Good neighbors, Good food, Good time

Good Neighbor Gathering set for Aug. 7 in Nye
Mikaela Koski
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Courtesy photo
From the left: Hank Lischer of the Stillwater Protective Association, Randy Weimer of Sibanye-Stillwater and Lindsey Clark of the Stillwater Valley Watershed Council.

The Stillwater Protective Association (SPA) and the Stillwater Valley Watershed Council (SVWC) will be hosting a Good Neighbor Gathering for the second year to bring together community members and Sibanye-Stillwater for a discussion of current projects and future aspirations for the southern part of Stillwater County.

The Good Neighbor Gathering will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the historic Beartooth Ranch on the Nye Road, according to a recent press release. It will begin at 5:30 p.m.

A free hamburger dinner will kick-off the evening, when members of the public can meet and enjoy the food, location, and company.

Following dinner, top members of the Sibanye-Stillwater management team will get community members up to speed regarding the mine’s current projects, as well as answer any questions.

The public is welcome and invited to attend the Good Neighbor Gathering. RSVPs are appreciated; send them to SVWC Coordinator Lindsey Clark at or call 406-780-1249.


Almost 50 years ago, the SPA was founded to protect and safeguard the quality of the air, water, and land stretching along the Beartooth Front, according to the press release.

It was the SPA that signed the Good Neighbor Agreement with the Stillwater Mine in 2000. The agreement is described in the release as “the vehicle to address issues relating to the impact of mining activities on the local community.”


The SVWC is eight years old and grew from a “successful weed management project involving local landowners, the U.S. Forest Service, Sibanye-Stillwater, and the Stillwater County Weed District,” the release details. Ranch, farm, and recreational landowners work with SVWC on projects involving weed management, water quality, and forest health.