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  • Lady Beavers Softball Fall To Frenchtown Broncs

    Friday, 04/12 the Lady Beavers faced off against the Frenchtown Broncs on the road. The Beavers had a ruff game falling to the Broncs 10 to 0. The Broncs scored early in the first inning with a single from Carah Evans scoring a run. The Broncs would pile up the points in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alexis Godin homered to center field, scoring three runs, and Parker Robinson homered to center field, scoring two runs. Adyson Creighton led things off for the Beavers. She allowed ten hits and eight runs over five innings, striking out seven and walking two. Kylie Konen led the Beavers with one hit in two at bats. The Lady Beavers will take on Hamilton Thursday 3pm at Ray Lynch Park.

  • Dillon Jaycees Trot Their Way Into First Place, Take home Donkey Basketball Championship.

    Friday 04/12, The Dillon Soroptimist Club held their annual Donkey Basketball fundraiser at the BCHS Gymnasium. With a group of volunteers from the University of Montana Business Office, Dillon Volunteer Fire Dept., Beaverhead Motors, Beaverhead FFA, Shepherds Garage, and the Dillon Jaycees. With a packed crowd the first game between UofM Business vs the Dillon Volunteer Fire Dept. The game would go into overtime with UofM Business walking away with a 3 to 2 win. Next up to the delight of the fans Beaverhead Motors vs Beaverhead FFA. Beaverhead Motors team came out ready to play and took the FFA by surprise, blowing past them with an 8 to 4 win. Up next the Dillon Jaycees went against Shepherds Garage. The Jaycees proved to be the experienced team that knew how to get the donkeys around the court. Winning 8 to 6 and being the second highest scoring team of the night. The championship game would pit Beaverhead Motors against the Dillon Jaycees. The Jaycees experience would prove too much for Beaverhead Motors and the Jaycees would trot away with a 16 to 4 win. funds raised from the event help the Soroptimist Club with their goals of helping to empower women through scholarships. Also bringing human trafficking to light.

  • Community Invited To Public Presentations By Dr. Michelle Osborn

    Dr. Michelle Osborn, an Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, will be visiting Montana Western to give two public presentations about her background and research on April 18 and 19, 2024 on the UMW campus. Dr. Osborn is a broadly and classically trained comparative morphologist with teaching and research expertise in anatomy and gross- and micro-dissection, histology, developmental biology, biomechanical analysis, and 3D visualization. The morphological sciences provide the foundation for the practice of veterinary medicine. Presentations “Forensics Across the Species,” hosted by the UMW Biology Department on Thursday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. in Block Hall Room 311. “Form, Function, & Failure: Using Whole Body Modelling to Re-examine the Horse,” keynote presentation for the 17th Annual Research Symposium on Friday, April 19 at 5:45 p.m. in the Swysgood Technology Center Great Room. Organized and funded by the Montana Western Biology Club, the Annual Research Symposium highlights undergraduate research, theses, internships, projects, and other scholarly and artistic work from all academic disciplines. To view the detailed symposium schedule, visit Attendance to the presentations and symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Montana Western Professor of Biology, Dr. Michael Morrow: or 406-683-7254.

