In Brief

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Chancellor retirement party today

The University of Montana Western will celebrate the retirement of Chancellor Beth Wetherby today, Wednesday, April 28, starting at 11 a.m. on the Legacy Plaza at the UMW campus. In the event of inclement weather, festivities will move indoors to the Lewis & Clark Room. Attendees are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing.

Pilon at Rotary today

Shantel Pilon, who along with her husband, Rory, recently bought Pelletier Sprinklers and Landscaping and renamed it Pilon’s Landscaping and Sprinklers, will serve as guest speaker at the noon lunch meeting of Dillon Rotary set for today, Wednesday, April 28, in the Guild Hall of St. James Episcopal Church, 203 E. Glendale St. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, email Mike Blando at or Tina Giem at

Community group meets today

The Community Affairs Committee will meet at noon today, Wednesday, April 28, in Dillon City Council Chambers, 125 N. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon. For more information, call Stacey at 683-4245.

Virtual theater run ends today

The University of Montana Western’s Fine Arts Department will present online performances of Mythfest for free through today, Wednesday, April 28, at any time of day or night. “A collection of performances of new work featuring the stories and songs of homesteaders, ancestors, troubadours, and mystics rendered by UMW students and alum, this installment in the Bank of Commerce’s Performing Arts Series can be viewed at For more information, email

Mental Health presentation today

The last installment of the three-part series Beaverhead Family Mental Health 2021 will happen Wednesday, April 28, with a 7 p.m. presentation on “Hidden Dangers: Internet and Social Media” by Boise Deputy Sheriff Dave Gomez. The event can be attended in-person at the Frontier Event Center, 100 E. Helena St. in Dillon (in the old Shopko building) or virtually via Zoom. To register, go to For more information, email information@

Farmers Market meeting Fri.

The annual members meeting of the Dillon Farmers Market will happen Friday, April 30, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the 4-H Building of the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds in Dillon, with last year’s members and prospective members for 2021 invited to attend. The market is set to kick off on June 26 this year. For more information, call Katie Bump at 683-6735.

CSC holds Denim Day

Today at Jaycee Park Pavilion in downtown Dillon there will be a Denim Day observance from 2-6 p.m to raise awareness about sexual violence. Attendees are asked to wear jeans to help discredit the notion that some victims of sexual violence are partly culpable for the attacks against them because of how they dressed. Organized by the Community Support Center, the event will include activities and snacks. For more information, call 683-6106 or email

Art exhibit opens Sat.

A Random Thought Art Exhibit featuring works by Kari Louise Towery and Clare Bailey will offer an opening reception 6–8 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Susie’s, 120 N. Montana St. in Dillon. The works of the two local painters will remain on exhibit there through June 12.

Cemetery cleanup Mon.

The annual Memorial Day Cleanup at the City of Dillon’s Mountain View Cemetery will begin Monday, May 3. People are asked to please remove all decorations stuck in the ground or placed on grave spaces—including shepherd hooks, lights, wooden crosses, artificial flowers, etc.— by that date so the cleanup can commence. Flowers and/or decorations may be placed on graves for Memorial Day beginning May 27. All shepherd hooks and other decorations not in compliance with cemetery regulations that are placed for Memorial Day must be removed by June 7. For more information, call Stacey at 683-4245.

Free course starts Mon.

A free, in-person, three-week course focusing on the role of pandemics throughout history will get taught by Dr. Bill Janus at the University of Montana Western, starting Monday, May 3, and running through May 21, meeting 8:15–11:45 a.m. in Room 319 of UMW’s Main Hall, where registration will be available on the first day. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 683-7324 or email

Women’s golf Tues.

The women’s 2021 local golf season will officially get going Tuesday, May 4, at the clubhouse of Beaverhead Golf Course in Dillon, where morning ladies league play will tee off at 10 a.m. followed by the kick-off meeting at 6 p.m. For more information, call Becky Kingston at 406-792-6550 or Dawn Brown at 406-925-3278.

Banquet May 8

The Second Annual MTA Sportsman’s and Furbearer’s Unlimited Banquet will happen on May 8, when the doors will open at 5 p.m. at the Frontier Event Center on East Helena Street in downtown Dillon. For tickets, go to montanatrappers. org/banquet.htm

Virtual art show thru May 15

A Virtual Student Show will feature art from the University of Montana Western Fine Arts Gallery any time of day or night through May 15 online at https:// ofkz51r8o05havzx. Submissions, include glass, soundscapes, paintings, glass, photos, and much more. For more information, email nathaniel.freeman@

Horse-Bike Clinic May 22

A Horse-Bicycle Encounter Clinic will happen May 22 on the Fairgrounds in Twin Bridges, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic will help bicyclists understand what to do when encountering horses or mules on trails. Please RSVP by May 15. To reserve a spot or get more information, contact Clark Kinney by calling 406-599-4430 or emailing, or Gene Bruce at 208-699-6426/

Territory Days June 18–20

The inaugural Beaverhead Territory Days will happen in and around Dillon June 18–20. For more information, call the Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture at 683-5511 or email dillonmtcvb@gmail. com.

Range Days June 21–23

Montana’s premier rangeland educational event, Montana Range Days will happen June 21–23 at the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds in Dillon. Those who register prior to May 17 will gain a discount. To register, go to https://www.montanarangedays. org/. For more information, call 683-3802 or email

Demo Derby June 26

The Dillon Jaycees’ Demolition Derby will return to Beaverhead County Fairgrounds June 26, starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information about tickets or entering, email

Seed Library starts

The Dillon Public Library’s Seed Library is up and sowing for the 2021 growing season, distributing heritage seeds for fruits, vegetables and flowers for members, who are asked to keep track of their experiences with the seeds and report how they did at the end of the summer. To get started, come into the Dillon Public Library, 121 S. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon. For more information, call 683-4544.

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Softball Mon.

The Beaverhead County High School softball team will host a 4 p.m. game against Hamilton on Monday, May 3, on the field behind Dillon Middle School, where they will welcome Corvallis for a game at the same time on May 20. For more information, call 683-2361.

Chamber gala May 22

The Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will host its Black Tie & Boots Gala on May 22 at the Dillon Elks Lodge, 27 E. Center St. in downtown Dillon. The event will include the Chamber’s awards for: Business Woman of the Year; Business Man of the Year; Teacher of the Year; New Business of the Year; Agribusiness of the Year; Community Organization of the Year; and Chamber Member of the Year.

To make nominations for the awards, go to For more information about the Black Tie & Boots Gala, call 683-5511 or e-mail dillonmtcvb@

RS online help

The Internal Revenue Service is offering the Interactive Tax Assistant, an online tool to help users fill out their income tax returns. To access it, go to

Food Pantry open Wednesdays

The Beaverhead Community Food Pantry, 131 E. Helena in Dillon, distributes food on Wednesdays only from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to all community members requesting assistance. For more information, call 406- 660-4500.

Lions and lobsters

The Dillon Lions Club is taking orders for live lobster. Check at Vigilante Electric Co-Op or Precision Eye Care and Optical for information.

Bannack rec and hrs.

Bannack State Park remains open for outdoor recreation actives, including cross country skiing, hiking, camping and self-guided town tours. The park’s current hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 406-834-3413 or go to

Creativity kits available

With pandemic concerns shuttering the downtown Makerspace room this year, the Dillon Public Library is offering Makerspace Kits that will allow kids to create airplanes, weaved turtles, butterflies and whatever else their imaginations and skills can conjure at home. For more information, call 683-4544 or email dpldirector@dillonmt. org or stop by the library at 121 S. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon during library hours (Mondays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays 11a.m. to 3 p.m.).