Monthly archive

March, 2014

  •   Julia was born in Butte, to Earnest Pearly and Elva Elfina Smith. In 1941, Julia’s father, a Marine Corps reservist, was recalled to active duty, only returning to Montana after World War II ended. In 1950, Earnest was again recalled, this time for the Korean conflict, which brought him and his family in 1955 to the Camp Pendleton...
  •   Our loving mother and grandmother, Audrey Valach, passed away March 8, in Dillon. She was born in Lewistown on Oct. 12, 1923, to Ira and Gladys (Samuels) Glenn. She attended school in Lewistown, graduating from Fergus County High School in 1942. She was a waitress in her years in Lewistown. On Oct. 16, 1947, she married John Valach, Jr. in...
  •   Gail Huntley Wright, in the presence of her loving sons, lost her battle with cancer, on March 7. On May 7, 1936, Gail came into this world and joined big brother Clayton at the Huntley Ranch in Wisdom. Her parents, Ralph and Ebba, were thrilled with their beautiful baby girl. She valued her Big Hole Valley upbringing and liked to say you...
  •   The Dillon City Council met for just 21 minutes last Wednesday night, but still managed to stick Mayor Mike Klakken with a legal bill of more than $2,700. The Council voted 6-1 to make Klakken himself pay for legal work he requested be done on behalf of the city earlier this year by local lawyer, Adam Shaw of the Dillon law firm, Erb &...
  • The City of Dillon suffered just $650 of property damage from fires in 2013, according to statistics from the Dillon Volunteer Fire Department. “That’s not a typo,” DVFD Chief Mike McGinley advised the Dillon City Council when handing out the stats at the Council’s Feb. 19 meeting. “We had an amazing year,”...
  • Barrett Hospital and Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Ken Westman says the organization has been forced to reduce the work force by the equivalent of 14 full-time positions. A combination of not rehiring open positions, scheduling changes and hour reductions and layoffs has been used to meet the reduction in force, and in the end three employees...
  •   The Rural Schools Science Fair took place Friday at Keltz Arena on the campus of Montana Western. According to Beaverhead County Superintendent of Schools Linda Marsh, Alder, the only rural school in Madison County and Divide and Melrose, the only rural schools in Silver Bow County, joined the Beaverhead County schools in the academic...
  •   Columbia Falls squared up the state championship series with Dillon at 2-2 with a 56-47 win over the Beavers at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls Saturday night.  The two dominant teams in the Montana Class A ranks over the past decade have combined to win 8 of the past 12 state A championships. Both Dillon and Columbia Falls teams...
  •   The 2014 Dillon Middle School Science Fair winners both looked to the past and found unexpected paths to take their fields of study forward. DMS Seventh grade Grand Champion Annie Larson and Eighth Grade Grand Champion Gabe Kirkley revived experiments performed last decade by their older siblings for the competition, with each gaining...
  •   The championship basketball history between Dillon Beaver coach Terry Thomas and Columbia Falls Wildcat coach Cary Finberg dates back to 1990.   At that time, Craig Finberg was the head basketball coach at Dillon, Thomas was in the early stages of formulating the plan for his future Beaver football dynasty, and Cary Finberg had wound...