Oct 112013


Rialto Community Theater – Deer Lodge, MT

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 – 6:30 pm, Meet the Candidates

7:00 pm Forum Starts

You are invited to a live ‘Meet the Candidate’ Forum organized by concerned citizens who are not involved in any of the races.

It’s free to the public with the purpose of giving the voters in the City of Deer Lodge a chance to hear the candidates and learn where the candidates stand on the issues important to our community.

Candidates from Ward 1, Ward 2, Ward 3 and Ward 4 will begin the evening followed by the candidates for Mayor.

How To Vote: If you are a registered and active voter you will receive a ballot in the mail soon, which you will return to the Powell County Clerk and Recorder. If you are not a registered or active voter and wish to vote in this election you can still do so. You can vote at the Clerk and Recorder’s office at 409 Missouri Avenue right up to and including election day, Tuesday, November 5th with proof of your identity and where you live. For more information on voting call the Clerk and Recorder at 846-9786

Sep 252013

NorthWestern Energy has announced a scheduled Power Outage for the City of Deer Lodge from 1 am on Thursday September 26th 2013. The outage will last for approximately 5 hours and will enable the company to safely make repairs at a local substation.

The area impacted covers the entire City of Deer Lodge, west to the Montana State Prison area, east to Poly Mountain, south to the Race Track area and north to the edge of the City.

For any questions, please contact NorthWestern Energy on (888) 467-2669

Click HERE for the poster from NWE

Sep 182013

Press Release from the Deer Lodge Development Group.



WHERE: Pen Convention Center on Main Street

WHEN: 7 pm on September 19th 2013

The purpose of this meeting will be to update the public on the status of DLDG’s projects, Hotel Deer Lodge, upcoming events, and encourage membership to our organization.

With the community’s help, we have accomplished a lot in the past year and have exciting things ahead, and want to expand Deer Lodge’s fan base!

Please join us on September 19! (Did I mention there’d be treats?)

See you there!

Sherrill Ellis Kraakmo, Executive Director, Deer Lodge Development Group

Sep 092013

The 18th Annual Big Sky Draft Horse Expo makes Deer Lodge the place to be this weekend.

Starting at 8 am on Saturday and Sunday the 14th and 15th September 2013, events taking place at the Tri-County Fairgrounds include:

>    Six horse hitch Conformation

>    Four horse Hitch and Driving and Four Abreast

>    Junior and Senior Team Driving

>    Ladies, Pleasure and Junior Cart

>    Tandem and Unicorn

>    Antique/Unique and Street/Working

>    Working teamster classes including obstacle course, log skidding, and cultivating

>    Feed team race

>    Kids stick horse race and more

A Trade Show provides an opportunity to view and purchase items ranging from draft horse harnesses to art and books. It is always a mix of interesting items.

Admission is $10 per adult per day ($5 per day for 11-18 year olds)

Event Buttons are $18, and this includes entry into the Expo on both days, plus admission to the Old Montana Prison Museums and entry into the Prize Draw.

Family Tickets are $25 per day (2 adults with up to 4 kids up to 18) or $40 for the Weekend.

More information is available on the website at http://www.drafthorseexpo.com/

Deer Lodge is also home to the 7th Annual Montana Academy of Living History. From 11th to 13th September, various events, local tours and workshops will be held. More details on the website at http://www.academyoflivinghistory.com/

Aug 132013


Tri-County Fairgrounds, Deer Lodge

Sunday 18th August 2013 at 6 pm

Gates open at 5 pm


ADULTS – $8 (13 and over)

CHILDREN – $6 (6 to 12)

FREE for 5 and under.


Deer Lodge Demo Derby

Come rain or shine to the Deer Lodge Demolition Derby, brought to you by the Powell County Chamber of Commerce. See the drivers battle it out in the Main Event (Classic Cars) and Herby Derby for over $4,400 in Cash Prizes and Trophies. Fun and games with Crash The Clown.

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

Deer Lodge Demo Derby

Have a vehicle and want to take part? Registration is from 3 pm to 5 pm at the junction of Prairie Lane and Sagebrush Lane. Cost is $45 ( $40 in advance (prior to 5:30 pm on Friday 16th) at the Chamber Office at 1109 Main Street).

Rules & Regulations available from the Chamber Office or online at http://www.powellcountymontana.com/images/Demo-Derby-2013.pdf

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

The Main Event is Sponsored by NorthWestern Energy.

Brought to you by the Powell County Chamber of Commerce.


Deer Lodge Demo Derby

Aug 062013

Raffle for Statue 'Clyde'


Help Preserve the Statue of “CLYDE”.

