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ci/14/15 ****** AUTO**3 D/C311- MCA:Jr/WA RIG TOIcICAL 1.2 filtAPY PO BOX 2012 01 IIBLPNA,MT59520 1201 111111111111\11/1 111111111.11011101 / 1 /MIPIPTI 1 1111111 1 11 R 1B U .11 11 23, 2014 - Voi.i ii 133, NI 'WIER 30 M\KI-; HEADLINES SINCE 1881 - DILLON, MONTANA - 75 Cis Pop ups, pajamas, parade and carnival at Library thru July By M.P. Regan Dillon Tribune staff The Dillon Public Library's Summer Read- ing Program heads into its final chapters over the next eight days. Tomorrow at 10 a.m., the Depot Theatre in downtown Dillon will host a presentation on Pop -Up Books featuring a large and enter- taining sampling of the 3-D literary art form to engage kids of all ages, who will also get the chance to create their own pop-up pages. On Tuesday, the increasingly popular Pajamas in the Park holds its final 2014 ses- sion starting at 7 p.m. in the backyard of the Library (or, weather not permitting, in the Library basement). Children of all ages and their parents and guardians are encouraged to attend to enjoy snacks, sing lullabies and listen to bedtime stories. Wearing pajamas and falling asleep are optional. And on Thursday, July 31, the program stages its Grand Finale Parade and Carnival. Parade participants can dress up as their favorite literary character or object or as anything related to the scientific Fizz, Boom, Read! theme of this year's Summer Reading Program, or just as their book -loving selves. The parade begins at 9:45 a.m. in the Alco parking lot and then strolls down Idaho Street to the Library. Once everyone arrives at the Library, the Carnival kicks into gear with two hours of games, face painting, fishing, bowling, toy shopping and a wide variety of other fun ac- tivities on which kids can spend their Boom bucks—the currency they earned participating in this year's Summer Reading Program. You don't have to spend any real money to participate in any of the Library's Summer Reading Events, which are all free. The Dillon Public Library's Summer Read- ing Program aims to keep local children en- gaged with books through a wide variety of activities related to literature and increasing interest in topics, like science, that can moti- vate children to explore new books. \There's been recent stories in the national news about how low U.S. students test scores are getting in science,\ said Dillon Public Li- brary Director Marie Habener, explaining the decision to build this year's Summer Reading Program around a science theme and activi- ties, \so we wanted to design a program to help encourage children to do more reading over the summer in science.\ By reading over summer vacation, kids can lessen and even avoid the summer slide phenomenon that causes so many children to academically regress during the long break from school and return to class in September a month behind where they left off at the start of the summer. For more information about the Summer Reading Program, contact the Dillon Public Library at 683-4544. Need a free ride? Call the city bus The Dillon City Bus offers free rides to any- one from anywhere to anywhere else within the city limits on weekdays. The City Bus operates Monday 12:30-4:30 p m., Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m. To get a ride or more information, call 406-660-4247. Pistol Pete Pete Johnson. a longtime Bannack Days performer. reacts to the crowd during the stagecoach robbery enactment up Hangman's Gulch on Sunday. There were smiles all around from the,army of volunteers who stage the festival, all celebrating the event's revival after last year's cancellation. For more on Bannack Days. please turn to page 9. J P Plott photo Bannack Days celebrates 37 By J.P. Plutt Dillon Tribune staff The 37th edition of Bannack Days over the weekend completed the comeback of the state park and Montana's first Territorial Capitol just over a year after a devastating flash flood ripped down Hangman's Gulch and severely damaged the site three days before last year's festival was scheduled to begin. For the almost 5,000 who visited Bannack Saturday and Sunday, the ghost town was as unique and authentic as it had ever been. \We're about 95 to 96 percent back to normal,\ said Bannack State Park Manager Dale Carlson. \We've bounced back pretty good. Not too many people would even know that we had a flood. We've had a lot of com- ments from people saying they are amazed at the turn- around in the park and how far it has come back to normal. \Bannack is back. People have renewed interest, they just love this place.\ According to Carlson, the Bannack Days crowd on Saturday totaled over 3,000 visitors throughout the day, while the Sunday crowd came in at over 1,500. Carlson said the widespread publicity the park re- ceived last year from the flash flood, brought curious and concerned visitors from all across the country for this year's celebration. One landmark, the assay office, was nearly erased from the townsite during the flood. Situated near the Mead Hotel, the building took the brunt of the initial flood waters from the gully washer. Two walls remained intact, with the rest of the building strewn around Bannack and along Grasshopper Creek. \We were able to find all of the pieces and put it all back together,\ said Carlson. I say In the photo above, the Bannack assay office is shown devastated from the flash flood last July The photo below shows the same building full restored J P Piutt photos Meet the public City Council stages another colorful session By M.P. Regan Dillon Tribune staff The often intriguing and dramatic public comment session that closes Dillon City Council meetings again of- fered some interesting observations, questions, and even some answers, at the Council's July 16 meeting. City Councilperson Derek Gore used the public comment session to ask about