UPDATED: Bannack Skating Pond to Open December 26

Skating Pond Bannack

The Bannack ice skating pond and warming house are tentatively scheduled to open December 26th ice conditions permitting.  Due to the warm weather please call the park at 834-3413 to check on ice conditions before coming out.  The skating pond will be open from 11:00 to 5:00 through January 4th for the Christmas vacation.  After January 4th the skating pond will only be open on weekends from 11:00 to 5:00 and by special reservation for schools and community organizations.   The warming house offers hot and cold drinks and candy and there is a good selection of ice skates that are free to use. You can also watch Bannack videos in our warming house and children can enter the coloring contest.  Continue reading

Wildlife Habitat Council Recognizes Koch Companies for Environmental Stewardship

Six Koch companies’ sites received Wildlife at Work certification from Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) for successful environmental stewardship and habitat conservation. Koch Industries’ subsidiaries Flint Hills Resources, Georgia-Pacific, INVISTA and Matador Cattle Company were recognized at Wildlife Habitat Council’s annual symposium Nov. 11 in Baltimore.

Matador Cattle Company’s Beaverhead Ranch covers approximately 345,000 acres near Dillon, Montana. The ranch’s wildlife team has re-established westslope cutthroat trout on two miles of Bear Creek, and is working to establish the species at Peet Creek in 2015. By following a variety of timber and grassland management practices, Beaverhead now provides calving grounds for hundreds of elk and supports about 5,000 head on a seasonal basis. Other wildlife species benefited are white-tailed deer, mule deer, antelope, and moose. In the Blacktail benches area, additional animals benefited are coyotes, mountain lions, bears, blue herons, sandhill cranes and bald eagles. Beaverhead is the only ranching operation to hold Wildlife at Work certification, which it first received in 2002.

>> Read more at Business Wire >>

Holiday House in Full Swing

Dillon's Holiday House. Click for larger version

Dillon’s Holiday House. Click for larger version

Load up Grandma and the kids. There is a light show to see. Holiday House is great display of Christmas lights set to music. When you go, be sure to set your radio to 106.9 FM for the full experience. Don’t forget to set your radio back to KDBM or KBEV when you leave.

The holiday house is located on Dillon Street on the south end of Dillon near Pita Pit. You can click the map below to see where it is.


Montana Landowners Invited to Attend Non-Lethal Predator Damage Management Workshop

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program and the Montana State University Beaverhead County Extension are hosting a one-day non-lethal predator damage management workshop on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds 4-H building in Dillon, Montana. The goal of the workshop is to provide information to the public on the science behind non-lethal predator damage management methods and the practical applications of these methods for protecting livestock.

Presentations from wildlife researchers, natural resource managers, landowners and other experts will include the following topics:

  • Development of nonlethal tools for predator management
  • Update on current wolf and grizzly bear populations and activities in southwest Montana
  • Montana Livestock Loss Board Programs including grants & reimbursement
  • Carcass management
  • Livestock protection dogs
  • Range rider programs

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Dillon Lady Beaver BB vs Belgrade 12-16-2014

Dillon BeaversFINAL SCORE: Lady Beavers 51 – Belgrade 37

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Barrett Hospital & Healthcare Introduces Health Improvement Program

Science-based and cutting edge, Barrett Hospital’s new Health Improvement Program (HIP) focuses on improving health and quality of life for participants through behavior changes in nutrition, physical activity, and emotional wellbeing. The first HIP will begin January 13, 2015. For a one-time fee of $300, participants will receive 10 months of education, motivational group support, class materials, and two sets of lab draws – the first at 16 weeks and the second at the end of the program. The course will be facilitated by Jenny Given, LCSW, Jill Pulaski, RD, and Deanna Nelson, RN, with medical oversight provided by Dr. John Madany and Dr. Sandra McIntyre.

The course is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals 18 and over who receive clearance from their medical provider are welcome to participate. Limited financial assistance will be available from Barrett Hospital Foundation. Continue reading

Welborn Sponsors Bill for Bullock

Jeff Welborn

Jeff Welborn

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has turned to Republican State Rep. Jeff Welborn of Dillon to sponsor his nearly $400 million-plus infrastructure bill in the 2015 Legislature.

“Montana is lucky to have statesmen like Jeff Welborn who are eager to get something done on behalf of all Montanans and who will work across the aisle to do it,” Bullock said in a statement.

“While Jeff and I won’t agree on everything, we agree that Democrats and Republicans should work together to find common sense solutions to fix our roads, build our schools and provide safe drinking water across our state.”

Welborn said Tuesday that Bullock approached him to sponsor the bill and, after considering it, he agreed to do so. Republicans have majorities in both the House and Senate.

>> Read more at Helena IR >>

New Football Coach Named for UM Griz

Offensive innovator Bob Stitt will become the 36th head football coach in Montana program history, athletic director Kent Haslam confirmed Tuesday.

“We’re excited to get him here and excited to get him ingrained in Griz Nation,” said Haslam, who received a signed contract from Stitt on Tuesday morning.

The new coach, who recently completed his 15th season at NCAA Division II Colorado School of Mines this fall, won’t be back in Missoula until the end of the week. Stitt will be formally introduced Friday at 10 a.m. in a news conference at Washington-Grizzly Stadium’s Canyon Club.

Stitt is the 37th hire as UM head coach, the 36th man to take the position though because of the two terms of coach Doug Fessenden (1935-41, 1946-48).

>> Read more a the Missoulian >>

Cattle Theft Not a Thing of the Past

The ad in the paper is a plea for help. An offer is made — $20,000 in exchange for information about 24 cows branded “D — D” and 28 calves stolen from Sheridan last year. Cattle rustling is not a thing of the past.

The missing cattle wear a brand owned by William J. Doenz of Sheridan who manages the D Bar D Ranch. The cattle were grazing when they disappeared in August 2013.

Livestock investigator Cody Cunningham was limited in what he could say about the case other than it was open and under investigation.

Investigating cattle disappearances is not always a cut-and-dry job, Cunningham said.

>> Read more at The Missoulian >>