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- Angler Kills Grizzly Bear In Self-Defense Encounter
BOZEMAN – An angler killed a grizzly bear in self-defense this week in the Tom Miner Basin. The encounter happened on Aug. 30 on private land along Tom Miner Creek. Two anglers were walking through dense vegetation when they were charged by a grizzly bear. One of the anglers shot and killed the bear. No people were injured. The bear’s behavior was likely defensive in the surprise, close encounter. The bear was an adult male grizzly. This incident is still under investigation. Be bear aware Montana is bear country. Grizzly bear populations continue to become denser and more widespread in Montana, increasing the likelihood that residents and recreationists will encounter them in more places each year. This time of year is when bears are active for longer periods as they consume more food in preparation for hibernation. This period overlaps with hunting season and other fall recreation activities. Avoiding conflicts with bears is easier than dealing with conflicts. Here are some precautions to help residents, recreationists and people who work outdoors avoid negative bear encounters: Carry bear spray and be prepared to use it immediately. Make noise to alert bears to your presence and travel in groups. Stay away from animal carcasses, which often attract bears. Follow food storage orders from the applicable land management agency. If you encounter a bear, never approach it. Leave the area when it is safe to do so. Keep garbage, bird feeders, pet food and other attractants put away in a secure building. Keep garbage in a secure building until the day it is collected. Certified bear-resistant garbage containers are available in many areas. Never feed wildlife. Bears that become food conditioned lose their natural foraging behavior and pose threats to human safety. It is illegal to feed bears in Montana. People who hunt in places that have or may have grizzly bears—which includes areas of Montana west of Billings—should take special precautions: Carry bear spray and be prepared to use it immediately. Look for bear sign and be cautious around creeks and areas with limited visibility. Hunt with a group of people. Making localized noise can alert bears to your presence. Be aware that elk calls and cover scents can attract bears. Bring the equipment and people needed to help field dress game and remove the meat from the kill site as soon as possible. If you need to leave part of the meat in the field during processing, hang it at least 10 feet off the ground and at least 150 yards from the gut pile. Leave it where it can be observed from a distance of at least 200 yards. Upon your return, observe the meat with binoculars. If it has been disturbed or if a bear is in the area, leave and call FWP. Grizzly bears in the lower 48 states are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Management authority for grizzlies rests with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, working closely in Montana with FWP, the Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Geological Survey, Wildlife Services, and Native American tribes. This collaboration happens through the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. For more information and resources on bear safety, visit fwp.mt.gov/bear-aware.
- D.V.F.D. Activity Call Log For August
DVFD responded to 17 calls for service during the month of August 2023. 08-02 E Glendale St Gas Odor 08-02 E Bannack St Gas Odor 08-03 W Center EMS Assist 08-03 Hwy 91 S Fire Alarm 08-05 Hwy 91 S Fire Alarm 08-09 N Dakota Electrical Alarm 08-11 N Railroad Public Assist 08-14 I-15 N MM 52 MVA 08-15 N Pacific Fire Alarm 08-16 Reynolds Dr EMS Assist 08-16 I-15 S MM 63 MVA 08-16 4200 Bannack Fire Alarm 08-20 725 N Walnut Gas Odor 08-25 N Interchange MVA 08-26 Hwy 91 N MVA 08-29 Laknar Ln Fire Alarm 08-29 S Dakota Gas Odor First Responder Trauma was our focus for the month of August. We held a First Responder Trauma Dinner & it was very well attended. Over 80 First Responders from Dispatch & Detention, EMS, Fire, Sheriff’s Office, Police Department and Search & Rescue. This was sponsored by High Peaks Federal Credit Union, Stockman Bank, Bank of Commerce, Pioneer Federal Savings & Loan, UMW Foundation & Dillon Jaycees. We would like to thank the sponsors as well as all the First Responders for making this important issue a priority.
