11 a.m. and the shoot beginning at noon.

ATA-legal trap loads only. Shells are available at the club. Lunch will also be available. Shooting may continue into the night, as the club has lights. The Club is on the west end of Denton, north of the highway. Questions, please call Rod Boling, (406) 567-2608 or Orville McCracken, (406) 462-5678 or (406) 350-5678.


Back Country Horsemen to meet Oct. 2


Judith Basin Back Country Horsemen of Montana will have their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be in the lower level of the Sheriff’s Complex and all those interested in preserving access to the back country for equestrian pleasure riding are invited to attend.

On April 6-8, 2018, the Judith Basin Chapter will host the annual State Convention of the Back Country Horsemen of Montana. Judith Basin Chapter will focus on preparation and production of the State Convention in the coming months. A highlight of the convention will be dinner and entertainment on the award-winning Charlie Russell Chew Choo dining train for 250 convention delegates and their guests.

Inactive members and those interested in helping with this event are encouraged to join and be a part of this undertaking. Over 150 delegates and state officials are anticipated to attend. For questions or more information, Sharon Gottardi, 538-2688, Billie Ayers, 535-8822 and Karen Kuhlmann, 538-4575, are co-chairing plans for the State Convention.


United Methodist women celebrate new year with luncheon


The new year for United Methodist women began Sept. 13. President Linda Melick, back in place following an accident, led the devotions, and Barb Passow was the hostess.

Plans were made for the fall luncheon – a potluck event – to be held Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 12 p.m. (noon). Former Methodist pastor, Jean Erickson, will be the speaker.

Invitations are sent to surrounding churches, Moore, Hobson, Denton, Grass Range and Winnett.


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.


Take time to two-step to the music of Silver Sage


The Silver Sage Country Band is scheduled to play for the Sept. 30, Saturday afternoon dance. The band features Lloyd McKenna on mandolin and guitar, Meryl McKenna on piano, Barbara Engle on bass guitar and Don Engle on lead guitar. All will participate in harmony vocals.

The dance hall is located at the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. The dance goes from 2-4 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.


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.


Report on registry at Save the Barns meeting


The Save the Barns Committee will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 in the 618 Coffee Shop. Among items to be discussed is the final payment to the consultant who has worked to put the draft horse barn at the Fergus County Fairgrounds on the National Registry of Historic Places. The meeting is open to the public.


Writer’s Group to meet tomorrow


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.


Lewistown Municipal Airport Board to have 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.


Upland Game Bird Council to meet in Lewistown Oct. 2 and 3



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:




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