Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The feet on the bus go up and down Chaperones and elementary students enjoyed a nice stroll to school Friday morning as part of the Walking School Bus program. As hard as it is to believe, even the weather co-operated. J.P. Plutt photo

Walking School Bus Wed., Fri., Mon.

The Walking School Bus offers local students in grades K–5 the chance to start their schooldays three days a week— on Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays—with a pleasant, fun, healthy stroll to Parkview Elementary accompanied by an adult chaperone and other students. Walking School Bus features two routes in Dillon. Route #1 commences at 7:25 a.m. at the parking lot of Salsa’s, at the corner of South Atlantic and East Dillon streets, with subsequent ‘passenger’ pickup points at the corner of South California and East Glendale streets, and then at the East Glendale-South Wyoming streets intersection. The second Walking School Bus route takes off at 7:30 a.m. from Dan Ibey Memorial Park across Noble Avenue from the southwest edge of Beaverhead Golf Course in Dillon, with subsequent pickups/stops at the corner of Skihi and North Walnut streets, and then North Walnut and Barnett Avenue. For more information about—or to volunteer to help with the Walking School Bus—call Breanne Smith at 406-925-3614.

Fox Run meeting today

The Fox Run Special District board will convene at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, May 11, in the Tom Welch Room of the Beaverhead County Treasurer’s office, 102 N. Washington St. in downtown Dillon.

Community group meets today

The Dillon Montana Community Foundation will meet at 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 11, in the lobby of Big Sky Cinema, 560 N. Montana St. The meeting’s agenda includes planning for this summer’s June Jubilee and Dillon History Days in July. For more information, email staceybrack67@gmail.

Pheasants Forever event today

The Beaverhead Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold a Dinner & Auction at 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 11 in the Frontier Event Center, 102 E. Helena St. in Dillon. For tickets or more information, call Karl Sullivan at 406-865-0063.

Chamber event Thurs.

The Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture will hold a board meeting with guest Mike McGinley at 4B’s Restaurant, 660 N. Montana St. in Dillon, on Thursday, May 12. Later that day, the Chamber will also hold a 5–7 p.m. Chamber Mixer at Bridger Archery, 41 E. Glendale St. in downtown Dillon. For more information, email

Water rights info Thurs.

The Missouri Headwaters Partnership will host an eventfrom 6–8 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, featuring representatives of the Montana Water Court, DNRC, FWP and others providing information on the basics of water law in Montana. People can attend the meeting via Zoom through the link at using the meeting ID 831 3563 2335. Marathon Sat.

Marathon Sat.

The fifth annual Beaverhead Marathon and Half Marathon will run Saturday, May 14, from the Clark Canyon Reservoir to the finish just outside Beaverhead Brewing Co. in downtown Dillon. A half-marathon will also be run that day. To register or get more information, go to

Military meal Sat.

Military Dining Out will serve a good meal to retired or current members of all military branches on Saturday, May 14, at the Elks Lodge, 27 E. Center St. in downtown Dillon, with attendees advised to dress in uniform or business casual. The event will include guest speakers, a grog ceremony and more. For more information, email or call 406-596-0132.

Pet spay/Neuter clinic May Sat.–Sun.

A Free Spay/Neuter Clinic hosted by Spay Montana will happen Saturday–Sunday, May 14–15 at the National Guard Armory, 1070 Hwy 41 N. For more information, call Joann Paddock at 683-4564 or Carol Simonsen at 683-3696.

Bicyle Rodeo events Sat. and Tues.

A Bicycle Rodeo will let young riders test and improve their skills from 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, May 14, in the parking lot across from the Forest Service building on Barrett Street on the south side of Dillon. A free 5–8 p.m. Bicycle Tune-Up Clinic on how to get your two-wheeler ready for summer riding season will happen at the Bike/Walk Southwest Montana Community Bike Camp, 1575 Overland Rd. in Dillon.

Trails project May 18

Beaverhead Trails Coalition will lead a volunteer work project at Cornell Park, 6–7:30 p.m. on May 18. To RSVP or get more information, email

Chamber Lunch ‘n’ Learn program May 19 The scarcity of area childcare options will be the topic of Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture’s Lunch ‘n’ Learn at noon on May 19 at Mac’s Last Cast, 26 S. Montana St. in downtown Dillon. To RSVP or get more information, email

Bannack State Park cleanup May 21 The annual Cleanup Day at Bannack State Park will take place May 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 406-834-3413 or email

Art reception May 27

A reception and new member welcome for artist Sharon Tash Reynolds will unfold 4–7 p.m. on May 27 at Tendoy Fine Art Gallery, 35 E. Bannack St. in downtown Dillon. For more information, call 406-660-3007.

