60% Of Montana Absentee Ballots Have Been Returned

Absentee ballots are pouring in to county election offices in the final days before Tuesday’s election.

As of early Wednesday morning, 60 percent of Montanans who had requested absentee ballots had already cast their votes, according to statistics from Secretary of State Linda McCulloch’s office.

In all, 145,677 Montana voters have returned the absentee ballots out of the 241,713 people who requested them. A total of 671,224 Montanans have registered to vote so far this year, and those who haven’t can register up until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Voters may turn in absentee ballots at the county election office or polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

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Dillon Elks Collect Hide Donations to Raise Money

Elks members in Dillon are raising money in an unusual way. They’re collecting animal hides to raise money for youth activities.

The blue bins are not your usual trash bins — take a look inside and you’ll find animal hides.

“Every hunting season we set our barrels out to collect hides,” said Elks leading knight Mickel Herren.

Herren said they collect hides from any kind of animal, then sell them to an Anaconda company. The money goes toward scholarships, youth activities and keeping the lodge a nonprofit.

Before all that can happen, Elks trustee Travis Herren travels about 500 miles to the different bins around Beaverhead County, gathering up the donations. They’ve already collected the first round of hides.

“We have probably about 50 hides, and that’s just from opening weekend,” said Travis Herren.

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Pat Carrick Returns From Africa

Patricia Carrick had already traveled to Africa three times to work for Doctors Without Borders.

A nurse practitioner, Carrick knew the health infrastructure there was ill-equipped to deal with the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

“Death is not new to me,” she said. “Death on this scale is something I’ve never experienced.”

At her Dillon home, Carrick, 67, on Monday talked about her experience battling the deadly epidemic in one of its worst hot spots. She hasn’t shown any symptoms of the disease, but as the national debate on managing the return of health care workers to the U.S. evolves, she’s “laying low.”

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Montana Western Hosts Annual Halloween Trick or Treat Event

The University of Montana Western welcomes local children to its annual Residence Life’s Halloween Trick-or-Treat event Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Kids kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to make their way to the UMW campus on Wednesday and collect candy from the residence halls on campus.

All kids will meet up in the Keltz Arena at 6 p.m. From there, kids will trick-or-treat through the decorated hallways of the different residence halls on campus. The children will be led though hallways by current Montana Western Students. The event will last till 8 p.m.

Public Access Secured To 41,344 Acres South Of Dillon

Permanent access has been secured to approximately 41,344 acres of public lands in Beaverhead County – just in time for the general big game hunting season.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with a private landowner and various state, federal and private entities to assist in buying a 30-foot wide permanent road easement to cross .66 miles in three separate segments, according to a news release. The easement crosses a private ranch through two drainages in the Medicine Lodge area, approximately 35 miles southwest of Dillon. Cost of the purchase was not available.

The project improves access to both the Tendoy and Beaverhead Mountains.

“This strikes at the very core of our mission,” said David Allen, foundation president and CEO. The group “is committed to seeking and finding avenues like this particular project to open public access for increased recreational opportunities like hunting.”

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Joan Grogan and Russ Schwandt of Pink Heals Southwest Montana to Speak To Dillon Kiwanis

Kiwanis_LogoJoan Grogan and Russ Schwandt of Pink Heals of Southwest Montana, will be the featured speaker at the Wednesday, Oct. 29 meeting of the Dillon Kiwanis.

Grogan and Schwandt will speak about the Care Enough to Wear Pink and Pink Heals Movement. The non-profit organization started in 2007 to help people battling cancer with a focus on women and what they mean to us in our daily lives!

The Kiwanis meet each Wednesday at 12 p.m. at the Dillon Elks Lodge in downtown Dillon. The program begins at 12:15. Visitors are welcome.

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

UMW Students Share Experiences Observing Pryor Mountain Wild Horses

A group of natural horsemanship students at the University of Montana Western will present, Monday, Oct. 27, on their class trip to view the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses.

The students will show photographs and videos from a trip they took a week before classes at the university started to the Pryor Mountains. The trip was a part of a course designed to show horses in their natural environment to natural horsemanship students​. During their presentation Monday evening, the students will walk audience members through their trip and share the history behind the American Mustang and the Pryor Mountain refuge.

The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range is located in parts of Montana and Wyoming and was established in 1968 as the first refuge dedicated only to Mustangs. The wild horses on the range are unique and have been considered the most significant wild horse herd remaining in the United States. The class of 12 students spent a few days on the range observing the different horses and bands. Sandy Elmore, who has spent an extensive amount of time following the Pryor Mountain horses, acted as a guide for the group.  Continue reading

Roberta (Bobbie) Evans, the University of Montana Western Interim Chancellor, Will Present to Rotarians

Rotary LogoRoberta (Bobbie) Evans, the University of Montana Western interim chancellor, will present to Rotarians and guests Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Visitors are welcome. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary should come at noon to be a guest for lunch. The Club meets in the Guild Hall of St. James Episcopal Church, 203 East Glendale St. For more information, email Craig Rehm at or Roxanne Engellant at