Author Archives: Abigail Dennis

5 acres south of Alder burn, fire departments respond

At 6 p.m. on May 10, Madison County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received reports of a controlled burn that was out of control, according to Dustin Tetrault, Madison County director of emergency management.

MHC receives $2 million from state to preserve Virginia City, Nevada City

When Governor Steve Bullock signed House Bill 2 into law on May 9, the Montana Heritage Commission, which oversees Virginia City and Nevada City, received $2 million for maintenance and preservation to be used over the next two years.

Conservation district hosts Madison Watershed planning meeting

“(The Madison Conservation District) is helping lead the community in a collaborative effort to identify our current, and future, resource concerns,” said Ethan Kunard, water programs manager for the MCD, as he welcomed 35 people to a watershed planning meeting on April 26 in Ennis. “Then we will identify our options.”

Wildlife mortality hotspots, connectivity along U.S. Highway 287

In 2012, the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University and the Craighead Institute started a project to look at the effects of U.S. Highway 287 and MT Highway 87 in the Madison Valley on road related wildlife mortality and movement patterns, said Lance Craighead of the Craighead Institute.

A master plan: Ennis Big Sky Airport plans for future

It is no surprise that use of the Ennis Big Sky Airport is on the rise, and has been in recent years. In fact, the growth rate has been around 30 percent per year for the last few years, according to Lance Bowser, engineer with Robert Peccia & Associates, the firm that handles engineering and construction on Madison County’s airports.

Legislation tackles transparency, permissive building reserve levy for schools

Senate Bill 307, which would revise laws dealing with school funding, passed the Senate, 48 – 1, at the end of February, and had its first hearing in the House of Representatives on March 13.

Utterly inspiring

Earlier this month, I attended the University of Montana School of Journalism’s internship and career fair. I traveled to Missoula without any expectations – though The Madisonian and the West Yellowstone Star are not desperate for interns, I wanted to see a young crop of journalists. If I found a student with skills complimentary to what our organization preferences, all the better!

Madison County emergency services rely on volunteer help; numbers have dwindled

It is no secret that nationwide, volunteer services are dwindling and disappearing – Madison County is no exception. A giant red sign hangs outside Sheridan’s town hall that reads VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, the Ruby Valley Ambulance has posted ads in The Madisonian looking for volunteers and the same holds true in the Madison Valley, as the ambulance and fire departments are struggling to keep a full and active roster.