United Veterans put on another spectacular Fourth of July fireworks show in Anaconda


A small shower of fireworks illuminated the northern side of Anaconda and Washoe Park Tuesday signifying the beginning of what would be a nearly 30 minute display. ALL PHOTOS COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO

The United Veterans and Anaconda Celebrations capped a season full of collections into a nearly 30 minute fireworks show overlooking Washoe Park Tuesday night, one that received a rousing applause heard all through Anaconda when the show wrapped up just shy of 11 p.m.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the evening …


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125 Commencement of AHS celebrates 61 graduates


The customary cap toss signaling the end of the 125th Commencement of Anaconda High School shows the remnants of silly string and confetti on the Memorial Gymnasium floor. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO

Although the number of graduates was one of the smallest ever at Anaconda High, joy, exuberance and the occasional air horn wished the 61 individuals farewell during the 125th Commencement of AHS Friday, June 2, at Memorial Gymnasium.


Michael Hessler, left, and Michaela Cortright, right, sit beside the chair belonging to Macy Fitzgerald, who was in intensive care in Missoula following an equine accident the day prior to graduation. It was used to collect roses from each classmate as they filed into Memorial Gymnasium as a sign of friendship. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO

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125th Commencement of AHS to be broadcast live on KANA

In a slight change of what’s been a traditional Sunday procession since 1993, Anaconda High School will send 61 students into the world Friday, June 2 at 6 p.m. at historic Memorial Gymnasium. The 125th Commencement of AHS will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. on KANA 580 AM, kana580.com and by downloading the live streaming app on the Apple or Google Play app stores.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.kanaam

Live coverage is made possible thanks to our exclusive sponsors Dahood Law Firm, Georgetown Sound, AWARE Inc. and KANA 580 AM.

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KANA app developed to ease access for listeners


Starting next week, KANA will be even easier to listen to thanks to applications available on Google Play and Apple app stores.

KANA 580 AM will offer the free apps to stream original content aired by the station. KANA added the additional listening portal due to some listeners having difficulty linking a variety of tablets and smart phones to the online platform offered at kana580.com.

“We want to make accessing our local content as easy as possible for our listeners,” said Pat Noonan, director of media and community relations for AWARE Inc., KANA’s parent company. “It’s our listeners that make our station great, and it’s our goal to make KANA available to as many of them as possible.”

The main focus of the added applications is for listeners who like to follow Copperhead athletics and weekly shows such as America Outdoors Radio and Northwestern Outdoors Radio aired Friday’s starting at 11 a.m. MST.

The app on GooglePlay may already be available, but the developer said it typically takes 24 hours to access the content. The Apple store should be available for download by the middle of next week.

Searching for the app is easy, just type in “KANA 580” into the search bar, download and install.

• For Android users, click HERE

• For Apple users, click HERE for the iTunes download or search in your app store

KANA will still stream regularly on kana580.com.

Evening fire destroys Anaconda’s historic Club Moderne


The entrance to the Club Moderne in Anaconda. The Club was destroyed by fire Oct. 3. Photo courtesy Katie LaSalle-Lowery, Big Sy Country Photos.


At 8 p.m. Monday night, rumors started swirling. Then with social media posts the evidence was clear – the iconic and historic Club Moderne was ablaze.

As fast as the news spread, more and more live video feeds on Facebook began to pop up. The fire soon morphed into an unstoppable force ripping through the roof that hauntingly traveled from the north end to the south, then back.

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Jack Nicklaus talks Old Works Golf Course on Anaconda at the Mic


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On Wednesday, the Mighty 580 aired Anaconda at the Mic featuring the legendary Jack Nicklaus as part of celebrating the 20th anniversary of Old Works Golf Course.

Below is the podcast of the interview by Blake Hempstead of KANA it its entirety, including candid talks with Nicklaus about why he considers Old Works golf course such a worthwhile project and ending with a discussion with Old Works Director of Golf and General Manager Mark Savoy.



