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Twenty Years Ago… The Day Dillon Kiwanis Changed Forever…

by Chuck Dishno

Dillon Kiwanis Club. She said, “Well, I might as well, I have helped on so many projects over the past 15 or so years I might as well be an official Kiwanian.”

At the next meeting, I proposed membership to my club and Roz was enthusiastically accepted. The only hurdle was to convince Ken Kolski, a confirmed bachelor. When I asked Ken, he said that Roz had fixed him so many Chinese dinners, how could he not welcome her into the Dillon club.

The next day, I faxed in my membership list and thanks to my beautiful China Doll, Division 3 showed a net gain of one member and I was named Distinguished Lt. Governor. I used this as a springboard and the next year I ran for Governor where I also received Distinguished status. Continue reading

Statement from Chief Craft Concerning School Evacuation

On 09/29/14 The Dillon Police Department was contacted by Beaverhead County High School and notified of an anonymous threat to the school. The school administration took immediate and impressive action by implementing their emergency protocol. The school was quickly evacuated as law enforcement arrived. As a precaution, law enforcement advised other schools of the threat and their emergency plan was activated. While at the scene, Beaverhead County dispatch advised officers they received a second anonymous threat involving the high school.

The high school was locked down and a quick search was performed by officers, deputies, and school officials. The Montana Highway Patrol and Helena Police Department were contacted by the Sheriff requesting assistance with a bomb sniffing K9.  The Bureau of Land Management, Dillon Field Office also assisted with their K9 unit. All buildings on the high school campus were thoroughly searched by Officers, Deputies, Rangers, and the K9 units. No threat was found.

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Montana Tribal Members Begin Receiving Cobell Settlement Checks

happy_indianHELENA – Some members of Native American tribes in Montana and around the nation have been getting checks on the mail recently; nearly $1 billion is being distributed as part of the settlement of a major class-action suit brought by former Blackfeet Nation banker Eloise Cobell.

In Montana, most check amounts range from a baseline of $869 up to a few thousand dollars.

In Polson, Eagle Bank president Martin Olson said the bank, which is owned by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, received word Friday that the checks would be sent Monday.

And then he learned that it only takes two days for checks to get from Ohio, where they were mailed, to the Flathead Reservation.

“We had a houseful of people cashing checks yesterday,” he said Thursday.

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The End is Near

I think it was five years ago, it could have been six. TodayInDillon.com came online. There wasn’t much fanfare but we had a few visitors and it grew. It was fun to build and it kept me busy. There were the couple of times it got hacked. The times when we overwhelmed the system and our hosting shut us down. All in all it has been a challenge. But now, it is time to bid farewell and say good bye to the site. We had between 350-600 regular visitors each work day. Our best day came a couple of weeks ago with the help of a few stolen cars and a police chase. In the 24 hours after the chase began, we had 6,500 visitors. Now I know the value of facebook and twitter. In terms of Dillon, I would call that viral.

Over the next few weeks we will be winding down and putting our efforts elsewhere. The site was started to generate a few extra bucks and at times it did just that. We won an award and are most appreciative of the Chamber of Commerce for thinking of us. I always hoped it would make enough to keep me going and more than pay for itself. There just isn’t enough time to work my day job and promote the site. Continue reading

Commentary: Much Ado About Nothing Response

You know, I don’t see what all of the straight people in Dillons fuss is about. Considering queer people are beaten to death, it seems thepeople in opposition to the NDO have to much time on their hands.

Supposedly there are a lot of straight people around Dillon, though I am not certain I have ever seen one.

There are a lot of people of opposite genders living together, but that does not make them straight.

Myself and my queer friends have gatherings regularly. Watching films, dinner parties, bon fires, taking dogs for walks. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a straight person doing those things. You can’t know if they’re straight unless you catch them in the act. Continue reading

Montanans Increasingly Kept Out Of Public Land, Report Says

Access to public lands and streams is under attack in Montana, according to a report released Friday by the Montana Wildlife Federation and the Public Land/Water Access Association.

The report cites a number of cases where the organizations believe private landowners are closing off historically public roads or stream accesses.

Of the cited cases, two are in Silver Bow County, two are in Powell County and one is in Anaconda-Deer Lodge County.

“For over two decades we’ve seen some people work to privatize our public lands by cutting off public access,” said John Gibson, president of the Public Land/Water Access Association. “And once somebody controls the access, they control all the public resources, including fish and wildlife on those lands.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/montanans-increasingly-kept-out-of-public-land-report-says/article_a04f7006-6d3e-58f9-ae68-fef2326ec08e.html#ixzz3DLhqq3GM

Bullock Moves Ahead with State Pre-K Plan

Despite releasing few details or cost estimates, Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock is continuing to move ahead with a plan to implement a statewide, state-run pre-Kindergarten program.

In a letter to members of state legislative Education and Local Government Committee — which was obtained by Media Trackers — Gov. Bullock explained that he and Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau are asking the State Board of Public Education to go ahead put accreditation standards in place for state sponsored pre-K programs.

“At the July 16 meeting of the Board of Public Education (BPE), Superintendent Juneau and I asked the board to update Montana’s licensure and accreditation standards in order for the state to be fully prepared to offer publicly funded early childhood programming for 4 year olds,” Bullock states in the letter.

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Hoyer: “Lewis Can’t Campaign on Guns in MT”

At a recent campaign event for Democratic Montana U.S. House candidate John Lewis, U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) responded to a question about gun control by emphasizing that Lewis cannot campaign on gun control in Montana.

In the audio recording of the event, an audience member asks Lewis what he is doing “to get weapons of war off of our streets.” Lewis answers by stating his support for mental health reform and expanded background checks on legal gun purchases. Hoyer — who is second in command among U.S. House Democrats after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — then says that the gun issue should be downplayed in Montana, but emphasized that gun control legislation will stand a better chance of passing if Lewis is elected and the Democrats have the majority.

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Official Statement From Sheriff Hansen on Stolen Vehicles.

On September 4, 2014, at 6:56 p.m., a Sheriff’s deputy attempted a traffic stop for excessive speed on Montana Street near the intersection of Highway 91. The Silver, 2010 Mitsubishi Utility vehicle was traveling approximately 50 miles per hour in the 25 miles per hour zone.

The SUV disregarded the deputy’s lights and siren and continued to accelerate through residential areas of Dillon and out on Highway 41 where other officers from the Dillon Police Department assisted in the pursuit. At milepost 4 on Highway 41, the pursuit again made a change in direction back through Dillon and ultimately ending at the Southside Trailer Park where the SUV crashed. The driver exited the SUV and fled the area on foot. Continue reading