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Trout Unlimited to be at Chokecherry Festival

A well-known Lewistown fundraiser has a new project to support.   Candy Bowman with Trout Unlimited says the organization will be manning a booth on Main Street during the Chokecherry Festival. 


National Alliance for Mental Illness members to hold workshop in central Montana

Central Montana residents can participate in a 12-week course concerning mental illness and suicide.  

Grass Range resident Jeannie Walter and co-instructor Ron Jordan from Cheyenne, WY are members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  They spoke with Fred Lark, offering these comments:


Central Montana Pilots busy with activities

It’s been a busy week for central Montana pilots with a State Search and Rescue event held locally, and also on Tuesday the Central Montana Hangar of the Montana Pilots Association held a meeting near Lewistown.  Pete Smith, President of the Central Montana Hangar gave this report to member Fred Lark.


Fire restrictions rescinded in Petroleum and Roosevelt Counties

In response to cooler temperatures and recent moisture, Stage 1 fire restrictions have been lifted on all private, state, and Bureau of Land Management managed lands in Petroleum and Roosevelt counties.  This change is effective immediately.  Burn permits are still required for any debris burning and may have additional limits.  Check with your local sheriff’s office or fire department for information on burn permits.


Federal land purchase secures recreation and wildlife habitat in Montana’s Crown of the Continent

MISSOULA, MONT., Aug. 27, 2014—U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester for the Northern Region, Faye L. Krueger, announced the acquisition of 26,700 acres in western Montana that will integrate private holdings into the surrounding national forests to better conserve wildlife and support public access.  The Nature Conservancy was instrumental with the acquisitions.


Montana News - AP


Judge won't move trial in exchange shooting death

(Information in the following story is from: KECI-TV,

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A District Court judge in Missoula has denied a motion to move out of Missoula County the trial of a man charged with shooting a German exchange student in his garage in April.


Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Film Festival to be held at Chokecherry Festival

(LEWISTOWN, Mont.) – The Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Film Festival will be at the Judith Cinema during the 25th annual Chokecherry Festival Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.


Chokecherry Festival fun on Sept. 6

The next several days are leading up to one of Lewistown’s biggest celebrations, the annual Chokecherry Festival.

It’s always held the first Saturday after Labor Day.  Chamber of Commerce Director Connie Fry outlines the many activities that keep the town moving in high gear for the weekend.


Kevin Conners reports July Employment numbers

The monthly Lewistown Job Service Employment Report is in and shows that our area is comparable to the larger urban areas.  Kevin Conners has those July numbers.


Lewistown Art Center starts After School Art Sept. 9

Kids and their parents will be interested in the Lewistown Art Center’s art education program for school-aged children. Teacher and artist Carol Poppenga has scheduled 8 different art forms to be taught in the After School Art program during this school year. 


Chokecherry Jam street concert kicks off festival

The month of August is fast coming to a close, then followed by a busy, early September celebration, better known as Lewistown’s Chokecherry Festival.

This annual Main Street event encompasses a lot more than the traditional features.  This year, three youth organizations are inviting everyone, the night before the festival, to their first-annual concert and street dance.  LaVonne Limpus has more on the visiting musicians and the evening’s activities.


County holds public budget hearing

The Board of Fergus County Commissioners met today for a pre-budget public hearing.

Concerns centered on cash and the mill levy are both down and department requests will probably experience a 5% cut. 


Kathie Bailey appointed on Governor's Economic Development Advisory Council

Governor Steve Bullock today announced the following appointments:


Economic Development Advisory Council


Kathie Bailey, Lewistown.  Qualification:  Snowy Mountain Development Corporation Region Representative.  Bailey is the Executive Director of the Snowy Mountain Development Corporation.


CMMC holding bone marrow drive during Chokecherry Festival

The Central Montana Medical Center will have a Chokecherry Festival team conducting a special drive.  Spokeswoman Abby Wichman plans to be there for the cause, screening for bone marrow donations. 


Montana Highway Patrol commissions 14 new troopers

HELENA – The Montana Highway Patrol commissioned 14 new troopers today at the 57th Advanced Academy Graduation ceremony.  Governor Steve Bullock addressed the graduates at the event, which took place at the Great Northern Hotel.

Attorney General Tim Fox said, “Now more than ever, we’re reminded that law enforcement is an inherently dangerous profession.  These men and women will place themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis as part of the routine duties of their profession.  I thank them for their sacrifice and commitment to serving all Montanans and keeping our roadways safe.”