News Briefs

Christmas tree permits for sale


Personal use Christmas tree permits are available from the Bureau of Land Management. Permits can be purchased at the Lewistown, Dillon, Butte, and Missoula field offices. 

Cost of the BLM permit is $5 per tree (limit of three trees per family) and includes a map of approved tree harvesting areas and conditions of use. Be aware that the permit, conditions of use, and maps are specific to the issuing office areas. Species vary upon location and may include Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, subalpine fir and spruce. Permits must be purchased before trees may be cut. 

Cutting your own Christmas tree can be fun, but be prepared for winter conditions. The closest trees are usually the first to go, so plan to do some walking through snow to get your tree. Make sure everyone in your party has warm clothes and boots. Pack emergency supplies, carry an appropriate map and leave word with friends or relatives of your planned destination. Take a vehicle equipped for winter conditions with four-wheel drive, snow tires or chains and start early since winter days are shorter.

For more information regarding the purchase of Christmas tree permits, contact your local field offices. BLM Lewistown Field Office (406-538-1900). BLM Dillon Field Office (406-683-8000), BLM Missoula Field Office (406-329-3914), and BLM Butte Field Office (406-533-7600).


City Commission may adopt TEDD, parking restrictions Monday


The Lewistown City Commission meets Monday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Central Montana community Center, 307 W. Watson. Instead of the Committee of the Whole meeting, which usually takes place at 6 p.m., the commission will host a holiday open house. The agenda for the commission meeting includes a public hearing on the Lewistown Targeted Economic Development District (TEDD), action on the second reading of the ordinance to establish the TEDD, action on the second reading of an ordinance pertaining to parking restrictions on city streets, and appointments to the Park and Recreation Board. The meeting is open to the public. 


Community Council meets Monday


The Fergus County Community Council will meet Monday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Sheriff’s Complex downstairs meeting room. The agenda was not published as of press time. On-going discussions include the condition of Benchland Road and input from the Council on a proposed County Compensation Board. The Council will hear reports from the Fergus Country Friends of Archived Records and the County commissioners. The meeting is open to the public.


Fair board considers race schedules, mill levy Tuesday


The Fergus County Fair Board meets Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Trade Center lobby at the fairgrounds. Items on the agenda include reports, cement bathroom project, capital improvements and mill levy, wedding and car race schedules, security cameras, fair entertainment proposals, carnival contract, 2018 fair theme and fair person of the year and fair thank you dinner. The meeting is open to the public.

First Presbyterian Church to host free Christmas dinner


Once again, the First Presbyterian Church will hold their annual free community Christmas dinner on Christmas Day, from 12-2 p.m. Turkey, ham and all of the trimmings will be available, and all are welcome. No reservation is needed. Deliveries are available for homebound people.

We still need donations of rolls, desserts, and turkeys or hams. We will peel potatoes and set up on Saturday, Dec. 23 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (noon) if you would like to help. We also accept monetary donations.

If you want to be a part of this project in any way, please call 350-1493 or 538-7613 and talk to Margee Smith.


Grass Range to hold cribbage tournament fundraiser


On Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at 1 p.m., the Wrangler Bar and Café in Grass Range, Montana will host the Close Up Cribbage Tournament. Teams of two players will play per table, with a per-team buy-in fee. There is a guarantee of 10 games. Prizes will be distributed for first, second and third places, high and low hands. Concessions will be available. Proceeds support the Grass Range High School Close Up trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City in June, 2018.

Please call to register your team. Contact Grass Range School for more information, (406) 428-2341.


Wind and Strings to headline this afternoon’s dance


Come and dance to the country band, Wind and Strings, at this afternoon’s dance. The band features Carole Songer on vocals, 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.


VA outreach schedule for Dec., Jan. changed


All outreach travel to Harlowton, White Sulphur Springs and Stanford for the months of December and January is cancelled. A new travel schedule will be announced in February.

The Montana Veterans’ Affairs Service Office is located in the Bank Electric Building at 505 W. Main St., No. 217, in Lewistown, and a veterans’ service officer is available daily between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to answer questions about veterans’ benefits. Please call 538-3174 to make an appointment.


Warming house volunteers needed during holiday break


The Lewistown Ice Skating Association is looking for warming house volunteers at the ice rink for the Christmas break. The skating association will provide free hot chocolate and apple cider throughout each day. 

If you are willing to take a shift at the warming house please call Bill Berg at 380-0054. Shifts will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Dec. 22 through Jan. 2.  Volunteers will not need to be at the rink throughout the shift but will be asked to make sure the fireplace is going and warm drinks are available. 

The rink will be open until 10 p.m. each night and there will be several free, open skating times. 



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