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Madison Valley Manor will receive facelift in 2015 to make facility more comfortable

By December 2015 the Madison Valley Manor (MVM) will have an entirely new interior, thanks to a long-overdue remodel project, manor administrator Darcel Cook said.
With more baby boomers than generation x or y-ers, Madison County is an aging county, Commissioner Jim Hart said. It is for that reason the two county-owned nursing homes – the MVM in Ennis and the Tobacco Root Mountains Care Center (TRMCC) in Sheridan – are so vital to the area.

NorthWestern Energy’s purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams approved

NorthWestern Energy customers can expect a rate increase of approximately $4.50 by the end of this year because Montana’s Public Service Commission (PSC) approved NorthWestern Energy’s proposed purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana across the state.

Construction on the new courthouse annex in V.C. is nearly back on track after early delays

It’s been a busy summer for Virginia City and one of Madison County’s main projects is not ending any time soon. Construction on the new courthouse annex is entering its third month of construction in the yearlong project, which will give the county facilities to compliment the Madison County Courthouse.

Bear trouble at Nevada City dump

If you stopped by the Nevada City dump site last week to find it closed, it was for good reason. The dump was closed to public access for three days last week because there has been a bear in the area that can “make a mess of things” when the dumpster is more than half full, Madison County commissioner Dave Schulz said.

Montana’s Arctic grayling avoid listing as endangered species

Madison County’s rivers are renowned for recreation opportunities and varied wildlife – one native fish in particular is now making a comeback in the area. Southwest Montana is home to the last remaining native Arctic graylingin the lower 48 states.

Record breaking tourism in Virginia City, Nevada City

Virginia City and Nevada City are the number one state-owned tourist attraction in Montana. From July 2013 through June 2014, the two little towns hosted 401,736 visitors and this coming year is headed in the same direction.

The Thompson-Hickman Library will receive a 2,368 square foot addition

When bids for an expansion to the Thompson-Hickman County Library came in higher than the library board’s budget, it was back to the drawing board until Aug. 14, when the board accepted a bid from G&G Housing out of Whitehall for the construction of the addition.

Fire season returning to normal in SW Montana

The hazy skies in Madison County are the product of various fires burning across Oregon, Washington, Northern California, the Idaho panhandle and near Missoula. Now, Southwest Montana may be joining other parts of the region and entering a more active fire season than it has experienced in the last few months.