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Man dies when pickup collides with loaded semi

SOMERS, Mont. (AP) -- A 42-year-old Woods Bay man died when his pickup truck collided with a semi hauling wood chips in a tandem trailer just north of Flathead Lake....

Judge reinstates contribution limits on political parties

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A judge reinstated voter-approved limits on the amount of cash Montana political parties can give to candidates on Thursday, nine days after he struck down those limits as unconstitutionally low and less than two weeks before Montana's primary elections....

LEWISTOWN AREA CONSTRUCTION PROJECT REPORT

From the Montana Department of Transportation this is the Lewistown area highway construction report from   May 25 to May 31, 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.  

The Fergus County Disaster and Emergency Services and the Local Emergency Planning Committee are helping families to start their emergency evacuation plan Cheri Kilby has this information:

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To get cards for your family or to pick up cards to put into your business call Kilby at 535-8118

As Central Montana prepares to kickoff summer camping with Memorial Day weekend Cheri Kilby has this advice.

Central Montana Youth spent a fun day learning about wildfires and the outdoors.  Cheri Kilby has this on all the fun.

The Central Montana Medial Center will be holding their 11th annual Bill Barry Run with a twist.  Paxton Mitchell has this information.

A Community Wildfire Education Meeting will be held at the Utica Community Hall in Utica, Mont., June 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The meeting is intended to share valuable information with residents on how to protect their homes from wildfire and what to do if there is a wildfire within the local area.

The event is geared toward residents of the South Fork drainage, Middle Fork drainage and Sapphire Village areas. However, everyone is welcome to attend. 

We all know that the Montana birders are increasingly lending their eyes, ears, and expertise to citizen science efforts. From sending sightings to eBird to joining in the Christmas Bird Count, wildlife biologists are greatly adding to their understanding of where birds are and how they are faring over time. 

It may be surprising to learn, but much of what biologists know about trends over time stems from the long-standing and highly regarded Breeding Bird Survey. 

Scientists and conservationists alike need a better understanding of these trends in the 21st century, and the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) has been shown to be an incredible tool. Unfortunately, in Montana, huge areas of land are not adequately sampled.  One look at a map of BBS routes across the nation shows how “empty” parts of Montana are.

Anyone for some peanut butter?

Snowy Mountain Motors is, and will be until the end of the month according to Nik Scebba:

City Manager Kevin Myhre visited with KXLO about several current issues in his latest report. 

Anticipation for the Lewistown city swimming pool is running high. Myhre reports the project will be finished in a matter of weeks.

Free International (FI) is an organization to help keep young people safe in large and small communities.  Spokesman Andrew Dawson met with KXLO revealing the focus and purpose of FI.

Sun is a real treat especially after 6 months of winter, but precautions are needed to protect your health.  

HELENA, MT – Governors from eight Western states have collaborated to issue a multi-state Wildfire Awareness Month Proclamation.  Throughout the month of May, Montanans are encouraged to participate in wildfire preparedness activities.

“Montanans are once again reminded of the fire prone landscape where we live, work, and play. Wildfire Awareness Month should serve as an encouragement to us that when individuals and communities are prepared for wildfires, we can increase safety,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “I encourage Montanans to take preparedness actions during the month of May and beyond to reduce the risk to our homes and communities.”

Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown, MT was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for OVERALL CARE in the country.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including CMMC, scored best among critical access hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength IndexTM for OVERALL CARE. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.

A request for annexation into the City was approved.  City Manager Kevin Myhre explains what the action means for the dealership west of town.

A Lewistown trail west of town carries difference of opinion.

City Manager Kevin Myhre reports on plans for a meeting where highway officials and area residents hope to resolve the issue.

The Lewistown City Commission unanimously passed a motion to enter into the purchase of a vacant building adjacent to Main street. City Manager Kevin Myhre reviews the project.

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following appointments.

Montana Agriculture Development Council

·       Greg Jergeson, Chinook.  Qualification:  Public representative who is or was actively engaged in agriculture.  Jergeson is a former State Legislator and member of the Public Service Commission.

·       Amy Kellogg, Kalispell.  Qualification:  Public representative who is or was actively engaged in agriculture.  Kellogg is the co-owner of Vassallo Foods.

State Electrical Board

·       Dawn Achten, Billings.  Qualification:  Member representing the public.  Achten is with Continentail Owner Operators Ltd, and a former school board member.

Montana Heritage Preservation and Development Commission

·       Shera Konen, Ennis.  Qualification:  Broad experience in business.  Konen is the Casting Director/Talent Manager at Warm Springs Productions.

·       Philip Maechling, Florence.  Qualification:  Experience in community planning.  Maechling is an independent contractor in historic and cultural resource preservation, landscape and community planning, public process and problem solving and photography.

·       Stan Ozark, Glasgow.  Qualification:  Public at-large.  Ozark is the News and Sports Director/Account Executive for KLTZ-KLAN in Glasgow, and a City Councilman.

·       Marilyn Ross, Twin Bridges.  Qualification:  Experience in historic preservation.  Ross is a retired County Commissioner and served as Chair of the Butte Public Archives for 20 years.

State Library Commission

·       Bruce Newell, Helena.  Qualification:  Public representative.  Newell is retired after serving as the Director of the Montana Library Network and a Public and Network Services Librarian for the Lewis and Clark Library.

Board of Optometry

·       Dr. Randall Hoch, Lewistown.  Qualification:  Registered optometrist.  Hoch is an optometrist at Eye Care Associates of Lewistown, P.C.

Board of Radiologic Technologists

·       Mike Nielsen, Billings.  Qualification:  Radiologic assistant or radiology practitioner assistant.  Nielsen is a Radiologic Assistant/Radiology Practitioner Assistant at Billings Clinic.

Board of Sanitarians

·       Stephanie Ler, Sidney.  Qualification:  Registered sanitarian.  Ler is the Environmental Health Director for the Richland County Health Department.

State health officials are encouraging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of substance abuse.

According to Vicki Turner of the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Prevention Resource Center, studies show that parental disapproval of underage drinking is the number one reason youth chose not to drink.

“Teens do listen to their parents,” Turner said. “And, they listen to their parents more than anyone else, including their friends. That’s why it’s so important that parents know this information, and then take action to start the conversation now. As a parent, stay involved because you do make a difference.”

The Lewistown Study Commission voted to continue with its campaign to put their mission to a vote on the November ballot.  According to Chairwoman Alexandra Dunnington:

An old portion of Lewistown has the opportunity to join the town’s modern sanitary sewer system.  Presently there are several homes using private septic systems.  City Manager Kevin Myhre updates the effort to update those homes.