- Governor Proclaims September Bear Aware Month
HELENA – As grizzly bear populations and distribution increase across Montana, it’s more important than ever to be bear aware. Currently, grizzly bears can be found in all of Montana west of Billings. To encourage residents and nonresidents to be vigilant about the presence of bears, Gov. Greg Gianforte proclaimed September as Bear Aware Month, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host several education events and opportunities that will feature fun activities, prizes and giveaways, such as stickers and can koozies. These events include: Aug. 31 and Sept. 14, Columbia Falls Community Market Sept. 5, Great Falls, FWP Region 4 Office Sept. 7, Missoula, FWP Region 2 Office Sept. 7, Billings, FWP Region 5 Office Sept. 7, Miles City, FWP Region 7 Office Sept. 11, Bozeman, FWP Region 3 Office Sept. 26, Helena, Montana WILD Sept. 27, Butte, Montana Tech For more details about these and other events and activities, visit fwp.mt.gov/bear-aware. Grizzly bear numbers continue to increase, and grizzlies are becoming more widespread in Montana, increasing the likelihood that residents and recreationists will encounter them in more places each year. Bears also become more active in late summer and fall as they spend more time eating in preparation for hibernation. There are four grizzly recovery zones partially or completely within Montana: The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (in parts of southwestern Montana, northwestern Wyoming and eastern The Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (in northwestern Montana) grizzly bear population has increased from approximately <400 bears in 1975 to approximately 1,100 and has reached population recovery goals. The Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem (in portions of northwestern Montana and northern Idaho) The Bitterroot Ecosystem (in western Montana and northern Idaho). In the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which covers parts of southwestern Montana, northwestern Wyoming and eastern Idaho, the grizzly bear population has increased from fewer than 200 bears in 1980 to approximately 1,000 and has reached population recovery goals. In the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, grizzly bear population has increased from fewer than 400 bears in 1975 to approximately 1,100 and has reached population recovery goals. The Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, with an estimated 55 bears, and the Bitterroot Ecosystem, with no known bears, have not yet met population recovery goals. “Grizzly bear recovery in the Greater Yellowstone Area and Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem is a major conservation success story,” said FWP Director Dustin Temple. “Working with the public and landowners to avoid conflict is a top priority and an critical part of bear management in Montana.” Grizzly bears in the lower 48 states are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Management authority for grizzlies rests with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, working closely in Montana with FWP, the Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Geological Survey, Wildlife Services and Native American tribes. This collaboration happens through the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. Avoiding conflicts with bears is easier than dealing with such conflicts. Here are some precautions to help residents, recreationists and people who work outdoors avoid negative bear encounters: Keep garbage, bird feeders, pet food and other attractants put away in a secure building or certified bear-resistant container. Keep garbage in a secure building until the day it is collected. Certified bear-resistant garbage containers are available in many areas. Never feed wildlife. Bears that become food conditioned lose their natural foraging behavior and pose threats to human safety. It is illegal to feed bears in Montana. Carry bear spray and be prepared to use it immediately. Travel in groups whenever possible and make casual noise, which can help alert bears to your presence. Stay away from animal carcasses, which often attract bears. Follow food storage orders from the applicable land management agency. If you encounter a bear, never approach it. Leave the area when it is safe to do so. For more information and resources on bear safety, visit fwp.mt.gov/bear-aware.
- UMW Football 2023 Season Preview
UMW Sports Press Release The University of Montana Western football team is set to kick off their 2023 campaign on the road with a game at Eastern Oregon this weekend. The Bulldogs enter the season picked to finish fourth in Frontier Conference play. To view the full preseason rankings, click here. The Bulldogs finished the 2022 season going 7-4 on the season and a perfect 4-0 on the last four games. After battling through a few tough losses in a row in the middle of the season, UMW finished the season on a high note. Of the final four wins, two of them were against nationally ranked teams. The Bulldogs will play ten games in total for the 2023 season, including games against first-time opponents Arizona Christian University and Lewis & Clark College. The Frontier Conference added Arizona Christian this season bringing the conference total to nine teams. Arizona Christian enters the season as the reigning Sooner Athletic Conference champions after going 7-2 in SAC conference play in 2022. All Frontier institutions' first games will not be counted in the conference standings, except for newcomer Arizona Christian University. The conference slate consists of eight games to accommodate the odd number of teams. Rounding out the schedule, the Bulldogs will face off with NCAA Division III first-time opponent Lewis & Clark College from Portland, Oregon. The Pioneers come off of a 2022 campaign where they finished the season 4-5 overall and 2-5 in conference play. The game will be on September 16th for the Bulldogs’ first home matchup. Offense The Bulldog offense in 2022 led the Frontier Conference with a total of 425 yards of offense per game, totaling 4,675 total offensive