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The Latest: Water worries complicate Montana mine's approval

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The latest on Montana officials giving only conditional approval to a $500 million silver and copper mine proposed near the Idaho border. (all times local):...

Montana Chief Justice Mike McGrath reflects on first term

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana Chief Justice Mike McGrath stood over a short stack of file folders, some bound by rubber bands, as he talked about his court's growing caseload....

The Lewistown school board considered some important calendar matters at their recent meeting.  Trustees acted on a variety of seasonal business items including retirement incentives, customary hiring this spring, and prospective applicant interviews. Superintendent Jason Butcher told his KXLO-Live audience:

There’s a young Lewistown resident in need of community help.  Birdie Brown visited KXLO Live  announcing a fundraiser set for Friday night at Eagles Hall.

Senator Jon Tester is hosting his 16th Small Business Opportunity Workshop in Billings on “Accessing Capital: Financing your Business in the 21st Century.”

Grass Range high school has a neat trip planned for six students this summer.  George Maruska will lead the group, but first a fundraiser is set for next month.

BOZEMAN - Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 for a lecture by Rob O’Neill, the Butte native and former SEAL Team Six member who will speak at Montana State University at 7:30 p.m.Monday, April 11, in MSU’s Strand Union Ballrooms. A question and answer session will follow O’Neill’s lecture, which is titled “Never Quit: The Story of a Life Built on Successful Missions.”

O’Neill was born in Butte. In 1995, a year after graduating from Butte Central High School, he enlisted in the Navy. While in the Navy, O’Neill was a team leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He was deployed more than a dozen times. He held combat leadership roles in more than 400 missions in four different theaters of war. He received 52 decorations, including two Silver Star Medals, four Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit citations and two Navy/Marine Corps Commendations with Valor.

The Lewistown Art Center offers a variety of art education classes for all ages. Lewistown Art Center education director Lou Hackhalter suggests joining a class of your choice  at the center with classes organized for adults and kids.

It’s not too early to think spring.  Phyllis Hall, Melody Lark and Renee Hartman introduced the new Go Show Expo to be held on Sat, March 12 from 11 am - 4pm.  

BUTTE, Mont. – Today Governor Steve Bullock was joined by Montana Tech Chancellor Donald Blackketter, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy and Montana Tech Director of Nursing Karen VanDaveer for a tour of their nursing program, which recently added a four-year nursing degree. The tour was followed by a roundtable discussion on efforts to prepare Montana students for the high-paying jobs of the growing health care industry.

“Montana’s health care industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds and as a result is creating more high-wage jobs for our students,” said Governor Bullock. “In the coming years we will see thousands of new high wage jobs being added to this industry, which will only strengthen Montana’s already vibrant economy.”

BOZEMAN - A team of Montana State University paleontologists have identified several new types of dinosaurs from fossil evidence discovered in eastern Idaho, demonstrating the presence of a much more diverse group of theropods in the area than was previously known.

The findings were published earlier this month in Historical Biology: An International Journal of Paleobiology. MSU doctoral student L.J. Krumenacker in the MSU College of Letters and Science’s Department of Earth Sciences was the lead author of the study. Others who contributed to the work were Krumenacker’s adviser, MSU paleontology professor David J. Varricchio, MSU graduate student Garrett Scofield and current Boise State University adjunct professor and former MSU graduate student Jade Simon.

BOZEMAN -- The Montana District Export Council is seeking business leaders interested in helping strengthen export opportunities for Montana companies.

Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Assistance Centers and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, the Montana District Export Council is one of 59 nationally working to strengthen American exports.

The mission of the Montana District Export Council includes:

Lewistown’s Montana Winter Fair last weekend showed growth and enthusiasm.  Publicity Director Karen Kuhlman told her KXLO-LIve audience:

Lewistown will host a building codes forum and a public meeting.  The two sessions will cover safety requirements for anyone in need of information concerning new construction and remodeling.  City Manager Kevin Myhre explains:

State health officials said Montanans need to be aware of the risk of Zika virus infection before traveling to Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Pregnant women especially need to take note of the recent travel recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that urge them to postpone travel to affected areas if possible. Specific travel recommendations for pregnant women can be found here http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/index.html

Since the establishment of the Lewistown Hoteliers Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) in 2012, the hospitality group has enthusiasticaly supported the Arts in Central Montana: