Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park will host a weekend of free programs in the park’s campground amphitheater July 17 and 18, at 8 p.m.
Friday, July 17, at 8 p.m. learn about “Exploration – The Broken Astrolabe” with Lyndel Meikle. The first Europeans to explore parts of Montana were not Lewis and Clark. If it weren’t for a broken astrolabe, we might all be speaking French today. Join retired National Park Ranger Lyndel Meikle to learn about the explorations of the Verendrye's and form your own conclusions about the dubious veracity of claiming “first” in history.
This is the ninth presentation in Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park’s annual Friday Summer Speaker Series, which will continue each Friday at 8 p.m. throughout the summer.
Lyndel Meikle spent 43 years in national parks—at Yosemite, Alcatraz, Fort Point and Grant-Kohrs Ranch, but it was her assignment at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia which taught her the importance of "probable cause," in historic research.
What: “Exploration – The Broken Astrolabe” with Lyndel Meikle
When: Friday, July 17, from 8 to 9 p.m.
Where: Campground Amphitheater
On Saturday, July 18, at 8 p.m. learn what it takes for plants and animals—including humans—to survive and thrive in a desert environment like the one around the park. This ranger talk will be held in the campground amphitheater.
What: Ranger Talk: Desert Survival
When: Saturday, July 18, from 8 to 9 p.m.
Where: Campground Amphitheater
COVID-19: Visitors to these events must keep in mind social distancing directives – stay six feet apart from all non-family members, and if that isn’t feasible or possible, please wear a mask or face covering. Additionally, if you’re feeling ill, please do not attend this event. For more information on COVID-19 please visit the website: covid19.mt.gov.
For more information about these or other events at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, call (406) 287-3541.
If you go: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Whitehall, MT
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the most decorative limestone caverns in the Northwest filled with spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. The park also features camping, trails to hike or bike, a state-of-the-art visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, and interpretive events presented during the summer months.
Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.
Contact: Julia Smit (406) 287-3541
On Dedember 9, 2019 Attorney General Tim Fox was elected president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). He has launched a podcast as part of his presidential initiative with the organization.
Episodes of The People’s Lawyer relate thematically to Fox’s NAAG presidential initiative, “Transformational Leadership and Civility.” Through a series of interviews with nine other attorneys general, Fox explores the importance of collaboration among his colleagues and helps listeners better understand the role their offices play in state government. The first episode features an interview of Fox by NAAG’s Chief Communications Officer, Allison Gilmore.
“Attorneys general continue to be great examples of the positive political dialogue our nation needs today, and will continue to need, in the months ahead,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “The challenge we all face is to act civilly with one another while continuing to collaborate in a bipartisan manner in order to improve the lives of Americans across the country. Now is the time for public officials to commit to respectfully and thoughtfully working together on the many issues confronting our states and our nation,” Fox added.
The bi-weekly podcast will also address topics such as the importance of public service, consumer protection, and human trafficking. A total of ten episodes will run between 20 and 30 minutes in length; nine will take the form of a conversation between Fox and his guests. The People’s Lawyer is available through Podbean, at https://thepeopleslawyer.podbean.com/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
The organization was founded in 1907 to help attorneys general fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high-quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions.
The Montana Playwrights Network (MPN) is looking for 3 actors, one man (age range: 40-50’s) and two women age range 18 - 20’s to audition for three one act plays as part of the “Bards of the Big Sky”, the featured production of the Gala Grand Opening for the new Helena Avenue Theatre. Auditions are scheduled for July 16 and 17 at 6:30 pm. Actor stipends are available. Provided the state has entered Phase III of the reopening during the Covid-19 Pandemic, performances for the show are projected either for August or September,2020.
To set an audition appointment, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact us asap to set your appointment. Be prepared for cold readings and improvisation. Bring your resume.
The Helena Avenue Theatre (HAT), 1319 Helena Avenue is the new home for the Montana Playwrights Network (MPN), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization incorporated in Montana. The Helena Avenue Theatre is available to individuals, businesses and organizations to present performances, recitals, and other special events.
MPN was formed to provide a forum focusing on story as expressed through a variety of formats including but not limited to playwriting, storytelling, poetry, history, non-fiction, essays, and memoirs. We’re looking to connect with writers, storytellers, teachers, performers, theatre companies, libraries, book clubs, and businesses that are interested in storytelling as a way to build communities across Montana.
Recently River’s Edge, the printer for the Independent-Observer, the Great Falls Tribune and several other local newspapers gave notice that they are going out of business.
Last year New Media Investment Group, a holding company that controls GateHouse Media, acquired Gannett, the owner of USA Today and all their holdings, including the Great Falls Tribune. In their press release, New Media Investment Group announced their intent to move to online publishing only. That was the death knell for River’s Edge.
As a result, the I-O needed to find a new printer. Pat Lee, the I-O’s publisher, has made arrangements with the The Bozeman Daily Chronicle to do our printing. This requires a change in our deadline from Friday at 5 p.m. to Wednesday at 5 p.m. This change will take effect on June 24. We can’t make any exceptions, so we would appreciate it if everyone who wishes to submit articles, ads, legals, photos, classifieds, etc. will understand and abide by our new deadline.
