Twenty Years Ago… The Day Dillon Kiwanis Changed Forever…

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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

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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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The End is Near

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I think it was five years ago, it could have been six. 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

Official Statement From Sheriff Hansen on Stolen Vehicles.

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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

Manhunt In Dillon

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At time of posting, there is a manhunt on for a suspected car thief. Here is what we have been able to glean from the scanner.

  • At about 7:00pm on Thursday 9/4/2014, local law enforcement was involved in a high speed chase from Dillon to a few miles out of town. The suspect achieved speeds upward of 100 mph. The suspect then returned to Dillon at that same high rate of speed. Driving through town at speeds over 80 mph.
  • The vehicle was reported stolen from Illinois.
  • The suspect was lost near the Southside RV park and headed towards the fairgrounds.
  • A fire was reported at Southside RV.
  • Officers Searched the fairgrounds.
  • A drive off was reported from The Mini
  • A vehicle was reported being found on Beaverhead Lane. When the owner was contacted, he confirmed that his jeep was missing from Railroad Avenue. The owner mentioned that a rifle was missing from his son’s room.
  • Another vehicle was also reported stolen from Laknar area. The vehicle was a Pontiac G6. The car had 1/4 tank and no weapons in vehicle.
  • Laknar area was being closed off.
  • 9:25 pm Car alarm sounding near Sullivan Lane.

Check back for updates as they come in.

Patrick Clark Wins 2014 ‘Boots Country’ Karaoke

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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”

Judiciary Committee Recommends Council Not Take Up LGBT Ordinance

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On Monday afternoon, the judiciary committee decided not to recommend that the city council move forward on the non-discrimiation ordinance for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender.

Comments were heard on both sides of the issue. Questions were asked of the Police Chief, Paul Craft as well as to City Attorney, Jim Dolan.

The issue is expected to be on the City Council agenda in September.