Lewistown’s water supply isn’t quite up to state standards and requires a more detailed chlorination correction.

City Manager Holly Phelps explains the cause and the need for treatment.

 Adequate housing has often been mentioned to help attract businesses and their employees to Lewistown.  A promising possible housing site is the Berg property north of town that once was a sawmill.  

City Manager Holly Phelps reviewed that subject at the recent Committee of the Whole meeting.  She notes that it’s vacant with a strong interest in developing a housing area.

Parking problems are a city-wide concern especially when it comes to trailers and campers.  The city is developing policies and asking for input from the public.

Man shot by Billings officers in stable condition

(Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man who was shot after reportedly pointing a shotgun at two Billings police officers is hospitalized in stable condition.

Progress is being made at the LEWISTOWN Airport for business development  through a  program entitled T.E.D.D (TARGETED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT) that will benefit the central Montana area.   

The Lewistown Airport Board made an official recommendation to the City of Lewistown at a special meeting held this week. Lewistown Airport Board member Ross Butcher explains:

The Lewistown Jr. High School is inviting all Veteran’s to stop by the Jr. High School on Tuesday October 31st at 1:30 pm.  Students will be taking pictures of Veteran’s to include in their program scheduled Friday Nov. 10 at 2 pm at the Jr. High School.

 City Manager Holly Phelps spoke with KXLO News about local construction values reaching 9.3 million dollars, and about trash disposal problems in town.  

 Saturday was a very good day for several children and their parents in Central Montana that attended the Central Montana Shrine Club/Al Bedoo Shrine Children’s Clinic held at the Central Montana Medical Center.

Antelope rifle season is in full swing, archery season is still underway and the general big game season starts Oct. 21. It’s important for all hunters to practice bear aware behavior.

In Montana, bear country can be anywhere in the western half of the state and sometimes beyond. Recently grizzly bears have shown up in places they haven’t been for decades, maybe even in more than a century – the Big Belt Mountains west of White Sulphur Springs for instance.

Fergus county office spaces are being reviewed to see if the extension service can be moved to the fairgrounds agriculture building.  

County Commission Chairman Carl Seilstad explains how that idea currently stands.

 A tailgate party in November won’t be at a football stadium, this one will be at Pine Meadows/Elks Club in Lewistown.

Matt Ventresca has that invitation to help support the new Creekside Marketplace and Pavillion

GRASS RANGE - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public of plans to construct a roundabout at the intersection of U.S. Highway 87/Montana Highway 19 and Montana Highway 200 approximately one mile north of Grass Range in Fergus County.

The Grass Range project was originally nominated by MDT as a safety improvement project in response to high historical crash frequency and severity rates for the intersection. Previous attempts to mitigate the crash problem included overhead flashers, in-lane rumble strips, oversized speed limit reduction signs with flashing oversized warning signs, and oversized four-way stop signs. However, these interim attempts are not working as witnessed by camera data collected over 88 hours in four days in June.

The City Commission is interested in what residents think about vehicle parking along city streets.

Central Montana experienced an interesting drought driven summer, but there’s an apparent change taking place.

Central Montana Medical Center was recognized with the Cardiac and Stroke Recognition Awards at the Montana Hospital Association’s annual meeting in Billings on September 21st. The Awards are sponsored by the Cardiovascular Health Program within the state health department. The Recognition Awards single out Critical Access Hospitals that demonstrate that they have the infrastructure and commitment to provide high quality care for patients with acute heart attack and stroke.   Receiving the Recognition confirms Central Montana Medical Center meets high standards related to the utilization of evidence-based cardiac and stroke order-sets and protocols, laboratory and radiology services available 24/7 and administrative commitment to treating acute heart attack and stroke patients.  

Ruby’s restaurant is closed, but not for long.  Owner Sue Zellick has this announcement about her surprise menu coming to Lewistown.

As expected, the Jaycees had another productive banquet.  

Jamie Hess reports on the club’s follow-up plans for youth groups who will benefit from the annual event.

The welcome arrival of fall with its cooler temperatures and moderate precipitation has helped ease the effects of this year’s fire season in the central Montana area.  After a very long and dry summer, additional moisture is still needed to help reduce the chance of a large wildfire occurring.  

Fire restrictions are an important tool to help prevent wildfires.  Weekly restrictions meetings are held with county, state and federal land managers along with the National Weather Service to discuss forecasted weather, including precipitation and winds as well as the current fire danger.  It’s important to understand that fire restrictions may be different based on the land status of where you currently are.

A ranch about five miles west of Dupuyer lost 10 calves earlier this week to grizzly bears.

The cattle were located in a creek bottom with thick willow cover. Specialists from USDA Wildlife Services, working in coordination with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ bear specialist, confirmed a grizzly was the cause of the depredation and at least 12 grizzly bears were in the area, including sows with cubs.

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.9% in August. The U.S. unemployment rate increased slightly by 0.1 percentage points to 4.4%.

“Montana’s economy is strong,” said Governor Bullock. “Businesses are growing and hiring more employees. We must continue to ensure employers have access to a highly-skilled workforce to fill good-paying jobs through apprenticeship, work-based learning, and continuing investments in education – from pre-K to college.”