Anaconda’s Kasey Morley selected as the 2016 Patient Ambassador for Shrine Week

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Kasey Morley and his brother Kaleb sharing their love of baseball. Kasey is the 2016 Patient Ambassador for the East-West Shrine All Star football game being played in Butte at Alumni Coliseum. PHOTO BY CS PHOTO/Blake Hempstead


Below the surface Kasey Morley is a perfectly normal child. He loves camping, baseball, video games, the Anaconda Copperheads, Montana Griz and annoying his parents. But Kasey’s life is a challenge, even if every passing day you’re in his presence is a consistently uplifting experience filled with joy and optimism.banner4

Just weeks into being 5-years-old, Kasey is rambunctious, outgoing and inquisitive. But his journey to this point has been anything but a walk in the park. Born with a severe cleft palate and skull and with the entire left side of his body smaller than the rest most likely caused from blood flow complications in the womb, Kasey makes the most out of his situation.

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Goosetown 43 washed out for first time ever, announces winners

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Tristan Spehar of Anaconda’s Dirty 30 slides in safely to second during Friday’s loss to Lockmer Plumbing of Butte. Photo by Blake Hempstead

This past weekend, 159 teams played in Men’s, Women’s and for the first time ever Co-Ed divisions in the 43rd annual Goosetown/Bud Light slow pitch softball tournament in Anaconda.

Although Sunday’s inclement weather that plagued the entire state of Montana led to cancelling the end of the tournament for what tournament director Bill Hill said, “The first time ever,” coin flips and undefeated teams going into the start of the cancellations determined the winners in each bracket.

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Gallagher earns spot on East-West Shrine Game roster

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Gallagher, left, takes down St. Ignatius ball carrier during the 2015 season. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO


Turns out this may be how the West has won.

Anaconda’s Sean Gallagher, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound middle linebacker and tight end, got the call Tuesday night and was added to the 70th annual East-West Shrine All Star football game roster.

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KANA wins two EB Craney Excellence in Broadcasting awards

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AWARE Inc. and KANA representatives Pat Noonan, left, David Caldwell, Russ Peterson and Blake Hempstead were present during the 2016 Montana Broadcasters Association convention in Big Sky where KANA won two EB Craney Excellence in Broadcasting awards along with a runner-up finish.

BIG SKY — On Saturday evening, June 25, Anaconda’s KANA 580 AM won two EB Craney awards along with one runner-up finish during the annual Montana Broadcasters Association Convention. 
A member of the AWARE Business Network, KANA won awards for Public Service Campaign and Station Promotion and took second in the Non-Commercial Radio Program category. 
The EB Craney Awards are named in memory of Montana broadcast pioneer Ed Craney, recognizing excellence in local news, production, promotion and public service from radio and television stations located in the Big Sky state.
Throughout all of the radio programs submitted for awards, only the top two in each of 12 Blake-Pat awardsseparate categories are recognized.
KANA General Manager Blake Hempstead and AWARE Media Director Pat Noonan along with AWARE client and production assistant David Caldwell and Russ Peterson, AWARE Job Coach, represented the station at the awards ceremony.
“In the last two years we’ve submitted entries into categories for EB Awards, KANA has now won twice and been runner-up twice,” Hempstead said. “It says a lot when the Montana Broadcasters and the Greater Montana Foundation are recognizing our work considering we have never strayed from our goals of providing quality community programming for the listeners in Anaconda.”
“The KANA team has been working hard over the years to run a community focused radio station while also providing non traditional job opportunities for folks with a developmental disability,” said Noonan.  “To see that hard work recognized by our peers has been a tremendous honor for everyone involved.”
For the Public Service Campaign winning entry, KANAs Anaconda Community PSA Campaign including cuts from School District 10 preschool enrollment and the Open Theatre Project were recognized. (Below are two of the clips contained in the entry)

In the Station Promotion category, KANAs 60-second mix of popular music customarily played during regular programming and sound bites from Angela McLean’s 2015 AHS commencement address and Hempstead’s Copperhead Sports play-by-play calls was in the entry. (Below is the winning entry)

In the Non-Commercial Radio Program category, KANAs live broadcast of Anaconda High School’s 2015 graduation commencement by Hempstead and Noonan was recognized.

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