News Briefs

Education Interim Committee meeting Aug. 22


The Education Interim Committee will hold its second meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 22, in Room 137 of the State Capitol. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with updates from the Montana State Library and the Montana Historical Society and then continue with K-12 education topics for the remainder of the morning. The Office of Public Instruction will provide a refresher on accessing information through its website and the state’s longitudinal data system GEMS, as well as update the committee on Montana’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan. The House Joint Resolution No. 1 study of education funding for students with special needs will focus on special education funding as it currently works in Montana.

After a break for lunch, the afternoon will be devoted to higher education and the Montana University System. The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education will review the 2017 MUS Strategic Plan, then the committee will discuss with MUS representatives possible ways of increasing collaboration between the legislature and the university system.

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.

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, including a full agenda, visit the committee’s website or contact Pad McCracken, committee staff.

Committee Website:

Committee Staff: or (406) 444-3595.


A and E Board to discuss Chokecherry Festival raffle


The Lewistown Arts and Entertainment District Association Board will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, in the second-floor conference room of the Brooks Building on Main Street. Among items to be discussed will be the sale of tickets for a Chokecherry Festival raffle.


Class of 1950 to reunite at Yogo


On Friday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m., Fergus High School Class of 1950 will reunite at the Yogo Inn. All of those who graduated at FHS 67 years ago are encouraged to come and be a part of the festivities. More events will follow the initial get-together, including breakfast at Doc’s at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call Tom Parac at (406) 587-3700.


Learn about infectious disease exercises and Code Red


Lewistown Emergency Planning Committee will meet Thursday, Aug. 10 at noon in the City Training Room (305 W. Watson St.) in Lewistown. Items to be discussed include DES position introduction, 911 updates and Code Red, highly infectious disease exercises and agency responses. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 14. This meeting is open to the public.


Swing to the song stylings of Silver Sage this Saturday


The Silver Sage Country Band is scheduled to play for the Aug. 12, 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 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.



Come “do-si-do” at the Summer Square Dance


Square Dancers: Come join in on the fun at the Summer Square Dance Picnic open to all dancers, newer and older on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p. m. at Bud and Madonna Smith’s residence, 1215 7th Ave. South.

Bring a salad or desert, and a lawn chair. The club will furnish the burgers and buns. Besides a great supper, there will be dancing and good visiting. See you there.

Questions? Contact Jayson Shobe at 538-5125 (or cell 366-5125).


TIF District Board announces next meeting


The next public meeting of the Lewistown TIF District Board will be held at 8 a.m. in the SMDC Conference Room, 613 NE Main St., Lewistown, on Monday, Aug. 14.

Agenda items include: project signs update, update on City Commission Meeting July 17 regarding three applications, review other applications and the budget committee report.

This meeting is open to the public.


Scouts offer easy recycling on Thursday




Local Boy Scout Troops 360 and 366 are helping out those whose garages are filled with recycling. Bring your cardboard, paper, plastic and aluminum recycling to the parking lot of the Church of Latter Day Saints, 900 Casino Creek Drive, on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 6-8 p.m. 

According to Scout R.J. Mitchell, scouts will be on hand to help unload recycling materials. After the collection is finished, scouts will take all the materials to locations where they can be recycled, either here locally or in Great Falls.

There is no charge to bring your recycling to the event, Mitchell said, explaining it was a community service of the Boy Scouts.

Mitchell, 12, is a member of Troop 360.

For more information, call 366-1564.




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