"Recent calls by some misguided individuals to defund law enforcement agencies in the wake of the George Floyd tragedy are not only reckless overreactions to a serious situation, but are an insult to the thousands of good law enforcement officers across our country who put their lives on the line every day to protect public safety. I am dedicated to equal justice for all, and to ensuring that the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and our Police Safety Officer Standards and Training Council continue to uphold rigorous standards that protect the rights, lives, and property of all."
Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) construction projects will improve sidewalks in the northcentral Montana communities of Rudyard, Shelby, Valier, Conrad, and Fairfield this summer. The construction will focus on improving sidewalk intersection ramps in all the targeted communities.
The work begins in Rudyard in early May.
o Reed Street (Main Street) from 1st Avenue to 5thAvenue
o US Highway 2 between Adams Avenue and 5th Avenue
o Oilfield Avenue between 5th and 7thStreets
o Downtown along US Highway 2 and Montana, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Avenues
o Montana Street from Teton to Railroad Avenue
o 4th Avenue Southwest from Sunset Boulevard to Main Street (US Highway 91)
o Main Street (US Highway 91) from 7th Avenue Southwest to 2nd Avenue Northwest
o US Highway 89 from 3rd Avenue South to 4thAvenue North
Most traffic impacts will be confined to the shoulders of the designated roadways. Drivers and pedestrians should use caution when near the work zones. Signs will be posted in all work areas directing pedestrians around the construction.
These projects are part of the statewide strategy called the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. The plan addresses mobility needs along state-owned roadways. It will improve access for disabled persons and the general public while increasing safety.
For updates, questions, comments, or concerns:
• Call the toll-free construction information hotline (800) 514-1898. Please leave a message if there is no answer.
• To subscribe to community specific updates:
§ Text “RudyardADA” to 555888
§ Email email@example.com
§ Text “ShelbyADA” to 555888
§ Email firstname.lastname@example.org
§ Text “ValierADA” to 555888
§ Email email@example.com
§ Text “ConradADA” to 555888
§ Email firstname.lastname@example.org
§ Text “FairfieldADA” to 555888
§ Email email@example.com
In addition, questions can always be asked using the email addresses listed above. Information on all work for this project can be found on the MDT website at https://www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/centralMTada/.
When traveling during construction season, watch for the "cone zone" and for workers on the highway. Remember to manage your speed, space, and stress. These workers spend their days working a short distance from fast moving vehicles, and while they make every effort to work safely, they are counting on you to pay attention, slow down, and be careful as you pass through a work zone. The vision for Montana is Zero – Zero fatalities and Zero serious injuries on any public road in the state. Remember to buckle up every time you get into a vehicle and never drive impaired or allow an impaired person to drive.
The Montana Department of Transportation together with its construction contracting partners continue to take the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. Construction projects on Montana’s roads and bridges are considered an “essential” operation and will continue moving forward as scheduled in 2020. Construction workers will continue several measures to help keep employees, contractors and the public safe during the construction season. Some of the measures include following social distancing and good hygiene guidelines, and not reporting to work if showing symptoms of illness. For more information visit https://covid19.mt.gov/
1st Choice Realty Open, Call for appointment 278-9129
1st Liberty Federal Credit Union: Drive thru open
Branding Iron Open : Bar 2 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.; Restaurant 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Bowling Alley and pool tables closed
Brown-Fitchner & Assoc. Business by phone or email; Open Mon-thurs 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fri 8-3
Coaches Corner: Take out, curbside pickup and delivery. Free masks; 4:30 – 8 PM
Conrad Building Center Open
Country Charm Open Mon-Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. In-store shopping limited to one; curbside delivery
Elings Insurance Office open, appointment recommended
Folklore: Take out, curbside pickup and delivery. Free masks, 7:30 AM – 2 PM
Gary & Leo’s IGA: Open, also providing delivery for AT RISK residents, free masks
H & R Realty Open, Call for appointment 271-2080
Home Café: Restaurant seating, open 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Social distance seating to be followed
Independence Bank, Lobby and Drive-thru open.
Java Hut: Delivery and drive thru only. Free masks; 6:30 AM – 1 PM
Main Drive-in Mon - Sat 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Marias Greenhouse Open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 576-7297
Northern Front Guns and Ammo Open Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Olsons’Drug and Village Drug: Both Open. Both will continue to offer home delivery
Pet Paws Grooming and Supply Open 10 a.m. - 5 pm. Call for appointment 271-7394
Pondera County Insurance: ? Call for hours 271-2034
Senior Center Open for delivery and pick up only. Call 271-3911 to reserve a meal
Stockman Bank Lobbies open
Subway: Open for pickup and take out 10 AM – 8 PM
Sunset Dental Care Mon - Fre 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Super 8: Closed
The Keg: Open for pickup, takeout and delivery 11 AM – 8 PM
The Independent-Observer:: Lobby Open Hours 8 AM - 5 PM
Town Pump: Open 24 hours.
Windrift Hill Open Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Due to the school building closure, Conrad Schools will postpone kindergarten screening until a later date. In order to register your child for kindergarten, please go to the Conrad Schools homepage, www.conradschools.org, to complete the kindergarten registration form.