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

Mar 282014

Press Release: Powell County Senior Center
100 Missouri Ave.,  PO Box 365, Deer Lodge, MT 59722  – 406-846-3939

Can you believe this weather? Spring is almost here!
This time of the year brings a lot of important items to the table, some of them being that of supporting and helping others. The Powell County Senior Center, a Non Profit 501 C would like to ask you to consider a tax free donation to the center.
Our center, unlike many others around the state, does not receive any local tax dollars. We do receive a minimal amount from federal and state monies as we are contracted with them to provide the Meal on Wheels for our local seniors in need. However, the amount we get simply does not cover the costs. Therefore, our center relies on in house meals, support, and donations from generous people like you.
Donations are needed to help with the cost of building maintenance as well as upgrades on old worn out equipment. The center has been here for quite sometime now with little to no improvements or maintenance.
Donations also help cover the cost of meals for those over 60 that are not able to pay.

We would like to ask that you consider making a tax deductible donation to the center in order to help keep us up and running. The center has gone through a lot of change lately; new staff, management, board and practices have been put in place. The centers meal count is up a considerable amount and we are enjoying serving the needs of our local seniors.

We currently serve an average of 65 meals a day, in addition to that we offer a Thursday night dinner and that alone averages 75 people.
Donations to the center will not only help the center but will also allow an advertising option for you as our donors will have their advertisements placed on a wall in the center dining room. Please see the attached donation form for further information on this.
The Powell County Senior Center and the Senior Citizens of our area thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Powell County Senior Center
100 Missouri Ave.,  PO Box 365, Deer Lodge, MT 59722  – 406-846-3939

CLICK HERE to download the donation form

Jan 152014

NorthWestern Energy has announced a scheduled Power Outage for the City of Deer Lodge from 1 a.m. on Wednesday 22nd January, 2014. 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

Dec 062013



Despite extremely frigid temperatures and winter conditions in the forecast, the Annual Deer Lodge Christmas Stroll will be held as planned on Saturday, December 7th in Deer Lodge from 2 pm till 7 pm.

Everyone is invited to come on out into the cold and enjoy the many activities that will go on as planned, but please dress warm with gloves and hats and coats and plan to stop by the many businesses that will be open, warm and inviting.

For full details about the schedule of weekend events and other information, please visit

Stroll Buttons are still available from ACE Hardware, MRC, Valley Foods, Keystone Drug & Gifts and the Old Prison Gift Shop. $2 each, with over 150 chances to win a prize OR up to $100 in Chamber Gift Certificates.

Dec 022013




December 6th to 8th 2013

Santa’s Visit: Friday and Saturday, December 6th and 7th

    Santa will appear at the Pen Convention Center on Main Street from 5 pm till 7 pm on Friday. On Saturday, Santa will hand out candy on Main Street during the Christmas Stroll from 2 to 7pm

Children’s Movie: Friday and Saturday, December 6th and 7th

    A children’s movie, “The Croods” (PG), will be shown at the Rialto Theater, at 7:30 pm on Friday and 2 pm on Saturday. The 1947 film ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ will be shown at the Rialto at approx. 7:30 pm on Saturday (after the lighting of the Christmas Tree). All movies are FREE but canned donations to the Deer Lodge Food Pantry will be welcomed. Free Movies are sponsored by the Powell County Chamber of Commerce, MRC (Calumet) and the Rialto Community Theatre.

  Christmas Festival: 6 pm Friday, December 6th

Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation will be holding their annual Holiday Festival Celebration at the Pen Convention Center on Main Street. The preview starts at 6 pm, main events start at 7 pm. There will be free food and drink, live auctions, door prizes, raffles (including 50/50, decorated trees, table decorations, liquor basket, etc.) plus live music from ‘Short Notice’. Santa will appear at 9 pm when he will draw the winning ticket for the 1965 Mustang Raffle Car. FREE of charge.

