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President signs historic Montana lands package into law

(Missoula, Mont.) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after the President signed the historic Montana public lands package, which was negotiated by Montana’s Congressional delegation, into law:

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Great Falls man dies in one vehicle accident near Winnett

Buster L. Ross 48 of Great Falls died in a one vehicle accident near mile marker #147  on Montana Highway #200 approximately 14 miles  East of Winnett.  The accident was reported to Central Montana Dispatch in Lewistown at 1236 hours on Friday, December 19, 2014.

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Montana News - AP

MONTANA WILDERNESS - CORRECTION

President Obama signs Montana wilderness law

(Information in the following story is from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed wilderness legislation that preserves large areas of land in the North Fork of the Flathead and on the Rocky Mountain Front.

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Forest Service offers many summer employment opportunities

MISSOULA, MONT. – Each year the Northern Region of the U.S. Forest Service hires an average of 1,500 seasonal employees who provide, collectively, more than $11 million in salaries to northern Idaho, Montana and North Dakota.  Employees can gain experience in everything from trail maintenance to conservation interpretation and weeds to wildlife. 

“Temporary seasonal employees are vital to the Forest Service being able to accomplish its mission to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of current and future generations” said Faye Krueger, Regional Forester for the Northern Region.

Anyone interested in competing for one of these positions should prepare now. Positions are advertised through the USAJobs system. You can search http://www.USAJobs.gov to look at positions that are open and apply online.

The job announcements for 2015 temporary hiring will be advertised in phases.  

“The advertisements will only be open for seven calendar days on USAjobs, so it is important to be prepared for these timeframes,” said Krueger. “Some positions are pre-announced and can be found at https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach.”

The following are the phases and timeframes for the various positions available in the Northern Region (Region 1). 

 

Phase 1 January 14 – 20, 2015:  Includes all fire fighter and fire management positions.

 

Phase 2 February 3 – 9, 2015:   Engineering and surveying technicians, forestry technicians, hydrologic technicians, biological science technicians, archaeological technicians, equipment operators, motor vehicle operators, laborers, and maintenance workers, recreation, wilderness, trails technicians, and animal packer positions.


Phase 3 March 3 – 9, 2015: Visitor information/guides, office services, Youth Conservation Corps aids/leaders, and other new temporary positions not filled in the first two phases.

 

Individuals interested in these positions are encouraged to create an applicant profile and build their resume in USAJOBS as soon as practical in advance of the opening date and open period.  Additional information is available at

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r1/jobs/?cid=STELPRD3824145 or by contacting the Outreach, Recruitment & Retention Team Leader Amber Kamps at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 406-439-9136 

The U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.  Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests.

Source: US Forest Service

Influenza cases increasing, public health officials encouraging vaccination

Local and state public health officials are seeing a significant increase in the number of confirmed influenza cases being reported across the state. As of December 12, almost every county and tribal health department has reported cases to the state health department.

This signals an early start to influenza season for Montana. A similar pattern is being seen across the country with several states reporting outbreaks and an increase in hospitalizations. Montana has seen this as well with 38 reported hospitalizations so far. Early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that the 2014-2015 season could be severe and public health officials are reminding everyone to takes steps to protect themselves and others.  

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Major wind farm breaks ground near Bridger

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Construction has begun in southern Montana on a 120-turbine wind farm that would be one of the biggest wind power projects in the state.

The $550 million Mud Springs Wind Ranch near Bridger in Carbon County is expected to take several years to complete.

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City Manager Myhre reviews 2014

2014 was a productive year for Lewistown as City Manager Kevin Myhre outlined during his KXLO-Live report.

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Montana’s unemployment rate at 4.3%

HELENA – Montana’s unemployment rate dropped again in November, down 0.2 percentage points to 4.3%.  The unemployment rate has decreased by a full percentage point since January.  The U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged over the month at 5.8%.

“Montana’s unemployment rate has declined by a full percentage point this year, a sign of our state’s undeniable economic strength,” Governor Steve Bullock said. “I’m committed to continuing our efforts to ensure that all Montana families enjoy the benefits of our growing economy.”

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Special Olympics hold annual Polar Plunge fundraiser in Lewistown

Friends of the Special Olympics athletes will be doing the Polar Plunge at the Montana Winter Fair this winter on Jan. 31.    

Area Director Kaylene Patten is heading-up the annual Polar Plunge in Lewistown, explaining how you can donate and/or participate.

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Local pastor has holiday information for central Montana community

Pastor Kurt Langendorff has this timely information as the community progresses through the holiday season.

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Lewistown Police Protective Association announces winning names

The Lewistown Police Protective Association has the three lucky names and their prizes in the LPPA’s annual fundraiser.  Officer Levi Talkington told his KXLO-Live audience:

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Montana Winter Fair just around the corner

Press Release from Montana Winter Fair:

(Lewistown, Montana, December 117, 2014)  Montanans and regional friends have been celebrating “Montana Agriculture and our Western Way of Life” for 70 years at the Montana Winter Fair!  

Planning for the first annual Montana Winter Fair began in 1945 in Bozeman and produced the first celebration in 1946....hence, this is the 70th consecutive year for Montana Winter Fair.  If you haven’t experienced the Montana Winter Fair as a participant or spectator, we heartily encourage you to do so this January. 

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