Date: Sunday, July 27, 2014 9 a.m.
The 167 acre Lodge Grass Basin fire has not grown for several days now on the jumbled walls of Lodge Grass canyon. About 30 firefighters are on Tepee Pole Ridge north of the fire, but cannot safely climb down to extinguish the smokes and embers that remain.
Because of the terrain, there is no safe way to build a fireline around the ragged edges of this wildfire or to contain the fire. Although no flames have shown for days, the fire is not out. It still has the potential to grow fast in weeks to come if a spark travels into vegetation that ignites. When the trees and grass got dry enough, the 2011 Hoss and 2005 Bighorn fires exploded from similar small unreachable canyon fires. The Lodge Grass Basin fire showed little smoke Saturday, but a heavy helicopter worked through the day dumping water on any hot spots found.
Rather than keep many firefighters sitting above the inaccessible remaining embers, early in this week the Crow Tribe and BIA will downsize the team, but leave an engine in place to constantly monitor any fire activity. The Crow Agency helicopter returned Friday from a dispatch in Oregon and will aid in frequent reconnaissance.
If the fire were to perk up or grow, managers have plans in place to quickly re-expand the team at work – and meet the edge of any growing fire by preparing more defensible firelines.
The humidity rises a bit Monday, with a slight chance of thunderstorms each day the coming week.
New: Find more photos of the fire on the internet at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or search for “inciweb Lodge Grass Basin”.
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:46
(Billings, Mont.) – Head Start, Inc., a Billings-based nonprofit that helps children and families prepare for success in school, will host the second annual Rock2Raise concert on July 19, 2014, at The Rex in Billings. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for Head Start and will feature Adventures in Parrotdise, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band that includes original members of the Coral Reefers band.
“We are so excited for our second Rock2Raise concert,” said Jennifer Owen, Executive Director of Head Start, Inc. “This is a great chance for the community to come listen to some great music outdoors, see friends and colleagues, and learn a little about the great work going on here at Head Start. Rock2Raise is a family-friendly event that contributes enormously to our ability to prepare preschool children for success. We depend on community support, so we hope that everyone will join us for a fun night and help Head Start continue to serve low-income children and families in the area.”
Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the gate. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of The Rex; gates open at 5:30 p.m. Additional information can be found at billingsheadstart.org under the Rock2Raise link.
All of the proceeds of the event will go to Head Start. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to donate to a separate fund to benefit the family of Zaria Santos, a Head Start student who was killed in a car fire on July 9, 2014.
Head Start, Inc. serves 360 children at five sites in Yellowstone and Carbon Counties, providing preschool classes for 3-and 4-year old low-income children, as well as education and support for families in health, nutrition, finances, family relationships, and parenting. Head Start, Inc. is dedicated to ensuring school readiness for low income children entering kindergarten and preparing parents to be their children’s primary teacher and advocate.
Last Updated on Saturday, 19 July 2014 10:41
DENVER— The unprecedented effort to conserve greater sage-grouse and sagebrush habitat is a complicated process that encompasses 11 states, six federal agencies and numerous non-governmental groups. To help journalists, stakeholders and the interested public stay informed about this effort, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has built a new greater sage-grouse website and assigned three public affairs officers to lead the agency’s communication’s effort.
The new website, http://www.fws.gov/greaterSageGrouse, is one way the Service hopes to better communicate the breadth of the ongoing conservation actions underway to support greater sage-grouse and the sagebrush habitat the bird and 350 other species need. The new site aggregates the on-line information resources that were once found on the Mountain-Prairie, Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest agency websites, providing original stories, photos and images for non-commercial reproduction.
The Service recognizes that it is one player in this broad landscape of conservation partners. Our goals are to highlight the effective work that is being done at the federal, state, NGO and even the individual level, to direct visitors to our sage-grouse conservation partners and to ensure the public understands the Service’s role under the ESA as the September 2015 listing deadline approaches.
The Service has also assembled a team of public affairs specialists to answer questions about greater sage-grouse conservation from journalists and others. Members of the media who are working on stories about this issue are encouraged to contact the members of the team for assistance.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 10:09
CODY, Wyo.; July2, 2014 --- Getting a check out of the Cody Stampede would be good for bareback rider Luke Creasy. Winning first place would be icing on the cake for the Canadian who now lives in Lubbock, Texas.