Stroll Buttons

    Stroll Buttons are on sale at ACE Hardware, Keystone Drug & Gifts, MRC (Calumet), Old Prison Museum Gift Shop and Valley Foods. Up to 1000 Buttons are available at $2.00 each, and provide over 150 opportunities for the wearer to win Store Prizes and Gift Certificates. During the Stroll, button wearers can visit local businesses, and if they find their number matches the number in the store they receive a prize. Some merchants draw extra numbers each week in the run up to Christmas, so be sure to visit them often. Don’t forget, button numbers will be called out during the Christmas Stroll, giving you FIVE chances to win Chamber Gift Certificates valued up to $100

Christmas Stroll: 2 pm till 7 pm Saturday, December 7th

    The Christmas Stroll will take place on Main Street between 2 pm till 7 pm. Three blocks of the central business district (300, 400, 500) will be closed to vehicular traffic. There will be carol singing, store sales, vendor tables at Cutler Bros. and The Elks, and other events throughout the day. Don’t forget the two drawings for Chamber Gift Certificates, based upon Stroll Buttons purchased by participants, where you can win up to $100! The first drawing will be held in front of Greany’s at 3:30 pm, the second will be held at the Community Christmas Tree in front of the Post Office, after the Parade of Lights. YOU MUST HAVE A BUTTON AND BE PRESENT TO WIN!

Check your Christmas Stroll Button Numbers at the following businesses after 2 pm on December 7th:
Ace Hardware – 506 2nd Street, Boomerang Bakery – 323 Main Street, Broken Arrow Steakhouse – 317 Main Street, Browsing Bison Books – 515 Main Street, Bum Bridge Auction & Pawn – 818 Main Street, Deer Lodge Liquor Store – 303 Main Street Keystone Drug & Gifts – 407 Main Street, Lickety Print – 600 Main Street Ste. C, Montana Bar – 412 Main Street, Mountain Man Trading Post – 403 Main Street, MRC (Calumet) – 520 Main Street, New To You – 501 Main Street Olde Crow Primitives – 91 N. Frontage Road, Old Prison Gift Shop – 1106 Main Street, Peoples Bank of Deer Lodge – 430 Main Street, Pizza Hut – 202 N. Main Street, Quilter’s Corner, Etc. – 401 Main Street R&C Home Improvement – 100 Milwaukee Ave, river radio ranch – 302 Missouri Ave, Silver State Post – 312 Missouri Ave, Steele’s Furniture & Appliances – 417 Main Street, Territorial Antiques – 300 Maryland, Valley Foods – 711 Main Street

Parade of Lights: 6 pm Saturday, December 7th

    This year’s theme is ‘Miracle on Main Street’, so let’s put the buzz back into Main Street! Everyone is welcome to join in, individuals and businesses, big or small. For information, please call Rocky on 559-6062. The Parade will form on Second Street by NAPA at 5 pm and enters Main Street on Cottonwood Ave at 6 pm. It will proceed south along Main Street ending at Montana Ave where it will disband. NO THROWING CANDY FROM THE FLOATS, please. Elves will hand out candy from baskets whilst walking alongside the Parade. Prizes will be awarded to the TOP 3 entrants, handed out to the winners at the Christmas Tree. Parade sponsored by MRC (Calumet), Bay West and the Deer Lodge Banks.

Christmas Tree Lighting: Saturday, December 7th

    The official Lighting of the Deer Lodge Christmas Tree will take place immediately following on from the Parade of Lights beside the Post Office. The second drawing for Chamber Gift Certificates will take place after the tree has been lit by Santa.

  Chamber Gift Certificates Draw: Saturday, December 7th

    A draw for $25 & $50 gift certificates will take place in front of Greany’s at 3:30 pm. The second draw, for $25, $50 and $100 Chamber Gift Certificates, will take place after the Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree at the Post Office, following the Parade of Lights.

Gift Certificates may be spent at any Business that is a member of the Chamber (listed on the back of the certificate). Remember, YOU MUST HAVE A BUTTON AND BE PRESENT TO WIN! 

Grant-Kohrs Ranch Holiday Open House: 1 pm till 4 pm Sunday, December 8th

    With a theme of ‘Winter Wonderland’, the Kohrs family ranch house will be decorated in late 1880’s Victorian style and open for tours from 1 pm. Activities include holiday crafts, horse drawn wagon rides, Santa, Refreshments, roasted marshmallows at the Bon-fire, Gloria Clark playing the 1882 piano and more. The open house is free, but canned donations to the Deer Lodge Food Pantry will be welcomed. Call (406) 846-2070

Holiday Home Tour: 2 pm till 5 pm Sunday, December 8th

    Tour fabulous Deer Lodge homes, their halls decked for the holidays. Starts at the Women’s League Chapter House at 802 Missouri Ave at 2 pm. $8 per person, children 12 and under are Free. Contact Debra Benes on 846-2569. Organized by the Deer Lodge Development Group. 

Christmas Cash

Interest free loans of up to $2,000 are available from Peoples Bank of Deer Lodge, Pioneer Federal Savings & Loan and First Security Bank. A $15.00 fee is due at the time of application.

Customers presenting Christmas Cash for a purchase MUST sign the front of the cash where indicated. Cash may be used at any participating business. Merchants will need to endorse the back of the Cash and deposit with their bank. The Cash is then redeemed with a 3% discount.

Chamber Members can join the program and accept Christmas Cash free of charge. Businesses who are Non-Members are invited to participate in the Christmas Cash program for a fee of $25, which helps cover the expense of printing the money and advertising.

Ace Hardware 506 2nd Street 846-2461
Boomerang Bakery 323 Main Street 846-1884
Broken Arrow Steakhouse 317 Main Street 846-3400
Browsing Bison Books 515 Main Street 846-3288
Bum Bridge Auction & Pawn 818 Main Street 846-7540
Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic 3707 N Frontage Rd 846-1925
Deer Lodge Family Dental 712 4th Street 846-1216
Deer Lodge Medical Center 1100 Hollenbeck Ln 846-2212
Deer Lodge Valley Therapy 310 Main Street 846-3448
Joan’s Unique Hairdesigns 305 Missouri Ave 846-1610
Keystone Drug & Gifts 407 Main Street 846-2120
Lickety Print 600 Main Street Ste. C 846-3455
Lynn’s Hairstyles 124 Milwaukee Ave. 846-3702
Montana Bar 412 Main Street 846-2895
Mount Powell Tire Center 217 Main Street 846-2205
Mountain Man Trading Post 403 Main Street 846-2700
MRC 520 Main Street 846-3545
New To You 501 Main Street 846-2176
Olde Crow Primitives 91 N. Frontage Rd 560-7138
Old Prison Gift Shop 1106 Main Street 846-3111
Peoples Bank of Deer Lodge 430 Main Street 846-2400
Pizza Hut 202 N. Main Street 846-2777
Premier Family Practice 600 Main Street, Suite 1 846-7770
Premier Physical Therapy 600 Main Street, Suite 1 846-7770
Quilter’s Corner, Etc. 401 Main Street 846-3096
R&C Home Improvement 100 Milwaukee Ave 846-2858
river radio ranch 302 Missouri Ave 846-1100
Ryan Plumbing & Heating 820 Montana Ave 846-2007
Serenity Salon & Nails 549 Main Street 846-1338
Silver State Post 312 Missouri Ave 846-2424
Starr Family Dental 1101 Maryland Ave 846-3532
Steele’s Furniture & Appliances 417 Main Street 846-3311
Sun-Up Fitness 1010 Carter 846-7575
Teresa’s Mane Attraction 515 Main Street 846-2862
Territorial Antiques 300 Maryland 846-1400
Today’s Image 407 Main Street 846-1744
Treasure State Auto NAPA 201 Cottonwood 846-1300
Valley Foods 711 Main Street 846-2684



Download the Christmas Cash Application Form HERE


Powell County Chamber of Commerce, 1109 Main Street, Deer Lodge MT 59722    ♦    (406) 846-2094    ♦

Nov 272013


(Some stores are extending their sales over the Weekend)

Come See All the Specials Available at these Local Businesses. Drawings, Hourly Specials & Giveaways!

•    Olde Crow Primitives,  91 N. Frontage Rd – Open 9 am till 5 pm
Free coffee and doughnuts. 20% off everything in the store from 9 to 11. From 11 to 5 look for markdowns on fall decor. Each sale enters you into a drawing for a $10.00 gift certificate.

•    Old Prison Gift Shop, 1106 Main St. – Open 9 am till 5 pm
25% off T-Shirts, books, jewelry, gifts, etc. (excluding consignment items, raffle tickets & museum entry).

