News Briefs

Airport Board holds special meeting


The Lewistown Airport Board will hold a special meeting on Friday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Terminal Meeting room. The agenda item is a discussion of a proposed parking area for trailers. The meeting is open to the public.


Art Center welcomes public to annual meeting


The Lewistown Art Center’s annual meeting will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. at the Lewistown Art Center. Items for discussion include the annual budget, programming for the upcoming year, welcoming new board members and a review of the past year. The public is welcome to attend.


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.


Learning Resource 

Center Coop Management Board meets Tuesday


The Central Montana Learning Resource Center Cooperative will meet at the Lincoln School building in Lewistown on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. Items to be discussed include claims, Board items, action items and the director’s report. This meeting is open to the public.


Benefit for Lodgepole Fire victims, Sept. 9


The Melstone Bar and Café and the Sand Springs Store are hosting a benefit on Saturday, Sept. 9 to raise funds to assist families affected by the Lodgepole Fire. The benefit will be held at the Melstone Café, Melstone, Montana. The dinner is at 5 p.m. Meat will be provided and people are asked to bring a side dish or a dessert. There is a fee per family for dinner. Dinner is followed at 6 p.m. by a live auction.

Donations for the auction are needed. Please call Silvia at (406) 358-2355 or Sandy at the Sand Springs Store, (406) 557-6144 to let them know what you are donating. You can drop off donations at either of these locations.


2017 Montana Range Tour features projects in Fergus, Petroleum counties


This year’s Montana Range Tour will highlight innovation and excellence in natural resource management on ranches in Fergus and Petroleum counties.

Stacey Barta, Rangeland Resources Program Coordinator with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, said the two-day event will focus on such topics as conservation easements, new technology for monitoring water and cattle, grazing management, soil health and large-landscape projects.

“The tour is a great opportunity for farmers, ranchers, agricultural organizations, land management agencies and anyone with an interest in natural resource issues to share information and gain new insights,” said Barta.

This year’s tour is scheduled for Sept. 6-7, and co-hosted by the Fergus and Petroleum conservation districts. Online registration is available at


Lewistown School Board to meet Monday


The Lewistown School Board will hold their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. in the Lincoln Board Room at 215 Seventh Ave. South in Lewistown. Business to be discussed includes various reports, public participation on non-agenda items and the approval of budgets and other items. The full agenda may be found here:

The public is encouraged to attend.


Swing to the song stylings of Silver Sage today


The Silver Sage Country Band is scheduled to play for today’s 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.


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.


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 the 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).


Support your local wild turkeys


The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Central Montana Gobblers, will hold a Hunting Heritage banquet on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and a live auction will follow the banquet. The event takes place at the Elks Lodge.

Those who want to sit with their friends might consider paying for a table of eight – purchasers of each table will receive 65-quart-sized Yeti coolers. 

There will be a gun drawing for a Pointer 0/U 12 guage shotgun. Raffles also include other guns as well. Funds raised go to support the Chapter’s work in developing turkey habitat in Central Montana.

For tickets or more information, visit the website, or call Mike at (406) 600-6894.



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