Creasy is currently ranked 17th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings. He qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo four consecutive years and is working hard to make it to the next step on rodeo’s stage.
At the end of the September, the top 15 in the world standings will qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR). Creasy has been on his way before, but injuries have kept him from making the trip to Las Vegas in December to be among the elite contestants vying for world titles.
At the second performance of the Cody Stampede on Wednesday night, Creasy had an 84-point score on Mo Betta Rodeo’s horse named Darth. This is currently in first place in the standings here. All of the contestants here compete one time. Their scores and times all accumulate through the competition and at the end of the rodeo on July 4th, the best in each event will get a share of the $340,000 purse.
With two more performances left, Creasy’s score may not hold the top spot, but he does have a good opportunity to get a check here.
“At this point in the season, any money helps,” Creasy said. “It’s critical for me, not just in the standings, but also to keep competing.”
Two Carolina ropers moved into a tie for the top spot in team roping Thursday night as well. Cory Kidd V, from Statesville, N.C., and Adam Plyler, from Pageland, S.D., did the heading and heeling in 5.0 seconds. They are now tied with Brandon Beers from Powell Butte, Ore., and Jim Ross Cooper from Monument, N.M.
Cody Taton took the lead in saddle bronc riding after scoring 83 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Lonesome Night. It was the second ride of the night for the Corona, N.M., resident. He was awarded a re-ride when the first horse he got on didn’t perform as expected. Taton who grew up in bronc riding country of South Dakota is a former NFR champion for having the highest total score through ten rounds of competition.
Action at the 95th edition of the Cody Stampede continues at Stampede Park on Thursday with barrel racing slack at 8 a.m. The third performance will be Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Live results will be available @codystampede on twitter. More information is also available at www.codystampederodeo.com or codystampederodeo on Facebook.
CODY, Wyo., July 2, 2014 --- Following are results from the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede
Second Performance --
Bareback Riding: 1, Luke Creasy, 84 points on Mo Betta Rodeo’s Darth. 2, (tie) Tyler Scales, Severance, Colo., and Jerad Schlegel, Burns, Colo., 74. 4, Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 72.
Steer Wrestling : 1, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 4.6 seconds. 2, (tie) Barry Kreikemeier, Jackson, Wyo., and Beau Clark, Belgrade, Mont., 5.2. 4, Brandon Chase Harport, Arthur, Texas, 8.4.
Team Roping: 1, Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C., and Adam Plyler, Pageland, S.D., 5.0 seconds. 2, Nathan McWhorter, Telephone, Texas, and Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas, 5.3. 3, ARky Rogers, Lipan, Texas, and Travis Woodard, Stockton, Calif., 5.5. 4, Jade Stoddard, Rexberg, Idaho, and Ike Folsom, Dillon, Mont., 7.5.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Cody Taton, Corona, N.M., 83 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Lonesome Night. 2, (tie) Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D., and Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D., 79. 4, Kaleb Asay, Roan Walsh, Wyo., and Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., 78.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Catfish Brown, Collinsville, Texas, 8.1 seconds. 2, Ryan Lickley, Jerome, Idaho, 8.4. 3, John Wall, Brenham, Texas, 9.2. 4, Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas, 9.6.
Barrel Racing: 1, Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 17.38 seconds. 2, Jody Sheffield, Ogden, Utah, 17.40. 3, Jana Beam, Fort Hancock, Texas, 17.41. 4, Andrea Cline, Springtown, Texas, 17.44.
Bull Riding: (three rides) 1, Jeff Askey, Martin, Tenn., 81 points on Mo Betta Rodeo’s Yakity Yak. 2, (tie) Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah, and Rorey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., 77.
The following are current leaders –
Bareback Riding: 1, Luke Creasy, Lubbock, Texas, 84 points on Mo Betta Rodeo’s Darth. 2, (tie) Jared Smith, Eastland, Texas, and Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 82 points each. 4, Cain Riddle, Vernon, Texas, 78. 5, Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 77. 6, Kenny Haworth, Redmond, Ore., 76.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Tooter Silver, Quitman, Ark., 3.9 seconds. 2 Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho, 4.4. 3, (tie) Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D.,; Chance Howard, Cedarville, Ark.; Nick Guy, Sparta, Wisc.; and Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.; 4.6..
