Adjust and adapt

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Adjust and adapt


I coach youth flag football and early each season, I run through the same little talk to all of my teams. We’re lined up in an offensive formation on the field and I show every player where they need to go and what they need to do. That is called a play, I say.

We run through the play a couple times and then I take a minute to share an important lesson. I tell them that this is how the play is supposed to go, it is what the plan shows on the piece of paper. But things don’t always go according to plan.

In this instance, the quarterback could fumble the snap, or the snap could go over the quarterback’s head. I tell my players that is when we adjust and adapt. We have to make quick decisions on the run and to succeed, we have to believe that no matter what, we can make magic happen.

Our world, our continent, our country, our county, our town is in that position now. This COVID-19 crisis is real. The global plan has fallen apart. Billions of individual plans are not going to turn out the way they were formulated.

The coronavirus situation is going to get worse before it gets better. This isn’t going to be over in a week or two.

We all have to get on board with the adjustments our leaders are coming up with and adapt to the new reality. Life isn’t fair, and some of these solutions are going to hurt folks economically for the sake of the overall public health situation.

If you want to pull the covers over your head and cry until somebody comes and changes your diaper, you’re going to have a long wait. This is not the time to be a coward. It is time to adjust and adapt, time to step up and make magic happen.

We have seen that phenomenon happening in Dillon and in other places around the state. Restaurant owners are getting more and more creative with curb side pick-ups as an example.

Here at the Dillon Tribune we are going to step up to the challenge this situation presents with an effort to keep the citizens of Dillon and Beaverhead County informed on all developments associated with the pandemic, primarily on the local level, but state and national items as well.

As we all have found out, the situation can change from day to day, hour to hour. Since we are a weekly newspaper, we are going to utilize our website,, to post all breaking news in a timely fashion. Check out the site on a daily basis either with your smart phone or home computer to stay abreast of any breaking developments on the coronavirus front.

To facilitate this plan, we have removed all pay walls on the site, so everything is free and open to the public, including the e-edition pages. We will continue the updates and the free content on the website ( for as long as the process is needed.

If you would like to become involved in a volunteer effort, the Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce is facilitating a volunteer pick-up service to help those citizens who can get out on their own. To utilize the service or for more information, call Candi Whitworth (683-5551).

The list of county offices that are closed due to the protocols that have been put in place includes the County Landfill. That has caused some confusion with people believing the landfill is closed. The landfill is open during the regular posted hours, there is just no visiting the office which is at the shop there at the landfill.