yards on the season. Competition for the quarterback position will remain strong through fall camp as the Bulldogs look to replace standout quarterback Jon Jund. Jund was a two-time Frontier Conference Offensive Player of the Year, AFCA All-American honorable mention, led the conference in passing yards per game (218.3) and passing touchdowns (22). He was tied for first overall in rushing touchdowns with nine. Michael Palandri and Kaden Jenks will be competing for the starting spot. Palandri, a redshirt sophomore, has shown excellent leadership, drive and athleticism across the spring. He served as the backup quarterback last season, recording 14 completions and 154 passing yards. Jenks, a senior transfer from Weber State, brings experience as a former starter in the Big Sky Conference along with outstanding quarterback skills. The Bulldog offense also graduated their three top receivers from the 2022 receiving corps; Trey Mounts (43 rec., 599 yards), who led the Bulldogs last season, Blake Sentman (39 rec., 423 yards) and Elijah Benedick (24 rec., 383 yards). The Red and Black will be looking to returning receivers Dylan Shipley (R-FR) and Isaiah Thomas (R-JR) to step up this season. Last season, senior Reese Neville led the way for the Bulldogs on the ground. The first-team all-conference running back led the conference in rushing yards and broke the single season rushing record for Montana Western. He rushed for a total of 1,065 yards on the season, averaging 6.6 yards per rush, 96.8 yard per game, and nine touchdowns in the season. Colten McPhee, a junior running back, returns this season after he was third on the team in rushing yards in 2022 with 364 in the season. They will also look to redshirt freshman Jake Humphrey, who will be fighting for significant playing time. Humphrey is an explosive athlete with outstanding speed and excellent open field skills. They will hope to count on Humphrey to make an impact in both the running and passing game. Though the loss of AFCA First Team All-American offensive lineman Noah Danielson will be felt, the Bulldogs return starters Marcus Lombard, a 6-1 redshirt junior, and Rocco Beccari, a 6-3 junior, to the offensive line. They will continue to help bring the leadership, physicality, work ethic and energy to the line. The Bulldogs also bring in 6-2 junior and Snow College transfer Eli Wells. Wells will be competing for a starting position on the offensive line, playing multiple positions and helping UMW to remain one of the top offensive line units in the Frontier Conference. Defense The Bulldog defense brings back unquestionable talent and leadership to the table this season. Returning are all-conference defensive line selections and captains Tanner Harrell and Reese Artz. Harrell, a 6-1 redshirt senior, earned all-conference honors last season after he totaled 50 tackles, 20 being solo. He was second in the conference in sacks with 8.5 total, third in the conference in tackles for loss with 12.5, and had 4.5 tackles per game. Artz, a 6-3 redshirt senior, also earned all-conference honors last fall after he totaled 58 tackles on the season, was fourth in the conference in sacks with seven, and tied for third in the conference in tackles for loss with 12.5. Linebackers Kameron Rauser and Braden Smith return this season. Last season, Rauser, a 6-0 senior, led the Bulldogs with 75 tackles, 39 of which were solo. He totaled eight tackles for loss, two interceptions, and three pass breakups. He will continue to be a tremendous field presence for the Bulldog defense throughout his senior season, leading as a captain for the second season in a row. Smith, a 6-3 redshirt senior, followed just behind Rauser last season with 63 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and three sacks. Jaden Amasiu and Braden Swank return for the 2023 season. Amasiu, a 5-11 senior, ranked fourth last season in tackles, compiling 54 tackles as a defensive back. Swank, a 5-11 junior, led the conference last season with 19 pass breakups and an impressive 52 tackles. Look for Swank and Amasiu to dominate the back field for the Bulldog defense. Transfers Kohl Hogan and D’on Williams join the Bulldogs this fall, adding to the depth of the Bulldog defense. Hogan, a 6-3 sophomore transfer from Snow College, earned a starting spot at linebacker this spring. He brings a ton of athleticism to the linebacker room and will increase the speed and playmaking ability of the UMW defense. Williams, a 5-10 redshirt freshman transfer from the University of Nevada, is a dynamic athlete who brings speed, physicality and will be competing for a starting position at safety. Special Teams The Bulldogs special teams will be returning redshirt junior kicker John Mears for the 2023 season. Mears, a redshirt sophomore kicker, was 42 for 47 on PATs last season. He was also 8 for 10 on field goals with a career long field goal of 46-yards made against Rocky Mountain in the final game of the season. Mears earned CSC Academic First Team All-America last season for his excellence on the field and in the classroom. Eddie Dewart and Angel Navarette also return this season for the Bulldogs special teams. Dewart, a sophomore punter, averaged 37.4 yards per punt last season and a total of 1,719 punt yards. Navarette, a sophomore kicker, will be the go-to for kickoffs again. He recorded 3,780 yards on kickoffs last season with an average of 56.4 yards per kick.
- Montanans: Plan For A Sober Ride This Labor Day Holiday
Montana Law Enforcement planning increased patrols in Dillon/Beaverhead County over the holiday weekend. Residents encouraged to plan for a sober ride home. Local law enforcement and the Montana Highway Patrol are increasing their presence and patrols during the Labor Day weekend Montana has the highest share of alcohol-related traffic deaths in the U.S. at 45%. In 2021, 63% of all fatalities were the result of impaired driving To ensure the safety of communities across Montana, law enforcement encourages residents to make a plan to get a sober ride home before they start drinking and celebrating during the Labor Day weekend Labor Day marks the end of the "100 Deadliest Days," the period where most traffic fatalities occur in Montana and nationwide August 29, 2023, Dillon, Mont. —As Labor Day weekend approaches, Dillon/Beaverhead County law enforcement agencies and the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) are encouraging Montanans to plan a sober ride home before they celebrate. Labor Day weekend is the final three days of the "100 Deadliest Days," the period where most traffic fatalities occur. MHP will be increasing patrols across the state and making DUI arrests to ensure every Montanan gets home safely this holiday weekend. MHP and the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) are committed to reducing fatalities and severe injuries on Montana's roadways. According to MDT, if drivers have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, they could receive a DUI charge and other serious consequences, including having their driver's license revoked, being required to take mandatory classes, and receiving possible jail time, as well as up to $10,000 in fines and legal fees. "We want everyone to enjoy the holiday weekend, so make sure you plan for a sober ride home," said Jeremy Alvarez, Chief of Police, Dillon Police Department. "Labor Day weekend is full of travel and end-of-summer get-togethers. To make sure we're all able to have fun safely, start your weekend by making a plan. Whether you're hanging by the river or going to a BBQ always use a sober ride." MHP is on high alert during the holiday weekend because of Montana's sobering statistics: Montana has the highest fatality rates in the nation for the number of deaths caused by impaired drivers per vehicle mile traveled The state has the highest share of alcohol-related traffic deaths at 45% (2021) 63% of all traffic fatalities in Montana are the result of impaired driving (2021) 1,268 people were killed in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver from 2012-2021 "By designating a sober driver or using rideshare or taxi service, Sober Rides provided by Beaverhead County DUI Task Force, you're making our community safer," said Jeremy Alvarez, Chief of Police, Dillon Police Department. "Make sure you celebrate responsibly as you gather with friends and family for the end of summer. Together we can keep our community safe." Montana Department of Transportation — Vision Zero This is a Vision Zero message from the Montana Department of Transportation. This and other enforcement and educational campaigns are strategies to reach Vision Zero — zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways. For more information about Vision Zero, contact Janet Kenny, Montana Department of Transportation, at 406-444-7417 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Labor Day Rundown
It's the end of summer and that means it's time for Montana's Biggest Weekend. We have everything that is happening in and around Southwestern Montana in one convenient place. We will start with Wednesday as most of the festivities begin a little early this week. Wednesday, August 30 Beaverhead County Fair Book WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30 (Buildings will be open after judging until 8 p.m.) 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Commercial and Food Booth Set-up, Fairgrounds 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Judging of Open Class Entries, All Non-Animal Departments Noon - 8:00 p.m. *4-H Building Open for entries 3:00 p.m. *4-H Cat Show and Judging, 4-H Building 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m * Check in of all 4-H, FFA, and Open Class Livestock (not including Poultry & Rabbits) 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m Music on the Midway: Lindzy Neilson 6:30 p.m. Beaverhead County Fair Open 4D Barrel Race Pop-up Art Show Pop-Up Art Show featuring art by Cory Birkenbuel and Jeremy Church. Please join us at Rocky Mountain Framing & Memorabilia from 12PM NOON to 8PM on August 30, 2023. We are kicking off Labor Day Weekend in style. Come support local artists and business in Downtown Dillon. Dillon - Free Health Insurance Help Facing changes to your Montana Medicaid or Healthy Montana Kids? Come chat with a Health Insurance Navigator for free assistance. We can help you understand your options, health plan and the marketplace - all for free. TRIVIA NIGHT! Needing a mid-week pick me up? Come on down to RVB for a fun game of trivia. Every Wednesday night from 6-8 pm! You won't be disappointed! Thursday, August 31 Strong People exercise class Mondays and Thursdays - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (nominal fee) Low impact core strengthening workout for young and old. Come in and change your life! The community is invited to attend an Open House event on Thursday, August 31, 2023, from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Learning and Career Center at the University of Montana Western, located in the basement of the Lucy Carson Library. Please join us to learn about the tutoring services provided to students at Montana Western, meet our staff, and enjoy refreshments. THURSDAY, AUGUST 31 (Buildings Open 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.) 8:00 a.m. *4-H, FFA & Open Market Swine Judging followed by Swine Showmanship Class 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. *4-H Building Exhibits Entry (NO entries accepted after 8:00 p.m. or on Friday morning) 1:00 p.m. *4-H, FFA & Open Market Beef Judging followed by Beef Showmanship Class 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. *4-H & Open Poultry & Rabbits Entry (NO entries accepted after 8:00 p.m. or on Friday morning) 2:00 p.m. Beaverhead County Fair Team Break-Away Roping 5:00 p.m. *4-H, FFA & Open Market Sheep Judging followed by Sheep Showmanship Class 5:00 p.m. Entries close for Saturday Arena Events 6:00 p.m. Beaverhead County Fair Team Roping Classic, Harry Andrus Arena 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Music on the Midway: Steve Rose Complimentary Rides Throughout the Labor Day Weekend from Thursday, August 31 - Sunday, September 3rd, from 4pm-2am, residents and visitors can avail themselves of free rides. This