All proceeds of Raffle will be used to repaint and maintain the Clydesdale Statue that resides at the North Entrance to Deer Lodge. Tickets are $2 each or 6 tickets for $10. Contact Dayna Gilman on 490-1305, Betty Hadley on 846-2507 or Barb Johnson. Need not be present to win, but we would love to see you at the Big Sky Draft Horse Expo in Deer Lodge, Montana. September 14 and 15, 2013.

Prizes: Quilt with Western Design, Leather Canteen with Silhouette of Clyde, Weekend Pass for Fairmont Hot Springs. Raffle items have been donated by Barb Johnson (Wild Iris), Charlie Gilman (Circle Star Boot Shoe and Saddle Repair) and Fairmont Hot Springs and Resort.

Jul 252013

Western Weekend at Grant-Kohrs Ranch

There will be a roundup of all the activities that made up the frontier cattle era at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site (NHS) in Deer Lodge, July 27 and 28 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.

  Saturday will feature the work of the cowboy, as this year’s calf crop receives the Lazy G Hanging K brand registered to the ranch.  Throughout the day, brand crafts and games will initiate children into the history of the open range, while numerous other programs and displays will be offered to visitors of all ages. The calves will be branded between 10:30 and noon on Saturday, barring rain.  Wet stock cannot be branded.  Find out why at the event.

  Sunday will be given over to teamsters and draft horses.  From 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, we will be demonstrating our newly rebuilt overshot stacker.  Like a giant horse-powered pitchfork, it is the type of stacker most commonly used at the ranch.  The “beaverslide” haystacker used in recent years will also be on display.  Additional programs for children and adults will be offered throughout the day. Like branding, haying cannot be done in the rain.  Wet stacked hay can spontaneously ignite.  Other activities will go as scheduled, rain or shine.

  Admission is free for all programs.  For details, visit www.nps.gov/grko or call (406) 846-2070.

266 Warren Lane Deer Lodge, MT 59722  406 846-2070 phone 406 846-3962 fax

Haying at Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Deer Lodge

Haying at Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Deer Lodge

Jun 262013

After a fantastic turn out for Territorial Days on June 15th and last weekends Open House at Yesterday’s Playthings and Museum Appreciation Day, we are pleased to continue the busy Summer in Deer Lodge with not one but two important events.

Tina Schowengerdt Memorial Barrel Race (TSMBR)

The Tina Schowengerdt Memorial Barrel Race (TSMBR) will take place the weekend of June 28th-30th at The Blue Pavilion in Deer Lodge. The races will be held Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. A barbeque dinner will be served Saturday, June 29th at 5 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $12 for adults, $6 for children or $30 for families. There will be a silent auction, a live auction and Rob Quist and Great Northern will entertain as well. For ticket and general information, contact Diana Solle at 406-691-0540. or visit http://cottonwoodcommons.org/


31st Annual Weapons Collectors Society of Montana




Deer Lodge, MT


Friday June 28th to Sunday June 30th 2013


  • Adults – $5.00
  • Youth (10-18)- $1.00
  • Under 10 – Free


Admission is for all 3 days and Includes Gun Show and All Museums


  • Friday June 28th – 12 noon till 6 pm
  • Saturday June 29th – 9 am till 5:30 pm
  • Sunday June 30th – 9 am till 3 pm


80 + tables – Wide Selection


Concessions – Family Fun!


Dealer Information


Table Rental (Reduced prices for 2013!)


  • WCSM Member – $25.00 each
  • Non-Member – $30.00 each
  • Outside Space – $25.00
  • RV Electric Hook-Ups – $40.00/3 days


Contact: Julia Brewer – Old Montana Prison


(406) 846-3111 – info@pcmaf.org


Jun 192013

FREE Admission to the Old Montana Prison Museums this Saturday the 22nd June, 2013. Lets celebrate Museum Appreciation Day.


Raggedy Ann and AndyIn addition, there will be an Open House at Yesterday’s Playthings to formally introduce the newest exhibit “Raggedy Ann and Andy”. They will have an “official” ribbon cutting at 10:00 a.m., cake, coffee AND Raggedy Ann and Andy will be there (in the flesh) so the kiddo’s (and adults if you please) can get your picture taken with the “redhead’s”. The owner of this impressive collection, Kathy Jackson, will be present, and door prizes will be handed out, including a free paranormal investigation at the Old Prison on August 16, 2013

Please support YOUR local museum complex and come on down for a free day of history, fun and culture.


 Old Montana Prison Museum Complex, 1106 Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722 – (406) 846-3111