Judge orders new federal review of Keystone XL Pipeline

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL pipeline’s proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route, raising the possibility of further delays to a project first proposed in 2008.

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced the State of Montana is utilizing a $730,000 federal grant to help reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs by increasing the number of communities utilizing medication collection boxes.

Governor Bullock and state health officials are working with the Board of Pharmacy and the Montana Pharmacy Association to distribute several hundred metal collection boxes to local pharmacies. 

“One of the best ways to address opioid abuse is through the safe, convenient, and proper disposal of unused medications,” Governor Bullock said. “This is a terrific opportunity and we’re pleased to be partnering with pharmacies across the state to distribute the collection boxes in the coming weeks.”

A total of 212 38-gallon boxes and starter packs of liners are being offered at no cost to retail pharmacies and hospitals and clinics with on-site pharmacies to be used to collect and then dispose of prescription drugs. The funding is part of a grant awarded to the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS).

DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan said that according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, between 60 and 92% of patients nationwide don’t finish their painkillers, and fewer than 10% dispose of them safely. Sixty percent of patients keep partially completed opioid prescriptions “for later,” while more than 80% don’t store their narcotic painkillers in a locked cabinet.

HELENA, Mont. – With less than two months before it expires, conservation groups are calling for permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund – a program that has received bipartisan support in the past. 

The Lewistown City Commission held a budget work session this past Monday evening to discuss the Lewistown Public Library’s budget for the coming fiscal year. City Manager Holly Phelps explains the ideas the commission discussed.

Montana made guitars will be on display during the Cowboy Poetry Gathering this week.

Valerie Balito from Bozeman is the crafts-woman who will be attending the gathering with some beautiful instruments.

One of the big September activities in central Montana is the  Bale Trail also known as What the Hay?!

The Central Montana Jaycees have the reputation of awarding some big fundraising prizes.  

LEWISTOWN, Mont. – Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte held a public meeting in Lewistown Wednesday to discuss public lands bills he introduced earlier this year. The event featured a roundtable discussion with key stakeholders and a period dedicated to public comment.

The meeting focused on legislation Gianforte introduced in March to restore more than 690,000 acres of Montana public lands, which federal land management agencies found not suitable for wilderness designation, to the active management of the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Gianforte spoke about how important this issue is to the state’s residents:

Fire Weather: Increasing Thunderstorm Hazards

 

Overview:

Thunderstorm chances will increase through the rest of this week as several weather disturbances move across the region.

Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect within the Lewistown Fire Restrictions Area, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. These restrictions apply to all private, state, Wild Horse Lake National Wildlife Refuge, War Horse Lake National Wildlife Refuge and BLM-managed lands in Fergus, Petroleum, and Phillips Counties and along with all BLM and State-managed lands within the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. The Big and Little Snowys are currently not in fire restrictions. These restrictions will remain in effect until rescinded.

The Montana Cowboy Poetry Rendezvous concludes this years activity with a church service.  Noreen Langendorff says it’s a special time for poets and musicians.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials are taking public comment on a proposed oil-and-gas lease sale in December in Montana and western North Dakota.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is proposing to sell leases for 102 parcels covering 69,270 acres in 20 Montana counties and one North Dakota county.

A meeting this week concerning dementia support is scheduled for 10:30 Wednesday morning at the First Christian Church.

The Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown will host several Canadians   musicians and poets.

There’s still many summer activities in Lewistown to enjoy.

Plans for the Creekside Park are progressing, and the speed of those improvements depend on grants.  City Manager Holly Phelps says the site is changing as the promised cash is officially awarded. Holly:

Fergus County Sheriff Troy Eades wants to let residents know that you might get a phone call for donations to the Montana Narcotics Officers Association. Sheriff Eades wants county residents to know this is a legitimate law enforcement organization.

Twenty-three Montana airports are to benefit from the Federal Aviation Administration’s latest round of infrastructure grants.

Music is a big part of the annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown.  Next Saturday night’s concert at the Fergus High Center for the Performing Arts will feature Suzy Boggus.  She visited about her career telling her KXLO-Live audience:

The Lewistown Library budget was discussed in detail during this past Monday’s City Commission meeting. Interim Library Director Dani Buehler explains how the budget is put together.

ROUNDUP, Mont. (AP) — Montana has recorded its first case of West Nile virus this year.

The state veterinarian’s office confirmed the virus in a horse in the Roundup area. Local veterinarian Maryrose Beasley says the horse had been weak and stumbling around.

HELENA, Mont. – A new documentary follows the path of dark money in elections after the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision – using Montana as a case study.  Eric Tegethoff has the story.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As the U.S. House and Senate try to hammer out a final version of the Farm Bill, a new report shows that increasing work requirements for people receiving SNAP benefits, the program formerly known as food stamps, would end up hurting millions of Americans. Eric Galatas has this report.

A Lewistown man who knows his way around the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering is Lloyd McKenna.  A poet and promoter, he told his KXLO-Live audience.