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Public weighs in on gas station expansion project

Prior to their regular council meeting on Feb. 9, the Ennis Town Council held a special meeting with a public hearing regarding the proposed Town Pump expansion. Last month, the council met with representatives from Town Pump, Inc., and discussed changes from the town to the design plan, mostly regarding signage complying with town ordinances and parking.

Shirley Gandenberger: giving back locally and nationally

“If you can’t help one another you can’t help yourself,” said Shirley Gandenberger.
Gandenberger has given a lot of herself over the years – from helping her community in Pony to taking part in national programs.
A hairdresser by trade, Gandenberger was a hair instructor in Bozeman in the 80s and 90s where she got involved with the Look Good, Feel Good program. Look Good, Feel Good is a nationwide program that helps cancer patients through partnerships in the beauty industry.

Talk of ESSA, farm to school program at countywide school board meeting

Twin Bridges School hosted this year’s countywide school board meeting, which took place Jan. 26. Representatives from all five Madison County school districts, along with county commissioners, Sheriff Roger Thompson and members of the Twin Bridges FFA Chapter were present to talk about a farm to school program and Every Student Succeeds Act.

Economic Affairs Interim Committee requests “hold harmless” bill

At the request of the Economic Affairs Interim Committee, Senate Bill 44 saw its first reading with the Senate Business and Labor Committee on Jan. 2, 2016, and its first hearing on Jan. 10. The bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Gordon Vance, R-Belgrade, has the intent of protecting people who use an air ambulance from charges not fully covered by insurance.

Watershed assessments ready for public review

The South Tobacco Root Watershed between Twin Bridges and Ennis, covering 31,500 acres of public land with 33 grazing allotments and 428 acres of unleased public land, is one of two watersheds recently analyzed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon field office, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Interior.