the process the Council used earlier this year to reverse course and agree to pay a $2,166 legal bill it had originally decided to force Mayor Mike Klakken to pay. The bill had been submitted to the city by local attorney Adam Shaw, whom Klakken hired to look into claims that the city would open itself up to wrongful discharge lawsuits by Ty Cobb and Duke Gilbert if the Coun- cil consented to appoint Klakken's choices of Neal Straus and Jim Dolan to replace them as city treasurer and city attorney, respectively. \It was brought before the Council and we agreed not to pay this bill, and then the next meeting, the mayor vetoed it. And then the Council over- ran his veto, which is procedure,\ re- called Gore, who represents Dillon's Ward 4, •along with Councilperson Swede Troedsson. \Next thing I know, I hear at the following meeting that the Finance Committee agreed to pay for it with the Mayor. And it was just a quick thing where the Mayor said he met with the Finance Committee and said they'll pay for it,\ added Gore. \Wouldn't that have had to become before the Council, since we voted twice on that? asked Gore. Finance Committee member Dick Achter answered, saying the Finance Committee had initially rejected the bill when Klakken submitted it, but later met and agreed to pay it, and then put the hill in the City Council's packet as part of its claims report, which the Council subsequently ap- proved. \Wouldn't that have to go before the Council\ Gore again asked. \It did go before the Council - you approved it,\ replied Council President David Spehar. Former Councilperson Raymond Graham said the confusion likely stemmed from the Council failing to follow proper legal guidelines in the scheduling of its regular Finance Committee meetings. \The reason that nobody remem- bers how all this happened on the bill is, again, because they hold the Finance Committee meeting on the same day they hold the City Council meeting, which means that none of the stuff the Finance Committee talks about gets put in the (City Council meeting) packet as required by law 48 hours in advance of the meeting,\ commented Graham \So you never got an opportunity to see what they talked about on the Continued to page 3 Relay for Life celebrates 10 years fighting the fight By J.P. Nutt Dillon Tribune staff The Dillon Relay for Life opens their 10th event Friday night at a new location, the Barrett Hospital Kennedy Trail, carrying the theme \Finish the Fight,\ in hopes that the battle against cancer will end this century. The opening ceremony will start at 7 p.m. Friday night. \Literally cancer affects everyone in this nation in one way or another,\ said Dillon Relay of Life Event Chair Diana Brown. That is what is so great with this community event. We live in a country where we are blessed to be able to gather, so that's what we do. As a community we come together and raise money and we fight back. We don't let cancer steal everything.\ A year ago, the Dillon event exceeded their fundraising goal of $31,000. This year, Brown is confident that the group will again surpass their intended target of raising $34,000. Seventeen relay teams have been busy with a variety of events raising money for the cause. According to Brown, the money is well spent. 72 cents of each dollar raised goes directly to fighting cancer through research. prevention, early detection, and free patient services through pro- grams that serve southwest Montana Road to Recovery provides free rides for patients to and from treatments, a program provides free lodging for patients and their families who need to stay over- night for treatment, and Look Good, Feel Better provides items like wigs, turbans and hats and teaches patients how to take care of their skin as they go through chemotherapy. These are just a few of the programs the Dil- lon Relay for Life helps fund \While Relay for Life is the American ('an- cer Society's largest fundraiser, it is really a lot more than that,\ explained Brown. \It is about celebrating that you are a survivor, it is about being there for those that are left behind, for family members and friends.\ For the third time in the history of Dil- lon Relay for Life, the event will he held at a new location. Brown says the association with Barrett Hospital is a perfect marriage \They are about quality of life and we are about quality of life, so it has been an amazing partnership,\ said Brown \I feel like Relay is home.\ The venue offers the opportunity to be- come imaginative with the set-up and the organizers have adopted a creative plan There are two tracks, a longer, White Lap section that is .68 miles for the hulk of the all DIANA BROWN night haul, and the much shorter and intimate Purple Lap that will he used for, among other things all of the specialty laps - Survivors' Lap, ('aregivers' Lap and team laps. In addition, this year's venue includes a seven - foot high \Wall of Hope,\ standing tall and basking in purple light, the color that represents all can- cers. Brown asks that participants write a message of hope on the wall. The track is lit by street lamps and Relay will have the infield lit up with floodlights for the all night event. Brown has warned neighbors that the crew will be making noise. \because cancer never sleeps so for one night, neither do we\ Brown request that event attendees avoid park- ing in the front row at the main enterance to the hospital and to avoid parking in the front row at the emergency room enterance. \Relay is just an amazing place to he to cele- brate the people that got another birthday, the ones that beat cancer and the ones currently fighting it. a place to remember all of the loved ones lost Continued to page 3 111E11 6 06605 13160 0 I lt11:1 It) I 111. 1)11.1.0N TR1111 tilv '101/%1' ( \ i I tO t I I I - \I 111 I c YOUR NEN'S 10 EllITfile ( \ ) 1111 I il‘ It