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Montana turtles to be collected for Texas release

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Humane Society is offering to take people's unwanted pet turtles and release them in Texas.

Red-eared slider turtles are now illegal to own in Montana without a permit. Red-eared sliders are popular pets but they're also an invasive species.

Several waters in Montana have been invaded by red-eared slider turtles. Allison Begley with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks says red-eared sliders are listed among the world's 100 most invasive species.

The Billings Gazette reports Dave Pauli with the Humane Society plans to collect red-eared sliders from people who don't want to keep them as pets any more.

He says the turtles will be trained to live in the wild before being released in a lake in Texas, where red-eared sliders are a native species.


Montana Film Office to host Montana Film + New Media Forum

The Montana Department of Commerce’s Montana Film Office (MFO) invites all film, television, and new media producers to attend the first annual Montana Forum on Film and New Media in historic Butte, Mont.

A gathering of all filmmakers, videographers, media production groups, and their colleagues, the Forum will allow the Montana media production community to come together for the first time and discuss the resources available to them, current production activity in the state, and future challenges that Montana may see. 


Montana Repertory Theatre to perform at Lewistown Public Library

The Montana Repertory Theatre is performing at the Lewistown Public Library on October 5, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Upstairs Meeting Room.  Montana Repertory Theatre’s Educational Outreach Tour is bringing to the stage a fantastic and comic quest of mythological proportions.  The 2014 Fall Touring show is Once Upon a Time in Ancient Greece: Stentho’s Descent into the Underworld written by Missoula playwright and Hellgate High School drama teacher Laramie Dean.  Directed by Cohen Ambrose, this three-person show stars Heidi Mudd, Jamie Parnell, and Paige O’Neill, and will tour the state of Montana from late September to mid November.


City Commission to meet Monday

The Lewistown City Commission meets Monday evening. The Committee of the Whole will meet first at Trail Head Park for a tour at 6:00 PM, followed by another tour at the pool park for discussion on an ice building.


Lewistown in need of substitutes teachers

Lewistown School District #1 has a constant need for substitute teachers.  Superintendent Jason Butcher is inviting inquiries for these part-time positions.


Lewistown school enrollment on the rise

Enrollment in the Lewistown Public Schools has increased.  Rebeka Rhoades, district Business Manager, says the increase left some classes with fewer students, but the overall  increase is impressive compared with the last several years.


Lewistown School Superintendent Jason Butcher gives school stats

Lewistown Schools Superintendent Jason Butcher talked to KXLO News and gave some interesting Lewistown school stats.


Fuel mitigation program available for rural home owners susceptible to wildfires

Rural area residents susceptible to wildfires have an opportunity to receive financial aid through a cost share program.  Craig Flentie with Snowy Mountain Development Corporation has information on a fuel mitigation program that can reduce your vulnerability.  


Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness on September 20

Music, wilderness skills demonstrations, food and reflections come together at Missoula’s Silver Park in a Forest Service sponsored celebration of 50 years of Wilderness on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Governor Steve Bullock announces $2 million grant to aide conservation efforts in the Flathead

Helena, Mont. – Today, Governor Bullock announced that Montana has been awarded $2 million by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to aide in the acquisition of a conservation easement on the Haskill Basin property near Whitefish.