service is made possible through the generous support of our local sponsors: Pioneer Federal Savings and Loan, The Dillon Jaycees, Vigilante Electric Co-Op, the Beaverhead County DUI Prevention Task Force who are committed to the safety of the community. For more information about the program, please visit our website at, or contact: Maria Emmer-Aanes Free Sober Rides Campaign Manager Beaverhead County DUI Prevention Task Force email@example.com 360.255.3801 Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruise-In The Sheridan Cruise-In is back! CLASSIC CARS AND MOTORCYCLE - MUSIC - FOOD - FARMERS MARKET AND LOTS OF FAMILY FUN! Come show off your classic cars or motorcycles every Thursday and enjoy an evening in our beautiful town of Sheridan, MT. Whether you are interested in cars or just a passer-by, come hang with us! This is a free event to all. Please pass on the good word and we look forward to lining Main Street with some old time classics! In case of inclement weather, we will post any changes on FaceBook. Or you can call in at the brewery for update...(406)842-5977. Montana Exit at the Bale of Hay Saloon Music on the patio! Friday, September 1 Breakfast at the Dillon Elks Lodge Join us for breakfast at the Dillon Elks Lodge. This is a favorite event over Labor Day and we look forward to serving you! FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 (Buildings Open 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.) 7:00 a.m.*4-H Breeding Sheep, Breeding Beef, and Breeding Hog Interviews 9:00 a.m.*Judging of 4-H & Open Poultry & 4-H Poultry Showmanship *Interview Judging of all 4-H Building Exhibits - Building closed during interview judging. 9:30 a.m. *4-H and Open Breeding Beef, Sheep, Swine, and Dairy Judging. Show schedule determined by Superintendents. 10:00 a.m.*Judging of 4-H Rabbits & 4-H Rabbit Showmanship 10:00 a.m Beaverhead County Fair Team Branding, Harry Andrus Arena 11:00 a.m. Judging of Open Class Rabbits 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Music on the Midway: Steve Rose 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Rangeland Plants Exhibit & Identification Contest, Sponsored by Beaverhead Conservation District 2:00 p.m.*4-H Round Robin Showmanship Contest, Lundberg Show Ring 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Music on the Midway: Lindzy Neilson 4:00 p.m.*FFA Livestock Judging Clinic 5:00 p.m. Beaverhead County Fair Ranch Rodeo, Harry Andrus Arena 7:00 p.m. *Silent Auction Bids start, 4-H Building (bidding continues to 7 p.m. Saturday) Labor Day Events at the Dillon Elks Lodge Join us at the Dillon Elks Lodge for several Labor Day events! - Bar & Lounge open - Breakfast Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm to 3am - Live Music by Wayne Brothers Band plus a street dance Friday & Saturday 7pm to 11pm - Jaycee Calcutta 11pm Saturday night - Bloody Marys and Mimosas served from 8am to close on Monday before the parade Street Dance & Live music by the Wayne Brothers Band Street dance and live music by the Wayne Brothers Band. Co-sponsored by the Dillon Elks Lodge and the Dillon Tap House Saturday, September 2 Dillon Farmers Market Join us every Saturday from June 24 through September 16 on Washington Street by Jaycee Park! Labor Day Events at the Dillon Elks Lodge Join us at the Dillon Elks Lodge for several Labor Day events! - Bar & Lounge open - Breakfast Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm to 3am - Live Music by Wayne Brothers Band plus a street dance Friday & Saturday 7pm to 11pm - Jaycee Calcutta 11pm Saturday night - Bloody Marys and Mimosas served from 8am to close on Monday before the parade SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 (Buildings Open 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) 8:00 a.m. Saturday Arena Events, Harry Andrus Arena (Entries close at 5 p.m. Thursday) 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Music on the Midway: Morgan Seymour 12:00 p.m.*4-H & FFA Livestock Sale Buyer’s Barbeque, Lundberg Show Ring 2:30 p.m. *4-H & FFA Market Livestock Sale 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Music on the Midway: Katie Hall 7:00 p.m. *Silent Auction Bids End, 4-H Building 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. *4-H Silent Auction - pick up articles in 4-H Building 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Rabbit Check Out 7:30 p.m. Dillon Jaycees PRCA Rodeo, Harry Andrus Arena (Tickets available online at www.dillonjaycees.com) 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. *Check-out of all Companion Animals Sunday, September 3 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 (Buildings Open 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for entry pick-up/check-out) 7:30 a.m. PRCA Slack 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 4-H Building Check-out 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Open Exhibits Check-out. PLEASE PICK UP YOUR EXHIBITS. ALL EXHIBITS MUST BE PICKED UP. THANKS FOR YOUR COOPERATION. 9:00 a.m. *All 4-H, FFA & Open Livestock pens (hogs, sheep, beef, goats, etc.) need to be cleaned by 9:00 a.m. No Exceptions. 2:00 p.m. Dillon Jaycees PRCA Rodeo, Harry Andrus Arena (Tickets available online at www.dillonjaycees.com) 8:30 p.m. Dillon Jaycees Concert, Harry Andrus Arena Montana’s Biggest Weekend Labor Day Concert Ian Munsick live in concert! Labor Day Events at the Dillon Elks Lodge Join us at the Dillon Elks Lodge for several Labor Day events! - Bar & Lounge open - Breakfast Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm to 3am - Live Music by Wayne Brothers Band plus a street dance Friday & Saturday 7pm to 11pm - Jaycee Calcutta 11pm Saturday night - Bloody Marys and Mimosas served from 8am to close on Monday before the parade Monday, September 4 Dillon Jaycees Labor Day Parade this years theme is Cartoon Crazy Begins at 10 am
- Dillon Rotary Celebrates 101 Years