  • City Council Meeting

    125 N. Idaho St. City of Dillon, Montana City Council Chambers April 17 th , 2024 7:00 P.M. REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL AGENDA PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE A. MINUTES 1. Approve April 3 rd , 2024 Regular Meeting Minutes B. PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS C. MAYOR’S REPORT 1. Review Citizens Request/Work Orders D. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND BOARDS OF THE CITY 1. Library Board - Diane Armstrong, Council Member; Lori Canady, Library Director a. Accept February 27 th , 2024 Regular Meeting Minutes 2. Planning Board - Bill Shafer a. Accept March 21 st , 2024 Regular Meeting Minutes b. Accept April 4 th , 2024 Regular Meeting Minutes 3. Zoning Commission - Raymond Graham, Russ Schwandt a. Accept March 26 th , 2024 Regular Meeting Minutes 4. Board of Adjustments - Diane Armstrong, Joleen Schultz 5. Director of Operations – Kristina Abbey 6. Police Department – Police Chief Jeremy Alvarez 7. Fire Department -- Fire Chief BJ Klose 8. City Court – Judge Bill Knox 9. Treasurer – Karen Kipp a. Approve Stockman Bank Reconciliations for February 2024 b. Approve Cash Report for February 2024 c. Approve Stockman Bank Collateral Report for February 2024 10. Tree Board – Mary Jo O’Rourke a. Accept March 5 th , 2024 Regular Meeting Minutes E. REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE CITY COUNCIL 1. Judiciary Committee – Raymond Graham, Diane Armstrong 2. Finance Committee – Russ Schwandt, Chair; Anneliese Ripley 3. Fire and Order Committee – Russ Schwandt, Chair; Bill Shafer, Mary Jo O’Rourke 4. Health and Welfare – Bill Shafer, Chair; Diane Armstrong, Joleen Schultz 5. Cemetery Committee – Diane Armstrong, Chair; Mary Jo O’Rourke, Anneliese Ripley 6. Parks Committee – Raymond Graham, Chair; Diane Armstrong, Joleen Schultz 7. City Hall Committee – Raymond Graham, Chair; Mary Jo O’Rourke 8. Street and Alley Committee – Russ Schwandt, Joleen Schultz a. Approve April 1 st , 2024 Regular Meeting Minutes b. Review/Approve Street Chip Seal Invitation to Bid 9. Water and Sewer Committee – Bill Shafer, Chair; Russ Schwandt, Anneliese Ripley F. PUBLIC COMMENT ON ITEMS OF SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC INTEREST NOT ON THE AGENDA AND WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE CITY G. ADJOURNMENT PLEASE NOTE: The City of Dillon understands that citizens have the right under the Montana Constitution to observe and participate in local governmental affairs by personally attending all public meetings of the Dillon City Council and other City boards and committees. This meeting is open to the public as normal. Join the meeting with Zoom ID: 770-316-6528, allowing permission for microphone and camera (if using a computer go to and use Passcode 4245. Please mute your microphone until you desire to comment. Any problems or questions, call City Hall at 683-4245.

  • Trapping Licenses For Resident And Nonresidents Available For Purchase

    HELENA – Nonresident and resident trapping licenses are now available to purchase at a Fish, Wildlife & Parks office or online at To purchase a Montana resident trapping license, residents must complete a Montana trapper education course or have purchased a trapping license in at least three prior years (in Montana or another state). Residents must be at least 12 years old to purchase a trapping license. Youth 6 to 11 years old, must purchase a trapping license and are exempt from the requirement to take trapper education and are limited to what animals they can trap. The course consists of an online component, an in-person field day and a written test. This general trapper education course also satisfies the Montana wolf trapper education requirement. Nonresidents need to do one of the following: Provide a notarized affidavit on a form approved by the department listing the person's legal residence, including the state; Provide documentation that the person's resident state issues nonresident trapping licenses that allow Montana residents to trap the same species for which the person seeks to trap in Montana; or Attest on the affidavit that the person's resident state does not offer reciprocity for trapping the fur-bearing species the person seeks to trap in Montana because the species does not exist in the resident state. To learn more about trapping, or to register for a trapper education course, go to