Dillon JC Kickoff Concert June 5

Chauncey Williams will headline the fifth annual Dillon Jaycees Summer Kickoff Concert on June 5 on the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds in Dillon, starting at 8:30 p.m. Butte’s Levi Blom will open the show. For more information, go to or call 406-925-9420.

Bball camp June 6–9

The annual Beaver Shooting Camp for basketball players in grades 2–12 will convene June 6–9, in three different age groups at the Bulldog Athletic and Recreation Center on the campus of the University of Montana Western in Dillon. For more information, call 683-2361.

Poker Run June 11

The 10th annual Road Runners Bike Club Poker Run will roll to and through various locations around Beaverhead County on June 11, starting at Mac’s Last Cast in downtown Dillon, where registration will happen 8:30–10:30 a.m. For more information, call Kim at 406-660-1331.

Jubilee June 11 The inaugural June Jubilee on June 11 will offer activities and events around Dillon, starting at 9 a.m. with the Community Yard Sale at Kiwanis Park. At noon, festivities will get going in Depot Park in downtown Dillon with carnival games, a pie-eating contest, first responders touch a truck, and more. The 26th Annual Auto Festival & Cruise will start up there at 1 p.m., followed by the 2 p.m. Duck Race. For more information, call 406-596-1262.

Girls basketball camp June 13–16

Bulldog Basketball Camp for girls set to enter grades 4–10 this coming autumn convenes June 13–16 on the courts of Bulldog Athletic and Recreation Center on the University of Montana Western campus in Dillon. For more information, call 683-7317.

Demo Derby June 25

The Dillon Jaycees Annual Demolition Derby will hit the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds in Dillon on June 25, starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information, go to

Boys bball camp June 27–30

Bulldog Basketball Camp for boys set to enter grades 4–10 in the fall will get together June 27–30 in the Bulldog Athletic and Recreation Center on the University of Montana Western campus in Dillon, where campers will gain instruction from current UMW coaches and players. For more information, call Patrick Jensen at 406-546- 5556 or email

RAC hrs.

The Resource Assistance Center (RAC), 205 E. Center St. in Dillon, will remain open on Wednesdays, with hours of 8 a.m. to noon, and 1–5 p.m., by appointment only. Representatives from the state’s Office of Public Assistance in Butte will be at the RAC in Dillon to answer questions on May 11 and May 25, June 8 and June 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding the lunch hour. All clients must wear a mask. For more information, call Pat Scott 406-988-0360 or email or go to the Beaverhead Resource Assistance Center’s Facebook page.

Local food bank Wednesdays

The Beaverhead Community Food Pantry, 131 E. Helena in Dillon, distributes food on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to all community members requesting assistance. For more information about the Beaverhead Community Food Pantry, email or call 406-660-4500 or go to the Facebook page of Beaverhead Community Food Pantry. In the event of an emergency, call Kevin Brown at 406-925-3227.

Twin Food Pantry Wednesdays

The Twin Bridges Helping Hand Food Pantry, located upstairs above the Twin library at 206 S. Main St., will open Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone in need for food is invited. For more information, go to or email

Senior lunches Wednesdays

A Senior Lunch will be served Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Senior Center, 126 S. Montana St. in downtown Dillon, where a game of bingo will follow lunch and then pinochle at 1 p.m.

Activities at Sr. Center

Pinochle will be played 1–4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at the Beaverhead Senior Center, 126 S. Montana St. in downtown Dillon, where a crafting session will happen at 1 p.m. every Tuesday—the same day lessons will be offered in bridge, a game that will be played there on Mondays. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information about bridge lessons and games, call 683-2663.

Support group meets

The local Dementia & Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meets 10:30–11:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the Legacy Activity Center, 1000 State Hwy 91 S in Dillon. For more information, call 683-6867.

Landfill hrs

The Beaverhead County Landfill will observe hours of Mondays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays—but be closed on holidays. For more information, call 683-3780.