Twenty-five civic minded businessmen including first officers Frank Hazelbaker, Frank Eilel and J.H. Gilbert started Dillon’s Rotary Club on July 1, 1922. These men firmly believed in following the club’s moto of “Service Above Self”, which is also reflected today in our added 5-way test: • Is it the TRUTH? • Is it FAIR to all Concerned? • Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? • And IS IT FUN? Rotary International has expanded significantly since those days with Rotary Clubs currently active in over 200 countries world-wide, including 1.4 million members. The intent of Rotary includes promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, improving education, and growing local economies. Rotary International’s hallmark acclaim has been their Partnership in the eradication of Polio worldwide. We have made a lot of progress for Dillon as well as contributing to our surrounding community, state, country, and world since those early businessmen established the Dillon Club. Keeping it local is our most rewarding effort. Currently our energy and services to the Dillon Community include: • Hosting our Dillon Rotary Annual Ice Melt Contest fund raiser. • 14 metal benches to the Friends of Jaycee Park Association. • Trees for the Dillon walking and bike trails. • Several annual college scholarships to local High School graduates. • House number signs in support of our local Emergency Services. • Facilitators of the Craig Rehm Memorial Fund in support to UMW Business Students. • BBQ food service in support of local Veteran and Concert events. • Corn Dog service to the local kids Halloween Fall Fest. In 2022 & 2023, added efforts are being steered toward developing younger membership growth, and a local presence in “Greater Youth Environmental Partnerships”. Current membership reflects the progress we have made. The Dillon Rotary Club meets at noon on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the Guild Hall of St. James Episcopal Church, located at 203 East Glendale Street. Visitors are welcome to attend, and anyone interested in learning more about the Rotary organization is invited to be a guest for lunch. To attend our meetings, feel free to contact us. For more information about the Rotary Club email Gary Lorenzen at 406-683-2552
- Grizzly Bear Killed In Self-Defense Encounter In Whitefish Range
KALISPELL — A pair of Whitefish men killed a grizzly bear in self-defense last weekend in the Whitefish Range north of Whitefish. One of the individuals was injured in an accidental shooting during the encounter. The man was taken to the hospital and treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The two men were scouting for hunting season near Smokey Range Trailhead off Canyon Creek Road on the Flathead National Forest on the afternoon of Aug. 26 when they encountered a female grizzly bear with a cub. The men were walking through a thick section of forest when they surprised the bears inside of 15 feet. The adult bear charged the individuals, and both men shot and killed the bear. One of the men was shot in the back shoulder during the incident. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens and members of the Wildlife Human Attack Response Team responded and investigated the incident. The bear’s behavior appeared to be defensive in the surprise, close encounter with the two men. FWP shared the initial findings with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement, and the USFWS concurred it was a self-defense situation. The grizzly bear did not have a history of conflict and was previously tagged for population monitoring work in 2009. The bear was approximately 25 years old. FWP continues to monitor the site for the cub. Be bear aware Montana is bear country. Avoiding conflicts with bears is easier than dealing with conflicts. Here are some precautions to help residents, recreationists and people who work outdoors avoid negative bear encounters: Carry bear spray and be prepared to use it immediately. Travel in groups whenever possible and make casual noise, which can help alert bears to your presence. Stay away from animal carcasses, which often attract bears. Follow food storage orders from the applicable land management agency. If you encounter a bear, never approach it. Leave the area when it is safe to do so. Keep garbage, bird feeders, pet food and other attractants put away in a secure building. Keep garbage in a secure building until the day it is collected. Certified bear-resistant garbage containers are available in many areas. Never feed wildlife. Bears that become food conditioned lose their natural foraging behavior and pose threats to human safety. It is illegal to feed bears in Montana. Hunting in places that have or may have grizzly bears — which includes northwest Montana — requires special precautions: Carry bear spray and be prepared to use it immediately. Look for bear sign and be cautious around creeks and areas with limited visibility and where any noises you might make do not carry well. Hunt with a group of people. Making localized noise can alert bears to your presence. Be aware that elk calls and cover scents can attract bears. Bring the equipment and people needed to help field dress game and remove the meat from the kill site as soon as possible. If you need to leave part of the meat in the field during processing, hang it at least 10 feet off the ground and at least 150 yards from the gut pile. Leave it where it can be observed from a distance of at least 200 yards. Upon your return, observe the meat with binoculars. If it has been disturbed or if a bear is in the area, leave and call FWP. Learn more at https://fwp.mt.gov/conservation/wildlife-management/bear.
- Dillon Road Construction Update
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Riverside Contracting Inc. have substantially completed milling and paving operations on Interstate 15 (I 15). The week of August 28, crews will be performing bump grinding operations to smooth the surface of I 15. Traffic control is in place. Expect single-lane closures through the project area. Be prepared for delays before you leave, download MDT’s mobile app “MDT 511” or visit 511mt.net [511mt.net] and check your route. If you're driving and want to check in, pull safely off the road and dial 511. Tune in to local radio stations and watch for variable message signs along the route.
