By Robin Jordan (Butte Weekly)
Yellow 8 Ball Customs will be moving from 27 E. Galena to 34 S. Main, the current offices of Apex Realty. Owner Jason Holmes said the business should be relocating in early May. Yellow 8 Ball Customs does T-shirt and garment printing, both silkscreen and image transfers; personalized vinyl decal design, production and application and makes signs, banners and vehicle magnets. Holmes also offers graphic design services.
“I’m excited about the new location with more visibility,” Holmes said.
There are two wonderful displays in the windows at the Military Enlistment Processing Station on west Park. Chuck Richards, who owned and operated Richards and Rochelle Men’s Store for many years in Uptown Butte, has donated his uniforms, a trunk and other memorabilia from when he served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. The other display features a collection of photos of prominent Butte historical figures compiled by high school student Ryan Foley as a project at the World Museum of Mining during one of their summer youth camps. Both displays are well worth a look as you walk through the Uptown.
Here’s a sure sign of spring. The Highland View Golf Course at Stodden Park opened for the season last Saturday, April 12. The course, which is managed by the Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation Department, features a refurbished clubhouse with new carpet, paint, doors and windows, as well as irrigation improvements and a new maintenance barn. Crews are also working to finish upgrades to the green on hole number six. That work will be complete sometime this summer. For tee times, please call in advance to 494-7900. The golf season runs from April to
By Robin Jordan (Butte Weekly) 4-16-14
A new nonprofit group has been formed to take over production of the annual Evel Knievel Days event after the former organizing committee announced last week that they were ending their involvement in the festival.
According to a news release sent Friday, April 11 by Butte lawyer Rick Orizotti, a new nonprofit corporation, Evel Knievel Days, Inc. has been formed and certified by the Montana Secretary of State’s office.
“The mission of the newly formed Evel Knievel Days, Inc., is to organize, plan, promote and conduct Evel Knievel Days in Butte, Montana, on an annual basis. This year Evel Knievel Days will be held July 24-26, 2014,” the press release said.
A few days earlier, on Wednesday, April 9, Chad Harrington, executive director of the former organizing group sent a letter to Chief Executive Matt Vincent and members of the council of commissioners announcing their intentions to bow out of the event. Harrington wrote, “Our committee, by no means, wants to hinder or impede the direction that your family would like to go with Evel Knievel Days and the Evel Knievel name. It is also imperative that we get back to a level of respect and civility for the citizens of Butte Silver Bow. Therefore, the organizing committee of Evel Knievel Week, Inc. has decided to respect your wishes and take a step back from this event and allow you to proceed as you see fit.”
Vincent told Butte-Silver Bow commissioners that evening that the controversy and drama surrounding the festival need to stop. Reading from his letter of response, he said, “For the past three weeks I have consistently stated that I would stay out of any discussions and decisions related to this event bearing my father-in-law’s name, in acknowledgement of a perceived conflict of interest. I had hoped that level heads would prevail in resolving the issues. That has obviously not happened.”
By Robin Jordan (Butte Weekly) (4-16-14)
A new low-power FM radio station will be coming to Butte in the near future, according to Amanda Curtis.
Curtis, a math teacher at Butte High School, said the station is one project of the Butte America Foundation (BAmF), which was formed last summer and was granted state and federal non-profit status last fall.
The mission statement of BAmF is to: “educate the public by providing information and tools to uphold the tenets of social justice. It is a center point for information about Butte, Montana, particularly its mining, industrial and cultural history. The Butte America Foundation promotes the interests of workers and underserved populations through education and community outreach.”
The radio station will be a major component of that outreach, providing community information and other content not available in the area through commercial stations.
Last Wednesday Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive Matt Vincent gave is state of the city-county address. Here's part one:
Here is part 2: