Anti-abortion lawmaker wants voters to define 'person'

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- An anti-abortion lawmaker in Montana wants voters to chime in on the question of when life begins by asserting in the state constitution that a woman's fertilized egg, at its singular moment of conception, is a "person" under the law....

Ex-MSU student sues after expulsion over anti-trans opinions

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- A former Montana State University student has filed a lawsuit accusing the school of violating his rights by kicking him off campus after he made comments criticizing transgender people....

Late threat of winter is yet to invade central Montana.

Master Gardeners though are preparing for their favorite season with a variety of information classes. Gardener Mary Messina visited KXLO-Live with information on planting and crops.

Today, Governor Steve Bullock signed into law a bill that will significantly increase access to substance abuse treatment in Montana.

The Behavioral Health Access Act (HB 95), sponsored by Rep. Gordon Pierson (D-Deer Lodge), removes a 40-year-old statute that arbitrarily limits Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) in approving one service provider per area, which limits Montanans’ access to treatment, and forces clients to wait for openings in existing programs.

DEER LODGE Montana State Prison warden Leroy Kirkegard today announced that inmate visitation will be temporarily reduced from four to two days a week while the prison addresses operational issues.

To allow staff to be reassigned to higher priority security posts, Kirkegard said that Montana State Prison is canceling inmate visitation on Thursdays and Fridays beginning April 6, 2017, and will continue until further notice. Beginning the first week of April, MSP will be open for inmate visitation only on Saturdays and Sundays. Saturdays will be open for all visitors including children, while Sundays will be limited to adult visiting only.

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate continued its downward movement in February, declining 0.1 percentage point to 3.8%. The U.S. unemployment rate also declined by 0.1 percentage points to 4.7% in February.

“Montana’s economy is off to a hot start in 2017, with thousands of new jobs added just last month,” said Governor Bullock. “More Montanans are at work than ever before in our state’s history and Montana businesses are creating good-paying jobs being filled by our friends, families, and neighbors.”

Payroll employment in Montana increased by 3,000 jobs over the month, with the private sector adding 2,800 jobs. The construction, retail trade, and leisure activities industries also posted sizeable job gains. 

Tails as Old as Time (TOT) is a local organization to help older dogs.

Founder Nancy Fry-Moline and friends are hosting a fundraiser Sunday, April 1 with a dinner at the Community Center.  

Every spring, school district residents are urged to go to the polls for an election.  Superintendent Jason Butcher has more as we approach election day in just over a month.

There’s a number of office and field positions in Fergus county that need to be filled.  According to Commission Chairman Carl Seilstad:

Legislative Reports

March 8 Legislative Reports

The selection of a new Lewistown Public School Superintendent was announced Wednesday night at the board’s monthly business meeting. Board Chairman Phil Koterba explains the current status of that appointment.

Internationally acclaimed musician Lauren Pelon will appear in a unique concert at the Lewistown Public Library, on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. 

Under the title, "Women in Music: Someone Will Remember Us" Lauren Pelon traces the story of women in music and performs music from around the world.  The concert celebrates music written by, or for, women.  Crossing the boundaries of time, distance and culture, Pelon sings and plays approximately 25 ancient and modern instruments - some of which were traditionally played by women, some forbidden to women.

“Women in Music: Someone Will Remember Us” combines Pelon’s original compositions with her arrangements of music from ancient Greece, medieval Europe, contemporary Africa, America and Estonia.  She performs on lute, lyre, hurdy-gurdy, recorders, gemshorn, pennywhistles, ocarina, Kiowa courting flute, eagle bone flute, cornamuse, krummhorn, schreierpfeife, shawm, rackett, concertina, electric wind instrument and MIDI-pedalboard.

Mr. Don Bost, Commander of American Legion Post #16 in Lewistown, said today about 85 Legionnaires and members of the Auxiliary are expected to attend the Spring meeting of District No. 9 on Sunday April 2,  at the American Legion Club, in Lewistown.