- BCHS Students All State Music Selections
From Megan Conrow thenames of our students who were selected to All State Music! Congratulations to these students and thank you Mrs. Raffety and Mrs. Van Slyke for time and dedication that allows our students these wonderful opportunities! We are very proud of all of you! Band Micaiah Kizzar, Senior, Euphonium, All State Band Aubrey Hawley, Senior, Clarinet, All State Band Hailey Powell, Senior, Tuba, All State Orchestra Choir Mary Huxtable, All-State Honor Choir-Soprano 2 (Alternate 1) Olivia Kailey, All-State Honor Choir-Alto 1 Emma Lovaas, All-State Honor Choir-Alto 1 Kyrah Mitchell, All-State Honor Choir-Soprano 2 Kaycee Pilon, All-State Honor Choir-Alto 2 (Alternate 2) Christopher Valach, All-State Honor Choir-Tenor 1
- Weekend Rundown
Friday, August 25 Great Harvest is Raising Dough! The sales will benefit the Dillon Volunteer Fire Department. Come by and meet our new bakery owners here for training. We are featuring our Autumn Apple Bread, Popeye Bread, Three Cheese Swirl Bread, Salted Caramel Cookies, Apple Spice Muffins & Teacakes, Biscuits, Dillon Cookies, and all of your favorites! Prairie Palooza Come join us out on the horse prairie! Located at a historic stage stop in the backcountry we'll be featuring local acts ranging from country to rock, with a few surprise guests, including Craig Campbell & Kendall Tucker, as well! FREE CAMPING all weekend with corn hole tournaments, beer, BBQ, vendors, music and good times! Come out for some home grown Montana fun! ABOUT PRAIRIE PALOOZA Our first of many annual Prairie Paloozas! Come join friends and family for a good ole Montana get-together out at the HORSE PRAIRIE STAGE STOP! Our lineup includes new and upcoming acts straight outta Montana, with surprise guests and possibly even a jam sesh or two. We're located at a historic stage stop, the last on the line before heading further west. It was here that miners, families and adventure seekers stopped to send their last wishes before attempting the crossing. The history runs deep, and some say it still abounds. We want to keep this tradition alive, as a gathering place out on the old Horse Prairie. Be prepared for fun, rain or shine, we've got miles & miles around of nothing but pure good times. Plan on enjoying some premier BBQ, beer, games, and camping. Let's light this prairie on fire! Craig Campbell, Kendall Tucker, Chad Okrusch & more! Dan Henry at Ruby Valley Brew Dan Henry returns to Ruby Valley Brew in Sheridan, Montana for live music and local brews August 25th from 6-8pm. Saturday, August 26 Geologic Hike with Dr. Rob Thomas Join us for an educational hike to learn about local and regional geology with Dr. Rob Thomas, Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Montana Western and Co-Author of “Roadside Geology of Montana, Second Edition” Bring plenty of water and dress appropriately for hiking in the August heat Meagher Of The Sword The Life & Times of Thomas Francis Meagher, the Irisg Rebel who became Montana's Territorial Govenor: This show chronicles Meagher's incredible life, from famine-ravages Irelans to post-war Montana. Here is everything modern audiences love: action, political intrigue,plot twists, death and destruction, running shooting Neil Lewing brings Meagher to life using traditional and original folk music. The program is a great mixture of music, history, lies, legends and a few laughs Dillon Farmers Market Join us every Saturday from June 24 through September 16 on Washington Street by Jaycee Park! Patriot Guard Riders of Montana Poker Run for SW Montana Veterans Food Pantry Starting in Deer Lodge at SW Montana Veterans Food Pantry and Services - 505 Main St. for FIRST HAND 2nd Hand - Anaconda @ Smelter City Brewing 101 Main St. 3rd Hand - Drummond @ Parkers Restaurant 32 Front St. 4th Hand - Helmville @ Copper Queen Saloon 320 N. Main St. 5th Hand - Deer Lodge @ Mount Powell Tap Room 320 Main St. Hands $10 - Raffles - 50/50 All Hands must be returned by 4:30pm Winner announced at 5pm Music by Neal Lewing Neal Lewing will be providing live music for your listening pleasure at the Dillon Elks Lodge on August 26th from 7 to 10 p.m. There is no cover charge. We will "pass the hat" for Neal. Please join us for an evening with a Montana singer/songwriter from Polson. Old favorites and originals, pop, country, jazz, blues, western, rock, folk, and some of his own (all but hip hop and oompah). 2023 Virginia City Gold Rush Welcome to the Virginia City Gold Rush - a 5k or 1.2k running/walking tour of historic Virginia City! Start in Discovery-Ellingsen Park and go to downtown Virginia City. 1.2k walkers and runners return to the park while 5k participants take a hillier route past many additional historic structures in Virginia City and also take in the view from Boot Hill Cemetery. Finally the 5k run returns to Discovery-Ellingsen Park for refreshments, awards, and a great time! Be on the lookout for the stage coach, narrow gauge train, and course marshals dressed in 1800's regalia! The Virginia City Gold Rush benefits the Virginia City Chamber of Commerce and it's continual effort to support tourism, local business, and it's community. This year we are adding to the Virginia City fun with the addition of a horse drawn parking shuttle! Park at the pond outside of town (just past the train depot). Matt & Shiloh Clover, of Vigilante Carriages, will be there to pick up a handful of runners at a time and take you for a ride to Discovery Park! Click here for shuttle MAP, parking is also available near the start/finish line on a first come first served basis.
