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Mexican raped in Montana jail getting $125,000 settlement

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) -- A southwestern Montana county government has agreed to pay $125,000 to a Mexican man who sued after he claimed he was raped in the Jefferson County jail in Boulder....

EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill....

December 1 is World AIDS Day and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and local partners are using the commemorative event as an opportunity to increase awareness about who may be at risk, and to decrease the stigma of HIV/AIDS.

The 2016 World AIDS Day theme is “Leadership. Commitment.  Impact.”  State-supported HIV treatment and prevention programs are committed to reducing the epidemic in Montana by facilitating planning, implementing strategic HIV prevention activities and ensuring access to HIV treatment.

Tickets are still available for the 2016 Central Montana Christmas Cantata, but they are going fast.

Limited tickets are available for the Sunday 2 p.m. performance, Dec. 4.  More are available for the 7:30 p.m. performances Sunday and Monday, Dec. 5.

They can be found at Keystone Christian Supply, Lewistown News-Argus, St. Leo’s Catholic Church and First Presbyterian Church.  They are free, but seating is limited.

The Lewistown Boys and Girls Club countdown to Christmas fundraiser has its first daily raffle prize winner receiving $250.00.  Crystal Tyler says there is an attractive list of prizes to be awarded.

The Lewistown Post Office is making it easier to get your cards and packages mailed out on time. Post Master Daniel Adams shared this information on KXLO-Live:

This year’s Christmas Stroll attracted people downtown for the annual parade and shopping experience.  Lewistown Chamber Director Connie Fry says it was a fun event and there’s more holiday activity including the annual train ride for kids.

ACTIVE PROJECTS:

East Parrot Creek Road (Roundup Area)    A bridge project over the Musselshell River is in progress on this county road; beginning 7 miles northeast of Roundup (where Parrot Creek Road meets US 12) and continuing on the county road to 0.5 miles from US 87 south of Roundup. Bridge work is mostly complete now.  Travelers will continue to be detoured until the bridge deck is cured and the new alignment is complete.  Travelers should expect a detour, loose gravel, reduced speeds, and a gravel surface.  (Reported only locally)     *PM James Stevenson 657-0242

C-238 (Sec 238) Lewistown Southeast (mile post 0.4 to 7.2) On Upper Spring Creek Road southeast of Lewistown travelers should expect a width restriction of 13 feet.  Due to slides this roadway from Ash Street to Stendal Road is single lane 24 hours per day.  Travelers should also expect a load limit of  8 tons per single axle, 16 tons per tandem axle, 400 pounds per inch tire width, fresh oil, delays, loose gravel, reduced speeds, pilot cars, gravel surface, rough roadway surface, single lanes, intersection work, and flaggers.  Motorcycles should consider an alternate route.  *PM Kyle Dubbs 538-1322

This year’s Bright Country Nights light display at the Fergus County fairgrounds was blessed with good weather and a generous viewing public.  One of its promoters, Jennifer Saunders, has the final numbers and other interesting information from that 3-night show.

Katy’s House is a transition home for women seeking help as they deal with drug and alcohol problems.  Tia Carr says the house has occupants but can handle more.

Farm Service Agency will be having an informational meeting specifically for beginning farmers and ranchers and those interested in learning more about the commodity, livestock, disaster, and loan programs offered by Farm Service Agency.  If you are interested in learning more, please come to our informational meeting on December 12th at 2:00pm.  If you know of anyone that might be interested, please pass along this information regarding the upcoming informational meeting.

It is that time of year again when I would like to caution Fergus County residence about the ever popular scams that seem to plague our communities on a regular basis. I would like to encourage everyone to be vigilant in protecting your identity. When people call and ask you for your personal or banking information do not give it out. Legitimate companies do not call you over the phone and ask for this information. If you receive a call stating that you have won a large sum of money but first need to send  the caller money to receive it, “This is a scam”. If you receive a call stating that you have family members in jail and they need bail money, you should first verify the name of the county jail and call them to verify your family member is in jail. It is highly unlikely that a county official will call you for bail money it usually is the family member personally.  

Monday’s recount on the Lewistown Government Review Commission’s intent to change the present form of city commission/manager to mayor form remains a close vote.

Fergus County Election Administrator Rana Wichman has those final numbers.

Lewistown’s annual Christmas Contata is this coming weekend.

Members Dave and Donna Byerly reviewed the history of the town’s Christmas musical with KXLO-Live host Phyllis Hall.

