News Briefs

Back Country
Horsemen to
discuss riding clinic

        The Judith Basin Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Montana invites all interested parties to join them Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Sheriff’s Complex (7th and Janeaux) for their regular monthly meeting.  On the agenda will be the chapter’s second Ed Lamb riding clinic, Saturday, July 16, for intermediate and advanced equestrians (although everyone is welcome to come and participate to whatever extent they can, or simply monitor the clinic).   Other business will include scheduling volunteers for the rodeo gates at the Central Montana Fair, July 27 and 28 from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.  For more information or membership details, contact Roger Johnson, chairman, 538-8836.

City commission meets Tuesday
due to holiday

The Lewistown City Commission will meet Tuesday, July 5 at the Council on Aging building, 307 W. Watson. The Committee of the Whole will meet first, at 5 p.m., to hear from the Friends of the Pool. The commission meeting will begin at 7 p.m.. Items on the agenda include the general bargaining agreement and a proposed 1 percent increase for general bargaining unit employees and discussion and possible action on a resolution authorizing stipends. The meeting is open to the public.

Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee Meeting July 14-15

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee meets July 14-15 in Room 172 of the Capitol. The ETIC is dedicating a portion of its agenda to a discussion of Colstrip and the future of energy generation in the area.
Talen Energy and Puget Sound Energy will discuss the future of Colstrip Units 1 and 2. Talen will discuss its plans for continued operation of Colstrip and the company’s ongoing efforts to exit Montana. Speakers also will discuss Puget’s development of a rate case outlining the company’s path forward at Units 1 and 2 -- particularly in light of passage of Senate Bill 6248 by the Washington Legislature.
Absaroka Energy will discuss the proposed Gordon Butte closed loop pumped storage hydro project. Clearwater Energy will discuss a proposed wind farm near Forsyth that could generate up to 300 megawatts of electricity. The electricity from both the pumped hydro and wind projects could potentially replace power now generated at Units 1 and 2 and be exported to customers on the West coast.
During the two-day meeting, the ETIC also will develop findings and recommendations to begin wrapping up its net-metering assignment as outlined in Senate Joint Resolution 12. The committee also will review draft legislation and a draft report for its HJ 7 – Next Generation 9-1-1 study.
For more information, including a full agenda, visit the committee’s website or contact Sonja Nowakowski, committee staff.
Committee Website: www.leg.mt.gov/etic
Committee Staff: snowakowski@mt.gov or 406-444-3078
This meeting is open to the public.

No-till gardening workshop offered

Fergus Conservation District and NRCS are hosting a No-till Gardening Workshop on July 6 from 10 a.m. to noon, in the USDA Service Center Conference Room at 211 McKinley St., Lewistown. Come learn some new techniques for gardening. For more information call 538-7401.
Judith Mountain Players board meets Tuesday

The Judith Mountain Players board of directors will meet Tuesday, July 5 at 5:15 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Lewistown Public Library. Agenda items include upcoming productions.
The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in joining the group is invited to attend.
JMP’s script reading group will not meet in July and August. The group plans to gather in September and the meeting time will be announced.
For more information, please contact Edie Leavengood at (406) 462-5432.Bring your canned goods to the parade collecting canned goods and non-perishable items along the parade route the 4th of July. Please help out and bring something to donate as you watch and enjoy the parade. Everything collected will be donated to the Community Cupboard. Watch for the kids with the wagons. Thank you.

Wichman retires after 31 years
Please join David Wichman in celebrating his retirement after 31 years at the Research Center in Moccasin. The event will take place on Friday, July 8 at the Tall Boys in Hobson from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by and wish him well..

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