  • Bulldog Men And Women Both Finish Second In Pair Of MSU Spring Rodeos

    Lindsey Branch, UMW Sports Information BOZEMAN, Mont. — The Montana Western rodeo team kicked off the spring with the Montana State University Spring Rodeos #1 and #2. Bulldog sophomore Tavy Leno rounded out the weekend by winning the women's all-around title on Sunday afternoon. She placed third overall in the average of the women's breakaway roping while also finishing in second in women's goat tying in the average. In addition, Laura Haight had a tremendous breakout weekend for the Bulldog women. She took home the barrel racing title in the first rodeo on Friday night and finished with four clean runs on the weekend. "It has been a long two days. Our athletes competed really hard and I am really proud of them," Head Coach JT Robbins said. "Some of our athletes really stepped up like Laura Haight, it is really hard to get in four barrel runs in this building like that. Tavy Leno winning the all-around is huge. I am just proud of the whole group." Top Performers Rodeo #1 After recording two rides in saddle bronc, Cade Costello scored a total of 127 points to take first in the average. Laura Haight finished first in the barrel racing average, recording a combined 29.18 on both nights. Trevor Kay finished second in the average in bareback riding after totaling 142 points on his two rides. Cole Trexler finished second in steer wrestling with an 11.1. Tavy Leno finished second in breakaway roping with an average of 7.0. She also finished fourth in goat tying with a combined 19.2 in the average. Desi Coombs followed with a 2.4 in her first run to finish third in breakaway roping. Jake Deveraux and Teegan Leno placed third in team roping with a 6.8 in their opening run. After scoring a 19.3 in goat tying, Brooke Richey finished in fifth in the average. Cooper Pavkov combined for 13.6 in the steer wrestling average to finish sixth in the average. Top Performers Rodeo #2 Leno rounded out the weekend by winning the women's all-around title. She placed third overall in the average of the women's breakaway roping with a 5.3. She also finished in second in women's goat tying in the average with a 13.9. Kay's 78-point ride in the short-go put him on top in the average to win bareback riding with an average of 149. The pair of Deveraux and Leno claimed the top spot in team roping with a combined 13.1. After putting together a 9.8, Coby King finished in second in the steer wrestling average. Carson Klingler landed a score of 43 in saddle bronc riding on night one to put him in third in the final standings. Haight claimed third in the average for barrel racing, totaling 29.58 on the weekend. The pair of Talyn Neville and Tynell Mclnenly finished fourth in team roping with a combined time of 23.6. Richey landed in fifth in breakaway roping with an average of 7.2. She also claimed sixth in goat tying with an average of 15.5. Hannah Griffin posted a combined 29.59 in barrel racing to take fifth place. Pavkov finished in fifth in steer wrestling after an average of 11.0. Gavin Knutson's 27.2 was enough to put him in sixth in tie down roping. Up Next The Bulldogs will hit the road this week and head to Miles City Community College for a pair of rodeos. Events begin on Thursday night at 7pm in the Miles Community College Ag Advancement Center in Miles City, Mont. The pair of rodeos will run through Sunday afternoon.

  • Beavers Unable To Tame Hamilton Broncs (Photo Gallery)

    The Beaverhead County Varsity Beavers took on the Hamilton Broncs Saturday afternoon at Ray Lynch Park. The Broncs captured the lead early in the game and despite scoring 4 points in the seventh inning the Beavers couldn't come back falling 11 to 7. The Beavers amassed nine hits in the game. Trenton Moreni drove the middle of the lineup, leading the Beavers with two runs batted in. Sawyer Tackett had three hits with three at bats. Kale Konen collected two hits in four at bats. Cohen Hartman had two stolen bases. The Beavers will take on the Corvallis Blue Devils Tuesday 3 pm at Ray Lynch Park.

  • Cemetery Committee Meeting

    CEMETERY COMMITTEE MEETING April 16, 2024 4:00 P.M. AGENDA 1.            Call To Order 2.            Review/Approve Mayor McGinley’s Variance for Bud Hughes Monument 3.            Review/Approve Changes to Title 11. 6.         Public Comment On Items Of Significant Public Interest Not On The Agenda And Within The Jurisdiction Of The City 7.         Adjournment Committee Members: Diane Armstrong, Chairperson Mary Jo O’Rourke Anneliese Ripley

  • Beaverhead Fire District #2 Meeting

    BEAVERHEAD FIRE DIST. #2 405 N. IDAHO STREET DILLON, MT TUESDAY April 16, 2024 5:00 PM AGENDA: I.                   Call to order II.                Approval of Minutes from 03-19-2024 meeting Public Comment III.              Approval of Warrants Public Comment IV.             Old Business Public Comment V.                New Business Public Comment VI.             Chiefs Report Public Comment VII.          Public comment on subjects under the jurisdiction of Beaverhead Fire District #2 that is not on the agenda. VIII.       Adjournment

  • Bulldogs Compete At Fighting Saints Open

    Lindsey Branch, UMW Sports Information HELENA, Mont. – After heading back to Montana this week, the Bulldogs found success while competing at the Fighting Saints Open this afternoon. Results Malia Cox finished in fifth overall in the women's 100m dash, recording a time of 13.64. She also competed in the women's 200m race, finishing in ninth with a time of 28.62. Cox rounded out her day with a fifth-place finish in the women's long jump, finishing with a mark of 4.74m. Olivia Heiner took home a first-place finish in the women's 800m race, finishing the race in a time of 2:27.68. Maddie Yakos and Justene Santi competed in the women's 1500m race, finishing in fifth and eighth respectively. Yakos recorded a 5:29.76 while Santi finished with a time of 5:39.48. Santi also competed in the women's 400m hurdles, placing fifth overall with a time of 1:19.27. On the men's side this afternoon, Brody Henry had a successful meet finishing in fourth in the men's 800m after recording a time of 2:05.29. Kaden Hennessey also competed in the race, finishing in ninth overall with a time of 2:14.67. Henry and Hennessey paired up to race in the men's 1500m as well, finishing in eighth and ninth in the race. Layne Cooney threw an 11.60m in the men's shot put to take 12th on the day. Tad Tackes finished up in 16th in the shot put after throwing a mark of 10.62m. Cooney, Tackes and Carson Bain also competed in the men's discus throw. Cooney recorded a mark of 42.79m to place fourth overall. Tackes finished up in 16th with a mark of 31.49m. Up Next The Bulldogs return to the track this upcoming week in Missoula at the University of Montana. The event will begin on April 19 at Dornblaser Field in Missoula, Mont. Schedule of events will be released later this week.

  • MT 41 Twin Bridges Bridge Reopened

    Twin Bridges, MT 04/13/2024 Earlier in the week the Twin Bridges bridge on MT-41 was closed down to structural integrity failures and a detour route was established the following days. This route was for locals only and asked all others to go through Butte to down I-15 South. Today the bridge reopened to all traffic. MDT said in a press release that repairs were made to the concrete pier wall foundation, bringing the bridge back up to standards that allowed access to resume.

  • Sharon Anderson To Receive UMW Alumni Distinguished Service Award

    The University of Montana Western’s 127th Annual Commencement Ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 4th, will honor Sharon Anderson with the University’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Anderson was born and raised in Dillon, Montana and attended Montana Western from 1970-1973, where she pursued a degree in Elementary Education with an English endorsement. Later, she earned a Master’s Degree in Education and obtained a principal endorsement. Anderson dedicated thirty-six years to teaching at the Dillon Elementary School District, instructing students across all grade levels, from first to eighth grade. Alongside her teaching career, her passion for coaching led her to coach track and cross country at both the middle school and at Beaverhead County High School. Following her retirement from District #10, Anderson served as the Principal of Hamilton Middle School in 2010 and briefly held the position of Principal at Divide Rural School. Throughout her 50-year career in education, Anderson also contributed as an adjunct professor at Montana Western, served as an elementary school board trustee, and played a pivotal role in observing and evaluating UMW students during Rural Fridays. She remains active as a substitute teacher at BCHS and supervises student teachers from UMW. She enjoys judging the Rural School Science Fair, track meets, and spelling bees. Anderson is an active member of numerous organizations, including the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Teachers’ Sorority and the Southwest Montana Retired Educators Association. For fourteen years, she dedicated her time as the American Legion Auxiliary Montana Girls State Director. Additionally, she held positions as assistant director and head counselor at Camp Kippewa for girls in Maine. Beyond her involvement in these organizations, Anderson is a committed community supporter, serving on the Executive Board for Beaverhead United Way. She has been instrumental in organizing the Dillon Community Thanksgiving Dinner, where she also served as a chairperson. Anderson has significantly contributed to the community through her volunteer services, earning her the title of “Volunteer of the Year” in 2023. “Montana Western is proud to honor Sharon Anderson with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Through her commitment to education and community service, Sharon has left a lasting and meaningful impact on those around her,” said Montana Western Foundation and Alumni Director, Roxanne Engellant. The Montana Western Alumni Office will host a luncheon in the Lewis and Clark Room in Mathews Hall on Friday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m. to honor Anderson and the Montana Western Classes of 1999 and 1974. Tickets can be purchased for $30 by calling 406-683-7306 or by visiting The Commencement Ceremony will begin the following day at 10 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium on the University of Montana Western campus.

  • Fire Department Responds To Field Fire On Dancing Winds Road

    The Dillon Volunteer Fire Department was called out Friday afternoon to Dancing Wind Lane behind Sweetwater Estates on reports of a fire. A local; burning pile of debris had the fire get away from them and spread to nearby fields. With multiple tankers from the Fire Department and help from the DNRC the fire was able to be contained and extinguished quickly. A total of 41 acres were burned. As a reminder you do need a burn permit if you are planning a burn. You can find those: here. The website can also be used to check for current registered burn permits, activate an existing burn permit, and renew a burn permit.

