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Late summer fun continues here in central Montana, but still there are cautions to take; as Disaster and Emergency Services Director Cheri Kilby points out.

Wildlife advocates argue for protections for Montana fish

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Wildlife advocates seeking federal protections for a fish found in Montana told a judge Tuesday that state efforts to improve conditions for the Arctic grayling won't be enough to save it from the effects of climate change....

Police shoot, kill mountain lion in Montana neighborhood

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) -- Police in Montana say they shot and killed a mountain lion after a family was too scared to get out of the car because the animal would not leave their yard....

Central Montana Head Start menu

Lewistown schools are back in session, and there’s still one young group of students that need to register before starting their classes.

Kara Godbey and Val Lucas with Central Montana Head Start have that information.

LEWISTOWN AREA CONSTRUCTION PROJECT REPORT

From the Montana Department of Transportation this is the Lewistown area highway construction report from   August 24 to August 30, 2016.  

Traffic fines double in highway work zones.  The law also sets fines and jail sentences for reckless endangerment of highway workers.  Minor delays can be expected through these projects with anything over fifteen minutes being noted in the description.  Watch for equipment, flaggers, workers on the road, and reduced speed limits.  

For additional information dial 511 or access our web page www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/

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ACTIVE PROJECTS:

Various locations in central Montana (MDT Lewistown Division Area). Centerline rumble strip scheduled this week to begin at Utica on S-239 proceed to Hobson, then US 87 Windham to Moore, then US 87 Moore to Lewistown, then US 191 Lewistown to Hilger. Expect short delays, loose gravel, reduced speeds, pilot cards, single lanes and flaggers.  This project will eventually cover roadways in Judith Basin, Fergus, Petroleum, Musselshell, Golden Valley and Wheatland counties.  *PM Jeff Dyekman 657-0246

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.  Travelers should expect loose gravel, reduced speeds, and a gravel surface.  (Reported only locally)     *PM James Stevenson 657-0242

The town of Utica, as in past years, will be the gathering place for the Judith Arts Society’s Pub Night. Spokeswoman Norma Zimmer has the initial program information, plus introduces three other nights of entertainment scheduled thru early spring.

Central Montana is fortunate to have dedicated volunteers helping support substance addiction recovery in the community. James Gibbs, TORCH and YPR volunteer, works to find meaningful education and effective prevention for those in need.   

The annual Chokecherry Jam Lewistown is preparing for a night of music and dancing with the annual Chokecherry Jam held the during the weekend of the Chokecherry Festival.

This September the Central Montana Medical Center is offering classes on how to prevent falls.

Paxton Mitchell manages the CMMC Fitness Center with this advice for older adults:

Communities are financing improvements to their communities with the help of tax increment financing (TIF).

Lewistown is generating TIF ideas with volunteers who meet on a regular basis to help plan for the future.  Interim City Manager Holly Phelps explains:

The Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown offered its members and public audiences several changes with enthusiastic approval.

Spokeswoman Karen Kuhlmann reports ticket sales for its major entertainment next summer will go on sale in just a few months.  

School officials are constantly studying curriculum options.

Lewistown Junior High School principal Tim Majerus is putting the word out to his students that they will find a few useful changes when returning to school.

The Fergus County Fairgrounds with its trade center, grandstand, and pavilion is a popular area.

Fair Board Chairman Paul Huff says that in recent weeks the annual Central Montana Fair experienced a very successful year and the facility is booked for much more.

Young People in Recovery and TORCH are two organizations interested in helping area residents overcome substance abuse.

These organizations are relatively new to Lewistown. Just recently TORCH received an award for their efforts and also an opportunity to offer a special art exhibit.  Lori Sweeney and Stephanie Simpson have this KXLO-Live report:

Lewistown Public Library Director KellyAnne Terry presented an in-depth presentation to the City Commission last Monday night.

The presentation covered multi-faceted  services the library has developed through the years, services that are highly regarded state-wide.  She gave praise to her small staff and volunteer program that keeps the book lending and computer services up to date and improving. Interim City Manager Holly Phelps discussed the city’s contribution to the Lewistown library.

PROJECT UPDATE

Century will be installing the last of the remaining storm drain across Highway 87. This work will require deep excavation across the highway. Motorists should expect delays of 5-10 minutes at times while this work is being done. Flagger stations will be in place during this work and a pilot car may be utilized if conditions warrant.

Concrete crews will be pouring new sidewalk between 1st Ave South and High Street. Century kindly asks motorists and pedestrians to use alternate routes and stay off of newly poured concrete. Traffic control devices will be utilized to close areas with new concrete.

Area residence will have an opportunity to learn about the importance of estate planning.

A conference is set for Tuesday, Sept. 20. Carrie Mantooth and Mickey McMillan have more on this free, one-day session.

Area businesses are invited to attend the Assistance for Business Clinic to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Yogo Inn in Lewistown. Representatives of the Montana Department of Labor & Industry, Department of Revenue, and Department of Public Health and Human Services will be on hand to present information and answer questions pertaining to state withholding taxes, unemployment tax and insurance requirements, minimum wage and overtime laws, workers’ compensation, child support and other related topics. Current information about USERRA will also be provided. There is a registration fee, which includes lunch and refreshments. Pre-registration is recommended, but late registration will be offered beginning at 7:30 a.m. the day of the clinic.

Plans are developing for the Hobson area September hay extravaganza. Spokeswoman Liesl Holz told her KXLO-Live audience: