With the Madison County Fair fast approaching, the fair board and fair manager Dana Escott are rolling full steam ahead with preparations.
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The verdict is still out on which contractor will be selected to construct the Thompson-Hickman County Library addition.
After an extensive study, the Department of Environmental Quality determined the Ruby Valley’s lower Beaverhead and upper Jefferson rivers do not meet water quality standards for temperature.
“We went out and looked at the streams and determined they have high temperatures,” said Paul Driscoll, DEQ public information officer. “Now all the data we’ve collected will go out to any interested parties so everyone can address it together.”
Sheridan residents have only a little longer to wait before construction begins on Montana Highway 287. Locals refer to it simply as “Main Street.”
Road construction will probably begin in mid-April, depending on the weather, said Geno Liva, Butte District construction operations engineer with the Montana Department of Transportation.
If the road construction on Montana Highway 287 between Ennis and Virginia City seems incomplete, that’s because it is.
The Montana Department of Transportation has a project to complete the road work started earlier this summer.
An exact timeline is still up in the air for the construction of the new Ruby Valley Hospital because the hospital’s board and administration are waiting to submit a loan application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist with funding.
Despite the best efforts of department heads to get more pay for their people, the county cannot afford to add significant wage increases into its 2015 budget, according to the Madison County Commissioners.
The Thompson-Hickman County Library in Virginia City currently holds 10,000 volumes, but to service the entire county, library director Jack Albrecht said, the collection should be expanded to 35,000 volumes.
How far do public rights-of-way extend from a county road?
The issue is still undecided, two years after Fifth Judicial Court Judge Loren Tucker ruled that public use of the Seyler Lane Bridge doesn’t guarantee public use of the Ruby River from the land around that bridge. And it’s been 10 years since the issue first arose in court.
When Cellular One goes dark on July 31, 1,836 customers in the Ruby Valley alone will be without cell phone service, according to Matt Greemore, Twin Bridges Town Council member.