Nov 052012




at the


317 Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722






“State of the City”

* 50/50 Raffle * Door Prizes *


Available from Valley Foods and Keystone Drug & Gifts
or contact the Chamber Office on 846-2094

Download and print the Banquet poster  HERE

Oct 222012

Haunted House 2012

The Old Montana Prison Presents

The 9th Annual

“Terror in the Cell House”

Friday, October 26th

Saturday, October 27th

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

 Admission – $5.00 per person

Not recommended for children under 10 years

Entrance at the Visitor Center, Old Montana Prison, 1106 Main Street, Deer Lodge MT 59722

 Special Appearance by “Butte Magic

Fire-eating, Sword Swallowing and More!!

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 Kids Halloween Festival

(For Kids Under 10 Years)

The Pen Convention Center

Parents Attending The Haunted House!!!

Enjoy the Haunted House while your little ones enjoy the Kid’s Halloween Festival!!

Sep 072012

The first Clark Fork River Celebration will be held on Saturday September 29th, 2012 at the Old Montana Prison.

Events start at 9 am and include interactive programs (in the Prison Yard and Arrow Stone Park), vendors (in the Prison Yard), a film festival (at the Rialto), a Brew Fest, a BBQ Competition (at The Pen) and a Live performance from Wylie & The Wild West.

This Celebration is organized by the Watershed Restoration Coalition who are asking for sponsors for the various events, plus donations for a silent auction.

If you are interested in sponsoring the BBQ Competition, the Film Festival at the Rialto, or are willing to donate items for the auction, please contact Ted Dodge on (406) 579-3762 or email

The BBQ Competition is looking for amateur BBQ’ers. Contact Sandra Salisbury on (406) 846-9619 or email

It’s also not too late for Arts, Crafts and Commercial vendors to be part of the fun. Contact Ted Dodge on (406) 579-3762 or email

More information about this event can be found on the website

Jul 062012

The Deer Lodge Development Group wants to hear from YOU!

Listening Sessions are scheduled for next week at various locations in Deer Lodge, for all groups, residents and the general public.

Please see the attached agenda for times, dates and locations.

Jun 212012

Just one click could mean the difference between winning and loosing a $10,000 check for the Rialto Theater.

Safeco Insurance is running a Community Hero competition, and Steve Owens from the Rialto Theater is one of the 15 finalists. If he wins the vote, which ends on June 25th, the Rialto receives a further $10,000 on top of the $5,000 already received.  Anyone may vote, once every 24 hours, so please help by clicking on the following link and give your vote to Steve.

Vote For Steve and the Rialto

$83,000 is required to complete the Rialto’s restoration, and this $10,000 prize would be a big help.


May 152012

Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 15th, 2012

12:00 Noon

Old Montana Prison Yard

Pay tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives protecting us, and to Honor all who wear the Badge and Keep the Peace.

This year we Honor Blaine County Undersheriff


who lost his life performing his duty on December 14th, 2011

Peace Officer’s Memorial Room Open

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Light Refreshments and Coffee

Free Admission to Memorial Room


May 112012

Since the devastating fire of November 2006, heroic efforts have been made to restore the Rialto Theater on Main Street. Now, with over $3 Million having been raised in grants and donations, this historic building will once again welcome the Deer Lodge community through it’s doors.

Rialto Theater, Deer Lodge

The Historic Rialto Theater in Deer Lodge prepares for its Grand Re-Opening

Rialto Theater Grand Opening Events

  • MAY 17th: FREE KIDS MOVIE: ‘Despicable Me’ – during school hours, supervised by the teachers

  • MAY 19th: FREE OPEN HOUSE from 10 am till 2 pm

  • MAY 19th: GALA EVENT at 6 pm

  •          Hors d’Oeuvres / Desserts / Wine / Pop

  •          Created by Chef Becky Blakely

  •          Dedication with M.C. Jimmer Lee

  •          FIRST MOVIE: “This Means War”

  •          $50 per person

  •          Purchase tickets from Peoples Bank, Valley Foods, Quilters Corner

Proceeds will help finance the final few projects required to complete the restoration. Seats are still available to be dedicated, please visit the Rialto Theater website for more information.

