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Lightning Kills 45 Cows Near Darby

DARBY – A single lightning bolt killed 45 cattle on a Darby-area ranch last week.

The cows, calves and a prize bull were crowded together under some small crabapple trees when the lightning struck, said rancher Jean Taylor.

The incident happened Monday, July 14.

“It was exactly at 10:28 p.m.,” Taylor said. “The clap of thunder woke me up. Some friends told me they felt the shock in their house.”

The Taylors live south of Tin Cup Road.

The family had spent years building their herd of Black Angus cattle.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/cows-killed-by-single-lightning-strike-near-darby/article_e3001b35-fc5c-5dca-bab9-7cd07607ad98.html#ixzz38GRDuHKm

Winden Family Requests Memorials Be Given For Very Special Request

During their father, Lloyd’s, stay at Barrett Hospital, the Winden family realized that there were often many people spending time in the double-occupancy Hospice room but one thing was lacking – background music. A lover of music throughout his life, Lloyd inspired his children and their spouses to talk about what they as a family could do to remedy this issue. Certain that many other families noticed the same thing and could benefit from the comfort of hearing well-loved music, Lloyd’s daughter, Jennifer Hanson, approached Barrett Hospital Foundation after Lloyd’s passing about earmarking memorials made in memory of Lloyd for a specific purpose.

Marie Holt and Greg Winden

Marie Holt and Greg Winden

Many memorials were received for this well-loved and respected community member, and subsequently, the Foundation was able to purchase a sound system that had the capability to receive hundreds of channels of Internet radio music. In addition to the sound system, a plaque was made to honor the family and their generous request to the Hospital and its patients. Continue reading

Past Kiwanis International President Dave Curry To Speak To Dillon Kiwanis

Kiwanis_LogoDave Curry, Past Kiwanis International President (2008-09), will be the featured speaker at the Wednesday, July 23 meeting of the Dillon Kiwanis.

Curry, a vice-chair of the Kiwanis Eliminate Project’s national fundraising committee, will be making a short presentation on the Eliminate Project.

The Kiwanis meet each Wednesday at 12 p.m. at the Dillon Elks Lodge in downtown Dillon.

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

Mark Twain to Speak At Bannack

Mark TwainSaturday, July 26 at 2:00 pm in the Old Church at Bannack the legendary humorist and lecturer Mark Twain, as portrayed by Michael Delaney, will appear. This first person presentation is sure to please you. In Mark Twain’s day, the public lecture was the most popular form of entertainment and Mark Twain was arguably the most popular practitioner of the art. In this living history presentation, Michael Delaney presents Mark Twain and his recollections of the five city “lecture raid” Twain made on the state in 1895. As Twain he also recounts the chance encounter, some thirty years before the Montana lecture tour, with the notorious Virginia City desperado “Bad” Jack Slade. While largely biographical, the discourse reflects Twain’s conviction that the facts should never trespass unnecessarily on a good story.

In addition to working in theaters and two years as the village Mark Twain in the Hannibal, Missouri, historical district, Michael Delaney has appeared as Twain in conventions, riverboat landings, celebrations, school programs, the 160th anniversary of the newspaper where young Sam Clemens apprenticed, museums, testimonials, frog jumping contests, and music festivals.

Park hours are from 8:00am until dusk every day. The Visitor Center is open 9:00 am until 7:00 pm daily. Bannack State Park is located 25 miles southwest of Dillon, just 4 miles off Highway 278. If you would like more information please call the park at 834-3413.

Beaverhead County Road Work for Week of July 13th

Beaverhead County Road Work
July 13th to July 19th, 2014
Dillon, Lima and Wisdom Areas


  • Bladed on the following roads: Bannack Pass (Hwy 324), Sweetwater, Frying Pan, Long Creek, Trapper Creek, Cherry Creek, Burma, Canyon Creek, Browne’s Bridge and in the Town of Bannack.
  • Cleaned cattleguards on Highway 324.
  • Hauled asphalt.
  • Installed speed limit signs on White Lane.
  • Road checked Dillon area roads.
  • Equipment service and repair.

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Are We Becoming Afraid of Our Own Shadow?

A suspicious device at a southwest Wyoming power plant turned out not to be a bomb, but it might have hurt a mosquito or two.

Security guards spotted the object at the Jim Bridger Power Plant around midnight Wednesday. The device had wires connected to a small battery.

A bomb squad was called out to the coal-fired power plant. Sweetwater County sheriff’s officials say bomb experts looked over the device and even X-rayed it.

It was a mosquito trap.

>> Read the rest of the story here>>
h/t Aaron Flint at Northern Broadcasting

Paint the Town Purple Week

purple-ribbonThe Dillon Relay for Life Presents
Paint the Town Purple Week
Please join us in celebrating Relay week!!!
Relay for Life, Friday, July 25th – Barrett Hospital Kennedy Trail 6:00 pm

Monday, 7/21 – “Purple Pride Day”
Tuesday, 7/22 – “Purple In & Out Day”
Wednesday, 7/23 – “Tie a Purple Ribbon Day”
Thursday, 7/24 – “All Out Purple Day”
Friday, 7/25 – Relay Day, “Wear a Relay T-Shirt Day”

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“What You May Not Know About the Pilgrims” Is the Program at Dillon Rotary Wednesday

Rotary of Dillon

Rotary of Dillon

Frank Fowler will present “What you may not know about the pilgrims” to Dillon’s Rotarians and guests, Wednesday, July 23, in the Episcopal Guild Hall, on Glendale Street. Programs begin at 12:30 p.m. and visitors are welcome. Anyone interested in exploring membership in Rotary is urged to come at noon to be a guest for lunch.