Team Roping: 1, (tie) Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore., and Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M.; and Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C., and Adam Plyler, Pageland, S.C., 5.0 seconds each. 3, Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., and Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb., 5.1. 4, Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont., and Tommy Zuniga, Centerville, Texas, 5.2. 5, (tie) Brooks Dahozy, Window Rock, Ariz.and Daxton Jim, Owyhee, Nev.; and Nathan McWhorter, Telephone, Texas, and Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas; 5.3.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Cody Taton, Corona, N.M., 83 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Lonesome Night. 2, Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 82. 3, Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alberta, 80. 4, (tie) Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La.; Ty Kirkland, Lufkin, Texas; Bryan Martinat, Marsing, Idaho; Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D.; and Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D.; 79 points each.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Randall Carlisle, Baton Rouge, La., 7.7 seconds. 2, (tie) Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash., and Nate Baldwin, Blackfoot, Idaho, 7.8. 4, Reese Reimer, Stinett, Texas, 8.0. 5, Catfish Brown, Collinsville, Texas, 8.1. 6, (tie) Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas; Ben Robinson, Innisfail, Alberta; and Chase Williams, Stephenville, Texas; 8.3 each.
Barrel Racing: 1, Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 17.38. 2, Sharon Harrell, Wickenburg, Ariz., 17.39. 3, Jody Sheffeild, Ogden, Utah, 17.40. 4, Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 17.41. 5, Andrea Cline, Springtown, Texas, 17.44. 6, Heather Knerr, Grass Range, Mont., 17.55.
Bull Riding: 1, J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas, 90 points on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Pretty Boy. 2, Dustin Bowen, Fredericksburg, Penn., 86. 3, Taygen Schuelke, Newell, S.D., 83. 4, Jeff Askey, Martin, Tenn., 81. 5, (tie) Rorey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., and Dalan Duncan, Ballard, Utah, 77 each.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 07:04
Billings Clinic Foundation invites the public to attend a dedication ceremony for the unveiling of an art exhibit commissioned and donated by the Harold and Patricia Korell Foundation. The exhibit was created specifically for Billings Clinic by local artist Kira Fercho.
Each of the twelve 40-by-50-inch original oil paintings features a tipi or lodge from one of Montana’s 12 federally recognized tribes. Kira Fercho is a professional oil painter from Billings who is known for her representations of Montana. These pieces complement Billings Clinic’s Healing Environment and provide a tribute to a significant piece of our state’s proud heritage.
WHEN: Monday, July 7, 2014, 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Billings Clinic Commons, 801 N. 29th Street
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 07:02
AUGUSTA – Final results from the American Legion PRCA Rodeo, Augusta, Sunday, June 29. Produced by Kesler Championship Rodeo and Kesler Rodeos.
All-around cowboy: Shawn Bessette, $609, tie-down roping and team roping.
Bareback riding: 1. Chase Erickson, 84 points on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s No. 780, $590; 2. Jessy Davis, 81, $443; 3. Heath Ford, 79, $295; 4. Lane Lerche, 78, $148.
Steer wrestling: 1. Levi Guenzler, 3.5 seconds, $1,184; 2. Shawn Dunagan, 4.0, $888; 3. (tie) Shawn Downing, Dalyn Wingard and Walt Anseth, 4.5, $296 each.
Team roping: 1. (tie) Shawn Bird/Justin Viles and Chase Wiley/Ace Pearce, 5.7 seconds, $1,152 each; 3. Clay Robertson/Zachary Schweigert, 5.8, $826; 4. Shawn Bessette/Shane Bessette, 5.9, $609; 5. Kelsey Parchman/Justin Wade Davis, 6.2, $391; 6. James Robinson/Shawn Little, 7.0, $217.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Andy Clarys, 85 points on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Cool Five, $711; 2. Andrew Evjene, 82, $533; 3. (tie) Josh Reynolds and Philip Shields, 80, $266 each.
Tie-down roping: 1. Fred Whitfield, 9.2 seconds, $1,128; 2. Ryan Thibodeaux, 9.4, $846; 3. Kevin Peterson, 9.7, $564; 4. Matt Shiozawa, 9.9, $282.
