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Red Lodge chef honored again in James Beard contest

Muirhead

Michael Muirhead’s first brush with the James Beard Foundation Awards came in 1998. It was his first day on the job at the famed Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills, and he was hoping to meet the owner-chef, Wolfgang Puck. But Puck was not there that day. He and two of his top chefs were finalists in different categories of the James Beard contest that year, and they were off attending the awards ceremony. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Old church rings with music at annual bluegrass service

Canyon

If you walk out the front doors of St. Olaf Church 15 miles north of Red Lodge, you see the high peaks of the Beartooth Mountains spread out on the horizon. Nearer at hand you can trace the paths of Red Lodge Creek on your left and Volney Creek on your right, the two streams divided by an expanse of rolling, grass-covered hills. Farm families, most of them Norwegian, used to live up and down both creeks, and those Lutheran families founded St. Olaf in 1904, gathering in people’s houses until the church building was completed in 1921. Continue Reading →

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No end of sights on a fine day hike in the Beartooths

Steep

If your vehicle can handle the rough, rocky and now-being-reconstructed road to the Glacier Lake trailhead in the Beartooth Mountains, a wonderful day hike awaits. Armed with a camera, fishing pole, some rain gear, snacks and some billy-goat energy, you’ll have all you need to make the most of the steep 2.2-mile hike to the lake and back. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Opinion: Red Lodge citizens left out in mayor selection

Schoenike

Tuesday night, our democratic principles took a blow in Red Lodge. In an overflowing City Council meeting, the vacant mayoral position and future direction of our city was decided by five city councilmen despite the requests of our citizens to hold a special election allowing us to decide who will serve us as mayor. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Dogs, humans to gather in honor of ‘Walking Tom’

Tom

Thursday night, many of the people and the dogs who considered Tom Weaver their friend will take to the sidewalks on either side of Broadway in downtown Red Lodge, to mark Weaver’s death and to remember his life. “I was a pretty good friend of Tom’s,” Gordie Blevins said. “I’m not saying I was his best friend, but my dog was probably his best friend. My dog loved Tom.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Red Lodge mayor announces resignation as of June 29

Williams

Red Lodge Mayor Ed Williams announced Tuesday evening that he will be resigning as of June 29, one day before the the official last day of Police Chief Steve Hibler, who announced his resignation on April 6. Williams could not be reached for comment, but Diane Dimich, a member of Red Lodge Community Oversight Representatives, confirmed that the mayor announced his resignation shortly after the start of a 7 p.m. meeting of the Red Lodge City Council on Tuesday. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Preservation Road Show coming to Red Lodge

Preserve

A variety of back-roads history tours and talks on historic preservation are on tap this week in Red Lodge, which is hosting the third Montana Preservation Road Show. Organized by the Montana Preservation Alliance and numerous other partners, the road show debuted in Dillon in 2012 and continued in Lewistown in 2014. This year, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the Red Lodge road show is expanding from three days to four to accommodate more speakers and day tours. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Rhonda’s story holds out hope for victims of sexual violence

Sign

Weighing in at about 250 pounds and dressed in leopard print leggings and an oversized sweatshirt, Rhonda was the epitome of inspiration. I met her at a support group for survivors of sexual assault when I was 18 years old. All Rhonda wanted was an apartment of her own and a lot of cats. At that time, Rhonda was in her late 40s. Rhonda’s brother and father molested her until, in her early teens, she finally fled home. Continue Reading →

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Red Lodge police chief to quit, cites lack of support

Red Lodge Police Chief Ed Hibler has announced he is resigning in June after two years on the job.

Citing hostility from Carbon County officials and a lack of community support, Red Lodge Police Chief Steve Hibler has resigned effective June 30, the Carbon County News is reporting. The report was posted to the weekly newspaper’s Facebook page shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday and apparently is based wholly or in part on a press release given to the newspaper earlier in the day by Red Lodge Mayor Ed Williams. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Red Lodge citizens form group to monitor city, police

A group of Red Lodge residents has formed an organization to provide oversight of city government and to protect the civil rights of people in the community. “Basically what we want to do is, we want first and foremost to work with the city administration in keeping our police department professional,” said Michael Keys, one of the organizers of Red Lodge Community Oversight Representatives. (more…) Continue Reading →

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