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Several hundred students throughout north central Montana are expected to attend a special event in Lewistown this week.

Bekhi Spika, Marketing Director for Spika Design and Manufacturing, and Assistant Samantha Carrell told their KXLO-Live audience:

Montana Receives $4,955 in Grants to Help Students from Low-Income Families Take Advanced Placement Tests
 
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has awarded Montana $4,955 in Advanced Placement (AP) grants as part of its efforts to boost college- and career-readiness for historically underserved students. Montana is one of 41 states and Washington, D.C., that received a total of $28.4 million to help defray the costs of taking advanced placement tests for students from low-income families.

Lewistown is fortunate to have safe, good tasting water, but there are times it needs chlorination as City Manager Holly Phelps explains.  

The Montana Chamber of Commerce visited Lewistown this week and met with local business people.   

Montana Chamber President, Webb Brown outlined the objective of the visit:

Doc's in Lewistown was awarded for the Montana Employee of the Year by the Montana Tavern Association.  KXLO's Fred Lark has the story:

Don’t forget your pets during regional emergencies.  

Fergus County Disaster and Emergency Services Director Cheri Kilby says the need is there to protect your four-legged friends when fleeing and recovering from a major catastrophe.  

Depending on the season Mary Kepler keeps busy with youth activities.  Mary’s current interest is the High Notes program for youngsters interested in music.  

Central Montana’s planning and growth greatly depends on Snowy Mountain Development Corporation (SMDC). Director Kathie Bailey tells her kxlo live audience:

4-H leaders will be gathering in Lewistown Sept. 30 and Oct.1.  Kris England and Crystal Schultz have more on their meeting and the organization they represent.

It was noted at Monday night’s Commission meeting, Lewistown has it share of old buildings.

Two of them took center stage with Chairman Dave Bylerly making clear neither have a quick resolve.

Experts in diabetes provide ‘state-of-the-art’ training for health care professionals October 27-28 in Helena

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is sponsoring the 19th annual Montana Diabetes Professional Conference October 27-28 at the Best Western Great Northern Hotel in Helena.

Registration is now open. The cost to attend is $120. A discounted registration fee of $55 is available for students. Late fees apply after October 14.

HELENA, Mont. – Montana’s unemployment rate increased slightly by one-tenth of a percent for the month of August, to 4.3 percent.  The national unemployment rate stayed at 4.9 percent, at the same level it has been since June.

“As mentioned in this year’s Labor Day Report, Montana’s economy experienced job growth through the beginning of 2016,” said Montana Labor & Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy. “Employment data suggests that employment growth has moderated from last year’s pace due to weakness in the energy sector, but Montana’s unemployment rate remains low.” 

When it comes to education - reading, writing and arithmetic are core subjects.  However, school officials realize not all students will attend college .  Nationally, schools and industry are joining forces to promote jobs that can attract graduates to consider interests in  manufacturing.  According to Lewistown school Superintendent Jason Butcher:

(LEWISTOWN, Mont.) – The smell of barbeques gives way to chimney smoke, the air grows crisper and wildland firefighters return home as autumn wakens.

Meanwhile, the allure of hunting and solitude draws Americans to quieter parts of their BLM-managed public lands. The Bureau of Land Management encourages anyone venturing out to enjoy public lands to check road conditions first.

Most of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and a significant portion of BLM-managed land in the Lewistown Filed Office area are in remote areas. Roads providing access to these areas are primarily dirt or gravel and often travel through erosion-prone landscapes. These roads can become impassable when wet even with 4-wheel-drive vehicles, stranding motorists indefinitely, far from any services or a cellphone signal.

WHAT:  Blessing of the Animals worship service

WHEN:  October 2nd, Sunday, at 4:00 p.m.

(LEWISTOWN, Mont.) – The smell of barbeques gives way to chimney smoke, the air grows crisper and wildland firefighters return home as autumn wakens.

Meanwhile, the allure of hunting and solitude draws Americans to quieter parts of their BLM-managed public lands. The Bureau of Land Management encourages anyone venturing out to enjoy public lands to check road conditions first.

There’s a group of central Montana residents who find time to volunteer for a variety of community service. Sara Wald and Sandy Hanson visited KXLO Live explaining a retired senior volunteer program, America Reads.

30 Days – 30 Ways are covered during September by Fergus County Disaster and Emergency Coordinator Cheri Kilby.

A community fundraiser aimed at improving an old building for use as a meeting place is located located west of Lewistown, and Jackie Olson visited with KXLO-Live about this weekend’s activities.

Board of Public Accountants

·         Ranetta Jones, Billings.  Qualification:  Certified Public Accountant.  Jones is a Tax Analyst for Stillwater Mining Company.

·         Lucinda Willis, Polson.  Qualification:  Member of the general public who is not engaged in the practice of public accounting.  Willis is a Real Estate Broker and owns Real Estate Buyers Solutions.

“Be Prepared” is a good motto to live by considering wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters.

Fergus County Disaster and Emergency Director Cheri Kilby urges everyone to give serious consideration to potential problems, especially during National Preparedness Month.  

The 2016 Veterans Stand Down Event will be held at the Montana Expo Park in Great Falls.

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