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Silver State PosK March 1620_! 1_ _7 COMMUNITY Spotted Dog: Habitat for beauty Above; The Trout Creek Road entrance to Spotted Dog Wildlife Management area is located south of Avon; right; This historic red barn, located on Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area was originally used by Wiliams and Pauly ranches. SSP photos by P.J. Wright by P.J. Wright The wind was blowing from the south over the Dog Creek Hills, now known as Spotted Dog Wildlife area. The winter range for elk, mule and white tail deer, antelope and countless other species sported an abundance of bunch grass, the nutritious wild flora, which has fed wild game for centuries. It was the first day of March, and Ray Vinkey, wildlife biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks had his binoculars in hand and was "scouting" for game. There they were, in a far draw, about 200 elk, all grouped together buffeted from the wind. "It has been a hard winter," Vinkey said. "There has been lot of thawing and freezing. That makes a really hard crust for the animals to forage." A recent helicopter count for elk on Spotted Dog, including the inholdings DNRC lands, and an adjoining ranch, indicated the elk count was high. " We observed 1158 total elk, 84 calves, 766 unclassified cows and calves, 132 spike bulls and 14 browtine bulls.' Vinkey said. "The elk who winter on Spotted Dog dispurse in the summer months over 1,000 acres in circumference from the area; always to return in the fall. " One of the truly amazing characteristics of Spotted Dog is its pris- tine meadows, vistas and water sources. The Interstate is in view to the southwest, yet the peace of the place in winter is disturbed only by the crackling and snapping of the huge Bonneville power lines which march over the crest of the hill. Spotted Dog, as it is now called, is closed to the public from De- cember-May to enable the elk and other wild game animals to winter and calve without being disturbed. Bow Hunting season started just a short while after the State of Montana purchased the property from Rock Creek Cattle Company. For the first time in over 35 years, the public could access the area. "The ranchers have been really good, :"said Vinkey. "Of course they have concerns, and we are trying very hard to work closely with them." "There will be FWP personnel on Spotted Dog all summer. We will be building fences, spraying weeds, etc. Access in the summer is through Freeze Out, near Deer Lodge and over the Trout Creek Road at Avon. Jack Creek entrance is open during hunting season only." Camping, hiking, summer recreation will be available to the public beginnig May 15. Horseback and foot travel are allowed for access. Plans are still being finalized for summer travel. The Beacon Hill Road, FS 314 and Trut Creek will be open. Some spur roads that were used in the fall of 2010 will be closed. The 27,616 acre purchase was made possible by funds from the NRDP, a state fund established as the result of the State of Mon- tana's lawsuit against ARCO for damage caused by Anaconda min- ing and smelting in the Upper Clark Fork Basin. The property was acquired by the state in September of last year for $15,200,000. It is under the management of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Patty Flynn recently was promoted to executive vice president at First Security Bank of Deer Lodge. Flynn started her banking career over 35 .years ago. SSP photo by J. Louis Mullen Banker ,-'/[ ) ,' C: " ' gets boosted Last month at the annual meeting of the board of directors for First Security Bank of Deer Lodge, the board voted to promote Patty Flynn to executive vice president. Flynn, who moved to Deer Lodge in 1975, got into the banking business in 1976, for First Security Bank owner Ron Kelley. "I love my career here," Flynn said in an inter- view Thursday, March 10. "The people, the small community, being able to help someone in this county buy a home or a car, it's something I love doing. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else." Indeed, Flynn considers herself a people person, and spent the last 35 years establishing herself as such. Flynn was offered a position at Fickler Oil back in 1990, she jumped on the opportunity to try something different. As a credit manager she found she wanted to work more closely with people. Then in 2000 Ron Kelley, approached her to come back to a business she started her banking career at. "I plan to be here until retirement," Flynn said. Now an executive v.p., Flynn is in charge anytime president Tom Christnacht is absent. "I trust her implicitly," Ron Kelley, owner, said. "I have a great team here. I've known Patty for a long time. She's someone I can count on. She's someone I can rely on. She's a friend and she makes this bank a better business. She un- derstands my line of thinking and I understand hers. There are some people you can count on and some people you think you can count on. We can communicate." Flynn said she knew the possibility of promo- tion was on the table, but is nonetheless flattered and encouraged to continue working for the bet- terment of people in the community. FE00, is00offto Rexburgldaho Alisha Gill, Sonny Beck, Theresa Lombardi and Abbi Boggess take a break from livestock evaluation to pose for a picture at the Ag Rendezvous in Rex- burg, Idaho. On March 1 and 2 the Deer Lodge FFA Chapter went to Rexburg, Idaho and competed in the Ag Rendezvous at the BYU - Idaho campus. The college has a large variety of agriculture curriculum and is a great place to show case the agriculture industry. The FFA squad competed in livestock judging, mechanics, dairy, farm business management test, parliamentary procedure, meats, crops, and creed speaking. Advisor Bill. Lombardi said "It takes a great deal ofpreparation to participate in this many events but our students really like this trip and the way the Ag Ren- dezvous career development events are set up." The members that attended the trip included Sonny Beck, Abbi Boggess, Theresa Lombardi, Alisha Gill, Daniel Beck, Aaron Heggelund, Ty Harp, Jake Logan, and Dylan McWright. Overall they placed 16 out of 150 teams in Livestock, eighth out of 28 teams in Mechanics, and Daniel Beck placed fourth out of 17 individuals in creed speaking. It was a great trip that gave the members a chance to explore the BYU Idaho college campus and polish their skill ahead of districts and state convention. The Montana State FFA convention will be in Billings this year on March 30 to April 2. The FFA team will have a number of members inline to receive some awards at this year's convention. NOTICE America Counts on CPAs James C. Wangerin, CPA Walter Andrew Wangerin, EA 3011/2 Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59792 1-4o6-846-1862 I e-mail: The Powell County Rural Disposal District is soliciting applications for a driver to pick up, replace and deliver containers from six sites in Powell County to the Missoula landfill. A successful candidate will have or shall obtain a CDL with a Doubles endorsement. The operator also should be able to operate a backhoe. Applications are available from the Clerk & Recorder's Office at 409 M issou ri Ave., Deer Lodge, or at 846-3680 or online at the Powell County website. Applications are due to the Clerk & Recorder's Office by 4 p.m. on April 1,2011. Published in the Silver State Post, March 16, 23, 2011.