BOZEMAN – Tickets go on sale at all TicketsWest outlets at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, for a lecture by Sir Ken Robinson, the British expert on creativity and innovation who is the most-watched speaker in the TED Talk video series throughout the world. Robinson will speak at Montana State University at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Strand Union Ballrooms. “An Evening with Sir Ken Robinson - How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything” will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Known for his challenge of traditional education, Robinson has built a global audience via his TED talks, which have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in more than 150 countries, making him the most-viewed TED presenter in the history of the organization. Throughout his work, Robinson pushes people to rethink outdated assumptions about intelligence, education and creativity, and to unleash the real potential of people and organizations.

Fast forwarding to the final days leading up to Christmas, the Boys and Girls Club has some extra space to help parents thru that busy time.  Executive Director Abby Franks says contact her for more information.

There’s lots of holiday colors, cheer, and visiting set for this weekend, all part of a Boys and Girls Club fundraiser.  Club Executive Director Abby Franks has this invitation to join in the celebration.
Monday night’s City Commission meeting attracted a room full of citizens interested in a variety of  topics ranging from finding a location for a soccer complex to better informing the public on agenda issues.  
 
Commission Chairman Dave Byerly shares this information on those topics that produced a lot of questions and comments.
Jennifer Saunders helps plan for a brighter holiday season in Lewistown.

Tickets are available now for the 2016 Central Montana Christmas Cantata.

They can be found at Keystone Christian Supply, Lewistown News-Argus, St. Leo’s Catholic Church and First Presbyterian Church.  They are free, but seating is limited.

Vocalists and musicians from a dozen local churches have been practicing for two months to put together and polish the Christmas Cantata.  They are under the direction of Chris Hildebrant, Rachael Schwaller and Janie Shupe.

As one of only two endocrine fellowship trained surgeons in the State of Montana, G. Scott Smith, MD (CMMC General Surgeon) offers patients who require Endocrine Surgery the opportunity to have surgery close to home.

Dr. Smith spent his medical fellowship at Rush University in Chicago, focused entirely on surgical endocrinology and was trained by one of the world’s foremost experts in endocrine surgery. Because of this intense & focused training, he is able to provide a high level of care for thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal disease right here in Lewistown. Dr. Smith is able to offer care in the evaluation, treatment and postoperative care to Central Montana patients without the need to travel out of town.

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to notify the public and seek comments on a proposal to mill and repave about 3.5 miles west of Raynesford and about 10.5 miles east of Raynesford on U.S. Highway 87 in Judith Basin County. The first project begins at the Judith Basin County line at reference post (RP) 7.072 and proceeds east through the town of Raynesford, ending at RP 10.6 east of the Junction S-427 intersection. The second project begins east of Junction S-427 at RP 10.6 just east of Raynesford and proceeds east toward Geyser, ending at RP 21.1 east of McCarthey Creek Road.  

Proposed work includes milling, overlay, seal and cover, guardrail upgrades, minor bridge work and new signing and striping. The intent of the project is to extend the life of the roadway by removing rutting and cracking.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced today that donation boxes have been set up at various locations to receive holiday gifts that benefit Montana State Hospital (MSH) patients. 

The effort is part of the annual Gifts With A Lift program that has played an instrumental role in spreading holiday cheer to patients for the past 64 years. The program ensures that all state hospital patients have a gift under the Christmas tree.

MSH Gifts With A Lift coordinator Beth Eastman said the program is very important to MSH patients. “This program means the world to MSH patients, and helps brighten their day,” she said. “And, it’s been successful due to the amazing generosity of Montana residents, who are always there to help out their fellow citizens.”

The program has been jointly coordinated by the National Alliance for Mental Illness-MT and DPHHS.

 Montana Resource Council (CMRC) drew the two winning tickets for CMRC’s 2016 Fall Gun Raffle Oct 20 at an event held at the Lewistown Library.  Raffle funds will benefit ongoing work to protect Fergus County and Central Montana water.
This year’s winners are:

Paul Ruddy- Winchester 16 gauge Model 12 pump shotgun.

HELENA, Mont.-For the third straight year, Montanans workplace safety has improved and injury and illness rates have declined. The annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses conducted by the Research & Analysis Bureau of theMontana Department of Labor & Industry shows that private industry workplaces in Montana have reported an incidence rate of 4.3 injury and illness cases per hundred full-time workers in 2015.  The 2014 incidence rate was 4.5 cases per hundred full-time workers. The 2013 incidence rate was 4.7 cases per hundred full-time workers.

“Every day the goal of our workforce is to come home safely,” said Labor & Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy. “For the third year in row, that goal is closer to reality. We still have work to do, but through continued education and training, Montana’s workplace are becoming safer.”