Sports Briefs

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Area ice rink updates

After working through some difficult weather and ice conditions, the Dillon Amateur Ice Hockey Association has reopened its rink at Christ Kraft Park on Overland Road in Dillon, though the group advises anyone skating there to keep an eye out for thin or cracking ice. Lights at the facility will be shining 4:30–9 p.m., with a warning dimming a half-hour before they shut off. Anyone looking for more information or interested in volunteering to help maintain and expand the facility should call Mike Morrow at 406-925-1644.

The mini skating rink that the City of Dillon maintained in Jaycee Park last winter looks to be closed for this winter due to tears in its liner.

The skating pond at Bannack State Park has enjoyed decidedly more stable conditions and continues to offer skating and skates in kids and adult sizes on weekend days 11–4 p.m. People are advised to call the park office at 406-834-3413 to check on current ice conditions before traveling to Bannack to skate.

Kids wrestling today

Dillon Little Guy Wrestling (which is open to little gals, too) will host a signup and parent meeting today, Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the BW Lodge in Dillon, starting at 6 p.m. For more information, go to the Facebook page of Dillon Little Guy Wrestling.

Avalanche presentation today

A free, multi-media presentation on Avalanche Awareness will take place today, Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of the Lucy Carson Library on the University of Montana Western campus in Dillon. For more information, contact the UMW School of Outreach at 683-7537.

Bike/Walk meet Thurs.

Bike Walk Southwest Montana (BWSMT) will hold its monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Bike Camp, 1575 Overland Rd. in Dillon. For more information, email

Coyote Derby starts Fri.

The annual Dog Days of Winter Coyote Derby will happen Friday–Sunday, Jan. 17–19, with registration due by Thursday, Jan. 16. For more information, call event sponsor Rocky Mountain Supply in Dillon at 683-2308.

Ice Fishing Derby Sun.

The 35th Annual Stan Shafer Ice Fishing Derby will (weather permitting) take place south of Dillon at Clark Canyon Reservoir on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to those who reel in two specially tagged fish, and the biggest trout and burbot, as well as in kids’ categories. Proceeds will go to event sponsor Beaverhead Search & Rescue. For more information, call 406-925-1510.

Free throw contest Jan. 26

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest for boys and girls aged 10–14 will happen Jan. 26, starting at noon in the Beaverhead County High School gym in Dillon. For more information, call John Hansen at 406-560-5281.

Leave No Trace Jan. 30

The Leave No Trace workshop led by Colleen Peterson will teach attendees about “ethical adventuring” on Jan. 30, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the local Patagonia, 16 S. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon. For more information, call 683-2580.

Avalanche updates

Trips into the backcountry to snowmobile, ski or engage in other winter recreation activities can expose people to avalanche danger. For daily updates on weather conditions and avalanche danger in the area, go to For more information, call 406-587-6984 or email