News Briefs

Little Belt Snowmobile Club to hold January meeting


On Monday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m., the Lewistown Snowmobile Club will hold its January meeting at the American Legion (402 West Main Street). Groomers are operating on the 110 miles of travel in the Little Belts. The Trans-Montana/National Alliance on Mental Illness Charity Ride, Jan. 17-23, is fast approaching. Karl Thomas encourages interested parties to get their raffle tickets. The first place prize is a shopping spree at Don’s Store. Other prizes include gas cards. 

For more information, contact Thomas at (406) 535-8126.


School board considers new policies


The Lewistown school board meets Monday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Lincoln Board Room, 215 Seventh Ave. South.

Items on the agenda include reports, including report on election information, second readings for three new policies (transfer for school safety, flexible instructor licensing and intent to increase non-voted levy) and approval of the personnel report and additions to the substitute list.

The meeting is open to the public. 


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 Avenue South and Barnes Street. 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. 


Help improve Lewistown tourism at the next meeting


The next TBID meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. in Snowy Mountain Development Corporation’s conference room (613 N.E. Main St. in Lewistown). Items to be discussed include Creekside Marketplace and Pavilion assistance request, LDA billboard, financial report and budget.


This meeting is open to the public.




Auxiliary meets at Nelo Blairs




American Legion Auxiliary No. 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.


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 Charles 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, here in Montana surrounding Fort Peck Reservoir.

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


Learning Resource Center Cooperative meets Tuesday


The Central Montana Learning Resource Center Cooperative will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Lincoln School in Lewistown. 

Items to be discussed include calendar items, concerns, correspondence, public participation or comments, and director reports on state funding recalculation, revenue/expenditures, fiscal analysis and long-range planning. 

Also to be discussed will be action items; itinerant resource teacher rates for 2018-19, telepractice privacy policy, audit report and flow-through requests. This meeting is open to the public.


Fiber Arts Guild to meet


The local Fiber Arts Guild will meet on Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Celebration Fellowship Church, 361 W. Frontage Rd. 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, the Guild will have supper at Pizza Hut at 5 p.m.


Judith Mountain Players to meet Tuesday


The Judith Mountain Players will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 5:15 p.m. in the Library meeting room. The meeting will consist of play directors, selecting spring and summer plays, along with choosing a play for Cowboy Poetry. All interested community members are encouraged to attend this meeting.


Local Emergency Planning Committee to meet Jan. 11


On Thursday, Jan. 9 from 12-1 p.m. the Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet to discuss Tri-County Homeowner’s Fire Preparedness meeting, HAZMAT inventory, Fergus County dams, Havre fire training and other business. This meeting will be held in the County Complex at 121 Eighth Ave. S.

The next meeting will be on Feb. 8 in the City Complex. This meeting is open to the public.


Benefit planned for local musician


On Saturday, Jan. 13, friends of Les LaFranier are putting on a benefit for him at the Eagles Club. Known to many around the area as singer and bassist for Mustache Pete, LaFranier was diagnosed  with cancer in August and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Those interested in donating items for the silent auction should contact Carl DeBelly at (406) 839-4393. Those wanting to donate directly to LaFranier can send a check to P.O. Box 445, Lewistown, MT, 59457. All are encouraged to come to the benefit, which will feature live music by LaFranier and others. Food will be provided at 6 p.m. courtesy of Randy Sharpe. The silent auction drawing takes place at 9 p.m.


Lewistown School Board meets Monday, Jan. 8


The January regular meeting of the Lewistown School District Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Lincoln Board Room.

Garfield Principal Matt Lewis will give a presentation to the Board on the transitional kindergarten/first grade class. 

A new student representative from Fergus High School to the Board will be introduced.

Reports from the 2016-2017 audit, budget, election information and investments will be given.

Second readings of three new Board Policies will be voted on. The Board will be asked to approve additions to the substitute list for the current school year and to approve the personnel report. 

All meetings of the Lewistown School Board are open to the public. 


Energy and telecommunications on agenda in Helena


The third meeting of the 2017-2018 Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee of the Legislature is Jan. 16. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in Room 152 of the State Capitol.

The ETIC, at its third meeting of the interim, will continue its study of natural gas customer choice programs with a review of Montana Dakota Utilities response to a committee questionnaire and a review of western states’ customer choice policy. During the meeting, the committee will also conduct a programmatic review of integrated resource planning and electricity procurement planning, review qualifying facilities draft legislation and conduct a panel discussion on decoupling policy in the state.

Additional agenda items include energy storage technology, the Montana Energy Policy and the Call Before You Dig program.

If you have any questions, please contact Trevor Graff at (406) 444-4975 or via e-mail at This meeting is open to the public.


Montana auctioneers hold convention this month in Bozeman


The 2018 Montana Auctioneers Convention is coming, Jan. 26–27 in Bozeman. Meetings will be held at the Best Western GranTree Inn.

This year there will also be a free seminar for convention attendees by AuctionFlex on Thursday, Jan. 25. This event will begin with an 11:30 a.m.-noon free lunch at North American Auction Company, followed by the seminar from noon-4 p.m. Make sure your travel plans include time to join this free seminar. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

The convention program will begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. Featured speakers include John Hamilton ( and NAA President Scott Shuman. You won’t want to miss the educational and networking opportunities. The bid calling contest will be held Friday evening.

There will also be a marketing competition this year, a fun way to showcase your 2017 auction events and promotion of your company with a chance to win one of the five categories. Please also remember to bring any certificates you may have for the advertising auction. Please take a moment to contact your local and regional media outlets to collect certificates.


If you have any questions regarding the advertising auction, please contact Wade Afleck at (406) 876-2280 or





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