Western Awards and Engraving moves to their new location! March, 2006
Soroptimist Fun @ Western Awards! April, 2006 Special guests Lolita and Carmen!
This Yellowstone Float in May was a great day. One of the scenes along the way was a family of Canadian Geese. Unfortunately one of the babies got separated from the others, as the raft floated by. We saw the eagle swoop from the sky, so we are quite sure the baby was whisked away.
Tour with Kathy and Jerry. July, 2006
Summer Fun back on the Big Horn. 8/19/2006 Anne, with some of her school friends, Greg & Linda and Kurt & Mary enjoy the day on the Big Horn River.
Back on the Yellowstone 8/26/2006 The Yellowstone River was kink to us... a great day and a perfect float with friends Greg & Linda and Josie. Even Buddy enjoyed the scenery. A barbecue at Indian Fort was the end to a perfect day! Guess what ... the fishing was even great!
End of our Summer Fun in Paradise Valley. Look carefully at the pictures, you can barely see the mountains, for all the smoke there is in the air. The Derby Fire, near Big Timber, has burned about 200,000 acres, causing the evacuation of almost 300 people, burned over 28 homes and has cost of over $6.1 Million to fight it .... and it is still only 25% contained as of today 9/5/2006. The Yellowstone River is low, but the fishing was great. Our cabin was at the Yellowstone Bed & Breakfast on the Yellowstone River. Even with all the smoke, we enjoyed a great float, as we always do with friend Greg, Linda and Anne.
High atop a ridge
near Midnight Canyon, Jones watched Aug. 30 as the 8-day-old
Derby Mountain fire erupted into a hellish monster of smoke,
flame and shifting winds, devouring grasses and trees drier than
anywhere else in Montana. "It looked exactly like Mount St.
Helens," said Jones, who taught a federal wildfire investigation
course after he retired as National Park Service ranger. "I
thought, 'Holy cow, here it goes.' " For hours, he snapped
photos of a massive swirling cloud of fire and smoke in Trout
Creek, "tornadoes of fire" sweeping across nearby grasslands,
wind-borne embers that sparked new fires a half-mile away, and
walls of flames consuming everything in their path. That would
be the single most destructive episode of Montana's 2006 fire
season, as the wind-whipped Derby Mountain fire destroyed 26
homes and 20 outbuildings. "You don't fight the fire when it's
going like that," Jones said. "You stay out of the way." With
the end perhaps weeks away, this year's fire season already
seems headed for the history books, possibly ranked among 1988,
2000 and 2003.
1,028 personnel were assigned to the blaze. That figure includes
12 Hot Shot crews, eight hand crews, 87 engines, 11 dozers, nine
helicopters, four single-engine air tankers and four water
Nick Matheson and Ben Agol, of the Eldorado Hot Shot crew from Northern California, guard a fire line at the Derby Mountain fire Friday.
Nine helicopters, 10 Hot Shot crews, seven Type 2 crews, 104 engines, 11 bulldozers and seven water tenders are working the lines. More than 10,000 feet of fire hose has been laid to help shore up dozer lines. Helicopters equipped with buckets dropped 90,000 gallons of water, and 48,000 gallons of retardant was dropped by the heavy helicopters working the fire.
Jay O'Neill, of the Park County Sheriff's Department, left, and Jeff Schoenen and Pat Walker of Livingston Fire and Rescue man a roadblock on Swingley Road east of Livingston Wednesday night as the Jungle fire flared up.
A Park County Sheriff's deputy drives away from the Jungle fire on West Boulder Road to inform residents of an evacuation order as smoke towers in the background Wednesday afternoon.
Explosive fire conditions fueled yet another blowup at the Jungle fire Wednesday, prompting hundreds of new evacuations in Park and Sweet Grass counties. The blaze 15 miles southwest of Livingston roared to about 20,000 acres by Wednesday night - an aggressive leap from the previous day's estimate of 5,500 acres. Down-canyon winds, heavy timbers, and hot, dry weather combined to drive the expansion to the north and east. The fire was heading toward the Boulder River drainage in Sweet Grass County. Crews were pulled off the western flank of the Derby Mountain fire to assist with structure-protection efforts in the Main Boulder River drainage.
Wednesday's wind also pushed the Derby Mountain fire onto itself. "We had westerly winds all day today, and that's a good thing for us, but it's not a good thing for the Jungle fire," said fire information officer Nancy Guerrero. The fire has covered about 208,000 acres and is 80 percent contained. A total of 615 people were on the blaze.