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Harrison School Board forum – Harrison school board candidates discuss issues at forum

HARRISON – Both candidates for the Harrison School Board point to their passion for the community and the school, along with their ability to communicate as assets in their respective efforts to win a spot as trustee. “I care really deeply about the school and the kids in the school,” said Ann Hokanson in her […]

Train operations in Virginia City shut down for summer – Stretch of track removed as result of lawsuit settlement

This summer might seem kind of quiet in Alder Gulch without the sound of a train whistle. As the result of a lawsuit settlement, the Montana Heritage Commission is removing a stretch of track in the gulch, which will prevent any trains from operating this season, said Marilyn Ross, executive director of the commission. The […]

Sheridan FFA team celebrates state title

A team of four young men from Sheridan brought home the title this weekend in the Montana FFA mechanics championship at the annual Montana FFA convention in Billings. Sophomore Colter Guinnane joined three seniors – Tyler Grover, Mitchell Huttinga and Will Swanson in securing the state’s top honors by excelling in mechanical disciplines of plumping, […]

Bringing history to life – Virginia City’s Dan Thyer gets recognized for developing living history program

NEVADA CITY – Among the creaking fences, leaning buildings and boardwalks of this old town walks a man with as much passion for its present as its past. Actually, for him the past and present are almost inseparable. On a recent cool spring day Dan Thyer wears a round-brim cowboy hat and comfortably scuffed cowboy boots […]

First phase of new school construction in Ennis nears completion – School holds tours through new buildings

Though the construction crews were still busy and many things still need to be done, Ennis’ new grade school is almost ready to move into. Last week, Ennis superintendent Doug Walsh held two public tours of the new buildings that included walk through of classrooms, kitchen areas and rooms open for community use. The two […]

Ennis Fish Hatchery – New director and national award give hatchery cause to celebrate

For Connie Keeler-Foster, it’s never too late to make a big change. The new director of Ennis National Fish Hatchery hails from New Mexico and is excited about her recent move to Ennis. “You’re never too old for an adventure,” she said. Keeler-Foster was the assistant director at the Dexter National Fish Hatchery in Dexter, […]

Historical connections Virginia City woman reflects on her life, family and the little town she grew up in

When Evalyn Johnson was a little girl in Virginia City, she remembers the main road through town was dirt and the fishing was good upstream of town. She remembers when town residents used the old miner shacks for firewood and her mother, Clida, did laundry for people around town. Evalyn remembers watching her bring in […]