News Briefs

Arts and Entertainment District to discuss downtown beautification


The Lewistown Arts and Entertainment District board will meet at noon on Friday, Nov. 18, in the Chokecherry Lane Mall at 311 West Main Street. Agenda items include implementation of projects presented recently to the City Commission as “Operation Clean Sweep.” Anyone interested in becoming an A and E District member is encouraged to attend the meeting, which is open to the public.


Changes announced to County Commission meeting


The Fergus County Commission meeting scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, has been cancelled due to no agenda items.

The Fergus County Commission meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 has been moved to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28.


Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet in Helena Nov. 17


The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold their regular monthly meeting Nov. 17 at Montana WILD in Helena.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Audio and video of the meeting will be available at the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks regional offices. People will also be able to make public comments from regional offices through the live feed. Audio of the meeting will be streamed online at

The Commission will take final action on the following items:

Classification of exotic wildlife – administrative rule; Petition for no wake zone - Cromwell Channel - Flathead Lake; Petition for no wake zone - Madison River Between Ennis Lake and Madison Dam; Petition for no wake zone - Duck Creek Bay - Fort Peck Reservoir; Petition for no wake zone - Bay of Park Grove - Fort Peck dredge cuts; Lost River Wildlife Management Area addition; The Commission will consider endorsing the following proposals:

· Fleecer Wildlife Management Area addition

· Bighorn sheep transfer (From HD 482, Missouri Breaks to the south of the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area).

The Commission will also hear an information presentation on bighorn sheep health in Montana.

FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with special needs.  To request arrangements, call FWP at (406) 444-3186.

For the full agenda and background on the scheduled topics for the Commission meeting, go to the FWP website at; under “Quick Links” click “Commission,” “Meeting Agendas and Meetings.”


Hobson blood drive scheduled on Nov. 22


This November, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give the perfect gift – a blood donation – to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season. Help out in Hobson on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 1-6:15 p.m. at the Hobson High School, 400 Central Avenue.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call (800) RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to save time when donating.


“Fly Fishing in Alaska” to be shown at the Yogo


The Snowy Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited is pleased to host a presentation by E. Donnall Thomas, Jr. “Fly Fishing in Alaska” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Yogo Inn. 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) will meet in the Yogo Inn bar at 5 p.m. At about 6:45 p.m., we will move to our meeting room where coffee and desert will be provided. Call Marita Valencia, 535-6756, or Mike Chapman, 538-2517, with any questions.


Sage Grouse Oversight Team meets Nov. 18


The next Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team meeting will take place Friday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Montana Room of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation headquarters building, 1539 Eleventh Avenue, Helena, MT 59602.

The meeting will include updates on sage grouse conservation efforts, final review and approval of the proposed 44 Ranch conservation easement, and consideration and potential approval of two more conservation easements.

The Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program works to sustain viable sage grouse populations and conserve habitat, enabling Montanans to maintain control of their lands, wildlife, and economy by avoiding a listing of the greater sage grouse under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The State of Montana makes reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with a person’s ability to participate in state government. Persons needing an accommodation should notify Carolyn Sime at (406) 444-0554 at least five working days prior to the meeting.

Come dance to the music of Silver Sage on Saturday


The Silver Sage Country Band is scheduled to play for the Nov. 19, 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 goes from 2 to 4 p.m. with a short coffee/cookie break at 3 p.m. Dancers of all ages are welcome.

The dance hall is located at the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. There is a small admission fee.


Methodist Women holding holiday bazaar


Come to the United Methodist Church at 512 West Broadway in Lewistown and stroll through the UM Women’s Cookie/Candy Lane. Visit to purchase goods on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Come discuss developing a “Western Heritage Site” in our area


The Historic Resources Commission and Central Montana Historical Association are conducting a joint meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17 at noon at the Central Montana Museum Conference Room, located behind the Chamber of Commerce Office.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the concept of developing a “Western Heritage Site” in the Lewistown area to commemorate and acknowledge the contributions of the ranching and farming community to the settlement, history, culture, traditions and economy, both past and future, of Central Montana.

The meeting will bring together various stakeholders to discuss the proposal, determine whether to proceed with the development of such a site and, if so, decide on the process. The process would be designed to involve the entire community in the design and implementation of the project.

Representatives of the City and County Commissions, affected Lewistown City agencies, Fergus County Stockgrowers, Montana Grain Growers Association and Lewistown Arts and Entertainment District have been invited to attend. This meeting is open to the public; anyone interested in attending is advised to bring a sack lunch.


‘Tis the season for giveaways


The Celebration Community Fellowship Church on 115 West Main Street is having a “great Christmas giveaway” Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information, please contact Noreen Langendorff at 535-3972 or 350-2063.



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