News Briefs

First-time homebuyer class to be held Nov. 13-14


The next First Time Homebuyer Education course is set for Monday – Tuesday, Nov. 13-14, 5-9 p.m. each evening at 613 N.E. Main St. in the Snowy Mountain Development Corporation Conference Room in Lewistown. There is a registration fee per household.

For more information or to register, call Diane at the SMDC office in Lewistown at 535-2591 or email her at


Back Country Horsemen to meet Monday


The Judith Basin Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Montana is meeting Monday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Sheriff’s Complex. Active, inactive and prospective members are invited to attend. Details for the annual holiday dinner and Chinese gift exchange, Monday evening, Dec. 11, will be discussed. Again, all those interested in affiliating with the Chapter are invited to come and share this spirited evening with the Chapter.

Preparations for representation and attendance at the BCH State Director’s meeting in Missoula, Dec. 1 and 2 will be confirmed. Committee assignments and more planning for hosting the 2018 State Convention of the BCH will also be on the agenda.

The dates of the 2018 State Convention are April 6-8, here in Lewistown, headquartered at the Trade Center at the Fergus Fairgrounds. Included in the schedule for convention attendees is a chartered passage on the Charlie Russell Chew Choo dinner train for 250.

For more information or questions, please contact Billie Ayers, Judith Basin Chapter president at 535-8822.


Sit in on the Education Interim Committee; confirm your seat by Nov. 9


The Education Interim Committee of the Legislature will be meeting Thursday–Friday, Nov. 16-17, in Bozeman on the MSU campus. Please see the agenda, available on the committee website, for meeting times and locations.

The committee will visit Bozeman High School and Bridger Charter Academy on Thursday morning before convening on the MSU campus. This school visit is limited to committee members and confirmed guests – space is limited. Guests must be confirmed by Nov. 9. If you wish to participate in the visit, please contact Pad McCracken at (406) 444-3595 or

Later Thursday morning, the committee will receive K-12 updates from the Office of Public Instruction, as well as on the new Stars Preschool Grant Program from the Governor’s Office. After lunch and a tour of the MSU campus, the committee will dive into gifted and talented education as part of the House Joint Resolution No. 1 study of education funding for students with special needs and examine educator recruitment and retention. Representatives from Montana’s educator preparation programs and other education professionals will participate in these conversations.

Friday morning the committee will meet jointly with the Board of Regents to discuss budget reductions, student financial aid programs, and dual enrollment. The Education Interim Committee will reconvene after the joint session to hear from schools and business partners about innovative work-based learning programs.

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.

For more information about the meeting, including a full agenda, visit the committee’s website or contact Pad McCracken, committee staff.

Committee Website:



Trap Shoot cancelled


The Hilger Rural Fire District annual Trap Shoot (scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 5) is cancelled.


Learn about diabetic foot care next Thursday


Central Montana Medical Center’s podiatrist, Dr. Brian Church, will speak to the diabetes support group on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the MEC room at CMMC. Diabetes and proper foot care will be discussed and refreshments provided. This meeting is free to the public and there is no need to register.


Wind and Strings to headline today’s afternoon dance


Come and dance to the country band, Wind and Strings, at today’s afternoon dance. The band features Tom Wilson on harmonica, Carole Songer on vocals, Barbara Burley on piano, Tony Hencil on dobro and Woodie Westburg on guitar and 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 be part of the Lewistown Chess Club


The Lewistown Chess Club will have its first meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Lewistown Library Upstairs Meeting Room (enter up stairs on Main Street). Bring a chess set if you want. No experience necessary (for beginning – advanced chess players).

For more information or to suggest a different meeting day, please call or text Brett Thackeray at 350-0170.


No LEPC meeting this month


Due to unforeseen scheduling issues, LEPC has been canceled for November. There will be no meeting Nov. 9. Since November’s meeting is canceled, there may be one in December, so watch your email and calendars for that notification.


