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Temporary foster parent denies molesting 2 girls in his care

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 68-year-old Billings man has denied charges of molesting two girls who were in his temporary care as a foster parent.

Gary Eugene Smith has been charged with felony sexual intercourse without consent and two counts of sexual assault.

The Billings Gazette reports that he pleaded not guilty to all counts in Yellowstone County District Court.

Judge Russell Fagg maintained Smith's bail at $75,000 and ordered Smith to wear a GPS monitoring unit if he is released.


City continues work on tax increment district

The City Commission continues to work on establishing a tax increment district.

City Manager Kevin Myhre reports on the status of that measure.


4-H busy enrolling new members

It’s enrollment time for 4-H, and Fergus and Petroleum County are busy enrolling members.

According to this report from Jennifer Saunders.


Central Montana Head Start expands campus

Central Montana Head Start of Lewistown now has two campuses for their young students.  Director Carra Godbey and board chairwoman Jennifer Pfau visited about the expansion:


Seminar on solar power to be held at Council on Aging

Bud Barta and Roger Lohrer central Montana residents using solar energy.  They like what they have and will conduct a seminar next week in Lewistown at the Council on Aging so others can learn more about this the growing trend.  


Montana' minimum wage to remain at $8.06 for 2016

HELENA, MT - Montanans earning minimum wage will see the rate remain at $8.05 beginning January 1, 2016. An estimated 5,500 workers, or approximately 1.2 percent of the workforce, receive minimum wage. 


Lewistown local publishes memoir

A recently published book entitled Louisa offers a wealth of knowledge and appreciation for Honduras by its author Louise Langford.  Louise is a Lewistown resident who spent almost two-decades in central America.  Here is part of her story as broadcast on KXLO-Live.


City looking at alternative forms of government; public surveys reviewed

The Lewistown City Study Commission met recently to discuss its quest to see if residents want a change in government.  Previous meetings have attracted as few as two in attendance.  Monday’s session increased that number to ten.   

The main topic was the city’s charter and questioned if changes are needed.  Chairman Dick Krillenberg says the issue and those questions are being thoroughly studied.  The discussion included reading the city of Dillon’s charter and found it covers much of the existing lewistown document.