News Briefs

Lewistown Municipal Airport Board to meet Wednesday, Jan. 3


The Lewistown Municipal Airport Board will meet at today, Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. in the Airport Terminal Meeting Room. Items to be discussed include Montana Aeronautics Board meeting, TEDD District meeting, land lease modification, election of officers and T-hangar policy.

This meeting is open to the public. The next Board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.


Auxiliary meets at Nelo Blairs


American Legion Auxiliary #76 will meet at the home of Nelo Blairs in Hobson on Monday, Jan. 8, at 1:30 p.m. Please remember to bring non-perishable items for the Judith Basin Food Panntry. 


Fergus County Search and Rescue on agenda for Back Country Horsemen meeting


The Judith Basin Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of Montana will meet Monday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Sheriff’s Complex. A presentation by Ryan Peterson from Fergus County Search and Rescue will provide the program at 6:30 p.m.

The Judith Basin Chapter is committed to assisting Fergus County Search and Rescue when emergency operations call for mounted searchers in challenging terrains.

On the agenda: Final planning for the Annual Stick Horse Rodeo at the 73rd Montana Winter Fair, continued preparation for hosting the 2018 State Convention of the Back Country Horsemen of Montana.

There are 17 chapters of BCH of Montana across the state, and a new chapter, Trout Creek, represents the Sand Point/Clark Fork River area. 

Everyone interested in preserving access to the backcountry for stock use and enjoying trail work and pleasure rides with their horse(s) is invited to attend the Monday, Jan. 8 meeting. For more information, please call Bill Kuhlmann, 538-4575.


Big Blue Goose coming to Winter Fair


Hey, kids – be sure to come out to the Trade Center at the Fergus County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Jan. 27 between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a special “meet and greet” with the Big Blue Goose, the official mascot of the Charlie M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. Be sure to bring your cameras or SmartPhones.

The Big Blue Goose represents the C.M.R. National Wildlife Refuge, surrounding Fort Peck Reservoir. 

You don’t want to miss this fun opportunity during the 73rd Montana Winter Fair. 


Fiber Arts Guild to meet


The local Fiber Arts Guild will meet on Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Celebration Fellowship Church, 361 West Frontage Road on Highway 87. 

Please bring no more than two wrapped packages containing fiber arts items you no longer want, need or have not finished. Members will play to receive items. After the game, items may be exchanged for others you may want.

“Show and tell” time is at 6:30 p.m. The business meeting is at 7 p.m., followed by the program at 7:30. 

For those who wish to, the Guild will have supper at Pizza Hut at 5 p.m. 


Saturday dance features Groovy Gaffers


The Groovy Gaffers will provide music for the Saturday afternoon dance at the Senior Club building, located at the corner of Third Ave. S and Barnes St. The band features Lauri Lohrer on vocals, Dave Robertson, and Don and Barb Engle on guitars and vocals. 

The dance is from 2 to 4 p.m. with a short coffee/cookie break at 3 p.m.

If you enjoy dancing to good country music, come and join in the fun. Dancers of all ages are welcome. 

There is a small admission charge. 


Traffic Control Training at Hilger Fire Hall, Jan. 8


From 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Alex Betz will present “Traffic Control” training at the Hilger Fire Hall. Firefighters will learn how to reduce risk of injury when responding to calls on roads and highways by implementing traffic incident management.

Sgt. Betz will cover on-scene safety measures, use of advance warning devices, apparatus parking, importance of PPE and more. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Traffic-related incidents are among the leading causes of first responder fatalities. All Hilger firefighters and those from surrounding rural districts are encouraged to attend this outstanding training that could save your life. 

Mark your calendar for 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 8 at the Hilger Fire Hall to learn how to stay safe.

For details, contact Hilger Training Officer Laurie Lohrer at (406) 380-0865 or Hilger Chief Dick Hassler, 538-8648.






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