Day: July 2, 2010

Visit scenic Pintler Loop

By G.I. Wilson For the Keizertimes Montana’s Pintler Loop Drive is one of the Big Sky Country’s gems, and gems have special meaning to the Pintler. A long day’s drive from Keizer can get you to Drummond, where Montana Hwy 1/Pintler Loop Drive leaves I-90, some 50 miles east of Missoula. We would not recommend you make this drive in one day. There are far too many scenic options along the way. Jo and I fuel up at Drummond.  It is mid-afternoon as we head up Hwy 1 for today’s destination, Philipsburg, 26 miles away. We are in cattle country. Grasslands are dotted with herds of black Angus. Hundreds and hundreds of black dots scattered across the green spring landscape. We gain elevation as we wind our way up Flint Creek drainage. Flint Creek is known for hefty brown trout.  Our literature from Montana Tourism says to watch for moose feeding on stream-side willows, but mid-afternoon is not a good time to see feeding wildlife. The most apt description I have seen of Philipsburg is: an old turn-of-the-century mining town, coming into its second boom, tourism. Main street has one stoplight. (We learn later it is the only stoplight in Granite County.) We check into our hotel for the night. The Broadway Hotel was built in 1890 and restored/remodeled in 2003. Owner, Sue Jenner, gives us the grand tour;...

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Club is where the action is

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes This summer the Keizer branch of the Boys & Girls Club is coming to a park near you. The “Wild Wild Rec” program, as it’s being called,  is a joint effort between the City of Keizer and the Boys & Girls Club. This outdoor escape is for youngsters in grades first through sixth. Stops include Willamette Manor Park on Tuesdays, Claggett Creek Park on Wednesdays and Bob Newton Park on Thursdays, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. There are reasons for the outreach. “Here in this building, as you can see, we’re a quadruple-wide modular building,” said Leana Dickerson, the Keizer branch director.  “But (Wild Wild Rec) is a really neat opportunity to go out to parks and serve kids who might not have access to this building, meaning they don’t have transportation here or it’s too far to walk. So we will go out to those parks and have fun.” Kids must be club members in order to participate. An annual membership costs $5 per child, with a new cycle coinciding with the start of school. Still, the hub of youthful activity remains the Keizer clubhouse, which is sited next to Kennedy Elementary School on Noren Street NE. It is open this summer Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Regular members will notice a change in numbers. “Ironically, this branch...

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