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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Lil’ Copperheads win Smelter City Smackdown


Nathan Blodnick pins his opponent to secure first place in his weight group during last weekend’s Smelter City Smackdown held at Memorial Gymnasium.

Anaconda’s Lil’ Copperheads wrestling team crowned six individual champions and also took home the large team tournament championship during Saturday’s Smelter City Smackdown held at Memorial Gymnasium.

Overall, 239 wrestlers competed in the tournament.

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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.

Annual St. Patrick’s Day in pictures


Gianna Chor and Riley Worl take the lead for the Anaconda Little Aishlings at Fred Moodry Middle School to kick off a full schedule of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. PHOTOS BY BLAKE HEMPSTEAD/CS PHOTO

It’s no secret Anaconda loves its Celtic heritage. Below are some shots from the Little Aishlings performing this morning and of the parade that braved a pretty chilling snow storm through the streets of the Smelter City.

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Tommy Sawyer claims state folkstyle title in Great Falls, Smelter City Smackdown this weekend in Anaconda

Tommy Sawyer podium

Anaconda’s Tommy Sawyer was crowned Montana State Folkstyle champion last weekend in Great Falls. COURTESY PHOTO

The Lil’ Copperheads will be heading into their only home tournament of the year on a bit of a high note, celebrating the State Championship performance of Tommy Sawyer along with several runner-up and other placewinners.

The Smelter City Smackdown will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium, with clubs from all around Montana expected to participate. The Lil’ Copperheads are still looking for volunteers in everything from concessionaires and 50/50 sellers to mat runners and table workers. For more information on helping, call Angie Sawyer at 560-1482.

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Annual St. Pats Race records 680 registered runners


Bill Field has been one of the St. Pat’s Race’s yearly competitors, and pushes his granddaughter across the finish line in the Men’s 60-69 race in an impressive 19:46.27. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO

Although the registered number of racers is not even close to the actual number of people who participate in the annual AOH/Locker Room St. Pats Race, it still proves a healthy amount of runners and walkers flock to Anaconda to take part in one of the longest running races in Montana.

According the the official timing company RunSignUp, 680 registered runners completed Saturday’s race starting on Old Cable Road and finishing on Third Street behind the Locker Room Bar. A total of 617 racers participated in the 3-mile event with 63 braved the six-mile run starting near the Lime Quarry.

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Sawyer wins Helltown Throwdown wrestling tourney

Over 450 wrestlers  from Montana, Idaho and Wyoming participated in last weekend’s Helltown Throwdown in Helena.

Fifth-grader Tommy Sawyer led the Anaconda contingent with a tournament victory at Novice 70, beating a place winner from last week’s Salt Lake Slam.

Anaconda’s Lil’ Copperheads won the Small Team trophy, beating out similar-sized teams from Kalispell, Billings, Belgrade and Bozeman.

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Anaconda native to be featured on prominent outdoors radio show


Brian Solan, left, and his childhood friend Mike Hawthorne, pose after harvesting a trophy bighorn this year near his native home of Anaconda. Solan will be featured on this Friday’s Northwestern Outdoors Radio Show and can heard at noon weekly on KANA 580 AM. COURTESY PHOTO


On Friday, native Anacondan and president of the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation Brian Solan will be featured on the Northwestern Outdoors Radio Show.

Solan, a 1995 graduate of Anaconda High and 1999 engineering grad from Montana Tech, was interviewed by host John Kruse in the shows second segment discussing his role with the WSF. In the near 10-minute interview, the two talk about Solan’s take on Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep populations and the steps he and the WSF are taking to ensure the growth and survival of the species.

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Cael Mikalatos crowned Salt Lake Slam champion


Cael Mikalatos stands tall after winning the Salt Lake Slam last week in Farmington, Utah. COURTESY PHOTO

FARMINGTON, Utah – Cael Mikalatos, a fourth-grade student at Lincoln Elementary, was crowned Salt Lake Slam champion last week in a Tour Of America wrestling tournament.

Cael cruised through his bracket at Intermediate 75, beating wrestlers from as far away as Kansas and Wyoming in the process. All told there were 850 elite wrestlers involved in the tournament.

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