Aug 122014
Deer Lodge Demolition Derby 2013


Tri-County Fairgrounds, Deer Lodge

Sunday August 17, 2014 at 6 pm

Gates open at 5 pm


ADULTS – $8 (13 and over)

CHILDREN – $6 (6 to 12)

FREE for 5 and under.



Come rainstorm or heatwave, the Deer Lodge Demolition Derby will take place this Sunday. Brought to you by the Powell County Chamber of Commerce.

Watch the drivers battle it out in the Main Event (Classic Cars) and Herby Derby for over $4,400 in Cash Prizes and Trophies.

Tickets available on the gate or in advance from Calumet (MRC Main Street Services), Valley Foods and Keystone Drug & Gifts.


Have a vehicle and want to take part? Registration is from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the junction of Prairie Lane and Sagebrush Lane.

Cost is $45 ( $40 in advance prior to 5:00 pm on Friday 15th at the Chamber Office at 1109 Main Street).

Rules & Regulations available from the Chamber Office or download HERE

It’s going to be a great evening, so come along and cheer on your favorites.

The Classic Event is Sponsored by NorthWestern Energy and Steele’s Furniture, TV, Appliances.

The Herby Derby is sponsored by Chiate, McMahon, Mayer & Doyle Collision Repair.

Brought to you by the Powell County Chamber of Commerce.

Jul 252014

Press release from the City of Deer Lodge;

** PLEASE NOTE ** All residents located in the water main replacement project area – WATER will be turned Off on July 29, 30, 31 and Aug 1, 2014

The roughly 100 residents/businesses located only in the following areas off of Main Street will be affected:

1) Cottonwood Ave (west side) – only on north side of the road (ex: Elks bldg/NAPA store) to Railroad Tracks.

2) All of California Ave on the west side of Main Street

3) All of Rainbow Ave on the west side of Main Street

4) Second St. from NAPA to Rainbow Ave

5) The entire West Side of Main Street from Cottonwood to the Grant-Kohrs Ranch

All effort will be made to have the water back on for the evening hours.

The City sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience.

If you have any questions, call Mark of Bauer and Buck Construction at 406-880-5473

Jul 232014

The following message has been received from Bauer and Buck Construction:

All environmental permits are now in place for the Main Street Bridge Project and work will commence on Monday, July 28, 2014, 7:00 am with the placement of the detour.

We also received the following release from the City of Deer Lodge:

Due to the Main Street Bridge Project, the water main and all water services connected to that Main will be turned off on July 29, 30, 31 and August 1, 2014. All effort will be made to have the water back on for the evening hours. The City sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience.

(Added on July 25th: The water shut off will be from approx. 7 am till 7 pm from Tuesday through Friday, affecting the west side of Main Street from City Hall north to Grant-Kohrs Ranch. )

Please direct any inquiries to Mark of Bauer and Buck Construction at 406-880-5473

Jul 102014


The westbound off ramp at the South Deer Lodge Interchange is scheduled to be temporarily closed for final milling and paving work. This closure is expected to last two days and is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, July 15th and 16th. During this closure signs and message boards will be in place directing traffic to use either the Racetrack Interchange or north Deer Lodge Interchange. Thank you for your patience during this temporary closure. If there are any questions please contact Gilman Construction at 723-8234 or the Montana Department of Transportation at 563-7261

Jul 032014

The following message has just been received by the Powell County Chamber of Commerce regarding the Main Street Bridge Construction Project in Deer Lodge:

The notice to proceed date has been postponed until further notice from Scott Cunningham, P.M., MDT. We will not begin work on Monday, July 7.

I will keep you informed.

Thank you,

Stacey Otte
Office Manager

Mark Buck Construction, Inc.
DBA Bauer and Buck Construction

Jun 232014

A Community Information Meeting regarding the Construction Project for Main Street Bridge in Deer Lodge will be held on Wednesday June 25, 2014 at the Elks Lodge at 230 Main Street, from 2 till 3 pm.

