Over 1 in 3 adults that live in rural areas have arthritis and of those adults, approximately half report having a daily limitation due to their arthritis. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that adults that live in rural areas are more likely to be affected by arthritis than those that in urban areas.

In Montana, more than 1 in 4 adults report having arthritis. Of these adults, a majority of them live in rural areas in Montana.

“Cancer Connection” informational meeting will be held August 22nd at Noon at the Lewistown Public Library.  Benefis Sletten Cancer Institute staff will discuss cancer support services becoming available in this area, followed by an open discussion for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

MONTANA – Citing high-risk for new wildfire starts, Governor Steve Bullock today issued a Public Service Announcement (PSA) in partnership with the Montana Broadcaster’s Association to urge Montanans to take caution and prevent human-caused fires, and responsibly enjoy Montana’s spectacular unspoiled nature.

The risk of sparking new fires across western Montana remains extreme. All of western Montana is now in Stage II restrictions, which prohibit campfires, including charcoal fires. With the exceptions of Gallatin, Park and Daniels counties, the rest of the state is in either Stage I or Stage II restrictions. There is virtually nowhere in Montana where a campfire is allowed at this time.

The Central Montana Community Concert series has started with the first concert scheduled for next month.

Tom Wojtowick and Jean Raw say the association has selected several outstanding concerts that run through early next spring.

The start of the school year is just around the corner.

Lewistown’s new Superintendent is Thom Peck a native Montanan with experience in other Montana school districts.

Action at Wednesday’s County Commissioners meeting saw another step forward for the Stockyard Bar and Grill.

Chairman Carl Seilstad reviews the county actions taken during the most recent meeting.

This week’s Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering ends Sunday with a celebration.  

Florida poet Craig Nelson and pastor Curt Langendorff covered the subject on KXLO-Live.

A year’s worth of planning and promotion, the 32nd annual Cowboy Poetry and Music Rendezvous week engulfs Lewistown starting Thursday, Aug. 17.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ biologists have confirmed a grizzly bear sighting on a ranch in the northern Big Belt Mountains.

The sighting is the second in the Big Belts this summer and is likely two separate bears.

Work on the Lewistown city budget continues.

Fergus county will have a combined sheriff/coroner office.

Stage 2 fire restrictions are being adopted throughout a large portion of Montana.

Locally, Fergus county adopted the increased restrictions on Aug. 4, and recently the Lewistown City Council did likewise, but with a few modifications.  City Manager Holly Phelps has this update.

Terrena Fogle is with the Rockin’ Wrangler Saddle Club.  The organization primarily has fun with horses, but this year it has a bit of gambling associated with the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering to be held later this month.  

Lewistown announced Monday night the ban on open burning within the city limits.  Nearly identical to the county's stage-2 restrictions, City Manager Holly Phelps told KXLO News:

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) wants to honor Montana Centenarians at the 49th annual Governor’s Conference on Aging in September. The event takes place in two locations this year in Kalispell and Glendive. Centenarians will be honored at noon luncheons on the first day of each conference.

The Kalispell luncheon is Thursday, September 7 at noon at the Kalispell Red Lion, and the Glendive luncheon is slated for Tuesday, September 12 at noon at the Glendive Eastern Plains Event Center. 

A western Montana cowboy poet will be returning to perform for a third time at this year’s gathering later this month.  

His name is Dominic Farrenkopf from Hamilton who discovered his western style talent in recent years.

Here’s an idea for a summer Saturday - a run or a walk, with or without man’s best friend.

Here’s some good news for Lewistown skate boarders - the new park is open for use. According to Jason Stephens with Make It Happen:

8/2 – 8/10

THE LEWISTOWN BOY SCOUTS WILL BE SPONSORING A RECYCLING PROJECT ON THURSDAY AUGUST 10TH FROM 6 TO 8PM IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE LDS CHURCH, 900 CASINO CREEK ROAD.  PAPER, CARDBOARD, PLASTIC AND ALUMINUM WILL BE ACCEPTED.

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced $548,344 in economic development grants to add 53 jobs in communities across Montana and help Main Street businesses plan for growth and expansion.

Much of Montana is affected by the 2017 wildfire season and prolonged hot and dry weather. The public should be aware that fire restrictions are in effect on many Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks properties.

When it comes to site-specific fire restrictions, FWP follows the lead of the county where the site is located. Currently most counties around the state are in Stage 1 fire restrictions. Several counties in the driest areas are in Stage 2.

August in Lewistown is a big month for those who honor the old west and its Cowboy Poetry Gathering.  High on the list of important talent is Dave Stamey who will be the concert  headliner on Saturday the 19.   

The former Montana resident,  now headquartered in California, Stamey talked about his interest in music and the Montana gathering.   

Due to continued hot and dry weather Fergus County will move from Stage I Fire Restrictions to Stage II Fire Restrictions effective 12:01 a.m. August 4, 2017. The resolution and requirements for Stage II restrictions have been posted to the Fergus County Website as well as both the Fergus County and Fergus County Sheriff’s Office Facebook pages. If you have any questions regarding outdoor activities and whether or not they are allowed during the restriction period please contact the Fergus County Sheriff’s Office at 535-3415. The Fergus County Sheriff’s Office and the Fergus County Commission would like to thank the community for their patience during the restriction period.

Lewistown Small Wonder Child Care has received a STARS preschool grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.  These monies provide free tuition for up to 20 families with children who are 4-years-old as of September 10.  

The application period is July 31 - Aug. 11.  All families are encouraged to apply.  Some spaces are reserved for high needs or low income families, but all other spaces will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis of fully completed applications.