News Briefs

Christmas tree permits for sale


Personal use Christmas tree permits are available from the Bureau of Land Management. Permits can be purchased at the Lewistown, Dillon, Butte, and Missoula field offices. 

The cost of the BLM permit is $5 per tree (limit of three trees per family) and includes a map of approved tree harvesting areas and conditions of use. Be aware that the permit, conditions of use, and maps are specific to the issuing office areas. Species vary upon location and may include Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, subalpine fir and spruce. Permits must be purchased before trees may be cut. 

Cutting your own Christmas tree can be fun but be prepared for winter conditions. The closest trees are usually the first to go so plan to do some walking through snow to get your tree. Make sure everyone in your party has warm clothes and boots. Pack emergency supplies, carry an appropriate map and leave word with friends or relatives of your planned destination. Take a vehicle equipped for winter conditions with four-wheel drive, snow tires or chains and start early since winter days are shorter.

For more information regarding the purchase of Christmas tree permits, contact your local field offices. BLM Lewistown Field Office (406-538-1900). BLM Dillon Field Office (406-683-8000), BLM Missoula Field Office (406-329-3914), and BLM Butte Field Office (406-533-7600).


Grass Range to hold cribbage tournament fundraiser


On Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at 1 p.m., the Wrangler Bar and Café in Grass Range, Montana will host the Close Up Cribbage Tournament. Teams of two players will play per table, with a per-team buy-in fee. There is a guarantee of 10 games. Prizes will be distributed for first, second and third places, high and low hands. Concessions will be available. Proceeds support the Grass Range High School Close Up trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City in June, 2018.

Please call to register your team. Contact Grass Range School for more information, (406) 428-2341.


‘Tree of Lights’ ceremony is Dec. 14


Please join CMMC Hospice for the “Remembrance Chime Ceremony” on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the CMMC Medical Arts Building. 

Light is a symbol of love. This memorial event offers a touching and visible way to remember a loved one during the holiday season. 

Dedicate a “Light of Love” in memory of a friend or loved one. 

Following the ceremony, volunteers will be available to help individuals find a loved one’s ornament. 


Moose kids’ annual holiday party to be held Dec. 15


The annual holiday party for young people will be held on Dec. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Moose Lodge dinning room. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be there. 

Pictures with Santa will be taken for kids to take home. Kids, for food and fun, be sure to bring your parents.


Wind and Strings to headline Saturday’s afternoon dance


Come and dance to the country band, Wind and Strings, at the Dec. 16, Saturday afternoon dance. The band features 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.


Local Fibre Arts Guild to meet for potluck


The Central Montana Fibre Arts Guild will meet at the Celebration Community Fellowship Church at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 for a potluck holiday party.

Wilderness Association offers pre-season snowshoe walk


The Montana Wilderness Association will have a pre-season snowshoe walk at the Beckman Wildlife Management area on Saturday, Dec. 16. The snowshoeing party will meet in Denton at the Shade Tree Café at 8:30 a.m. Sign up early as the group is limited to 12. 

For questions/sign up, contact Michelle Goettemoeller at 350-2406 or co-lead Ryan Kuhn at (612) 327-7526.


VA outreach schedule for Dec., Jan. changed


All outreach travel to Harlowton, White Sulphur Springs and Stanford for the months of December and January is cancelled. A new travel schedule will be announced in February.

The Montana Veterans’ Affairs Service Office is located in the Bank Electric Building at 505 W. Main St., No. 217, in Lewistown, and a veterans’ service officer is available daily between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to answer questions about veterans’ benefits. 

Please call 538-3174 to make an appointment.


Moose Lodge to hold annual holiday dinner


The annual Moose holiday dinner will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Moose members, be sure to bring all your family and friends for a good roast beef dinner and good fun.



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