Barrel racing: 1. Kaela Murphy, 17.68 seconds, $844; 2. Lindsay Kruse, 17.74, $723; 3. Deena Moeykens, 17.85, $603; 4. Torie Briese, 17.93, $522; 5. Shelby Blixt, 17.98, $402; 6. Carmel Wright, 18.08, $321; 7. Becky Fuson, 18.23, $241; 8. (tie) Casey Wagner and Stena Bushnell, 18.24, $141 each; 10. Allison Darrow, 18.25, $80.
Bull riding: 1. Guy Nordahl, 88 points on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Missile Machine, $752; 2. Ryan O’Masters, 86, $564; 3. Casey Fredericks, 63, $376; no other qualified rides.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 18:06
Rocky Mountain College President Bob Wilmouth will introduce RMC’s next athletic director at a press conference at 9 a.m. Tuesday iin the Hall of Fame Room, Fortin Education Center.
A full press release with the selection will come after the press conference.
The public is invited to attend the conference and meet RMC’s new athletic director.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 15:55
HARDIN – Final results from the Big Horn Stampede Rodeo, Hardin, Montana on Thursday, June 19 – Friday, June 20, 2014. Produced by New West Rodeo Productions.
All-around cowboy: Jess Tierney, $2,218, team roping and steer roping.
Bareback riding: 1. Heath Ford, 75 points on New West Rodeo Productions’ Quatro, $511; 2. Wyatt Maines, 73, $384; 3. Dantan Bertsch, 71, $256; 4. Tucker Zingg, 70, $128.
Steer wrestling: 1. Mike Gollaher, 9.9 seconds, $752; 2. Troy Brandemuehl, 10.3, $564; 3. Garrett Henry, 11.0, $376; 4. Austin Malek, 20.3, $188.
Team roping: 1. Delon Parker/Sid Sporer, 6.6 seconds, $827 each; 2. Chris Witcher/Dustin Ostrum, 6.9, $620; 3. Shayne Bishop/Jordan Handy, 7.6, $414; 4. Ryan Siemsen/Jimmy Cole, 8.0, $207.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Josh Reynolds, 77 points on New West Rodeo Productions’ Johnny Boy, $782; 2. Andrew Evjene, 75, $587; 3. (tie) Wyatt Thurston and Alan Gobert, 72, $293 each.
Tie-down roping: 1. Jake Hamilton, 11.0 seconds, $940; 2. Bryant Mikkelson, 11.4, $705; 3. Kevin Peterson, 11.6, $470; 4. Ty Fisher, 11.7, $235.
Barrel racing: 1. Gayleen Malone, 17.96 seconds, $728; 2. Holly Costello, 17.97, $633; 3. Raelene Konzak, 18.02, $538; 4. Theresa Walter, 18.40, $443; 5. Rhonda Kountz, 18.53, $348; 6. Kava Huestis, 18.57, $253; 7. Catie Birk, 18.59, $158; 8. Milee Dailey, 18.61, $63.
Steer roping: First round: 1. Jay Pixley, 11.5 seconds, $986; 2. Miles Williams, 13.6, $739; 3. Ike Sankey, 14.4, $493; 4. T.K. Tillard, 17.6, $246. Second round: 1. Ryan Rochlitz, 11.3 seconds, $986; 2. Miles Williams, 12.2, $739; 3. Jess Tierney, 12.5, $493; 4. Casey Tillard, 13.0, $246. Third round: 1. Jess Tierney, 10.3 seconds, $986; 2. Chris Glover, 12.0, $739; 3. Ryan Harris, 13.2, $493; 4. Troy Tillard, 14.0, $246. Average: 1. Ryan Rochlitz, 49.8 seconds on three head, $1,479; 2. T.K. Tillard, 57.9, $1,109; 3. Jess Tierney, 22.8, $739; 4. Miles Williams, 25.8, $370.
Bull riding: 1. (tie) Preston Louis, on New West Rodeo Productions’ No. H96 and Cain Smith, on New West Rodeo Productions’ Holy Moccasin, 70 points, $553 each; no other qualified rides.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 09:37
BELT – Final results from the Little Belt Cowboys PRCA Rodeo, Belt, Montana on Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15. Produced by Brookman-Hyland Rodeo Co.
