Wildlife biologists have confirmed the presence of a grizzly bear in the Big Belt Mountains west of White Sulphur Springs.

A photograph of the 3-and-a-half-year-old bear was taken this summer by a remote trail camera Fish, Wildlife and Parks was using in a wolf monitoring survey.

Downtown Lewistown is joining in the many pre-fair activities.  

Charlie Pfau has more on an opportunity to enjoy Hot Summer Nights.

Fergus County stage one fire restrictions order

(LEWISTOWN, Mont.) - The long, hot days of summer are drying out the vegetation in north central Montana.  The resulting increased fire danger has prompted authorities to begin implementing fire restrictions.

 Fergus, Chouteau, Judith Basin, Hill, and Petroleum counties will begin Stage 1 fire restrictions July 14, 2017 starting at 12:01 a.m.  These restrictions apply to all state, private, Bureau of Land Management, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed lands within these counties. 

(LEWISTOWN, Mont.) - Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge and Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on July14, 2017

The 32nd Montana Cowboy Gathering in Lewistown is just a few weeks away.

And promoter Karen Kuhlmann reviews some of the many reasons to participate in the annual event scheduled for Aug. 17 - 20.  

Activities in central Montana really heat up in July with lots to see and do.

Stanford takes center stage this weekend with their traditional stampede and a variety of other activities.

A 45-minute discussion on consolidating the offices of Fergus County Coroner and Sheriff’s has yet to be decided.  The County Commissioners heard that neither the Sheriff’s office nor Coroner’s office like the idea, citing a variety of reasons ranging from increased workload for the Sheriff’s department, to little or no savings to the county.

The Central Montana Fair will be entertaining the public with lots of competition and entertainment.  High on the entertainment ledger will be a variety of performances in the gazebo area behind the trade center.

A several important news items developed from the most recent City Commission meeting.

There is available housing renovation assistance, and several city job opportunities.   City Manager Holly Phelps explains.

On July 2nd, 2017, at approximately 2316 hours, Central Montana Dispatch received a call of a one vehicle accident on Montana Highway #236 South of Winifred.

Winifred Ambulance & Fire, Fergus County Sheriff’s Department and Montana Highway Patrol responded to the scene.  Roberto Junior Corona 36 of Winifred died of injuries sustained in the accident.  

A central Montana music festival at White Sulphur Springs has a list of performers to entertain rural Montana in late July.  

It’s summer; time for many folks to head to the mountains for vacation.

That’s fine, just remember Montana’s mountains are home to black and grizzly bears.

With hot, dry weather bearing down on Montana, campers, hikers and anglers need to be prepared to prevent wildfires statewide.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds everyone who plans to be outdoors to be cautious of fire danger on public and private lands.

Hungry Horse, MT—June 12, 2017 —  Every year, on the first Saturday of June, the American Hiking Society and the trails community invite Americans of all ages and abilities to find their own adventure and discover their unique story at one of the thousands of National Trails Day events hosted throughout the country. 

This year, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation hosted a NTD event in partnership with the USFS on Saturday, June 3. Over 30 volunteers contributed sweat equity to public trails on public lands. The group focused on popular trails departing from the Indian Meadows trailhead located near Lincoln, MT. Volunteers built 58 water bars and drain drips and also maintained and cleared 5.5 miles of trail. Volunteers also hauled gravel and filled two turnpikes with the help of stock mules and restored a fallen wilderness sign for the Scapegoat Wilderness.

The Council on Aging is known for a variety of activities, but in September a special motor coach trip is planned that’s open to any age. Rachel Parks says it’s a trip with a lot to see.