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Montana News - AP

Small wildfires keep Montana firefighters busy

UNDATED (AP) __ Firefighters attacked and monitored several wildfires around Montana over the weekend.

The Shoestring Fire on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest was 50 percent contained after it was spotted Friday and burned 15-20 acres. Firefighters also quickly contained a nearby, smaller spot fire.

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Castle Ridge Subdivision Annexations still underway

Castle Ridge Subdivision Annexation is slowing working its way through the city.  The controversial measure has not been forgotten, but City Manager Kevin Myhre and the Commission want it to be right before final action is taken. 

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New Trail Head Park progressing

A new Lewistown attraction that’s under construction is progressing daily.  City Manager Kevin Myhre expects the Trail Head Park to be finished by early September.

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BLM Director discusses oil and gas inspections with industry

WASHINGTON –Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze today shared information with industry representatives about the agency's efforts to increase oil and gas inspection capacity.  In a talk at the American Petroleum Institute (API), Kornze cited a shortage of inspectors, declining budgets, and a record number of wells on public lands as issues of critical common interest.

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City Manager Myhre explains taxes and improvements

One thing for sure, city officials hear a lot about desired improvements and the taxes that are needed to get the job done. 

City Manager Kevin Myhre led the discussion in the Committee of the Whole meeting prior to the Commission’s regular business meeting.   In reviewing that discussion, Myhre told his KXLO-Live audience.

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Vandalism at widow coulee fishing access site

Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking help in finding those responsible for vandalism recently at Widow Coulee Fishing Access Site on the Missouri River, 3 miles downstream of the mouth of Belt Creek, in Chouteau County.

Sometime between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., July 18-19, a large party took place there. The FAS is open only from sunrise to sunset.

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Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering August 14-17, new innovations and ideas put into action

(Lewistown, MT, July 23, 2014)  After 29 years it might seem that there could be nothing “new” to offer at the annual August Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering, but nothing could be further from the truth!   This year, Aug. 14-17, in Lewistown, new innovations and ideas are being put into action by the gathering’s planners and producers. 

First of all the Day Headquarters of the gathering has gone back to The Yogo Inn & Conference Center.  The Yogo Inn has many amenities to be enjoyed by Gathering participants and attendees, i.e. all areas are ADA compliant, parking is ample, everything is on the first floor, Stetson’s and the Golden Spike are handy to provide food and libations, each of the four listening rooms will be equipped with adequate sound systems, there is air conditioning throughout and artist/vendors sharing their wares at the Western Art & Gear Show will be outdoors, in the front of The Yogo, and inside along The Terrace and in the Centermark pool area.   A record number of artist/vendors have already signed up to participate this year.

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Montana Island Challenge adds fun to the fundraiser

The Montana Island Challenge in August is going silly to help raise funds for three important youth groups.  Cheryl Bannes with the Central Montana Youth Mentoring Program reports the active part of the challenge remains the same, but some “add-ons” will make it fun. 

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Central Montana Fair discusses pre-fair activities, need for Night Show sales to increase

A lot of fairground activities precede the Central Montana Fair running from July 23-26.

Fair Board Chairman Paul Huff has this reminder for those interested in the various 4-H and horsemanship activities, all scheduled during the pre-fair week in Lewistown. 

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