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• .4.41.4o AUTO** 3 -DIGIT 596 MONTANA HISTORICAL LI81RARY PO BOX 201201 HELENA, MT 59620-1201 WEDNESDAY, Jui.v 2, 2014 • VOLUME 133, NLMBER 27 MAKING HEADLINES SINCE 1881 - DitioN, MONTANA - 75 CENTS 1) E r y Area fireworks set for the Fourth of July The Dillon Jaycees' annual Fourth of July Fireworks Display will occur after dusk on Friday. The show, which viewers can see from all around the Dillon area, will be set off at Ray Lynch Park. In Madison County, the Virginia City Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a display in Virginia City at dusk following a long day of activities that includes the Ennis NRA Rodeo, parade and barbecue. Group names Barrett Hospital in top 100 iVantage has named Barrett Hospital & Healthcare one of the nation's top 100 Criti- cal Access Hospitals (CAH). The company claims the index used to rank hospitals is \the industry's most comprehensive rating of U.S. acute care hospitals. The results recognize that the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America - measuring them across 66 dif- ferent performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency. Law enforcement to focus on impaired drivers over the 4th The Montana Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies around the state will be out in force over the long holiday weekend to aggressively target drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Reports from the National Highway Traf- fic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show the Fourth of July holiday period is particularly deadly on the nation's roads. According to the latest data, nationally, 44 percent of the holiday crashes that caused 179 deaths in 2012 were alcohol -related, and 28 percent involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of 1.5 or higher—almost twice the legal limit. Law enforcement saturation patrols in Mon- tana will run from July 3 through July 6. The MHP Safety Enforcement Traffic Team (SETT) will also be deployed during the holiday. The SETT troopers are specially trained to detect and detain impaired drivers. Library continues summer reading Fizz, Boom, Read! activities continue at the Dillon Public Library on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Old Depot Theater. The movie matinee series for summer reading continues with a showing of Back to the Future. On Thursday at 10 p.m., in front of the Old Depot Theater, the Dillon Volunteer Fire Department pays a visit to summer readers with a \Fireworks the SAFE Way!\ program.. Children will have an opportunity to see a fire truck up close and personal during this program On ibesday July 8, at 7 p.m. in the back yard of the Library, the popular Pajamas in the Parks series begins. This is a family activity that will take place on each of the remaining ibesday evenings in July. Children come ready for bed in their pj's, bedtime stories will be read, lullabies will he sung, and cookies and milk will he served. All of these events are free and open to the public. ['NIG IDE E3stTimes • Reins, stagecoache , 1111(1 wagons .‘f • • tr. t , ss , b1101 , Look for the July edition of the Montana Best Times inserted in local copit-?s of the Dillon Tr bune Dinner in the Park kicks off Thursday The Southwest Montana Arts Council series Dinner in the Park series returns to Jaycee Park in downtown Dillon on Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. with a concert by roots and folk duo Bridges Home. Thursday will kick off a month of Dinner in the Park shows, with food provided by local organiza- tions and art activities for kids of all ages. \My project for Dinner in the Park is the kids' art table,\ said Southwest Montana Arts Council Board Vice President and Development Committee Chair Laura Straus \I love that we have that art experience for children in the park while music is playing. It re- ally adds to the experience for kids and the festive quality of the event.\ Just as Dinner in the Park will offer a differ- ent entertainment act each week, the art table will present kids with a different arts and crafts activity each week. Straus said that activity will allow kids of all ages to be \as creative and open to their own imagination and thoughts as possible,\ and be \something that even a two-year old can engage with and that a 12 year old can still have fun with.\ 'f'he activities will also be designed so that kids can finish them quickly, and then get back to enjoy- ing the show with their parents, said Straus, chair of the Montana Western education department. The Dinner in the Park series schedule includes: July 3: Music by Bridges Home, with food pro- vided by the Kiwanis Club. July 10: Music by The Dardanelles; a five -piece folk band from Newfoundland, specializing in jigs, reels and ballads, and dinner by the Southwest Montana Arts Council. July 17: Music by Doc Mock, an award -winning blues musician from Wisconsin and brother of local university professor Stephen Mock, with dinner by the Lion's Club. July 24: Music by the Red Desert Ramblers, a Utah quartet that plays bluegrass, classic country and swing, with dinner by the Rotary Club. July 31: Music by the Tom Catmull and the Cler- ics, a Montana band that plays music blending too many genres to make the band categorizable, with dinner by Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce. On Sunday, July 27, Dinner in the Park will pres- ent a performance of the comedy As You Like It by Shakespeare in the Park, with Dinner by Southwest Montana Arts Council. All the shows begin at 6 p.m. and are free and open to everyone. Proceeds from food sales will go to benefit the local organization providing food for Dinner in the Park attendees that evening. Downhill cruise The annual Ride Around The Pioneers In One Day (RATPOD) fundraiser for Camp Mak-A-Dream raised over $400,000 for the non-profit center dedicated to helping cancer victims. The event drew 650 riders who took a 130 -mile loop through Beaverhead County starting and ending at Dillon. For more on RATPOD. see page 2. J P Plutt photo Hot rod The Dillon Volunteer Fire Department responded to a Saturday evening call at the Dillon Collision Center to douse a vehicle fire. The call reporting the fire came in at 8:21 p.m. and the first fire truck on scene arrived at 8:27 p.m. According to Fire Marshall Rick Later the 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck, valued at $18,000. was a total loss. The fire appeared to start in the engine cornpart- ment, but the heat became so intense it melted the hood and the extent of the damage may make determining the cause of the fire impossible to determine The vehicle had been parked at the re- pair shop for about two weeks. according to Later It had collision damage before the fire The shop had not yet begun to make repairs. The building received damage but Lat- er had no repair estimate as of Tuesday DVFD Chief Mike McGinley said there was no sign of fireworks. but the fire marshall felt because of the proximity of fireworks stands in the area, fireworks remain a possibility as a cause for the fire J P Plutt photo Mayor negotiates deals with police and workers By M.P. Regan Dillon Tribune staff The \give-and-take\ of contract negotiations between the City of Dillon and a pair of bargaining units representing most of its employees concluded last week with both groups ratifying their respective deals after an unusual \give\ from members of one group of city workers to another. Members of the Dillon Police Unit voted Thursday night to accept a deal with the city that included a voluntarily reduction in their health care benefits so the savings could go to bolster health care benefits for members of the Dillon Employees Unit, whose 11 menters ratified their deal the same' night. \We were paying quite a bit more (for health insurance), and the police department was the one that actu- ally stepped in and gave up some of their benefits to help us out, so we didn't have to pay as much,\ said Danny Devers, president of the Dillon Employees Unit, which represents employees in the city's parks and animals, water and sewer, street and alley, home health, bus and cemetery departments, as well as city clerks and administrative assistants. \It was nice of them to do that. They didn't really have to do that, but they did:\ added Devers \We understood the city's position and that they wanted to help make things e% en for all the city workers on health insurance,\ commented Dillon Police Officer Frank Kluesner, who serves as president of the Dillon Police Unit. \Police officers were willing to give in some areas to make things even across the hoard for everyone. I found that attitude refreshing.\ Both K luesner and Devers also cave credit for the negotiations being productive and amiable to the city's negotiating team led by Mayor Mike Klakken, who was joined in the talks Continued to page 3 11111111 I 0111101 111b0 it',( 10111 i 111; 1)11.1,01 TRW) .1 I( NH. 683-2331 - r -MAIL ITS 1( it It I 11111'114 11 1)11 Ii 110111 .t 0N1