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


Photo courtesy Nicklaus Companies

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.



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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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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Anaconda’s ‘how to’ on celebrating athletic excellence


Jessica Massey, left, and her mother and father Ethel and Rick, ride through the streets of Anaconda in celebration of her Gold Medal-winning performance during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in LA. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO

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On Tuesday, Anaconda again showed how much they love their athletes.

Jessica Massey, a Special Olympian kayaker for Team USA, was given the parade and serenade to end them all during an afternoon ride through the streets of her hometown in celebration of a Gold Medal performance last week at the 2015 World Games last week in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Anaconda parade planned for Gold Medalist Jessica Massey Tuesday, Aug. 4

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, Anaconda will welcome home a Gold Medalist in style.

Jessica Massey, who won the Gold in the 200m kayak event for Team USA at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles on Friday, July 31, will take her championship fire truck ride through the streets of Anaconda starting at approximately 4 p.m.

The route will start on the east end of Anaconda at Albertson’s, travel west on Commercial Ave. to Lisacs Tire, turn around and return east down Park Ave. to the final destination at Benny Goodman Park. People are invited to welcome Massey along the route or at Benny Goodman following the parade. And don’t forget to fly your American Flag with pride!

To read about Massey’s triumph, click HERE

To listen to commercials running on KANA 580 AM about Massey’s extraordinary accomplishments, click below.

Massey is the daughter of Rick and Ethel Massey.

Anaconda’s Jessica Massey wins Special Olympics Gold in 200m kayak

Now you can say you know a World Champion and Gold medalist.

Anaconda’s own Jessica Massey, competing for Team USA in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, won Gold in the 200m kayak today announced by the ecstatic athlete on her Facebook page this afternoon. Results were confirmed on the official page of the games at la2015.org or by clicking HERE

Massey finished the race in 1:54.42, almost 10 seconds ahead of Silver Medalist Kathryn Smith of Great Britian. Massey earned a fourth-place ribbon in the 500m race on Wednesday as well.

Jessica Massey kayakWell wishes came rushing in from her coaches and friends via her Facebook feed too fast to refresh.

Jessica Massey Facebook


“Awesome! So proud you are a world champ!” said one of Massey’s former coaches Liz Tuss, among many of her fans wishing her congratulations on the accomplishment.

Now all there is to plan is the celebration and parade for when Anaconda’s World Champion returns. If tradition says our State Champions get a fire truck ride through the streets of Anaconda, it’s time to release the whole fleet for a Gold medal.

Below is the congratulatory message running on KANA 580 AM

AHS Class of 1960 celebrates their 55th reunion at Anaconda Country Club

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Thirty of the 32 classmates who attended the AHS Class of 1960 55th reunion appear here at Anaconda Country Club. Look below for the names of all those who appear in the photo. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO

Last weekend, 32 classmates made the trip to Anaconda to celebrate the 55th reunion of Anaconda High School’s Class of 1960.

The reunion was held at Anaconda Country Club Friday and Saturday, July 17-18 highlighted by dinner and laughs both nights.

As a tradition for the class, after the class picture was taken balloons were released for every one of their classmates who have passed away.

Classmates included …

Front row: Don Hatcher, left, Cathy (Parks) Wuesthoff, Judy (Cornish) Rodgers, Judy (Tomlinson) Glassley, Marilou (Burgess) Bisch, Rosemarie (Matthews) Silzly, Nancy (Simpkins) Cass, Glenna (Rowsey) Waltee and Joy (MacDonald) Lake. Middle row: Buzzy Peterson, left, Jeanne (Ouldhouse) Frye, Charles Munro, Judi (Maxwell) Munro, Ron Sager, Dale Havens, Bonnie (Beck) McMorris, Virginia (Allen) Hatcher, Carol (Gustafson) Lang, Dorothy (Aspholm) Larson, Early Driggs and Larry Beausoleil. Back row: Jim Thompson, left, Karen (Pearson) Kirkby, Terry Fiest, Barry Huot, Jeff Wright, Bob Clark, Bill Martin, Pat (Hedeen) Jackson, Deanna (Bertech) Edgington.

Pickleball anyone? Learn to play in Anaconda

A combined effort from a number of Anaconda agencies and locals who know the game of Pickleball are joining forces to give it a try. Starting on Friday, July 31 during Alive After Five in downtown Anaconda, MSU Extension director Abbie Phillip will be having a demonstration of the game to hopefully spur some interest.th

Pickleball was created in 1965 and is a hybrid of badminton, tennis and ping pong. In 1984, the USAPA was formed and created an official rule book according to the release.

The Anaconda Community Intervention program staff along with Anaconda Family Resource Center have partnered with MSU Extension in order to mentor prospective players. If you are interested in learning more about Pickleball, call Philip at 563-4036.




Anaconda celebrates Fourth of July in style

Below are some sights of the annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks show on Saturday night high above Washoe Park. The fireworks show was made possible by American Veterans (VFW/American Legion) in association with Wayne and Sherri Lubbes of the Paradise Bar and Montana Display Fireworks out of Missoula. (ALL PHOTOS COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO)

First, a little side note. Veterans from Anaconda collect year ’round for the fantastic show. They hold a fundraising golf tournament annual at Anaconda Country Club along with several other means of donations. If you would like to provide a tax-deductable donation for the show, contact me via the email link.



The Honor Guard of the American Legion Post No. 21 start the parade on Main Street.


Kids with Toys For Tots ride bikes through the parade route


A car load of patriotic youngsters throw candy to appreciative onlookers.

Anaconda native Joe Wren, a TV sports and features reporter for FOX in Salt Lake City, was the Grand Marshall of the parade.

Anaconda native Joe Wren, a TV sports and features reporter for FOX in Salt Lake City, was the Grand Marshall of the parade.


Life Flight Network, the regional ambulatory partner with Community Hospital of Anaconda, was quite a hit with their parade submission.


Members from the Anaconda Community Band.


American Legion Post No. 21 veterans celebrate the Holiday parade


Everyone knows John around Anaconda, the bubbly, affectionate vet brings out the classic eyewear for the parade.


Ol’ Tex celebrates Americana


Wayne and Sherri Lubbes with their classic Ford


Playing music on the ABC Building Center flatbed has become a parade tradition.


Jim Tracy on the drums on the ABC float


Volunteer firetrucks line the route with the courthouse in the background


Jerry “Arnie” Arneson leads the Marine Corps League and Toys For Tots down the route


Cadence is important during the Honor Guard march.


The Post and POW/MIA flags presented during the parade.


Not many people realize the work involved in putting on such a large fireworks show. Montana Display Fireworks of Missoula are the official sparkies of the show but need tons of volunteer help to pull the show off. Here, eight banks of mortars are being prepped for the presentation, all of which are strategically placed in order to provide specific show bursts. The setup takes about 4.5 hours according to the staff.


Volunteers load mortars with Washoe Park baseball stadium in the background.


Filling out the final mortars.


Wayne Lubbes sets one of the loads atop the mortar


A look at the early part of the show with Anaconda in the foreground.












This photo give a good perspective on how high the fireworks are launched above Washoe Park the the light some of them emit being shot.