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Patrick Clark Wins 2014 ‘Boots Country’ Karaoke

The winner of the 2014 ‘Boots Country’ Karaoke contest was Patrick Clark of Seattle Washington. His rendition of the classic, “Shout” was the performance of the evening. His singing and style brought the crowd to its feet.

Rounding out the winners were Matt Merenz of Dillon in second place with “Faithfully” and Jacob Riggs took third with “Crying”

Dillon LGBT NDO Unlikely

Dillon appears unlikely to join a growing list of Montana cities that have passed laws to prohibit discrimination against gays.

City leaders are balking at a new non-discrimination ordinance because they say state statutes prohibit a municipal government from overstepping its powers.

The Dillon City Council judiciary committee will recommend to the full council on Wednesday that no non-discrimination ordinance be adopted. The committee says it is making the recommendation based on input from constituents and on a recommendation by City Attorney Jim Dolan to avoid a lawsuit by legislating laws it doesn’t have the power to.

Lynn Westad, the chairwoman of the judiciary committee, said a municipality shouldn’t legislate civil rights matters.

>> Read more at MT Standard >>

Big Weekend In Dillon

Montana’s Biggest Weekend is this weekend in Dillon — featuring two days of rodeo, the county fair, a parade and concerts.

The PRCA rodeo is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at the rodeo grounds. Stock is from Sankey Pro Rodeo. Tickets prices per performance are $14 general admission, $17 reserved and $24 grandstands and chutes.

The concerts on Sunday, Aug. 31, feature the band Sawyer Brown, with the opening band Tim Montana and the Shrednecks. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 the day of the show.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, in downtown Dillon.

>> Read more at MT Standard >>

Astronomy Program at Bannack

Tom Satterly, Craig Zaspel, and Sheila Roberts will be on hand to describe the beautiful sights in the Bannack night sky.  Learn to identify stars, planets and various constellations with these representatives of the Southwest Montana Sidewalk Astronomers. The program will begin at dusk in the main parking lot.  Get out of the haze in town, bundle up the family, bring along your lawn chairs, binoculars and telescopes and enjoy the heavens at Bannack State Park where light pollution is never a problem.

SatterlyButte native Tom Satterly and crew will bring several telescopes for visitors to use including a homemade 10 inch Dobsonian telescope and a 12 inch Newtonian that provide incredible views of the heavens.  Tom works in the Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, where Craig Zaspel is a professor of Physics and Sheila Roberts is a professor of Geology.

All Saturday programs are free, out of state vehicles pay a $5.00 park admission fee.  Park hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.  For more information call the park at 834-3413.

Kalispell Pilot Fulfills Childhood Dream of Flying as an Air Force Thunderbird

Jason Curtis will have a lot on his mind this weekend.

For one thing, he’ll be aiming the jet he pilots directly at another one being flown by Blaine Jones. They’ll be traveling in excess of a combined 1,000 mph, and not until they are just inches apart will either one of them make a move to avoid a mid-air collision.

But at some point – most likely after they’ve dodged that bullet – Curtis is quite certain he’ll look down on the crowd at Saturday and Sunday’s Mountain Madness Airshow at Glacier International Airport and wonder:

Could there be, among all those people, a child so taken with what he or she is witnessing in the skies over Kalispell that it sticks with them for years – decades even – to the point that one day, say in about 2044, that child finds themselves one of the six pilots who make up the U.S Air Force Thunderbirds?

It’s a pie-in-the-sky thought, to be sure – the odds of it happening have to be astronomical – yet you can forgive Curtis for taking a moment to ponder it this weekend, even as he nudges his F-16C Fighting Falcon within a few miles per hour of the speed of sound.

After all, it’s happened before.

Maj. Jason Curtis was just 4 years old when his mother, a single parent, took him to see the Thunderbirds perform in Kalispell back in 1985.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/kalispell-pilot-fulfills-childhood-dream-of-flying-as-an-air/article_3547e3dd-e0e8-571f-b49b-1b739324734e.html#ixzz3Bemi5JSD

Search Continues For UM Student Missing a Week

The search continued Tuesday for a 21-year-old college student who disappeared in southwestern Idaho while traveling to the University of Montana in Missoula.

Lucius Robbi, of Orleans, Calif., had registered for fall classes at UM and was expected to arrive on campus last week. He left Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, at around 2 p.m. last Tuesday but never reached Missoula.

“We first received the call on Friday and we’ve been searching ever since,” said Boise County Sheriff Ben Roeber. “He was supposed to arrive in Missoula last Wednesday.”

The Boise County Sheriff’s Office has conducted several aerial searches of the student’s last known location at Horseshoe Bend, along with possible travel routes into Missoula.

Roeber said those routes are limited and include Highway 21 to Stanley, Highway 75 to Challis, Highway 93 to Missoula, or Highway 55 to Orofino and Highway 12 to Montana.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/search-continues-for-um-student-missing-a-week/article_76fca636-4f5b-554b-af0d-7c81c9942194.html#ixzz3BenJGJL7

Beaverhead DUI County Task Force Helps Out Over Labor Day Weekend

The goal of the Beaverhead DUI County Task Force is to reduce impaired driving including the number of alcohol and drug-related motor vehicle crashes, injuries and deaths in Beaverhead County. Our volunteers plan and coordinate prevention strategies, compliance, enforcement, evaluation and community involvement.

Sign photo for Aug 2014During the Beaverhead County Labor Day events, the DUI Task Force provides ID checks for alcohol sales for the concert and rodeos. The intent of this task is to reduce underage alcohol sales, to raise awareness, and to provide a service to the Dillon Jaycees to expedite the server lines.
SB29- the Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service Act was passed into law by the 2011 Montana Legislature. The law requires that all employees who serve or sell alcohol, their immediate supervisor as well as the licensee, if they serve or sell, receive RASS trainings through a state approved program. RASS training includes guidelines for checking IDs, determining whether or not an ID is valid and detecting underage warning signs. Continue reading

Ask First To Hunt On Private Land

Don’t wait until it is too late. Hunters who haven’t already asked permission from private landowners to hunt need to do so as soon as possible.

Montana law requires hunters to obtain permission for all hunting on private land. Whether pursuing upland game birds, coyotes, gophers or any other wildlife, hunters must have permission from the landowner before hunting on private property.

Landowners may grant permission in person, over the phone, in writing or by posting signs that explain what type of hunting is allowed and under what conditions hunting may occur on land owned or controlled by the landowner.

Members of Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce to Speak to Dillon Kiwanis

Kiwanis_LogoShaundra Stoddard and Mitch Staley of the Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce, will be the featured speakers at the Wednesday, Aug. 27 meeting of the Dillon Kiwanis.

The Kiwanis meet each Wednesday at 12 p.m. at the Dillon Elks Lodge in downtown Dillon. The program begins at 12:15. Visitors are welcome.

The Kiwanis Club of Dillon has been serving our community since 1940.

Beaverhead County Road Work For Week of August 17

Beaverhead County Road Work
August 17th to August 23rd, 2014
Dillon, Lima and Wisdom Areas


  • Bladed on the following roads: Argenta, Stonehouse, Carroll, Flynn, Carrigan, Bond and Anderson.
  • Mowed on the Scenic Byway.
  • Hand patched on the following roads:  Scenic Byway, Sweetwater, Schuler, Lovers Leap and Blacktail.
  • Moved equipment.
  • Road checked Dillon area roads.
  • Equipment service and repair.

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