The Project is due to commence on TBA, and this meeting will be your chance to hear from the contractors, Bauer & Buck Construction of Missoula.

Jun 102014
Territorial Days Rod Run

Territorial Days Celebrations in Deer Lodge

June 13 – 15, 2014

  Events start with the 2nd Annual Tina Schowengerdt Memorial Barrel Race on Friday 13th. This Fundraiser for Tina’s House starts at 9 am at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. Saturday’s events start at 10 am and there is a BBQ and Auction from 5 pm – 7 pm in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion, $35 for a family. Sunday events start at 11 am. Admission is Free for all 3 days.

 The Main Territorial Days Events start on Saturday 14th June with the Prison Break Run, a fun run, walk and road race sponsored by the Deer Lodge Athletic Association. All runs start at 8:00 am with registration beginning one hour before race time at Newland & Company at 212 Missouri Ave. (just off of Main St.)

 A Radio Control Aircraft Flying Display will take place from 9 till 10:30 am out at the Deer Lodge Airport. Organized by the Butte Plane Nutz Radio Control Aircraft Club.

 The Show and Shine registration takes place in the Old Prison Yard from 9 am till 11 am. Entry is $20 for your 1st car, $5 each for your 2nd and subsequent cars. Entrants receive a goodie bag plus a chance to win one of our TOP 20 AWARDS. All Show N Shine participants leave at 11:20 am from the Prison Yard to join the parade.

The Territorial Days Parade starts at 11:30 am from outside the former Scharf’s Restaurant, with the Pioneer Power and Tractor Association Antique Tractor Show taking place on Main Street after the Parade.

 Jaywalkers Jamboree will start after the parade, with vendors along Main Street selling everything from food and drink to jewelry, clothing, toys, art and craft items, etc. Rides will be available for kids and those young at heart.

 The Country Showdown starts at 1 pm on the stage on Missouri and Main.

 The Live Band “Short Notice” will be on stage at 7 pm for our Free Street Dance, which runs until 11 pm.

 Other events are also taking place in Deer Lodge on Saturday, including special sales, book signings and other events at local stores. Check local paper and flyers for details.

 On Sunday, the Annual Father’s Day Golf Tournament takes place at the Deer Park Golf Course.

 Saturdays MAIN EVENTS are presented by the Powell County Chamber of Commerce and we wish to give a big THANK YOU to all of our SPONSORS:
Band sponsored by: Zip Beverage, Broken Arrow, Montana Bar and the Corner Office.
Show N Shine Awards sponsored by: Ace Hardware, Boomerang Bakery, Broken Arrow Steakhouse, Circle H. Growers, Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic, Clawson Insurance Agency, Deer Lodge Family Dental, Deer Lodge Liquor Store, Deer Lodge Medical Center, Deer Park Golf Course, Eastside Greenhouse, First Security Bank, HedgeWorks, Hogan’s Rancher Ag Supply, Indian Creek Campground, Keystone Drug & Gifts, Lickety Print, McDonalds, Montana Auto Museum, MRC Main Street Services, Newland and Company, NorthWestern Energy, Old Prison Museum, Olde Crow Primitives, PayneWest Insurance, Peoples Bank of Deer Lodge, Pioneer Federal Savings & Loan, Powell County Title Co., R&C Home Improvement, the river radio, Silver State Post, Starr Family Dental, Steele’s Furniture & Appliances, Sun Mountain Logging, Sun Up Fitness, Territorial Antiques & Uniques, Treasure State Auto Parts, Valley Foods.

May 082014


Deer Lodge SuperHost 2014

Deer Lodge, Mont. — Representatives of local convenience stores, lodging properties, visitor information centers, museums, outfitters, restaurants and any business greeting visitors to the area are invited, free of charge, to attend the popular “Rockin’ to the Rhythm of Service” seminar in Deer Lodge on Monday, May 12, 2014. The Powell County Chamber of Commerce will host the training in the Pen Convention Center, 925 Main St., Deer Lodge from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Business owners, managers, and front-line staff are encouraged to attend together. Brought to your community by the Montana Office of Tourism and their Tourism Development Program, this fast-paced customer service and tourism training program is custom-designed for Montana hospitality providers. New this year is a special focus on advanced questioning techniques. These techniques help engage and guide your visitors, probe for more information, clarify needs, and lead to productive relationships with your customers. Combining efforts to focus on customer service ensures the viability of Montana’s economic success and its $3 billion tourism industry.

