Trails that run in and around Lewistown continue to be improved with the help of grants.   City Manager Holly Phelps reports:

As project development continue, Lewistown City Manager Holly Phelps explains the Tax Increment Financing District (TIF District), its purpose, and reasons why a portion of town is interested in its success.  

A recent Fergus County Commission meeting dealt with the possibility of combining two offices. There will be more meetings on the subject according to Chairman Carl Seilstad.  

There’s progress to report on Lewistown's upcoming skate park.

City Manager Holly Phelps has the latest information on when actual work will start at Simms Park, a location that has also been used over the years for a summer tent revival.  

City government has a variety of boards for volunteers to serve on.

Fergus Electric Cooperative, with offices in Lewistown and Roundup, has set the 79th Annual Meeting for Thursday, June 8 at the Fergus County Trade Center in Lewistown.  Registration begins at 11 a.m. with lunch served at 12 noon by Central Montana WIFE.  The business meeting starts at 1 p.m.

Fergus Manager Scott Sweeney encourages members to enjoy an excellent meal with friends and neighbors while they are updated on the business of the cooperative.

Lewistown youngsters can enjoy an summer activity at Zion Lutheran Church. Curt Langendorff on KXLO-Live has more on this annual event starting June 4.

LEWISTOWN AREA CONSTRUCTION PROJECT REPORT

From the Montana Department of Transportation this is the Lewistown area highway construction report from   May 17 to May 23, 2017.  

Traffic fines double in highway work zones.  The law also sets fines and jail sentences for reckless endangerment of highway workers.  Minor delays can be expected through these projects with anything over fifteen minutes being noted in the description.  Watch for equipment, flaggers, workers on the road, and reduced speed limits.  

For additional information dial 511 or access our web page www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/

The end of the current school year is highlighted with various activities including graduation on Sunday, May 28.

Superintendent Jason Butcher has that calendar of events.

A grant for Lewistown Public Schools will outfit Lewis and Clark Elementary with solar panels this summer.

Superintendent Jason Butcher  reviews the benefits it will provide.

Monday night’s school board meeting welcomed the trustees voted on in the annual school election.  According to Superintendent Jason Butcher:

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is raising awareness about this important topic.

Health officials say Montana has drastically improved in recent years, but the state’s teen birth rate is still higher than the national average. From 2010 to 2015, the national teen birth rate declined by 35%, while Montana lowered its teen birth rate by 30%. 

Montana’s current teen birth rate is 25.3 births per 1,000 and the national rate is 22.3 births per 1,000 aged 15-19.

A three-day horsemanship clinic is scheduled for mid-July at the Fergus County Fairgrounds.  Katie Decker is helping organize the event featuring Kip Fladland.  

The Central Montana Medical Center is initiating a new Care-Coordination Program.   According to hospital personnel Dana Smart, Joanie Slaybaugh, and Patti Carr:

Lewistown has a small area in a northside subdivision not serviced by the city’s sewer system.  City Manager Holly Phelps says that project should be remedied in the near future.

The Lewistown Art Center has a busy calendar as we head into spring and summer.  According to Mary Baumstark:

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that he has been reappointed to serve on the Council of Governors (Council) to provide input on matters regarding the National Guard, homeland defense, and defense support to civil authorities. 

“It is an incredible honor to continue to serve with and support Montana’s National Guard,” said Governor Bullock. “As a state and a nation, we can never forget the sacrifices of the men and women in our armed forces. Through this opportunity, I can make sure our military leaders in Washington better understand the needs of our citizen soldiers serving Montanan and our nation in the National Guard.” 

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced the 2017 Montana Ambassador Awards honoring individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to economic development in Montana.

“It’s an exciting time to be in Montana. Our economy is growing, wages are up, unemployment is down, and businesses are creating good-paying jobs all across the state,” said Governor Bullock. “I’m pleased to recognize this group of hard-working folks and am thankful for their dedication, service, and efforts to ensure that Montana is one of the best places in the country to live, work, play, start a business, and raise a family.”

School officials are still waiting on the legislature to finalize its budgeting numbers.  Lewistown Public Schools Business Manager Rebekah Rhoades updated her KXLO-Live audience on the upcoming school election next month and what’s still to be settled in Helena.

Smiles, information, and a friendly attitude are instrumental in dealing with the public.  Laura Lee Ullrich will build on friendly service at two seminars in Lewistown on Tuesday, March 21.