News Briefs

Open invitation to Aeronautics Board meeting in Helena


The public is invited to attend the Montana Aeronautics Board teleconference meeting on Tuesday, June 6, at the Montana Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division building, 2630 Airport Road, in Helena. Starting at 8 a.m., items on the agenda include: public comment, FY 17 extension requests, and airway beacon update discussion. The time of 8:15 a.m. has been set aside for public comment on any aeronautics-related issues.

Agenda information is online at

For more information to join the teleconference, please contact Effie Benoit at (406) 444-9580, no later than noon on June 5.

MDT attempts to provide accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with a person’s participation in any service, program, or activity of our department. If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this meeting, please call Effie Benoit (406) 444-9580 at least two days before the meeting. For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (406) 444-7696 or (800) 335-7592.


Don’t miss Friday’s Art Party


This Friday, June 2 the Central Montana Fairgrounds will see a different kind of party – the 2017 Art Party will display pieces from more than 40 different artists from across the county. The doors open at 5 p.m. The family portion of the evening lasts until 8:30 p.m., after which the party continues until as late as 2 a.m. Live music starts around 6 p.m.

Monday Public invited to comment on Creekside Marketplace proposal Monday


The Lewistown City Commission is slated to make a decision on the future of city-owned property proposed for a park, amphitheater and marketplace development. The property is on Main Street across from the Yogo Inn, at the former Westfeeds location. 

In addition to a possible decision on the proposed new development, the Commission, sitting as the Committee of the Whole, will hear a presentation on the history of the Gamble-Robinson warehouse building. That building, most recently used as part of a feed milling operation, recently has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The Commission will discuss options for the land and building, including removal of the building, at its meeting on Monday, June 5. The Committee of the Whole meeting begins at 6 p.m., followed by the Commission meeting at 7 p.m., at the Central Montana Community Center, 307 W. Watson. 

The meetings are open to the public.


Passes and lesson sign-ups to open at Pool


Season pool passes and lesson sign-ups will be available in the pool office from 4-6 p.m. starting May 30 through Friday, June 2. Sign-ups and passes will continue to be available during regular pool hours after the pool opens on June 3.

The swimming pool will open Saturday, June 3. Hours will be 1-7 p.m.

There is a $2 pool entry fee with slide pass included. If you purchase a season pass, the slides will be free for the day.


Historic Resources Commission considers signs for Symmes Park Thursday


The Lewistown Historic Resources Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, June 1 beginning at 7 a.m. The meeting will be held at Six 18 Coffee, 618 W. Main Street. The agenda includes the plans for the installation of the patriotic and military interpretive signs at Symmes Park, a review of the revised Walking Tour brochure, the status of the Gamble-Robinson Co. Warehouse building and other historic preservation initiatives. The public is invited to attend the meeting. Further information about the meeting and Lewistown’s historic preservation program can be obtained by contacting Chairman Jim Dullenty at 535-5106. Other members of the commission include Shirley Barrick, Toni Gies, Harvey Nyberg, Gary Kruger, Kathie Bailey and Dustin Ingersol.


Montana State Prison to return to regular visitation schedule


Montana State Prison Warden Michael Fletcher announced inmate visitation resumed Saturday, May 27. Visitations were cancelled for the weekend of May 20th due to an outbreak of influenza within the facility.

Montana State Prison took precautionary measures including facility-wide disinfecting, limiting inmate movement and vaccinations. Please be advised that Montana State Prison continues to have influenza like illness within the facility. Visitors who have chronic conditions such as lung problems, diabetes, heart disease, or are otherwise immune-compromised, are at higher risk to become sick if exposed. We are asking that if you have any of the above conditions to please reconsider visiting during this time.

Visitation is currently on a restricted schedule of Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30-7:30 p.m. Montana State Prison will return to the regular visiting schedule starting June 15. The regular schedule is Thursdays through Sundays from 2:30-7:30 p.m.

The Montana State Prison toll-free phone message service will provide scheduling updates on the visitation hotline at (888) 739-9122.


Sage Grouse Oversight Team meets June 2 in Helena


The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team will hold its next meeting on June 2, from 1:30-5 p.m., at the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Headquarters, 1539 11th Ave., in Helena.

Along with updates from MSGOT members and federal agency partners, the meeting will include public comment and potential action on reallocation of funding from the Hansen Ranch Conifer Reduction Project to a Hansen Ranch conservation easement. Other topics include updates and public comment on development of the Habitat Quantification Tool.

The public is welcome.

The Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program works to sustain viable sage grouse populations and conserve habitat, enabling Montanans to maintain control of their lands, wildlife and economy by avoiding a listing of the greater sage grouse under the federal Endangered Species Act.


Come groove with the Gaffers on Saturday


The Groovy Gaffers will provide the music for the Saturday Afternoon Dance on June 3. The band features Dave Robertson, and 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 pm.

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 Ave. S. and Barnes St. There is a small admission fee.



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