•    Keystone Drug, 407 Main St. – Open from 5 am
Sales, Drawings, Hourly Specials.

•    MRC, 520 Main St. – Open from 6 am
30% off wallets, purses, hats & jewelry. Free coffee for the first 30.

•    Valley Foods, 711 Main St. – Open from 7 am
Special Sales plus $5 off $50 purchase with coupon.

•    Treasure State Auto (NAPA), 201 Cottonwood – Open from 7:30 am
Special Sales on tools and equipment.

•    R & C Home Improvement, 100 Milwaukee Ave – Open from 7:30 am
Discounts on toys and flooring, plus giveaways throughout the day.

•    Broken Arrow, 315 Main St. – Open from 8 am
Irish Coffee for $1.50. Casino – 5 for 5 play, limit 1 per person.

•    Corner Bar, Montana Bar,  Scotty’s Bar – Open from 8 am

•    Quilters Corner, 401 Main St. – Open from 8 am
First 25 customers get 1 item at 40% discount. Drawing for door prizes, specials throughout the store.

•    ACE Hardware, 506 2nd St. – Open from 8:30 am
50% off Christmas Decorations.

•    Bum Bridge Pawn, 818 Main St.  – Open from 10 am
Special Sales including Tin Signs for only $8

•    Browsing Bison Books, 515 Main St. – Open from 9 am
30% off new mass market paperbacks (these are great stocking stuffers!) 15% off journals. 25% off hardbacks.

•    Steele’s Furniture & Appliances, 417 Main St. – Open from 9 am
At least 25% off all accessories, including clocks, lamps, pictures, mirrors and Christmas items.

•    Mountain Man Trading Post, 403 Main St. – Open 10 am – 5:30 pm
40% off entire store (excludes firearms).

•    Lynn’s Hairstyles, 124 Milwaukee Ave. & CW Car Service, 911 Missouri – Open from 10 am
You can spin for your discount when you purchase something. Drawings throughout the day!

•    Territorial Antiques & Uniques, 300 Maryland – Open from 10 am
10% to 50% off everything. Gift Certificates available.

•    Montana Massage, 308 Milwaukee Ave – Open from 9 am
Sale on Christmas Gift Certificates. Hawaiian Paradise Lomi Lomi Massage. One hour for $40! Hot Bamboo Massage, the latest alternative to Hot Stone. Ninety minutes for $45!

•    Serenity Salon & Nails, 549 Main St. – Open from 10 am
15% off all retail products.

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving, and please support your community by shopping local!

Nov 042013





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317 Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722







Mike Batista



Director of Montana Department of Corrections


* 50/50 Raffle * Door Prizes * Auction





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

Oct 172013

Good News from the Ranch. Now that the Government Shutdown is over, the Grant-Kohrs Ranch is open for Visitors just in time for this Sundays popular event.


Grant-Kohrs Ranch

Sunday October 20th 2013 from 1 pm – 4 pm

Pumpkins come from the New Rockport Hutterite Colony and are paid for by the
Powell County Chamber of Commerce and Northwestern Energy.

Press Release from the Ranch:

Harvest of Fun at Grant-Kohrs Ranch

Pumpkin Sunday

It’s a harvest celebration for children and adults alike on October 20, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Deer Lodge.

We are happy to be back at work serving the American people and excited to welcome the community back to America’s ranch.
Children will be busy with the cider press while teens and adults learn the art of wheat weaving.  After the annual dash through the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect pumpkin, youngsters twelve and under can paint their finds. There will be lots to do for visitors of all ages. Other games and activities will include a hay maze, wagon rides, making leaf masks and Scavenger Hunt Bingo. A bonfire will take the chill off the day and provide a chance for the microwave generation to learn how corn was popped in the Good Old Days.

The ranch celebrates the open range cattle era, with original buildings ranging from the 1862 bunkhouse to the 1935 blacksmith shop. Tours of the elegant ranch house will be given.

Admission to the ranch is always free, but as is traditional during special events, canned goods for the Deer Lodge Food Pantry will be welcome.

Call (406) 846-2070 or visit for more information.

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