News Briefs

A and E District announces winter meeting schedule


For the winter months, the A and E District will hold bi-monthly Friday (at 10:30 a.m.) meetings. The meetings will be held at the Brooks Conference Room and are open to the public.


City commission considers property cleanup


The Lewistown City Commission meets Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Central Montana Community Center at 307 W. Watson. 

The Committee of the Whole meets first, at 6 p.m., for a discussion of the commission’s rules of procedure and a discussion of cleaning up the old City dump property.

The commission meeting starts at 7 p.m. Items on the agenda include action on approval of a business license for Peak Electric, authorization for the City Manater to enter into a grant agreement with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for cleanup of the Central Post and Treating Company property, and possible appointment of Nancy Watts to the position of Historic Preservation Officer for the city.

The meetings are open to the public.


Fair board looks into capital improvement projects, contracts, fees


The Fergus County Fair Board meets Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Trade Center in the lobby. Items on the agenda include cement bathroom project, capital improvement projects and mill levy, fee committee, cameras, committee re-organization, carnival contract, fair theme, premium book design and the Montana Wheat and Barley grant. The meeting is open to the public.


Winter Grazing Seminar Feb. 6–7 in Helena


Montana ranchers interested in topics such as post-wildfire grazing management, conifer encroachment in upland and riparian areas, or recruiting more young people into agriculture will want to attend the 2018 Winter Grazing Seminar, set for Feb. 6–7, at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena, Montana.

“With speakers from all over Montana, as well as Oregon and Idaho, this year’s seminar has something for everyone,” said Stacey Barta, Rangeland Resources program coordinator with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. “It’s a great opportunity to meet with other producers and hear from these experts in a relaxed setting.”

The registration fee (discounted before Jan. 23) includes lunch on both days and a banquet on the evening of Feb. 6. A no-host social and vendor show will take place prior to the banquet.

This year’s Winter Grazing Seminar is hosted by the Lewis and Clark Conservation District. For more information, including an agenda and link to online registration, visit, or contact Chris Evans with the Lewis and Clark Conservation District at (406) 449-5000, ext. 112.


Benefit planned for local musician


Tonight, friends of Les LaFranier are putting on a benefit for him at the Eagles Club. Known to many around the area as singer and bassist for Mustache Pete, LaFranier was diagnosed  with cancer in August and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Those interested in donating items for the silent auction should contact Carl DeBelly at (406) 839-4393. Those wanting to donate directly to LaFranier can send a check to P.O. Box 445, Lewistown, MT, 59457. All are encouraged to come to the benefit, which will feature live music by LaFranier and others. Food will be provided at 6 p.m. courtesy of Randy Sharpe. The silent auction drawing takes place at 9 p.m.


Port Authority to cover planning at next meeting


The next Port Authority meeting is on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 8 a.m. in the conference room at Stockman Bank. This will be the regular Port Authority meeting with the main agenda to cover planning, meeting goals and some miscellaneous old business.

This meeting is open to the public.


Electric pressure cooker class to be offered


Did you get a new electric cooker for Christmas, or you’re thinking of getting yourself one and wondering where to begin? Join us on Tuesday evening, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. for an evening of fun, learning the basics of these wonderful pots. We will prepare a few dishes in class, while learning all about these handy pots.

Please register by Jan. 19 by calling the MSU Extension Office at 535-3919 or dropping by at 712 W. Main St. Class will be held at the First Christian Church, 103 12th Ave. South. There will be a small fee to help pay for supplies.


Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee meets Jan. 18 at Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Fort Peck Multispecies Fish Hatchery, located at 277 MT Hwy 117, just north of Fort Peck, Montana.

The meeting is open to the public, and will include updates on chronic wasting disease and aquatic invasive species in the state, and fisheries and law enforcement updates.

Each of FWP’s seven administrative regions has a volunteer CAC to help guide policies and programs. The Region 6 group meets three times a year. For more information about the Region 6 Citizen Advisory Committee, visit the FWP Web site at

FWP ensures that its meetings are fully accessible to persons with disabilities. To request special accommodations for this meeting, please contact (406) 228-3700.


