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Hunter education begins April 2

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold its spring Butte hunter education class beginning Monday, April 2, at Highlands College, 25 Basin Creek Road. Online registration is required, and students under 18 years of age must have the consent of a parent or guardian. A student must be 10 years old to register for the course.

Classes will run each evening, Monday through Friday, April 2 through 6, with a mandatory field exercise on Sunday, April 8. Parents are asked to stay for the first 30 minutes of class.

Online registration is required by going to FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov, and clicking on "Education", "Hunter Education", then "Find a Class or Field Course." Students must print, sign, and bring the Acknowledgement of Risk, Student Agreement Form, and the Hunter Education Student Code of Ethics (found on the event registration page) the first night of class. Students are not allowed to bring firearms or ammunition to class.

Prior to the first class, students are required to read the hunter education manual and complete all chapter quizzes. If not complete, students will not be admitted. Manuals can be picked up at Bob Ward's, Three Bears, Murdoch's, and the FWP office in Butte.

Uptown Toasters announce winners

This week's competition winners for the Uptown Toasters, Toastmaster Club #9765, include Jean Matteucci, best speaker; Nikole Evankovich, best evaluator; and Mandi Kambic, best table topic respondent.

The next meeting is at noon Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Butte Archives, 17 W. Quartz St. Details: 406-782-3280.

Literacy training class Tuesday

Members of the Butte Literacy Program will hold a free tutor training session from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Butte Public Library (third floor), 226 W. Broadway St.

If you are interested in helping this nonprofit program, please attend. Details: 406-794-5841.

Driving course planned for March 8

AARP Smart Driving Course is being offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Belmont Senior Center. This includes one hour for lunch.

Insurance company may offer discounts for completing the course. Details and to register, call 406-723-7773.

Animal Control impounds listed

These are animals that have been picked up by Butte Animal Control. If you think one of the following animals is yours, please call the Chelsea Bailey Butte-Silver Bow Animal Shelter at 406-497-6528 or stop by between 1 and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Cats:

• Adult male shorthaired, gray and white, picked up Wednesday on the 3500 block of South Warren

• Five-year-old male shorthaired, gray and white, neutered, picked up Wednesday on the 3500 block of South Warren

• Four-year-old male shorthaired, orange and white, picked up Tuesday on 100 block of Center

Wisdom hosting annual skijoring

WISDOM — The Big Hole Valley's annual Winterfest/Skijoring event will be held Saturday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25. The event envelops the town of Wisdom, as riders and skiers fly along the course at the small town's airport.

Enjoy exciting contests for beginners and seasoned skiers and snowboarders alike. There is plenty of parking, food, beverage, and libations available during the event.

A calcutta is planned Saturday night at the Crossing Bar & Grill, where you have the chance to bid on your favorite team for a chance to win some extra dough.

Skijoring consists of a skier pulled by a rider on a horse navigating six gates and three jumps along a 900-yard course. Divisions include open, sport, women's, century, snowboard, and novice. Registration must be completed by 9 p.m. Friday night. Rules and forms can be found online at www.bigholevalley.com.

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