Attendees are encouraged to bring brochures, flyers, or information to share about area businesses and attractions. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion. Pre-registration is required. Please contact session host David Williams at 406.846.2094 or to register.

Seminar trainer Becky Henne is a talented facilitator who will motivate attendees to value their role in our tourism industry, expand their knowledge, connect with customers and take a fresh look at ways your business can not only attain rave reviews from visitors, but also keep them returning again and again. With strong connections to the Montana tourism industry, her service examples and suggestions will prompt thoughtful discussions and provide practical skills and tips which can be put to use immediately. Previous participants appreciated learning about the wealth of travel resources available, hearing stories to share from others in their community, obtaining new customer service perspectives and tactics, and experiencing the group interaction.


For anyone unable to attend “Rockin’ to the Rhythm of Service,” a free online, self-paced program, “Lost and Found in Montana,” also is available. For more information, visit

May 062014


A public meeting with the Montana Department of Transport has been set up for Wednesday 7th May at 6pm at the Pen Convention Center.


Since last month, road construction on I-90 in the Deer Lodge area has had a devastating effect on some of our local businesses and tourist attractions. Prior to this construction, the Powell County Chamber of Commerce, Old Montana Prison Museums, Grant-Kohrs Ranch and SouthWest Montana Tourism contacted the Montana Department of Transport requesting a local meeting be held to listen to ideas that we have in mitigating the effects of these projects. To date, no satisfactory response has been received, and no meeting has been scheduled by the MDT. At the very least, better signage on the approaches and off ramps into Deer Lodge would help.

If you and your business have been affected and you wish to register your ideas and request a local meeting , please contact the following people at these State departments:

MDT, Director – Mike Tooley – (406)-444-6201 –

MDT Butte District – Jeff Ebert – (406) 494-9625-

MDT Butte District Preconstruction – Dustin Rouse – (406) 494-9636 –

Office of Economic Development – Andy Shirtliff  – (406) 444-5472 –

Department of Commerce, Director – Meg O’Leary – (406) 841 2700 –




Apr 112014

Tourism & Brand Workshop

Thursday, April 24th at The Pen Convention Center, Deer Lodge, Montana

9 am till 3:30 pm – No Charge with a Free Lunch provided

RSVP Required by Friday, April 18th. Register online at or call Julie Walker on (406) 841-2887

Hosted by the Montana Office of Tourism, the workshops will:

  • Provide an overview of what the Office of Tourism (MTOT) is doing to support tourism in the state and in your area.
  • Provide ideas on how to increase tourism – for both the region and for individual businesses.
  • Facilitate a brainstorming session to discuss how Southwest Montana can attract more of the 11+ million visitors that come to Montana each year.
  • Provide hands-on training for harnessing the power of social media in marketing outreach efforts, especially as it pertains to the tourism industry, and tips for navigating and

In addition, the Montana Office of Tourism will be holding random drawings at the workshop.
For every 20 attendees, the state will be giving away one complimentary registration and one room for two nights at the 2015 Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation in Helena. **Dates to be announced.
One person will also be selected to receive an iPad Mini to help utilize tools and tips presented at the workshop.**Must be present to win.

Session Details:

  • 9:00 a.m -11:30: Marketing Montana & MTOT Branding
  • 11:30 – 12:30 p.m: Lunch courtesy of MTOT
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m: Montana Main Street Program
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m: Social Media Tips
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m: Navigating

We urge everyone who is interested in Tourism and its impact on our region to register and attend this free workshop.

RSVP Required by Friday, April 18th. Register online at or call Julie Walker on (406) 841-2887