Pictures of the restoration project can be viewed HERE           To download a pdf poster of these events, please use this LINK

Feb 282012

‘Digger’s’ is a brand new program featuring Anaconda Treasure hunters Tim Saylor and George Wyant, and the Pilot episode airs on National Geographic Channel at 8:00 pm on Tuesday 28th February 2012. Called ‘Montana Juice‘, this episode was filmed last year in the yard of the Old Montana Prison in Deer Lodge.

According to the program description ‘Ringy and KG are headed to an old prison in Montana to help the local museum curator uncover buried treasure. The shuttered prison has remained unopened for decades, but it once held some of the most notorious outlaws of the Old West. Who knows what the boys will find that once belonged to the prisons infamous residents. Contraband? Bullets? A shank?’.

Tune in this evening to see what treasures they unearthed. This show is repeated today at 10 pm, and also on Saturday 3rd March at 8 pm and 11 pm, Sunday 4th March at 9 pm and on Tuesday 6th March at 4 pm.

NatGeo TV can be found on DirecTV channel 276, Dish Network channel 186 or Optimum Cable TV channel 165. Their website is at

The Old Prison and Montana Auto Museums are currently closed but will re-open for the 2012 Season on Wednesday March 7th at 10 am

Jan 302012

Open House – Thursday February 2nd from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Community Center, 419 Cottonwood, Deer Lodge

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest has released the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Revised DEIS) for the East Deer Lodge Valley Landscape Restoration Management Project.  The 45-day comment period will begin the day after the Notice of Availability (NOA) is published in the Federal Register. The anticipated publication date of the NOA is January 27, 2012.

The Pintler Ranger District of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (BDNF) will host an open house Thu. Feb. 2 from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Deer Lodge at the Community Center located at 419 Cottonwood.  The open house will provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the East Deer Lodge Valley (EDLV) Landscape Restoration Management Project and the Revised DEIS. There will also be opportunity for community members to comment on the project and identify any data gaps or unaddressed concerns during the open house.

The EDLV project area covers 39,700 acres of Forest Service system lands on the east side of the Deer Lodge Valley from Baggs Creek to Girard Gulch.  Specific treatments would include conducting commercial salvage with clearcut and/or commercial thinning in 57 timber units totaling up to 2,705 acres; conducting vegetation and aquatic treatments in 19 restoration units totaling up to 8,768 acres; and conducting additional vegetation, aquatic, and recreation activities throughout the project area in areas not specifically tied to timber or restoration units.  The BDNF proposes to utilize stewardship contracting to implement the EDLV Landscape Restoration Management project.

The EDLV project is the result of several years of collaborative efforts between the USFS, state, local, and non-governmental agencies to identify and plan for an integrated forest stewardship and watershed restoration project in this area which is complimentary to restoration projects that have occurred within the landscape on state and private lands.  EDLV project partners include: Watershed Restoration Coalition, Montana Wilderness Association, Montana Trout Unlimited, Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development, National Wildlife Federation, Clark Fork Coalition, Sun Mountain Lumber, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, MT FWP, and Powell County Commissioners.

The Revised DEIS is available on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF website at:, under “NEPA Projects.”  CD’s of the Revised DEIS are available by calling (406) 494-0238, or sending an email with mailing address to   Printed copies are available on a limited basis.

Written comments may be sent to: Brent Lignell, 1820 Meadowlark, Butte, MT 59701. Comments may also be faxed to (406) 494-0269, be sure to include a return mailing address.  The e-mail address for comments is:, please type “EDLV” in the subject line.

All interested publics are welcome to attend the open house. Contact the Forest Service at either the Deer Lodge Information Office at (406) 846-1770 or the Pintler Ranger District (406) 859-3211.


Dec 092011



1100 Hollenback Lane, Deer Lodge, MT 59722

Invites you to the

Grand Opening

Wednesday December 14, 2011

3 – 6 pm

There will be a turkey giveaway every 15 minutes!

Tour various departments and learn about our services, enjoy holiday gourmet hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by River Rock Cafe, door prizes and entertainment.

For more information call Ida Miller on 406-846-2212