On Friday December 6th, 2013 we lost our beloved wife, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother. Sherry Dennett Stallman age 55. She lived in Wise River with her beloved husband Van Stallman of 23 years. She passed away at the Barrett Memorial Hospital in Dillon where she was diagnosed with terminal bone and lung cancer on the 19th of November. She was able to come home for a short time over Thanksgiving to spend time with her loving family. Sherry was born on November 12th, 1958 in California to Tiny and Robert Odom. She was one of eight children.
She had four children Shawna, Crystal, and twins John and Jason. She moved to Montana, met the love of her life and married Van Stallman July 28th 1990 and then moved to Wise River. She gained four more children from this marriage. Veva, Kristi, Sam, and Dan.
Sherry graduated from high school and had many jobs in her life. She and Van owned the Wise River Club for years and worked together. Most recent she was a Watkins distributor and helped run gun shows with Van. She lived in California for most of her life and also resided in Oregon and Rhode Island. At the time of her death she was living in Wise River. Continue reading
On December 7th, at 3:51 p.m., Beaverhead County 911 Center received a call from Dean Derby reporting a hunter had been shot in the eye by a shotgun. The incident occurred a short distance south of Dillon. An ambulance and a Sheriff’s deputy responded to the area but the victim had already been transported by private vehicle to Barrett Hospital and Healthcare of Dillon.
According to witnesses, the victim, identified as Jason Baker of Missoula, had shot a duck and waited for a short period of time to retrieve it. While retrieving the duck, another hunter, from the same party, shot at a low flying group of ducks and multiple bird shot from the other hunter struck the victim just below the eye.
The emergency room medical team at Barrett Hospital and Healthcare initially cared for the patient and arranged for transportation to Saint Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula. Baker and the rest of the party were in Dillon promoting the Montana Wounded Warrior Program where they assist and help those Wounded Warriors participating in outdoor activity such as geese and duck hunting. A call made to Baker on Monday, indicated that Baker was doing well and planning to get back to work and the Wounded Warrior Program soon.
Beaverhead County Road Work
December 1st to December 7th, 2013
Dillon, Lima and Wisdom Areas
- Plowed snow on the following roads: Blacktail, Medicine Lodge, Ten Mile, Rebich, Sweetwater, Bannack Pass (Hwy 324), Lemhi Pass, Smith, White, Flynn, Carrigan, Old Stage, Downing, Buster Brown, Carter Creek and Ten Mile.
- Attended a Safety Meeting.
- Road checked Dillon area roads.
- Equipment service and repair. Continue reading
Henry Warren Stish, 89, of Dillon, MT quietly and peacefully passed away at home on Thursday, December 5, 2013, surrounded by family and friends. He was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, teacher, professor, fisherman, WWII veteran, bowler, golfer, coach, referee and football fan. Henry loved outdoor activities, especially golf and fishing. He made four holes-in-one and took several salmon fishing trips to British Columbia.
Henry is survived by his wife of 65 years Patricia (Pat) Ann Lenahan Stish, his daughters Marcia (Dick) McCracken, MaryLou (David) Wilson and Peggy (Mike) Naegele; his grandchildren Brad Naegele, Brendan Naegele, Megan (Burke) Nelson and Ryan (Jenny) McCracken; great-grand-children Danika Nelson, Mckall Nelson, Liam McCracken and Colin McCracken.
Henry was born July 13, 1924 in Hibbing, Minnesota. He was the son of Henry and Lola Stish and grew up in Nashwauk, Minnesota, where his father worked in the mining industry and worked the family farm. He attended local schools except for one year when he attended a one-room school in a coal mining camp in North Dakota. Following graduation from Nashwauk high school in 1942 he attended Bemidji State Teacher’s College until entering military service in May of 1943 when he attended North Texas State Teacher’s College in the Army Specialized Training Program. Henry served in the 103rd Cactus Division; 410th Infantry Battalion, Rifle Company in the European Theatre until November 1945. After serving his country in WWII, he returned to Bemidji State College and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1948 in science and physical education. Continue reading
Senator Jeff Essmann has announced that The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) has selected Senator Debby Barrett, R-Dillon, Montana Senate President Pro Tempore, as an Elected Women of Excellence Award Winner.
The award was established as part of NFWL’s Capital Forum and 75th Anniversary Celebration to commemorate 75 years of Elected Women in American politics.
