The rumors are true!

BOZEMAN — Most people don’t know what Pseudomonas aeruginosa is until it threatens to kill them.

The rod-shaped bacterium, found throughout the world, is well-known in medical clinics as a cause of wound infections that quickly become serious because the pathogen evades common antibiotic drugs. It also causes lung infections associated with the genetic disorder cystic fibrosis.

“It’s a huge problem,” said Phil Stewart, a researcher at Montana State University’s Center for Biofilm Engineering.

HELENA –  On Wednesday, the Montana Department of Justice released its Forensic Science Division’s 2017 Annual Report.  The Division, commonly known as the State Crime Lab, analyzes crime evidence submitted by city, county, and state law enforcement officials.  The report, the first of its kind for the Crime Lab, outlines casework submissions, successes, and challenges for each of the forensic disciplines it houses.  The report also offers data on emerging drug trends in Montana, as well as toxicology summaries in driving under the influence (DUI), crash, and traffic fatalities for the year. 

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Investigators believe a man shot and killed a woman before turning the gun on himself inside a Helena home.

 Officers were dispatched to the home Monday morning found 26-year-old Richard Ferris and 21-year-old Olivia Serrano dead. Police say the two were acquaintances but did not release any other details about the relationship or what might have led to the shootings.

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced that he is seeking applicants for the newly-created Get Outdoors Montana Advisory Council that will guide efforts of the Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation as it enhances Montana’s outdoor recreation economy.

“Montana is rich in outdoor recreation experience – making it the perfect place for recreation-based industries to thrive and for businesses to grow, while providing employees a way of life that cannot be manufactured,” said Governor Bullock. “Montana is a leader in identifying the importance of outdoor recreation, and we encourage Montanans to join us in making sure it continues to be that way.”

Lewistown’s downtown merchants have another of their hot summer night shopping and sessions this Wednesday.  Chris Cooler has this invitation:

A state-wide skateboard gathering is scheduled Friday at Symmes Park in Lewistown.  Spokesmen Jason Stephens and Chris Hildebrant say this is a big deal at the new skating facility behind the Chamber building on the east edge of town.  

The Lewistown Airport Board met for their regular monthly meeting this past Wednesday. Dr. Steve Mosby explains the latest news discussed by the board.

The Montana Board of Nursing this past Wednesday approved a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program prepares future nurses to serve in rural areas. Deb Burton Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Providence St. Joseph is very excited about the program.

The Lewistown Business district has two new members. The Calvert Hotel and the Central Feed Grilling Company are now open and KellyAnne Terry Marketing Director is excited to have both business’s open for the public to enjoy. Terry explains that the Calvert has been open for a few weeks.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester brought in a personal record $3 million in the latest fundraising quarter, yet saw his cash reserves drop as the Montana Democrat spends heavily to counter President Donald Trump’s push to oust him.

Tester’s campaign said Friday he spent $3.7 million from April 1 to June 30. He had $6.1 million in cash remaining, down from $6.8 million in the prior quarter.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is planning a visit to southern Montana to campaign on behalf of a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

 Pence is scheduled to be in Billings on July 24 to support Matt Rosendale, who is challenging incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

The Central Montana Head Start will not have a familiar face in the building, after 17 years Cara Godbey has left the program, but will continue working in the pre-school education field.

There is a large amount of experimental farming underway at the MSU Agricultural Experiment Station farm at Moccasin, 25 miles west of Lewistown.

The first rehearsal for the 2018 Central Montana Christmas Cantata will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26.

PLENTYWOOD, Mont. (AP) — A northeastern Montana family took shelter under a pickup truck in their shop while strong winds accompanying a severe thunderstorm destroyed their nearby trailer house, according to Sheridan County Heidi Williamson.

Red Ants Pants - it’s a late July weekend music fest event at White Sulphur Springs.  Promoting the event is Sarah Calhoun:

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge ordered the Montana Green Party be removed from the ballot this fall because it did not submit enough valid signatures to qualify.

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials have captured and killed a grizzly bear in northwestern Montana after concluding that it had become habituated to people and posed a safety risk.

HELENA—The Montana Office of Public Instruction announced 16 recipients of federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grants today. These grants fund after school and summer programs. The OPI received 40 applications and awarded over $3 million to the 16 successful applicants this year. The grants run for 5 years. In total, Montana now has 47 grantees and 107 centers operating across the state. The 16 new recipients are listed at the bottom of this release.

The big fun item in July is the Central Montana Fair with all sorts of activities.  Fair Board Member Pam Vosen is featured this week in two reports that include news on the PRCA rodeo,  night show, and carnival.

Farm in the Dell will be a rural home for local people with disabilities. Mike Huber and Kayleen Patton report a site has yet to be found, but funding drives are  continuing.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services has launched a new website to make it easier for Montanans find HIV testing sites.

The new website address is GetTested.MT.gov.

Part of cleaning up in Lewistown, what is often considered a dirty word, includes disposing and collecting plastic items.