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Montana jobs continue rapid growth

HELENA – Montana’s economy continued to post strong job growth in March, adding 2,431 jobs.  The unemployment rate held steady over the month at 5.1% due to growth in the labor force as more and more Montanans enter the job market.  The U.S. unemployment rate remained flat over the month at 6.7 percent.

“This year has brought strong job growth for Montana’s workers and businesses, with 7,450 jobs added in the first quarter,” Governor Steve Bullock said. “My administration works every day with both employees and employers to ensure vigorous growth job continues throughout 2014, and that work is paying off in the job market and in the economy as a whole”

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President declares disaster for Montana

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Montana to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by ice jams and flooding during the period of March 1-16, 2014.

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Local group questioning Common Core

The federal Common Core approach is attracting a closer look at what has been passed down to state educators and their students. A group of concerned people will be meeting in Lewistown Tuesday, April 22 with a public invitation from its chapter leader Jason Carlson.

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Lewistown Friends of the Pool making big plans

The Lewistown Swimming Pool has a lot of friends with a lot of plans.  It is all about raising funds for needed improvements to the pool at the Frank Day Park. 

The next fundraiser is on May 4 featuring a taco bar and dessert auction.

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DPHHS reminds Montanans to take precautions to avoid Hantavirus infection this spring

As Montana slowly transitions into spring, state health officials remind Montanans to take steps to avoid Hantavirus.

In a typical year, about 1-2 cases of Hantavirus are reported to the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). However, DPHHS officials say there are several studies showing the deer mice populations in Montana are consistently infected with the virus. In fact, Montana has reported 37 cases since 1993, when the virus was first recognized, making the state second only to New Mexico in the rate of reported cases.

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Governor Bullock announces aid package for Eastern Montana

HELENA – Today, in conjunction with his Main Street Montana Plan, Governor Steve Bullock announced a $45,000,000 aid package for Eastern Montana communities impacted by oil development in the Bakken area of Montana. 

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Livestock pavilion looking at new floor

There’s a good possibility of having a new floor in the fairgrounds livestock pavilion by this fall.  Fair Board Chairman Paul Huff has more on the arena specialists from Gainesville, Texas who will analyze the existing soil and area materials needed for the improvements.

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Central Montana Youth Mentoring Program to hold May fundraiser

The Youth Mentoring Program in Lewistown is planning a big fundraiser including a special raffle item.  Director Cheryl Bannes and Jill Roberts have the activities that are set for early May.

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Lewistown Boys and Girls Club 30-DAYS OF BEEF winners!

 4/1 - Tyler Morris

4/2 - Monte Werdin

4/3 - Troy and Kellie Henderson

4/4 - Karen Durbin

4/5 - Dennis Anderson

4/6 - Michele Crawford

4/7 - Mark Ellings

4/8 - Nancy Wilson

4/9 - Bob's Auto Mart

4/10 - Bill Steele

4/11 - Bo Kombol

4/12 - Cindy Durbin

4/13 - Paul Stengel

4/14 - Barbara Todd

4/15 - Amber Barta

4/16 - Vincent Pace

4/17 - Napa Auto Parts

Supermarket Sweep winners announced

This year’s Chamber of Commerce sponsored Supermarket Sweep winners are:

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Public Service Commission rep reports on meeting, PPL-Montana sale to Northwestern Energy

The Public Service Commission held it’s 3rd of 17 meetings throughout the state in Lewistown Monday to gather information on the sale of eleven dams from PPL-Montana to Northwestern Energy. 

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Valle Vista Easter Egg Hunt pics

Valle Vista Easter Egg Hunt

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