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Public comment sought on drought plan

News from Montana Department of Natural Resources

HELENA — The draft outline of a new drought management plan for Montana is now available for public comment.

Ada Montague, a Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) water planner who staffs the Governor’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee, said a number of revisions to the plan came out of a series of public forums held in August and September in Havre, Billings, Bozeman and Missoula. Water users representing agriculture, municipalities, fish and wildlife and other interests participated, as did watershed coordination groups, local and state elected officials, climatologists and conservation organizations.

“The new plan seeks to create a more responsive system for managing drought impacts and conditions, with an emphasis on both drought response in the emergency sense as well as long-term mitigation,” Montague said. “We heard a need to improve information sharing, and better equip local communities with the resources they need to respond to water-short times.”

The public comment period for the revised plan will run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, Montague said. To access the draft plan and submit comments, please go to drought.mt.gov, or submit comments to amontague@mt.gov.

Senior farmers market program needs input

RONAN — The Ronan Council on Aging and the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition hope to start work on the creation of a Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The goal of the program is to increase access to healthy food and meaningful community interactions to low-income seniors at our farmers markets. This means we need your input about how such a program would best support our clients here in the community. We invite you to our first community planning meeting Thursday, Dec. 1 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Lake County Council on Aging, 528 Main Street SW, Ronan, to talk about what we’d like to see for our community. We hope to see you there. Please RSVP to Dara at 406-676-2367and let us know you’re coming.

Resolution celebrates native heritage

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate on Friday unanimously passed a resolution to recognize the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The resolution celebrates the heritage, culture, and history of Native Americans and recognizes contributions Native Americans have made to the nation.

“National Native American Heritage Month celebrates the rich history, culture and legacy of Indian tribes to our country,” U.S. Senator Steve Daines said.

The resolution is sponsored by U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, and co-sponsored by 27 other U. S. Senators.

“Native Americans maintain vibrant cultures that are rich with tradition and a strong sense of community,” U.S. Senator Jon Tester said.

Pachyderms to hold dinner

POLSON — The Lake County Pachyderm Club will hold their annual Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Red Lion Inn in Polson. Dinner will be catered by MacKenzie River Pizza Grill and Pub. Tickets are $25. All members of the community are invited, but please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 5. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Norm at nwjcrc3@ gmail.com.

Charlo to serve on Humanities board

News from Humanities Montana

MISSOULA — April Charlo of Charlo has been selected as one of three new board members for Humanities Montana. The members’ terms will begin Jan. 1. Charlo earned a Native American studies Associate of Arts degree from Salish Kootenai College, an Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts from Salish Kootenai College, and an Education Leadership Masters of Education from the University of Montana.

Her work teaching Salish and Kootenai, as a board member of Healthy Native Communities Partnership and Native Generational Change, and with youth and young adults makes her a great fit for Humanities Montana’s mission. She currently works as the Tribal Outreach Director for the Special Olympics.

Other new boardmembers include Caroline Bitz from Box Elder and Scott Crichton from Missoula.

Humanities Montana is the state’s independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1972, Humanities Montana has provided services and grants to hundreds of Montana organizations in support of public programs in history, literature, civil conversations, and public issues. Among its many programs are its grants, Montana Conversations, Speakers in the Schools, Hometown Humanities, Community Conversations, Letters About Literature, and the Governor’s Humanities Awards.

Free screening clinic coming to Dixon

DIXON — A free Developmental and Preschool Screening Clinic for children ages 0-5 in the Dixon School District will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Dixon Preschool. Food will be provided.

The free screening will include gross motor, fine motor, language concepts, communication skills, communication concepts, hearing and vision.

Please call the school at 406-246-3566 to schedule an appointment or to receive more information. briefs

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