Local and state public health officials across the state are seeing an increase in outbreaks of gastrointestinal illnesses- investigating eight norovirus outbreaks in the last six weeks. Outbreaks of norovirus often increase in winter months and this year’s activity is similar to outbreaks seen in 2016. This year’s outbreaks have occurred in the counties of Cascade, Fergus, Flathead, Gallatin, Meagher, Missoula, Silver Bow and Yellowstone.

Norovirus, a very contagious virus that can affect anyone, is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in Montana and the US. In fact, the average American gets infected with this virus five times in their lifetime.

Lewistown airport was the center of attention Tuesday for a training exercise.  

Major Jason Stieken explains the purpose of the visit with local emergency personnel.

Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials say multiple bighorn rams have caught a viral disease that causes unsightly mouth sores. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the park's videographer snapped images in November of rams with the sores. Officials confirmed the videographer's pictures Monday, saying the rams have sore mouth disease, a condition widespread among wild bighorn sheep in the Rocky Mountains. It is also common in domestic sheep and goats.

The Moose Lodge in Lewistown is getting ready for a busy weekend.  Member Sue Thomas has this holiday invitation.  

 Meadows Apartments in Lewistown is home for several seniors and handicapped residents.  Established in 1985, the single story complex is located in a scenic area that’s scheduled for an update.  According to City Manager Holly Phelps.   

 A resignation from the Lewistown City Commission will leave the position open through December.  City Manager Holly Phelps explains why the action was taken recently.

The Lewistown Art Center is joining in Christmas fun with the annual Winter Songs fundraiser , and a new event featuring a Story Tellers Social Night.  Assistant Manager Kathy Stone has more on this unique event.

A troop of young dancers will liven up the holiday spirit in Lewistown with their annual Christmas fundraising performance.  Director Janet Luciano has more on this festive occasion set for Dec. 16 & 17.

Lewistown city personnel will join a public open house at the next City Commission meeting on Dec. 18.  City Manager Holly Phelps says  it’s an opportunity to greet and meet those who keep our town up and running.

A mule deer buck shot by a hunter Nov. 12 north of Chester on the Highline near the Canadian border has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The deer was taken in hunting district 401 in Liberty County.

(LEWISTOWN, Mont.) – A new dimension has been added to Junior High outdoor education through a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management.

Lewistown Junior High science teachers Steve Paulson (retired), Suzie Flentie, and Brett Shelagowski have used Brewery Flats as an outdoor classroom since 1981.

(Billings, Mont.) – Personal use Christmas tree permits are available from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Permits can be purchased at the Dillon, Butte, Missoula and Lewistown field offices. Cost of the BLM permit is $5 per tree (limit of 3 trees per family) and includes a map of approved tree harvesting areas and conditions of use. Be aware that the permit, conditions of use, and maps are specific to the issuing office areas.  Species vary upon location and may include Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, subalpine fir, and spruce.  Permits must be purchased before trees may be cut. 

On November 26th, 2017, at 1103 hours, Fergus County Sheriff’s dispatch received a call of bones possibly human found on a ranch SE of Winifred.

Central Montana Hospice will conduct their Tree of Lights Chime Ceremony on Thursday,  Dec. 14 in the hospital lobby.  

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and local public agencies are offering food safety tips to help Montanans stay healthy this holiday season.

Doug Day with the Advocates has these safe driving tips for your holiday trips.

The board of Fergus County Commissioners reviewed 2 ordinances, one dealing with fire restrictions, and the other concerning medical marijuana.

IN LEWISTOWN UNOFFICIAL  ELECTION RESULTS:  

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:

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.”