(LEWISTOWN, Mont.) – The rising water of the Missouri River has caused the closure of two campgrounds in the Upper Missouri River Breaks area.   

Coffee with the Superintendent was held this past Tuesday. Lewistown Superintendent Thom Peck was happy with the attendance for the morning session.

A small central Montana town has a big weekend coming up in mid-July.  Bo Carter has this early invitation for the Denton Main Street dance and annual softball tournament.

GREAT FALLS, Mont.—Thursday, Governor Steve Bullock approved the request from the Air Force Coordination Center at Tyndall AFB, FL to use two Montana Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopters and crews to assist Lewis and Clark County Search and Rescue officials with 137 stranded civilian campers at Montana Wilderness School of the Bible on the Dearborn River south of Augusta, Montana.  The 100 campers and 37 staff members were stranded due to flood waters washing out the access road into camp.

Wyoming Governor Mead signs off on 1st griz hunt in 44 years

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has signed off on the state’s first hunt for grizzly bears in 44 years.

There are a several important days in July that central Montanans observe.  

Chris Cooler and Jean Raw outline the activities set for this year’s Relay for Life.

The Central Montana Jaycees have an interesting contest for youngsters that could produce a pleasant day at the fair.

Jaycee spokeswoman Lora Tucek says it’s a prize the entire family will enjoy.

The foothills of the Judith Mountains hold a special place for bible school sessions and even sporting camps.  Dean Sain has more on Camp Lewtana and some early summer activities.

The Lewistown City Commission met Monday night for their regular meeting. City Manager Holly Phelps gives us a rundown on what the commission discussed.

A charter bus filled with lots of blue and gold invaded Lewistown Tuesday. A group from Montana State University-Bozeman came to see the latest happenings in Central Montana. MSU President Dr. Waded Cruzado explains the purpose for the visit.

The wolf-like creature that was killed last month near Denton has been identified, Bruce Auchly of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks gives us the long awaited answer to this mystery.

A few raffle tickets remain to help finance the new Lewistown Creekside kids play area.  

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following appointments.

 

State Electrical Board

 

  • Harry Freebourn, Butte. Qualification: Member representing the public. Freebourn is the past Director of the Office of Public Defender.

 

  • John Gordon, Butte. Qualification: Licensed Electrician. Gordon is the Business Manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers #233 and a Journeyman Electrician.

 

Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission

 

  • Dr. James Feist, Bozeman. Qualification: Physician member of the Board of Medical Examiners. Feist is a Pediatrician with Bozeman Deaconess Pediatrics.

 

Board of Pharmacy

 

  • Courtney Bahny, Helena. Qualification: Registered Pharmacy Technician. Bahny is a Clinical Pharmacy Technician with Mountain Pacific Quality Health.

 

  • Charmell Owens, Missoula. Qualification: Member from the general public. Owens is a Compliance Officer for the City of Missoula’s Development Services.

 

Public Employees’ Retirement Board

 

  • Commissioner Robyn Driscoll, Billings. Qualification; Member at-large. Driscoll is a Yellowstone County Commissioner and former state legislator.

 

  • Sheena Wilson, Helena. Qualification: Retired public employee, member of the system.  Wilson is a retired state employee having worked for Governor Brian Schweitzer.

 

Board of Realty Regulation

 

  • Lindsey Hromadka, Whitefish. Qualification: Representative of the public who is not a state government officer or employee and who is not engaged in the industry.  Hromadka is an Associate Attorney with Conradi Anderson, PLLC.

 

Board of Regents of Higher Education

 

  • Dalton Johnson, Clancy. Qualification: Student Regent. Johnson is the outgoing Vice President of Helena College University of Montana, as a non-traditional student transferring to the University of Montana in the fall.

 

Teachers’ Retirement Board

 

  • Scott Dubbs, Lewistown. Qualification: Administrator and member of the system. Dubbs is the Curriculum Director for the Lewistown School District.

 

Board of Veterans’ Affairs

 

  • Tova Reddick, Fort Harrison. Qualification: U.S. Veterans’ Affairs Representative, non-voting member. Reddick is the Chief Health Administration Services for U.S. Veterans’ Affairs, Fort Harrison.

 

Water and Wastewater Operators’ Advisory Council

 

  • Dr. Eleazer Resurreccion, Havre. Qualification; Faculty of a university or college whose major field is related to water supply systems, wastewater treatment, chemical or civil engineering, chemistry or bacteriology. Resurreccion is an Assistant Professor for Civil Engineering Technology at Montana State University Northern.

An attorney for an organization opposing the Keystone XL oil pipeline says the “fight is not over” after the South Dakota Supreme Court dismissed a legal appeal from project foes.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is about to enter another potentially severe fire season with a paltry $4 million in a firefighting reserve fund after paying the bills from last year’s record-setting summer, officials said Thursday.

Big Sky Pride celebrates 25 years this weekend. Eric Tegethoff has the story.

Today’s technology is constantly changing.

Lewistown School Superintendent Tom Peck said the summer months are allowing the district time to update computer needs and operations.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and local public health partners are reminding Montanans to stay safe and healthy while having fun in the water this summer. Swimming can be a fun way to spend time outdoors in the summer heat and is a great source of exercise, but it does pose some health and safety risks.

The Central Montana Medical Center is interested in helping young children with literacy skills.  

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park administrators are telling visitors to honk their horn and drive away if a bear approaches and touches their vehicle after two cases of bears approaching cars.

Earlier this month, six people that were on four motorcycles were injured when they were hit by a vehicle near Great Falls. The Montana Highway Patrol is asking motorists to “Look Twice, Save a Life” this summer.

The Board of Fergus County Commissioners passed two discussion items recently:  a water resolution for the town of Denton, and a resolution establishing Fergus county’s contribution to help with burial expenses for veterans.

A familiar central Montana personality is the new Director of the Council on Aging in Lewistown.

The Lewistown area was “a-buzz” this past weekend with many activities including many aircraft coming from across the state participating in the Lewistown Airport and Montana Pilots Association annual Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast.