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

Mar 162012

It’s a busy day here in Deer Lodge.

On Friday 16th March from 1 pm till 7 pm there will be a DUI/Driving while Texting simulator at the New Fire Hall (behind City Hall on Cottonwood)

From 3 till 6 pm there is a book signing at Browsing Bison books at 515 Main. Tim Saylor and George Wyant from Anaconda will be signing copies of their book ‘Treasure Hunting with Team ATC’

At 7:30 pm at the Cutler Brothers Productions Theater at 301 Main, CBP will be showing their 2006 movie ‘Going Nowhere’. Tickets are $5 each.

On Sunday 18th March, a Pancake Breakfast will be served at the Powell County Senior Center, 100 Missouri Ave. from 9 am till 1 pm – Adults $5, Children under 10 $3

Also on Sunday, Cutler Brothers will be holding auditions for their musical ‘Oliver’, from 1 pm in the music room of E.F. DuVall Junior High School.


If you have an event that you wish to be added to our online calendar and blog posts, please contact the Powell County Chamber office at

Care to join the Chamber and help promote your business and events to the people of Powell County and beyond? Please download an application form HERE


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

Feb 132012

Low Cost Lab Work

Performed by Deer Lodge Medical Center

At the Deer Lodge Medical Center

February 14th from 07:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.



Laboratory Test available:                             Your Cost:

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) for anemia     $23.00
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)      $25.00

14 different tests for liver, kidney function, and electrolytes

  •      Lipid Panel for cholesterol             $18.00
  •      TSH for thyroid                                   $20.00
  •      PSA for prostate                                 $25.00
  •      Glucose for blood sugar                  $  5.00
  •      Vitamin D for osteoporosis           $40.00
  •      Health Panel (CBC, CMP & TSH)   $50.00

Payment is required at time of service, insurance will not be billed.

Results will be available for pick-up on February 21, 2012 from noon to 8 p.m.

At Deer Lodge Medical Center during the Health Fair.

For more information contact Ida Miller at (406) 846-2212

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

Dec 032011

Victorian Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 4th

Grant-Kohrs Ranch Victorian Holiday:

The Victorian Holiday Open House will be from 1 pm till 4 pm. The elegant 1862 Kohrs family ranch house will be decorated in the style of a Victorian Christmas. Activities include house tours, wagon rides, blacksmithing, children’s crafts and activities with assorted refreshments.

The Hamilton ACappella Society will be performing, and Santa will be making an appearance. For more information, please call (406) 846-2070

Dec 022011


Saturday, December 3rd

Children’s Movie:

“A Christmas Carol”  (Disney/Jim Carey version) will be playing at the Gunport Theater, inside the Old Montana Prison, at 3 pm. Entrance will be via Tower 1 by the Main Entrance to the Museums. FREE

Christmas Stroll:

Taking 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. Visit participating businesses in Deer Lodge and check out their Stroll Button Numbers to see if you have won a prize. Stroll Buttons are on sale at ACE Hardware, J & J Variety, Keystone Drug & Gifts, Greany’s Dry Goods, MRC, Old Prison Museum Gift Shop and Valley Foods. They cost $2 each, are limited to 1000, and provide over 100 opportunities for the wearer to win prizes and Chamber Gift Certificates. There will be a $25 and $50 gift certificate drawing in front of Greany’s Dry Goods store at 3:30 pm.

The following businesses have Winning Stroll Button Numbers: 5 Stones Fine Art in the lobby of Peoples Bank, Ace Hardware, Ask the Meat Guy, Broken Arrow Steakhouse, Browsing Bison Books, Bum Bridge Auction & Pawn, Deer Lodge Liquor Store, Greany’s Dry Goods, Internet Connections & Computers, J&J Variety Store, Keystone Drug & Gifts, Lickety Print, Montana Bar, Mountain Man Trading Post, MRC, New To You, Old Prison Museum Gift Shop, Pizza Hut, Quilter’s Corner, R&C Home Improvements, river radio ranch, Serenity Salon, Silver State Post, Steele’s Furniture & Appliances, Territorial Antiques, Trashed Recycled Art & Photography, Valley Foods, Wild Iris.

You can use Christmas Cash at the following businesses:  5 Stones Fine Art, Ace Hardware, Ask the Meat Guy, Broken Arrow Steakhouse, Browsing Bison Books, Bum Bridge Auction & Pawn, Deer Lodge Family Dental, Deer Lodge Plaza, Deer Lodge Valley Therapy, Greany’s Dry Goods, Intermountain Chiropractic, Internet Connections, J&J Variety Store, Joan’s Unique Hairdesigns, Keystone Drug & Gifts, Lickety Print, Montana Bar, Mount Powell Tire Center, Mountain Man Trading Post, MRC, New To You, Old Prison Gift Shop, Peoples Bank of Deer Lodge, Pizza Hut, Quilter’s Corner, R&C Home Improvement, river radio ranch, Ryan Heating & Plumbing, Serenity Salon & Nails, Silver State Post, Steele’s Furniture & Appliances, Teresa’s Mane Attraction, Territorial Antiques, Today’s Image, Trashed, Treasure State Auto NAPA, Valley Foods, Wild Iris

Parade of Lights:

The Parade will start down Main Street at 6 pm. This year’s theme is ‘Home Town Christmas’. The Parade will form on Second Street by NAPA at 5:30 pm and will enter Main Street on Cottonwood Ave. It will proceed south along Main Street ending at Montana Ave where it will disband. NO CANDY THROWING FROM THE FLOATS please. However, helpers can hand out candy from baskets whilst walking alongside the Parade. All businesses, individuals and families are invited to enter the Parade, just ensemble on Second Street by NAPA before 6 pm. Those judged to be the 1st, 2nd and 3rd best in parade will be awarded a Chamber Gift Certificate, handed out to winners at the Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree Lighting:

The official Lighting of the Deer Lodge Christmas Tree will take place immediately following on from the Parade of Lights beside the Post Office.

Drawing for Chamber Gift Certificates:

The second set of drawings, 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. Remember, you must have a Stroll Button and be present to stand a chance of winning.

The Deer Lodge Christmas Stroll is sponsored by the Powell County Chamber of Commerce

We hope everyone has a happy and safe time during the Stroll and Parade.