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Poster from "Worth the Wait'' film

Poster from "Worth the Wait'' film

Archives to host film, talk on reclamation

The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives will continue its Brown Bag Lunch series at noon Wednesday, Oct. 25, with a discussion led by Sara Sparks and a special presentation of the 2016 Butte film “Worth the Wait” by Dick Many and B.J. McKenzie.

The movie documents the 30 years of reclamation of more than 100 years of mining and smelting wastes that accumulated in the upper Clark Fork River Basin in Montana from mines in Butte to the smelters in Anaconda all the way to the Milltown Dam near Missoula. Even though the cleanup continues today and some areas will require treatment forever, the extent of what has been accomplished is striking for what seemed to be an overwhelming task 30 years ago. Sara will address questions and continue the discussion following the movie.

Sparks, a Butte native, is a remedial project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She is a graduate of Butte Central High School and Montana Tech. She has been employed with EPA for 25 years and during that time has been involved with the Superfund activities in Butte.

This presentation will last longer than the usual Brown Bag Lunches. While guests are usually encouraged to bring a sack lunch, this week lunch will be provided.

Zombie Trot color run Saturday, Oct. 21

Interact Club is hosting its annual Halloween-themed Zombie Trot color run Saturday, Oct. 21, at Father Sheehan Park.

The cost is $5 per person, and children 6 and under are free. Proceeds will go toward Adopt a Family at Christmas. Registration begins at 1 p.m., and the first run starts at 2 p.m. There will be a 5K as well as a 1-mile fun run for the children or anyone who wants to do it.

Interact Club, sponsored by Rotary, gives students ages 12-18 the chance to make a difference while having fun. The students carry out service projects.

Details: 406-209-3741.

Molybdenite flotation focus of lecture

The Montana Tech Public Lecture Series will host Bill Riggs at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in Montana Tech’s Engineering Laboratory Classroom Building, room 202. He will discuss "History of Byproduct Molybdenite Flotation."

Riggs, who has a bachelor’s degree in geology and chemistry from the University of Texas-El Paso, is a leading expert in froth flotation to improve recovery of valuable metal-bearing minerals. Among his highlights, he strengthened the market in flotation for modified fatty acids, fatty amines, and pine oil and developed a market for sodium hydrosulfide, ammonium sulfide, and liquid xanthates.

CINEMAtech to feature David Lynch film

In celebration of Halloween, CINEMAtech will feature David Lynch's 1977 film debut "Eraserhead" ... a dream of dark and troubling things. The screening is at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in the Montana Tech library auditorium.

The free film has been called a “lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty.” With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey continues to haunt American cinema like no other film.

Marine Corps League plans breakfast

Marine Corps League Detachment 1380 will have a breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Classic Café, 728 E. Park Ave., Anaconda. Details: Woodrow Morgan, 406-563-3084.

Wine-tasting fundraiser Nov. 9

“Wine Women & Song,” a wine-tasting fundraiser for United Way, will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Finlen Hotel. Music will be provided by Judy and The Divine Bovines.

Admission is $30 and includes five wine samples. Proceeds will benefit United Way of Butte and Anaconda Community Events.

Reservations are required by calling 406-782-1255 or emailing

‘Life is a Carnival’ planned Thursday

East Middle School will be the setting for “Life is a Carnival” from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the school gym.

The event is a “celebration of youth” and is for children ages kindergarten through eighth grade. There will be games, food, drinks, prizes, contests, activities, and crafts. For more details or to volunteer, call 406-498-5411.

Bear safety class Wednesday

DIVIDE — The Big Hole Watershed Committee and the Southwest Montana Bear Education Working Group will be co-hosting a bear safety awareness training at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Divide Grange.

The event will include opportunities to learn about bears, practice with inert bear spray, receive free bear-resistant garbage cans from BHWC, and a get chance to win a new can of bear spray.


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