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Bannack State Park celebrates Montana ghost town with Bannack Days

MISSOULA, Mont. — Bannack State Park is hosting its signature event, Bannack Days, to celebrate Montana's first territorial capital July 16 and 17. Bannack Days is filled with traditional activities, displays and re-enactments starting Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Joe & Jane Kellam

Joseph Lisle “Joe” Kellam, 79, passed away at his home in Sheridan on Monday morning, February 21, 2022. Born in Hamilton County on October 31, 1942, he was the son of the late Carl Myron “Todd” and Thelma Louise (Harrison) Kellam. Joe was a 1961 graduate...

JCs feature car smashing and kids on center stage

The Dillon Jaycees continue to put on outstanding events enjoyed by folks in Beaverhead County and monies added to the Jaycee coffers are reinvested into the many good works the organization does throughout the year. The Jaycee Demolition Derby Saturday evening at Beaverehead County Fairgrounds held a special place in the hearts of many in Dillon as it honored the memory of former derby driver and Dillon Jaycee Mike Marsh.

Legion Cubs take two from Missoula Mavs

The Dillon Cubs ended a losing skid and began a winning streak on the same day last week in Dillon. Playing on their home field at Ray Lynch Park on Thursday afternoon, the Cubbies gained their first victory in awhile with a 5-2 win over the Missoula Mavericks, and then made it two straight with an 8-7 triumph in the night cap of the doubleheader.

Off and running (barefoot through the arena)

The Dillon Jaycees included a number of sections at their annual Demo Derby where kids were allowed to participate and fun they did have. In the boot race, kids pile their shoes at one end of the arena, and run down from the other end, find their shoes, put them on and run back to the starting line. In this age group, 8-10, some kids remembered they didn’t know how to tie their shoes once the got to the pile. All the kids needed extra detergent in the next wash load of socks. J.P. Plutt photo.

Under the big top

Credit the Kiwanis Club for bringing in to Dillon the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, a quality outfit that provided family entertainment last Friday night at Chris Kraft Park. There were two performances filled with non-stop action, including lions and other animal acts, jugglers, acrobats and much more. In the photo above, the ringmaster and clown debate the coloring book. Below, a fan with a tiger face paint job enjoys a snow cone. At left, a performer balances on multiiple stacked objects. J.P. Plutt photos.

Intercambios fosters connection

The great bilingual divide can be bridged over the top of a picnic table at Depot Park in Dillon on Thursday evenings. Each week, Intercambios offers people the chance to sit for an hour in the downtown Dillon park and converse in Spanish and English to gain practice in the two languages most often used in Dillon and in the entire Western hemisphere.

1970s WMC Alumni Scholarship Awarded to UMW Students

To be awarded this scholarship, students must hold at least a 3.0 GPA and have a relative that is an alumni of the University of Montana Western. Each student will be awarded a $500 scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year. The 1970s WMC Alumni Scholarship has been providing students with...

City okays fireworks for July Fourth

The skies will alight, again and again, on the Fourth of July all around Dillon—legally. The Dillon City Council last week endorsed the annual lifting of the city’s ban on the use of fireworks, but just for 24 hours—from 1 a.m. on July 4 to 1 a.m. on July 5.

Beaverhead S&R News

On the night of June 12th, the Beaverhead Search and Rescue was called out at 11:00 PM to assist with the rescue of two men injured in a side by side rollover accident. The incident took place in the Vipond Park area west of Melrose. Three search and rescue hasty teams were dispatched at 11:30 to the victims’ location.


Oregon State University graduated more than 7,300 students during ceremonies Saturday, June 11 at Reser Stadium on the Corvallis campus and Sunday, June 12 at the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend. Dillon area students graduating this June from OSU include:. Sheridan: Michael Hilliker, Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering. Angelo State University.

Moving along

The crew replacing the City of Dillon water lines appear to have picked up the pace on the project since recently receiving a public thumbs down on their work. In the photo above, three excavators and a loader focus on the Idaho Street-Bannack Street intersection. There is just one block of Idaho Street that remains untouched, between Bannack and Glendale. J.P. Plutt photo.


June 19 – A baby boy to Zane and Kailey Livingston of Dillon. June 22 – A baby girl to Nathanial and Kasey Swisher of Dillon.

In Brief

The Dillon Public Library’s free Movie Matinee series as part of its Summer Reading Program will continue with a 3 p.m. screening of “Peter Pan” today, Wednesday, June 29, at the Old Depot Theater, 15 S. Montana St. in downtown Dillon. For more information, call 683-4544. Noble...

Big lie

How is it that unelected zealot people can make a decision that effects millions of people in the country? The country that tells everyone we have the greatest freedoms of any country in the world. Another big lie. LaVon D. Brillhart Dillon.

Cunningham, Doherty roll as Miners sweep Cubs

Butte Game 1 starter Ethan "Easy" Cunningham delivers a pitch Friday evening at 3 Legends Stadium. (Bill Foley photo) Not long after Ethan “Easy” Cunningham flirted with a no-hitter Friday night, Rye Doherty sealed the deal. Both Butte Miners starters pitched shutouts as the Miners swept a South...