- Bulldog Men’s And Women’s Cross Country Picked To Finish Fourth In Conference
UMW Sports Press Release DILLON, Mont. - — In the 2023 preseason cross country coach’s poll, the Bulldog Men’s and Women’s cross country teams were picked to finish fourth overall in the conference. Both men’s and women’s polls were identical with Carroll College picked to finish first overall. Montana Tech was picked to finish second followed by Rocky Mountain College. The Bulldogs slotted in at fourth, followed by the University of Providence and MSU-Northern. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. First place was worth five points, a second place vote is worth four points, a third place vote is worth three points, a fourth place vote is worth two points and a fifth place vote is worth one point. There are 90 total points available Women Carroll College (4) 24 Montana Tech (2) 21 Rocky Mountain College 16 Montana Western 14 Providence 10 MSU-Northern 5 Men Carroll College (4) 24 Montana Tech (2) 22 Rocky Mountain College 16 Montana Western 13 Providence 10 MSU-Northern 5 The Bulldogs are under the direction of new head coach Taylor Grove. Grove joined the Bulldogs from Campbellsville, Ky. where she served as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's cross country teams and the track and field teams at Campbellsville University. "I think this is great opportunity for me as a coach to strengthen the program here at Montana Western and provide athletes with an amazing athletic experience and the opportunity to compete during college." Taylor Grove said. The Bulldogs will kick off the season on September 7 at the Conference Preview Meet in Great Falls, Mont.
- All Montana Property Tax Rebates Will Be Sent By Paper Check
HELENA – Starting August 24, all Montana property tax rebates will be sent by paper check in the mail. To reduce the risk of fraud perpetuated by scam artists, the Montana Department of Revenue removed the option for taxpayers to receive the property tax rebate by direct deposit. The department received applications where applicants entered banking information for direct deposit that does not match banking information in the department’s records. While some of these claims are qualified taxpayers that have changed banks, some are criminals filing fraudulent claims. “We expected fraud and already had measures in place to identify fraudulent applications,” said Montana Department of Revenue Director Brendan Beatty. “Sending the rebates by paper check will help us further reduce fraud.” By applying early at GetMyRebate.mt.gov, taxpayers can reduce the risk that criminals will use their information to claim the rebate. The application period is open and ends on October 1, 2023, but the department encourages Montanans not to wait. Please contact the Montana Department of Revenue if you believe someone has filed a fraudulent claim on your behalf. The Montana Property Tax Rebate provides qualifying Montanans up to $675 of property tax relief on a primary residence in both 2023 and 2024. The qualifications to claim the rebate are at GetMyRebate.mt.gov. The fastest way for taxpayers to apply for and get the rebate is by applying online. Claiming a property tax rebate online should take only a few minutes. Over 100,000 homeowners have successfully applied for their rebate online since the portal opened one week ago on August 15. The department anticipates it will take up to 90 days to process payments and send paper checks by mail.
- Fire And Order Committee Meeting
FIRE & ORDER COMMITTEE MEETING City Hall Council Chambers Monday, August 28, 2023 9:00 AM AGENDA 1. Call Meeting to Order 2. Discuss/Recommend MOU for Dispatch and Facilities 3. Discuss Department Structure 4. Public Comment on Items of Significant Public Interest Not on the Agenda and Within Jurisdiction of the City 5. Adjournment Committee Members: Russ Schwandt - chairperson Mary Jo O’Rourke Raymond Graham
- Author Marcia Melton Will Be Signing Books At The Bookstore
Marcia Melton, young adult author and former Dillon resident will be signing books at The Bookstore on Thursday, August 24th from 1:00-3:00. The featured title for the event is Joe Henry's Journey up the Missouri River. In this historical novel Joe Henry and his pa leave Kentucky boarding a steamboat headed to Fort Benton, Montana. They find their way to the gold camp at Bannack hoping to hit gold and send money back to their family. This novel accurately portrays the history of its time and place from the viewpoint of a child and wrapped in a story of adventure that will hold a young reader's interest. Melton's other books, Joe Henry's Return, The Boarding House, Nighthawk's Harmonica:A Montana Roundup story and Montanimals an ABC coloring book will also be available. This event is open to readers of all ages with an opportunity for kids to discuss the book with the author. Please join us. If you have any questions or would like to reserve a copy of the books please call Debbie @ 683-6807
- Fishing Closures And Restrictions Lifted On Most Montana Rivers
Effective today, all fishing restrictions and closure on rivers in Montana are lifted, with the exception of hoot owl restrictions on the Madison River and Sun River. Hoot owl fishing restrictions prohibit fishing each day between 2 p.m. and midnight. On the Madison River, hoot owl restrictions are in effect from the confluence with the Jefferson River to the Warm Springs Fishing Access Site. On the Sun River, hoot owl restrictions are in effect from the mouth of Muddy Creek to the Highway 287 Bridge. Angling restrictions are implemented based on several considerations: stream flow, water temperatures, angling pressure and other angling restrictions in the area that may divert use to waterways where circumstances are increasing stress on the fishery. For current information on restrictions and closures, go to fwp.mt.gov/news/current-closures-restrictions/waterbody-closures.