News Briefs

“Fly Fishing in Australia” to be presented Nov. 16


The Snowy Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited is once again pleased to host a presentation by E. Donnall Thomas, Jr. “Fly Fishing in Australia” will be the topic on Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. at the Elks Clubhouse (320 Country Club Lane, in Lewistown).

Don is a local TU member and an avid angler, hunter, world traveler, writer and photographer. Please join us for what is sure to be an interesting and entertaining evening.

Those who wish to share a light dinner (on your own) prior to the program will meet in the clubhouse at 5:30 p.m. for the Elks’ regular “Thursday Burger Night.” Call or email Marita Valencia, 535-6756, or Mike Chapman, 538-2517, with any questions.


Big Sky Schoolhouse preservation meeting, Nov. 16


An informative meeting for those interested in preserving and helping document the one and two-room schools in our area will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room in the Lewistown Public Library. Free and open to the public.


Educational Opportunities for Central Montana to hold annual meeting


The annual meeting of Educational Opportunities for Central Montana is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9, at 12 p.m. (noon) at the Central Montana Education Center on Airport Road. Agenda items include an update on the Central Montana Education Center and MSU-Northern Lewistown, election of officers and board members and the annual report of activities for 2016-2017. The meeting is open to the public.


Learn about diabetic foot care next Thursday


Central Montana Medical Center’s podiatrist, Dr. Brian Church, will speak to the diabetes support group on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the MEC room at CMMC. Diabetes and proper foot care will be discussed and refreshments provided. This meeting is free to the public and there is no need to register.


Sit in on the Education Interim Committee; confirm your seat by Nov. 9


The Education Interim Committee of the Legislature will be meeting Thursday–Friday, Nov. 16-17, in Bozeman on the MSU campus. Please see the agenda, available on the committee website, for meeting times and locations.

The committee will visit Bozeman High School and Bridger Charter Academy on Thursday morning before convening on the MSU campus. This school visit is limited to committee members and confirmed guests – space is limited. Guests must be confirmed by Nov. 9. If you wish to participate in the visit, please contact Pad McCracken at (406) 444-3595 or

Later Thursday morning, the committee will receive K-12 updates from the Office of Public Instruction, as well as on the new Stars Preschool Grant Program from the Governor’s Office. After lunch and a tour of the MSU campus, the committee will dive into gifted and talented education as part of the House Joint Resolution No. 1 study of education funding for students with special needs and examine educator recruitment and retention. Representatives from Montana’s educator preparation programs and other education professionals will participate in these conversations.

Friday morning the committee will meet jointly with the Board of Regents to discuss budget reductions, student financial aid programs, and dual enrollment. The Education Interim Committee will reconvene after the joint session to hear from schools and business partners about innovative work-based learning programs.

Senate members appointed to the committee are Tom Facey, D-Missoula; Edie McClafferty, D-Butte; Dan Salomon, R-Ronan; and Russ Tempel, R-Chester. House members are Fred Anderson, R-Great Falls; Jacob Bachmeier, D-Havre; Moffie Funk, D-Helena; and Don Jones, R-Billings. The committee is chaired by Sen. McClafferty with Rep. Anderson serving as vice chair.

For more information about the meeting, including a full agenda, visit the committee’s website or contact Pad McCracken, committee staff.

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Port Authority to elect new officers today


The next meeting for the Fergus County Port Authority will be today, Nov. 8 at 8 a.m. in the conference room at Stockman Bank. Items on the agenda include pre-planning for both new officers elections and new board member recommendations; planning for annual meeting items; and old business follow-ups.

This meeting is open to the public.


First-time homebuyer class to be held Nov. 13-14


The next First Time Homebuyer Education course is set for Monday – Tuesday, Nov. 13-14, 5-9 p.m. each evening at 613 N.E. Main St. in the Snowy Mountain Development Corporation Conference Room in Lewistown. There is a registration fee per household.

For more information or to register, call Diane at the SMDC office in Lewistown at 535-2591 or email her at


Author Wanda Rosseland to sign books Saturday


A book signing with Montana author Wanda Rosseland and her new book titled “Angels Among Us,” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 1-3 p.m. at Keystone Bookstore in Lewistown.

If you would like a signed copy of “Angels Among Us,” but cannot attend the signing on Nov. 11, contact her at and she will send you one by mail.


No LEPC meeting this month


Due to unforeseen scheduling issues, the Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting has been canceled for November. There will be no meeting Nov. 9. Since November’s meeting is canceled, there may be one in December, so watch your email and calendars for that notification.


Library hours observe Veterans’ Day


In observance of Veterans’ Day, the library will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10. Regular hours will resume on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Montana Preservation Alliance presentation, Nov. 16


“Road Trip Back in Time: The Joys of Locating and Documenting Montana’s Country Schoolhouses” presentation will be Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Lewistown Public Library. 

This event is free and open to the public.


Wind and Strings to headline Saturday’s afternoon dance


Come and dance to the country band, Wind and Strings, at the Nov. 11, Saturday afternoon dance. The band features Tom Wilson on harmonica, Carole Songer on vocals, Barbara Burley on piano, 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.


Art Center to host second Social Night this month


While Social Night is held on the third Wednesday of the month, the Art Center will offer a second social night, on Friday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The wreath making Social Night is an excellent opportunity to meet friends, learn something new and leave with a festive decoration for your home or office. 

Grab a friend and register today by calling 535-8278.


State Hail Board will meet Wednesday, Nov. 29


The Montana State Hail Board will meet at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls (1700 Fox Farm Rd.) to review the 2017 hail year. An agenda can be viewed at (.docx).

The Montana State Hail Insurance program was created at the request of producers in 1917 to provide basic hail insurance coverage on any crop grown in Montana. The program is directed by a five-member board consisting of three producers appointed by the governor, the department director and the state insurance commissioner.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. For more information on the Montana Department of Agriculture, visit

This meeting is open to the public.



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