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OIL…Pitfalls & Preparations From The Veterans - Forum Announcement

Posted Date: 
May 4, 2012

On Monday & Tuesday, May 14th & 15th, the Yogo Inn in Lewistown will be presenting a timely event, entitled “OIL…Pitfalls & Preparations From The Veterans”, of interest to community leaders and other parties from every Montana community west of Sidney, and east of the Rockies.  While there probably won’t be any better answers from this event to the BIG questions on virtually everyone’s mind in Montana (Is the oil business coming?…If so, how soon?...If so, how big?) than they’ve gotten from a myriad other sources to-date, there’ll be answers to more tangible and “down-to-earth” questions like “What’s really going on in Sidney?” (not necessarily what’s in the media, or the rumor mills), “What would you have done differently given the chance?”, and “How does the geology in my area compare to the geology in the Sidney area?”.

Monday, during the day, will be made up of six one-hour (+/-) presentations by (not necessarily in this order) Bret Smelser, the mayor of Sidney; Don Steppler, a Richland County commissioner; Wade VanEvery, the Executive Director of the Sidney Chamber of Commerce; Paul Finnicum, Culbertson School Board Chairman; Jay Gunderson, a geologist who is the head of the Montana Bureau of Mining & Geology, and who primarily works in the areas of gas & oil production; and a panel of Lewistown community leaders (Kevin Myhre, City Manager; Carl Seilstad, Fergus County Commissioner; and Joe Eckhardt, President of the Lewistown Chamber of Commerce).  Monday evening will be devoted to a question/answer/discussion session (starting with written questions for specific presenters submitted by event attendees during the day) with all presenters and panel members on stage at the same time.  The event will conclude Tuesday morning with a nice breakfast at which representatives of Governor Brian Schweitzer and Congressman Dennis Rehberg will speak, followed by a question/answer/discussion session.

The event registration fee of $60 includes lunch and dinner on Monday, breakfast on Tuesday, and snacks during breaks on Monday…and a block of rooms at a special rate of $60 has been set aside Monday night for event attendees.

Chuck Swenson | (406)535-1719 |