Rodeo Committee to consider PRCA application, special events


The Fergus County Fair Rodeo Committee meets Monday, Jan. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Trade Center in the lobby. Items on the agenda include sponsorships, steer tripping, PRCA application, hanging of speakers, budget, video screen, announcer and special events. 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 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.


St. Rose of Lima releases new Masses, Word and Communion services schedule


Effective Jan. 6, the following churches have changes in Mass times and Word and Communion services:

• St. Mathias (Moore): Saturday at 4 p.m.; with “Word and Communion” every first and third weekends of the month.

• St. Anthony (Denton): Saturday at 5 p.m.; with “Word and Communion” every second and fourth weekends of the month.

• St. Cyril (Geyser): Sunday at 9 a.m.; with “Word and Communion” every first and third weekends of the month.

• Sacred Heart (Hobson): Sunday at 9 a.m.; with “Word and Communion” every second and fourth weekends of the month.

• St. Rose of Lima (Stanford): Sunday at 11 a.m.; with “Word and Communion” every fifth weekend of the month.


Education Interim Committee to meet in Helena Jan. 22–23


The Education Interim Committee of the Legislature will meet Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 22–23, in Helena at the State Capitol, Room 137.

On Monday, January 22, 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. The committee will also welcome school administrators from St. Regis, Conrad, Great Falls and Bozeman to share their efforts related to student-centered learning.

The committee will dive into the House Joint Resolution No. 1 study of education funding for students with special needs, focusing on gifted and talented students, English learners and at-risk students. The afternoon will wrap up with updates on various efforts to address educator recruitment and retention. 

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, committee members will attend the 2018 Economic Outlook Seminar on “The Future of Higher Education” presented by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Best Western Great Northern Hotel in Helena. Registration is required for the seminar.

The committee will reconvene following the seminar at 2 p.m. in Room 137 of the State Capitol to continue its collaborative discussions regarding the Montana University System, with plans to discuss dual enrollment, student financial aid programs and other issues with higher education officials. The committee will conclude with a work session examining its work plan for the remainder of the interim.

The meeting will be live-streamed at and will be broadcast on Television Montana. Please check your local channel listings to find TVMT in your area. For more information about the meeting, visit the committee’s website ( or contact Pad McCracken ( or (406) 444-3595), committee staff.


Questions about exempt water rights claims?


Fergus Conservation District and MSU Extension Service will host an informational meeting on Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Council on Aging building at 307 W. Watson, Lewistown. Several months ago, all Montana landowners received a form to file for Exempt Claimed Water Rights. This is an important opportunity to file on rights for livestock drinking directly from natural water sources, and domestic and stockwater wells put to use before July 1, 1973.

Jim Beck, a retired employee of DNRC Helena Regional Office, will speak on the topic. He worked in several water resource areas, including water rights.

Call Fergus Conservation District at 538-7401 with questions regarding the meeting. This meeting is open to the public.


Writer’s Group to meet this afternoon


The Lewistown Writers’ Group will meet this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Because the Library is closed for MLK Day, the meeting will be held at 216 Ridgelawn Ave. in Lewistown.

The Lewistown Writers’ Group is a collaboration of Central Montana writers who meets on the second Saturday of each month. It is a nonprofit resource for writers of all genres and skill levels. Members include published writers as well as some not-yet-published and others who like to write simply for their own enjoyment. If you like to write or think you would like to write, or just would like to be with people who do, come join us. If you have a piece finished or in progress that you would like to share, please feel free to bring it, along with about eight copies for the group.

The lead-in sentence for this next meeting is: “There’s never enough time in a day, groused the rabbit.” Have fun with this one.

For more information, please call Kathy at 350-1495.


Delta Kappa Gamma chapter to meet Monday


The Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma will meet on Monday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. at 120 Sunset St. The presentation will be “Lewistown Success,” presented by Bekka Spika. One continuing education credit is available. R.S.V.P. La Vonne Borgreen, 538-4301 or





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