Monthly archive

March, 2014

  • 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...
  • Next week is Sunshine Week. It does sound like something of an oxymoron for those of us who live here in southwestern Montana, widely known as the sunniest corner of the state, but there’s more to it than that. Sunshine Week is an annual observance to highlight the importance of open government and government agency “transparency....
  • During a symposium on natural resources and sustainability last Friday at University of Colorado, Boulder, law professor Charles Wilkinson took a look at a group of panelists that included two former secretaries of Interior, and in a moment of appreciation for their service, declared them “Western royalty.” No one said anything...
  •   To the editor,   I want to thank the Dillon City Council for allowing me time on their February 19 agenda to raise the issue of equal rights for LGBT people with respect to employment, housing, and public accommodations. A possible city ordinance assuring these rights is currently under consideration by the council’s Judicial...