All-around cowboy: Ben Ayre, $2,086, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping.
Bareback riding: 1. Heath Ford, 79 points on Brookman-Hyland Rodeo’s Montego Bay, $996; 2. Jessy Davis, 78, $747; 3. (tie) Sylvan La Cross and Winn Ratliff, 76, $374 each.
Steer wrestling: 1. Shawn Downing, 5.6 seconds, $1,220; 2. Ben Ayre, 5.8, $1,010; 3. Josh Boka, 5.9, $799; 4. Beau Clark, 6.1, $589; 5. Austin Malek, 6.3, $379; 6. Nick Stubblefield, 6.6, $210.
Team roping: 1. (tie) Chris Witcher/Dustin Ostrum and Shayne Bishop/Jordan Handy, 5.5 seconds, $1,152 each; 3. Ryan Siemsen/Kory Mytty, 6.8, $826; 4. Bill Parker/Jace Crabb, 7.2, $609; 5. Dustin Bird/Paul Eaves, 10.2, $391; 6. Delon Parker/Sid Sporer, 11.0, $217.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Chase Brooks, 82 points on Brookman-Hyland Rodeo’s Heaven’s Seat, $993; 2. Will Smith, 81, $752; 3. Wyatt Hurst, 77, $541; 4. Clay Gruel, 75, $361; 5. Doug Fitzgerald, 71, $211; 6. Caleb Nichols, 69, $150.
Tie-down roping: 1. Ben Ayre, 13.7 seconds, $1,077; 2. Hank Hollenbeck, 14.2, $891; 3. Chris Witcher, 15.0, $705; 4. Chad Johnson, 15.2, $520; 5. Bryant Mikkelson, 16.2, $334; 6. Nolan Conway, 16.6, $186.
Barrel racing: 1. Theresa Walter, 17.85 seconds, $1,113; 2. Carmel Wright, 17.91, $954; 3. Heather Knerr, 18.09, $795; 4. Gretchen Benbenek, 18.14, $689; 5. Chloe Hoovestal, 18.27, $530; 6. Torie Briese, 18.35, $424; 7. (tie) Lisa Anderson and Becky Fuson, 18.47, $265 each; 9. Shelly Anzick, 18.55, $159; 10. Raelene Konzak, 18.56, $106.
Bull riding: 1. Garrett Green, 89 points on Brookman-Hyland Rodeo’s Damn It’s Good, $1,166; 2. (tie) Parker Breding and Tanner Theriault, 82, $729 each; 4. Beau Hill, 78, $291.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 10:39
It's Montana's gift to Dad and Grandpa: free fishing for all over Father's Day weekend, June 14-15.
"Whether you're teaching a young one to bait a hook or casting a salmon fly, I hope Montanans will take advantage of this free fishing weekend and keep this important tradition thriving in the state," said Gov. Steve Bullock.
There are few better ways to enjoy Montana than to plan for a day of fishing with friends and family. Over Father's Day weekend everyone in Montana can fish for free, and without a license, but one must follow all of Montana's other fishing regulations.
Fishing is not just a celebrated Montana pastime, it also provides serious vitality to the Montana economy. Each year more than 230,000 residents and 160,000 nonresidents purchase a Montana fishing license. Anglers spend about $240 million annually in Montana for things like transportation, food and guide fees. Additionally, for every dollar spent by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' fisheries program, anglers spend an extra $11 benefitting local communities and the state's economy.
Montana's most popular fishing waters include the Madison, Bighorn, Missouri, Bitterroot and Gallatin rivers; and Canyon Ferry, Flathead, Georgetown, Hauser, and Fort Peck lakes.
Montana's "fish for free" weekend was established in 2011 as the state's Father's Day gift to dad's everywhere.
Gov. Bullock said he encourages everyone to have a fun time, but urges all to check conditions first and to always keep safety a top concern. For water and boating safety tips, check the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov; click "Recreation," then choose "Stay Safe Outdoors."
The free fishing promotion is set for Father's Day weekend, June 14-15.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:52