Come make cards with the Fibre Arts Guild


The program for the Nov. 9 meeting of the Central Montana Fibre Arts Guild will be card making. We meet at 7 p. m. every second Thursday, except for July and August, at the Celebration Community Fellowship Church, 361 W. Frontage Road on Highway 87.

At 6:30 p.m., we’ll have Show and Tell time with the business meeting at 7 p.m., and the program at 7:30. At 5 p.m., those who wish, will dine at SomJai Thai.


Port Authority to elect new officers Wednesday


The next meeting for the Fergus County Port Authority will be on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 8 a.m. in the conference room at Stockman Bank. Items on the agenda include pre-planning for both new officers elections and new board member recommendations; planning for annual meeting items; and old business follow-ups.

This meeting is open to the public.


Educational Opportunities for Central Montana to hold annual meeting


The annual meeting of Educational Opportunities for Central Montana is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9, at 12 p.m. (noon) at the Central Montana Education Center on Airport Road. Agenda items include an update on the Central Montana Education Center and MSU-Northern Lewistown, election of officers and board members and the annual report of activities for 2016-2017. The meeting is open to the public.


Fish hatchery water use on City agenda for Monday


The Lewistown City Commission meets Monday, Nov. 6, at the Central Montana Community Center 307 W. Watson Street. The Committee of the Whole meets at 6 p.m. for a discussion on Urban Routes within the City limits. At 7 p.m. the Commission meets. Items on the agenda include discussion and possible action on a resolution finding an area within the city to be deficient in infrastructure; discussion and possible action granting permission to Fish, Wildlife and Parks to file a notice of completion of groundwater development for irrigation, domestic and hatchery building and potable water use for Big Spring Creek Trout Hatchery Upper Unit; first reading of an ordinance pertaining to parking restrictions, discussion and possible action to upgrade water meter reading software; and awarding of snow hauling bids and gravel bids. The meeting is open to the public.


Montana’s emergency care provider system to be discussed


The Economic Affairs Interim Committee will meet as a full committee Nov. 7 in Room 137 of the State Capitol in Helena to review activities of three state agencies and to hear a panel discussion on changes that might be needed related to Montana’s emergency care provider system, in particular as related to the needs of Montana veterans.

On Nov. 8 the committee will meet as a subcommittee to study the future of the  Montana State Fund. For the Nov. 7 meeting materials and access to Nov. 8’s SJR 27 website click here:

The Nov. 7 meeting will start at 10 a.m. The Nov. 8 meeting will start at 8 a.m. This meeting is open to the public.


Montana Substance Use Disorder Summit is Nov. 7


The Montana Healthcare Foundation announced a Montana Substance Use Disorder Summit to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Helena Great Northern Hotel. The summit is hosted by MHCF in collaboration with the Montana Department of Justice, the Governor’s Office, the Department of Corrections, and the Department of Public Health and Human Services. The summit follows a series of listening sessions around the state and will focus on identifying solutions to this devastating problem.

Approximately 300 invited leaders in health, criminal justice and corrections, state and tribal lawmakers, and affected individuals will attend. Speakers include Attorney General Tim Fox, Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney, DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan, Department of Corrections Director Reginald Michael, and panels of state and tribal experts. Attendance is constrained by space, but the Foundation opened registration for a limited number of remaining seats.

The entire event will be live-streamed: details and registration for live-streaming can be found on MHCF’s website:


Stafford Ferry closed for season


The Fergus County Road and Bridge department announced the closure of the Stafford Ferry for the winter season. The automobile ferry, located 16 miles north of Winifred, is one of three that still cross the Upper Missouri River. Fergus and Blaine counties split the cost of running the ferry. The ferry will reopen in the spring.


Crayons for Kids raffle at the Trade Center Nov. 11


Xi Alpha Lambda chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will again be selling raffle tickets for a homemade items craft basket at the Nov. 11 fall craft sale at the Trade Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Funds from this basket will go to purchase school supplies for low-income families. This is done with cooperation HRDC. Central Montana Foundation, Kiwanis and Jaycees also help contribute funds to this project.




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