On November 13th, 2018, at 1025 hours, a 9 1 1 call of was received reporting a man transporting his 60+ year old brother who may have had a stroke, he is unsure, CPR is in progress.  He was transported to the Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown where Jeffrey L. Urlacher 63 of Billings was pronounced dead.

State and local public health officials are participating in U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week November 12-18, 2018, which is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Tickets will be available soon for the 2018 Central Montana Christmas Cantata.  Listen for an announcement later this week.

More than 65 singers representing 13 area churches have been rehearsing for two months to make this year’s Cantata possible.  And they will be joined by the Heart of Montana Youth Choir for several songs.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office stated that at 3:25 p.m., one of its deputies attempted to make a traffic stop near mile marker 185 in the northbound lane of Interstate 15.

BOZEMAN, Mont. — The Montana University System is mulling over tightening the rules for out-of-state students who want to gain in-state residency status that can cut thousands of dollars from tuition expenses.

The Montana Highway Patrol reports that a person died following a crash in Fergus County on Tuesday afternoon. The crash involved two vehicles on private property, according to the MHP.

The two vehicles were going up a hill on their way to a work site; the car in front slid backward and into the second vehicle, which was pulling a trailer and subsequently jack-knifed.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared Monday he’s “100 percent confident” no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that have stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

GREAT FALLS, Mont.— The state Department of Corrections is cutting 22 positions to trim its budget ahead of the 2019 legislative session.

Director Reginald Michael says nearly half of the cuts come from the Youth Services Division, in part because the number of youth under supervision or in custody is declining. Cindy McKenzie, the Youth Services Division administrator, is retiring while 10 positions are being cut from youth transition services.

November 15, 2018 – Today, on National Rural Health Day, CMMC announced it has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Quality and Outcomes, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana has blocked construction of the $8 billion Keystone XL Pipeline to allow more time to study the project’s potential environmental impact.

Fergus county voters came out in great numbers for the election. Fergus County Clerk and Recorder Rana Wichman who is also the Election Administrator for the county, gives us the numbers for this years turnout.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — More voters cast ballots in this week’s election than any other midterm in Montana history, and only two presidential elections have had higher voter numbers.

Fergus county general election unofficial results

LEWISTOWN- Roxi Lea Folda is facing charges of animal abuse in Fergus County.

Folda was charged with nine counts of animal cruelty in May. Eight of the charges are felonies.

The last few months have been a challenge for the staff at the Lewistown Public Library, but Dani Buehler has accepted the challenge. Buehler has accepted the Director position that became vacant when KellyAnne Terry left the library earlier this year.

The Lewistown City Commission met for their regular meeting Monday night. City Manager Holly Phelps explains what was discussed.

Caravan Health is pleased to present Dr. Laura Bennett with the Outstanding Provider Leadership Award for helping patients live better lives and exceeding standards in quality and care. The award was based on peer nominations within the CPC+ program. Dr. Laura Bennett is the Medical Director for Central Montana Medical Center.

Always a busy place the Lewistown Art Center is prepping for the holidays

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced today that donation boxes have been set up at various locations to receive holiday gifts that benefit Montana State Hospital (MSH) patients.

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced the Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation will host the Business of Outdoor Recreation SummitDecember 4th and 5th, 2018 in Whitefish. The Summit seeks to bring together leaders, community members, recreation and conservation groups from Montana and the Greater Crown of the Continent, including Alberta and British Columbia to provide a platform to discuss promoting and strengthening outdoor recreation and the economic activity it supports.

GREAT FALLS, MONTANA – To meet the growing demand for bachelor’s-prepared nurses, the University of Providence is now accepting applications for its new Bachelor of Science in Nursing prelicensure program in Lewistown, MT.  This program has been approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing and will begin January 2019.

The number of students attending Lewistown Public Schools are consistent in comparison to last year’s count.

Bright County Nights is a real crowd-pleaser in Lewistown that gets the holiday spirit up and running .  One volunteer, Jennifer Saunders, is out searching for volunteers to help make it all happen.

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today unveiled a new forestry stewardship partnership to address pressing needs in forest management across ownership boundaries. Governor Bullock, along with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and key supporting partners including Idaho Forest Group, The Nature Conservancy, and the Forest Service introduced a strategy document titled Forests in Focus 2.0: A Cross-Boundary Collaborative Approach.