News Briefs

A and E board to discuss status of parklet project


The Lewistown Arts and Entertainment District Association board will meet Friday, March 31, at 2 p.m., in the second floor conference room of the Brooks Building on Main Street. Among items to be discussed will be a status report on the parklet project. The meeting is open to the public.


“Buddy” Walton Memorial Trap Shoot to be held in Denton


The “Buddy” Walton Memorial Trap Shoot will be held at the Denton Rod and Gun Club in Denton on Saturday, April 1, with practice starting at 11 a.m. and the shoot beginning at noon.

This year marks the 19th year of the annual Buddy Walton Trap Shoot in Denton. All proceeds from the lunch go to the youth shooting program. Shooting may continue into the night, as the club has lights. Questions? Please call Orville McCracken at (406) 462-5678 or Rod Boling at (406) 567-2608.


Fair Entertainment Committee meets Thursday


A meeting of the Central Montana Fair’s Entertainment Committee will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 30 in the Trade Center. Items to be discussed include concerns/ideas, advertising and a “meet and greet.”

This meeting is open to the public.


Free preschool clinic in Denton on March 31


The Denton School District, in conjunction with the Central Montana Learning Resource Center Cooperative, S.T.E.P. and Head Start, will be sponsoring a free preschool clinic at the school for children aged birth to pre-kindergarten on Friday, March 31.

Children aged 3-5 will have their hearing, vision, speech/language and development screened. The Ages and Stages questionnaire will be administered to children aged birth to five years to help gauge the child’s development and potential problems. In addition to the screening, S.T.E.P. will coordinate with individual schools for children aged birth to 35 months. At conclusion, results of all applied screenings and interpretation of the questionnaire will be discussed with the parents/guardians.

For children eligible to enroll in kindergarten in the fall, an academic screen will also be conducted. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to have their children take part in this screening to identify possible problem areas for their children. Appointments can be made by calling the school at (406) 567-2270.


No April Fools, just music and dancing on April 1


The Groovy Gaffers will provide the music for the Saturday Afternoon Dance on April 1. The band features Lauri Lohrer on vocals, and Dave Robertson, Don and Barb Engle on guitars and vocals. The dance goes from 2 to 4 p.m. with a short coffee cookie break at 3 p.m.

If you enjoy dancing to good country music, come and join in the fun. Dancers of all ages are welcome. The club building is located at the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. There is a small admission fee.


Backcountry Horsemen to discuss Sharing Trails day


The Judith Basin Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Montana invites everyone interested in preserving access to the back country and the common sense use of wild and wilderness areas for recreation on horseback to join them Monday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Sheriff’s Complex.

The meeting will include a recap from the nine delegates who attended the 2017 State BCH Convention in Polson, March 24-26, hosted by the Mission Valley Chapter. The Judith Basin Chapter will host the 2018 State Convention here in Lewistown on March 30-31 and April 1.

Also on the agenda will be preparation for the “Sharing Trails” education day, Friday, April 21 at the Sale Ring and Pavilion at the Fergus Fairgrounds. “Sharing Trails” involves a daylong safety presentation for local sixth-graders involving multiple users of backcountry trails, i.e. snow mobiles, hikers, bicycles, etc.

New members are welcome. Inquiries and questions? Please contact Billie Ayers, president, 535-8822.


Moose Lodge to have “Fun at the Beach” dinner 


Saturday, April 1, will find everyone at the “Fun At the Beach” dinner at the Moose Lodge. Wear your favorite beach outfit. Bring your most outlandish white elephant gift to exchange. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Bring your family and guests for food, fun and laughter.


Montana Pulse Advisory Committee meeting Friday, April 7


The Montana Pulse Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 7 in Helena at the Montana Department of Agriculture (302 North Roberts) in room 225. An agenda will be posted on the Department’s website when it becomes available, here:

This meeting is open to the public.


Pavilion Committee considers riding program policies


A meeting of the Fergus County Pavilion Committee will be held at 5:30 p.m., April 3, in the Trade Center. Items to be discussed include arena dust control, misuse of riding-unpaid riders, locking for arena hydrants, and riding program policies and procedures.

This meeting is open to the public.


Library closed March 29-31


The Lewistown Public Library will have altered hours the week of March 27th, 2017.  Please note that the library will be open regular hours on Tuesday, March 28 from 9:00 – 6:00 p.m. and closed on Wednesday, March 29 – Friday, March 31st.  Library staff will attend training during this time.  On Saturday, April 1 will stay open later, opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 4 p.m. instead of 2 p.m.  Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, April 4th at 9:00 a.m.


District Court to host “Passport Day”


On Saturday, April 1, Clerk of District Court Phyllis Smith’s office is hosting “Passport Day,” encouraging members of the public to come and register for a passport or renew one if they haven’t already. According to the Transportation Security Administration, Montana is one of nine states that will require a passport for airport security, effective January of 2018.  “Passport Day” takes place from 9 a.m. until noon on the third floor of the Fergus County Courthouse. For more information, call Smith at 535-5026.



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