Weatherby Named Chancellor at the University Of Montana Western

New UMW Chancellor, Beth Weatherby

New UMW Chancellor, Beth Weatherby

Beth Weatherby, provost of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., has been selected as the 22nd chancellor of the University of Montana Western.

“I am excited about joining Montana Western as the chancellor of such a unique and innovative institution. I look forward to continuing the phenomenal success the university has realized over the last 10 years,” Weatherby said. “Montana Western’s Experience One creates unparalleled learning experiences for students and truly sets the institution apart from all others.”

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom made the announcement Friday, concluding an extensive search that began last spring. Montana Western is an affiliate campus of UM. Continue reading

Bannack Ghost Walks Filling Up

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th and 25th ……When the October moon rises over Cemetery Hill above Hangman’s Gulch beware of things that go bump in the night at Bannack!  The ghosts of Bannack come alive for two special performances each night presented by the Bannack Association.  Meet the ghosts of Henry Plummer, Dutch John Wagner, Cyrus Skinner, Chief Snag, Doctor Glick, Nellie Paget and many more rogues from Bannack’s colorful past.  Based on historical events that occurred at Bannack these spooky reenactments are sure to entertain you.  This annual fund raiser for the Bannack Association has two shows nightly, the first at 7:00 pm and the second at 9:00 pm.  Each show is limited to 100 people so reservations are required.  The 7pm show on Saturday night is already sold out so get your tickets soon.  Dress warm, bring a flashlight and prepare to meet the ghosts of Bannack.  Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 years old and under.  Tickets must be paid for in advance, no refunds. The shows are not recommended for children under 6 years old.  Pets are not allowed.  Be sure and make your reservations soon while there are still openings.  Walk it if you dare!

Call the park at 834-3413 to make reservations for the Ghost Walks or for more information.

The park is open from 8am until dusk every day.   Bannack State Park is located 25 miles southwest of Dillon, just 4 miles off Highway 278.

Dillon Beaver Football @ Hamilton 10-17-2014

Dillon BeaversFinal Score: Dillon Beavers 43 – Hamilton 7

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Twin Bridges Falcons Football vs Harlowton 10-17-2014

Twin_Bridges_FalconsFinal Score: Twin Bridges Falcons 56 – Harlowton 7

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Lady Beaver Volleyball vs Hamilton 10-16-2014

Dillon BeaversFinal Score: Lady Beavers 2 – Hamilton 3 (25-20, 21-25, 25-27, 25-21, 11-15)

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Free Use Firewood Permits Available Near Wise River

District Ranger Russ Riebe announced the establishment of a Free Use Permit area for firewood gathering along the north end of the Pioneer Scenic Byway, approximately seven miles southwest of Wise River.  The permits will allow for free firewood gathering of standing, down, or piled dead wood along the paved Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway corridor for a distance of about eight miles, from Flying Cloud lane to Willow campground.  Several large slash piles of woody debris are easily accessed from the paved road. These piles are left from the recent Byway Roadside Safety Salvage project.  The four cord permits will be issued to first come, first served customers, and will only be valid from Oct. 15 through Dec. 31 2014.

To obtain a permit and receive more information and a map of the area, please stop in or contact either the Wisdom Ranger District at (406) 689-3243, or the Wise River Ranger District at (406) 832-3178.

There is a Fungus Among Us On The Big Hole

Anglers report seeing dead brown trout in the Big Hole River near Melrose in southwest Montana. The fish are noted to have a fungal infection known as saprolegnia.

Brown trout are susceptible to the fungus this time of year because they are stressed from spawning which may also result in depressed immune systems. Specifically, brown trout in high density areas like the Big Hole are digging in the river bottom with their tails to create their spawning nests (known as redds). They are also often fighting and bumping into each other causing them to lose or compromise the layer of slime which helps protect them from disease.

Region 3 Fisheries Manager Travis Horton says, “The fungus is taking advantage of these fish when their ability to fight an infection like this is at its lowest point.” However, Horton adds that this is not entirely unusual as there are occasional “hot spots” for saprolegnia and they are typically short-lived. Continue reading

Hunters Against Hunger: Donate Big Game for Hungry Montanans

Montana-FWP“A Montana law passed during the 2013 state session allows individuals to make a contribution that will help nonprofit groups process donated wild game for free distribution by Montana Food Bank Network to help feed people in need,” said Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena.  The law came into effect when Montana State Senator Kendall Van Dyk sponsored SB123 which passed to become 87-1-293http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/87/1/87-1-293.htm

Hunters who legally harvest big game during the hunting season can donate the meat to feed hungry Montanans. There will be no cost or processing fees for the donated meat! Only legally harvested or confiscated big game animals can be donated (deer, elk, antelope, moose and wild buffalo). No road kill can be donated. Simply deliver the big game to the nearest participating meat processor (listed below). The ground venison will then be distributed to Montanans in need through Montana Food Bank Network’s partner agencies.

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