“We are so proud of our winners,” said Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, Chair of NFWL. “These women have not only contributed greatly to their own communities, but have served as role models for the next generation of leaders.”
A passionate leader from the ranches of Montana, Senator Debby Barrett is a trailblazer for women legislators everywhere. She was the only woman to be elected as both Speaker Pro Tem of the Montana House, in 2007, and the President Pro Tem of the Montana Senate, in 2013. Continue reading
The Southwest Montana Arts Council presents the Montana Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker featuring local youth dancers. This year’s performances of the holiday classic will be on Saturday,
December 14, at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at The Bookstore in downtown Dillon and the evening performance is nearly sold out.
Ticket prices for the matinee are $15 for adults and $8 for students; for the evening, they’re $18 for adults and $10 for students.
Also, The Nutcracker ballerinas will be available to sign posters at the Patagonia Outlet on Friday, December 13, from 6-7 p.m. Other events going on at the store include live music from Rabbit Stew,
present wrapping with recycled material by Beaverhead Recycling and free refreshments. The event is part of Patagonia’s Worn Wear campaign and everyone is encouraged to donate gently worn winter gear
to be distributed to local families.
For more information, please contact Mandy Maass at 683-6208 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at swmarts.org.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – The man responsible for snapping the dramatic photographs of a bison being chased by a grizzly bear has surfaced, providing Q2 with 14 more pictures and the end to the tale.
Alex Wypyszinski had just dropped off his wife at work and had a few hours to kill one morning last April.
Wypyszinski says he likes to spend his free time in the morning snapping photos of wildlife in the park.
Of course, he usually has to search the animals out.
Eight members of the state champion Dillon Beavers made the All-State team: Donovan Hucke, J.D. Ferris, Christian Coiner, Gabe Chilson, Carson King, Mick Paffhausen, M.J. Simkins and Troy Scott.
Leading the way on the All-Southwestern A team for the unbeaten Beavers who finished 2013 11-0 overall including their 25-13 state title win over Billings Central, are first teamers Ferris (quarterback), Colton Reibe (fullback), Hucke (center and defensive lineman), King (guard and inside linebacker), Scott (tight end and outside linebacker), Coiner (defensive lineman), Chilson (outside linebacker), Paffhausen (strong safety), and Simkins (cornerback).
Making the second team list for Dillon are Paffhausen (wide receiver), Eathan Tatarka (tackle), Simkins (tight end), and Parker Tezak (inside linebacker). Honorable mention selections included Chance Kluesner (wide receiver), Connor Cox (cornerback), and Paffhausen (return specialist)
On Monday, December 2, 2013, at 08:40 p.m., the Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call from Kim Dornan of Hamilton, Montana. Dornan explained to a deputy that her boyfriend, Jerry Vandersnick, had left Hamilton on Saturday around 1:00 p.m. to go hunting in the Big Hole Valley of Beaverhead County. She further stated that Vandersnick was to return on Monday.
Due to poor weather, accumulating snow, blowing snow and no known location of Vandersnick, search and rescue would not be effective until daylight. Search planning would begin as soon as possible the next morning.
Vandersnick, a resident of Bruneau, Idaho, is 55 years of age and is very capable of caring for himself in the outdoors. He was reported as having plenty of food and water and appropriate clothing and equipment for the outing. He was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pick-up truck with a camouflage color. Continue reading
by E. Barth
RE: Front page article November 13, 2013. Dillon Tribune “Surprised?
Surprised, some of us aren’t. I was shocked at the interview with the mayor. How bold and odd his attitude was. I know the voter turnout was low, that shocked me that a community, even as small as we are, didn’t take the time to voice their opinion.
Klakken came to my door, asked me what issues I thought need to be addressed in Dillon. He listened and then left a brochure. I voted for Klakken. Marty, you didn’t ask me about my vote. I guess you couldn’t find the Klakken voters. Maybe you were looking in the wrong places. We are the ones that are busy trying to navigate these car rattlers daily, passed off as streets. Driving them trying to get to work so we can pay those sewer bonds off caused by wrong decisions, that some of us think you could have questioned. We just don’t have the time to stand around with our cohorts chatting about how who voted for who. Sometimes friends say what they know you want to hear. You must remember voting is private affair and you can never really know who voted for you.
I hope we will see some changes and we Klakken voters will be watching him now.