An Alert, Deadlines, Weather and Events in the coming days

Avalanche updates
Avalanche danger remains high in the backcountry of Beaverhead County and much of Montana. For more information on snow conditions and avalanche danger in the area, go to www.avalanche.org, www.mtavalanche.com/education, and www.missoulaavalanche.org/education-events and/or call the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest office at 683-3900 or its 24-hour recorded information line 683-3913.

Lit contest letters due today
The deadline for entries to the Letters About Literature Contest is today, Friday, Jan. 12. The contest includes young readers in grades 4–12 who read a book, poem or speech and then write a letter to its author (living or deceased) on how the book personally impacted them. For more information, email brooke.beighle@humanitiesmontana.org or go to http://read.gov/letters/.

Afterschool program signup by today
Today, Friday, Jan. 12, is the last day to sign up for Book Worms—the Jan. 16–19 installment of the Southwestern Montana Family YMCA’s Adventures in Afterschool program for kids in grades K–5. Book Worms will meet 4–5:30 p.m. to introduce participants to some winter-themed books, as well as engage them in games, and arts & crafts activities. Registration costs $20. For more information, call 683-9622 or stop by the Y at 75 Swenson Way in Dillon.

RSVPs due today for Bannack event

The Bannack Association’s Annual is requesting RSVPs by today, Friday, Jan. 12, for its Annual Dinner on Jan. 20 in the University of Montana Western’s Lewis & Clark Room. The event will include a 5:30 p.m. social with no-host bar, 6 p.m. dinner and ongoing silent auction. Admission will be included in the the cost of annual membership ($15 for singles, $20 per family and $25 for a business), which can be paid for at the dinner. To make reservations, call Dale Carlson at Bannack State Park (406-834-3413 ext. 100).

Friday: Temperatures will remain in the 30s all day when SSW winds blow 10-18 mph, with about a 15 percent chance of precipitation in the afternoon.
Friday Night: Temperatures will dip below 30 after midnight with about a 5 percent chance of precipitation all night and SSW winds 8–15 mph.

Saturday: Temperatures will peak in the mid-30s in the afternoon, with little chance of precipitation and SSW winds 8–12 mph.
Saturday Night: Little chance of precipitation throughout the night, when SSW winds will blow 8–12 mph, with temperatures dipping into the 20s after midnight.

Sunday: Calmer SSW winds 4–8 mph with little chance of precipitation during the day and temperatures peaking around 40 degrees in the afternoon.
Sunday Night: Light SSW winds, with about a 15 percent chance of precipitation in the hours after dusk to around 3 a.m., when temperatures will drop below 30.

Coyote Derby this weekend
The annual Dog Days of Winter Coyote Derby will take place Friday–Sunday, Jan. 12–14. Early registration is available. The cost to enter is $30 per individual and $50 per team. To sign up, go to event sponsor Rocky Mountain Supply, 700 N. Montana St. in Dillon. For more information, call 683-2308.

UMW hoops Sat.
The University of Montana Western men’s and women’s basketball teams will welcome their counterparts from Montana State–Northern for games on Saturday in Straugh Gymnasium on the UMW campus in Dillon. The Lady Bullogs will take on MSUN at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 7:30 p.m. showdown between the Western men and Northern Lights. For ticket information, call 683-7220 or go to http://umwbulldogs.com/sports/2017/4/19/ticket-information.aspx.

Country dance Sat.
A Country Swing Dance with DJ Adam Hooten will take over the Dillon Elks Lodge on Saturday, Jan. 13, starting at 8 p.m. Admission cost $3 per person and $5 per couple, with prizes awarded for the best dressed cowgirl and cowboy.