Bost said there are about 1500 Legionnaires in District No. 9.  The Posts are located in Harlowton, Lewistown, Roundup, Stanford, Denton, Judith Gap, Hobson, Winnett, Roy and Winifred.

Helena, Mont. – Montana can take practical and cost-effective steps to address its growing substance abuse crisis, according to a new report released today by the Montana Healthcare Foundation and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and authored by national experts at Manatt Health. The report finds that Montana’s current treatment system is severely under capacity as it struggles to address high rates of alcohol and drug abuse. Montana’s 2015 expansion of Medicaid creates an important opportunity to strengthen the state’s substance use disorder (SUD) prevention and treatment system; a federal rollback of the Medicaid expansion could put many of these opportunities at risk.

On Sunday, 3/19/17, the LPD took three reports of stolen vehicles. Two vehicles were stolen in the 700 block of Hickory Lane.  

A successful fundraiser for Farm in the Dell was held recently, and Kaylene Patton and Mike Huber visited with KXLO Live about future plans for the Dell.

Lewistown’s past and future will be discussed on March 30 & 31 centered on its buildings and (in some cases) renovations.  The two-day workshop is sponsored by Snowy Mountain Development Corporation and the City of Lewistown.

Karen Sweeney with SMDC reviews the busy schedule that will start at 8:00 am both days.  

Mary Jo and Jim Hamling will again be offering ACT math help sessions., this year These sessions are free of charge.

(WINIFRED, Mont.) – After more than a century of serving the Winifred community, the Winifred Grocery, received recognition of its significance by being listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

 Bureau of Land Management Lewistown Field Office Archeologist Zane Fulbright presented store manager Eileen Stulc with the certificate recognizing the listing. Being listed in the National Register of Historic Places does not add additional protections, but is an important recognition of a property’s historic significance.

Fulbright helped draft the National Register nomination with Jon Axline, and accepted the certificate at the Montana Historic Preservation Awards in Helena in January.

Smiles, information, and a friendly attitude are instrumental in dealing with the public.  Laura Lee Ullrich will build on friendly service at two seminars in Lewistown on Tuesday, March 21.

Central Montana Foundation (CMF) gave away more than $11,000 at its February meeting to three local not-for-profit organizations. Recipients included District 6 HRDC, $2,500 for Clearinghouse Connections to assist Fergus County residents with unforeseen emergencies; $4,999 to Denton Rod & Gun Club to be used for the purchase of an on-site storage container to store supplies for the Club and $3,975 to Fergus County Recreation Association for finish work of the Camp Maiden Shower-house.

MONTANA – Montana Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percentage points in January, down to 3.9%. The U.S. unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.8% in January.

“Our economy is strong and our unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in nearly a decade,” said Governor Bullock. “I am hopeful the legislature will support this job growth by investing in our workers, education, and infrastructure.”

“Montana’s economy is off to a hot start in 2017, adding 2,700 jobs,” said Labor & Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy. “With the unemployment rate at this level, there are opportunities for workers to find jobs across a broad spectrum of industries.”

Great Falls, MT, March 7, 2017— March is Red Cross Month, a time when the Red Cross honors the volunteers, blood donors and financial contributors who bring help and hope to people during life’s most trying emergencies.

“During Red Cross Month, we thank all those who support our humanitarian mission” said Anna Fernández-Gevaert, a spokesperson for the Red Cross. “It is also a great time to sign up to volunteer and to start training for our busiest disaster season here in Montana.”

Central Montana Head Start (CMHS) is pleased to announce that it has received $1.5 million in expansion funding from the Office of Head Start to build an addition on to its facility. The expansion will take place at the Lewistown Center, located at 25 Meadowlark Lane, to the west of the current facility on acreage already owned by the organization. With the receipt of these grant funds, CMHS will be able to increase its duration in services which includes extended class hours and days of operation.

“We are so excited to announce that our organization has been awarded this grant, as this has been a goal we have been working towards for about 10 years now,” states Carra Godbey, Executive Director.

The month of March represents a time to consider colorectal cancer screening.

Shandy Songer with the Central Montana Health District is campaigning to protect your health, and she offers some sound advice.