  • Three Bulldogs Selected To NFF Hampshire Honor Society

    Lindsey Branch, UMW Sports Information IRVING, Texas - The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today a record number of members for the 2024 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA and sprint football who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. Montana Western had three individuals honored in this year's class. An elite group of 1,988 players from 339 schools qualified for membership in 2024, setting a new record for the number of members in a single year during the program's 18-year history. The initiative has now honored 18,386 student-athletes since its inception. Nominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must be either: a senior player, who will graduate this spring/summer, and just completed his final year of playing eligibility in 2023; or a graduated player, who has been out of high school at least (3) years. They must also have attained a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale) and been starters or contributors throughout the 2023 season. "We are thrilled to honor a record number of athletes as part of this year's Hampshire Honor Society," NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell said. "Over the last 18 years, the Hampshire Honor Society has served as a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically, and we congratulate the schools and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives." Academic All-District Selections Reese Artz – Defensive Line (Battle Mountain, Nev. / R-SR) Tanner Harrell – Defensive Line (Shepherd, Mont. / R-SR) Ben Howerton – Linebacker (Horseshoe, Idaho / R-JR) Click here for the 2024 list of members.

  • Fire & Order Meeting

    FIRE & ORDER COMMITTEE MEETING City Hall Council Chambers April 15th, 2024 3:00 AM AGENDA 1.           Call Meeting to Order 2.           Discuss/Recommend City-County Dispatch MOU 3.           Discuss MOU with University 4.           Discuss Exit Interview Questions Review 5.           Discuss/Recommend  Resolution No. 1263 6.           Public Comment on Items of Significant Public Interest Not on the Agenda and Within Jurisdiction of the City 7.           Adjournment Committee Members: Russ Schwandt - Chairperson Mary Jo O’Rourke Raymond Graham

  • Flushing Flow Planned For Beaverhead River

    Flushing flow to occur April 11-14 DILLON – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the Bureau of Reclamation, and partners from the East Bench Joint Irrigation Board are coordinating to deliver a flushing flow below Clark Canyon Dam. River users should be aware that the flushing flow regime will be released from April 11 through April 14. Beaverhead River flows may increase from 200 cubic feet per second to up to 750 cubic feet per second during this period. On April 15, releases from the dam will return to about 200 cubic feet per second until the onset of irrigation demand. Inflows to Clark Canyon Reservoir are forecasted to approach the regulatory flood pool, providing the water needed to conduct the flushing flow. This will mobilize sediment deposited in the Beaverhead River to maintain and improve fish habitat in riffles and pools. Flushing flows have occurred periodically on the Beaverhead River since 2017 and have been effective in clearing sediment and improving river health.

  • Beavers Tame Frenchtown Broncs With A Win On The Road

    Tuesday April 9th, the Dillon Beavers defeated the Frenchtown Broncs 7 to 2 in an away game. The Beavers got on the board in the first inning when Trenton Moreni grounded out, scoring one run. A wild pitch in the third inning would see the Beavers putting another point on the board. Pitching for the Beavers Andrew Bartlome allowed two hits and two runs over five and two third innings. Bartlome struck out seven and walked four. Trenton Moreni would take over the last one and one third innings surrendering zero hits, striking out two, and no walks. Kale Konen, Trenton Moreni, Taylor Handlos, Andrew Bartlome, and Keyen Nash each collected one hit for the Beavers. Trenton hit his first varsity home run to left field. The Beavers will take on the Butte Bulldogs in Butte on Thursday.

  • Update From MDOT MT 41 Bridge Closure In Twin Bridges

    TWIN BRIDGES, Mont. - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) announces a bridge closure on Montana Highway 41 (MT 41), near the intersection with Main Street in Twin Bridges. MDT Bridge inspectors have determined the bridge that spans the Beaverhead River cannot currently support traffic. A reinforced concrete pier wall foundation is actively failing due to deterioration of the concrete supporting steel girders. MDT is actively reviewing options to safely restore pedestrian, passenger vehicle, and emergency services traffic across the bridge. Repair options are being evaluated to open the bridge as quickly as possible while the Department expedites a project to replace the bridge. MDT understands the importance of this bridge to the community and traveling public. Restoring travel on this route is a top priority for the Department. Currently, there is no timeline for reopening the bridge. More information will be distributed as it becomes available. To learn more about the bridge closure, contact Lisa Gray at, or call 406-208-0551.

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