News Briefs

Chokecherry Festival activities to be discussed


The Lewistown Arts and Entertainment District Association Board will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, in the second-floor conference room of the Brooks Building. Items to be discussed include the A and E’s activities during the Chokecherry Festival. The meeting is open to the public.


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.


Stockyards Bar and Grill applies for floodplain permit


The Fergus County Board of Commissioners will hold a regular business meeting today, Aug. 16 at 5:15 p.m. in the commissioners’ office on the second floor of the courthouse. Items on the agenda include a public hearing and possible action on a flood plain permit for Stockyards Bar amd Grill, report on Montana Association of Counties convention and action on the Fergus County Road and Bridge standards. The meeting is open to the public.


Meadows Apartments holds tax credit application community meeting


Meadows Apartments invites residents and neighbors to meet to discuss the work planned for the property if tax credits are received this year. The 2018 Tax Credit Application Community Meeting will be held in the Meadows Apartments Community Room at 603 W. Brassey St. on Monday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m.

Meadows Apts. worked to obtain tax credits with the Montana Board of Housing to pay for a renovation of Meadows Apts. for the last three years. The application submitted this year (for tax credits in 2018) was picked as one of eight finalists out of 18 applicants.

For more information, please call Micki Phillips at 538-8532.

If you are not able to attend this meeting, plans will also be presented at the beginning of the Lewistown City Commission meeting at 7 p.m. that evening (Aug. 21) at the Central Montana Community Center.


Office of Public Instruction conference aims to help Montana educators and students


Educators and researchers from across Montana will come together Sept. 26-27 in Helena, for The Montana Office of Public Instruction’s 2017 Montana Data Use Conference.

The conference aims to provide Montana educators, administrators and researchers the tools they need to access information that can then be communicated in ways that will improve educational outcomes for Montana students.

The full-day conference will allow educators to network and build relationships. It will also feature presentations and forums on recent research and how OPI is fostering a culture of education data use, specifically, the use of the Growth and Enhancement of Montana’s Students data warehouse –

Anyone with an interest in education data from early childhood through post-secondary, including superintendents, school administrators, teachers, board members, university faculty and staff, university students, local education agency staff, state education agency staff and IT/technical staff and directors are encouraged to attend. OPI also invites researchers and users to share their work at this conference.


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.

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


Rotary Club to hold eclipse meeting Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. 


Lewistown Rotarians will hold an eclipse meeting on Monday, Aug. 21 at the Elks Club. 

The normal Rotary noon meeting time on Monday has been pushed back an hour to 11 a.m. to catch the eclipse at its peak. 

There will be tables set up on the deck to eat lunch while you watch the eclipse. Be sure to bring eye protection or an alternate way to view the sun. 


Wild turkey chapter to host banquet this week


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.



Get into the groove with Groovy Gaffers Saturday


The Groovy Gaffers will provide the music for the Saturday afternoon dance, Aug. 19. The band features Lauri Lohrer on vocals, and Dave Robertson, Don Engle and Barb Engle on guitars and vocals.

The dance hall is located at the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. The dance goes from 2-4 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 to have special meeting


The Lewistown TIF District Board will have a special meeting at 8 a.m. in the SMDC Conference Room, located at 613 NE Main St., in Lewistown, on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Agenda items include: project signs update, update on City Commission Meeting July 17 regarding three applications, to review Creekside project request, other applications, the budget, and to review the development agreement.

This meeting is open to the public.



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