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Twin Bridges track star signs with Montana State University

Bill Yeager always dreamed of being a Bobcat. And now, that dream has quickly become a reality.
“To finally achieve that, I still can’t believe it,” Yeager said. “It’s amazing.”
Yeager got the call from Montana State’s track coach Dale Kennedy the day he was planning to sign on with Montana Tech.

Madison County Fairgrounds increasingly popular; more demand on facilities

The Madison County Fairgrounds is in transition – in the last decade, use of the fairgrounds has skyrocketed, especially during the summer months. Because of that, however, there is increased pressure on the facilities and staff, so the fair board is now working with the county commissioners to plan for the future.

Agencies in Southwest Montana collaborate to keep recreationists safe

Sheriff Gootkin gathered at Black’s Ford fishing access site on June 9 with Madison County Sheriff Roger Thompson, Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden captain Adam Pankratz and Montana Highway Patrol sergeant Patrick McCarthy to announce a plan for keeping river-goers safe in Southwest Montana.

Overcoming rivalries; becoming teammates

On June 4, Falcons Kaleb Rosselott, Tracen Eggers, Colby Minert, J.D. Melhoff and Bill Yeager and Mustang powerhouse Dustin Wham lined the Bob Green Field at Montana Tech for one last game, not as opponents but as teammates in the 33rd Bob Cleverly Class C All-Star game.

Ruby Valley SAR simulates incident command, practices search for missing people

“What we have is a wife,” said Rick Hafenfeld with Ruby Valley Search and Resuce at the start of the organization’s June 4 training. “She’s divorced and a school teacher in Helena. She has two kids and she reluctantly allowed them to go camping with their dad.”
Hafenfeld described the ‘dad’ in the scenario as a “deadbeat.”
“He was supposed to check in with the ex-wife, and he hasn’t been,” he said. “She’s coming here for an interview, and we’re going to break down in to three units – planning, logistics and operations.”

Parts of Madison River included in citizen’s proposal for wild and scenic designation

At a meeting in Ennis on May 11, Charles Wolf Drimal of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition introduced a draft citizen’s proposal that suggests designating around 600 miles of Montana rivers as Wild and Scenic Rivers, including a few sections of the Madison River.

Madison Conservation District leads discussion about the health of area waterways

“This all started because we wanted to get better information about the health of the streams in our area,” said Ethan Kunard of the Madison Conservation District, addressing more than 30 community members and representatives from various organizations gathered at the El Western Conference Center. “We hold this meeting every year and usually talk about the results of the monitoring we’ve done on streams (in the Madison Watershed).”

BLM prepares to analyze resource conditions on public lands

Starting this summer, the Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon field office will analyze existing resource conditions on BLM-administered public lands within the South Tobacco Roots Watershed. Read what that means here: