It is no secret that nationwide, volunteer services are dwindling and disappearing – Madison County is no exception. A giant red sign hangs outside Sheridan’s town hall that reads VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, the Ruby Valley Ambulance has posted ads in The Madisonian looking for volunteers and the same holds true in the Madison Valley, as the ambulance and fire departments are struggling to keep a full and active roster.
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The Ennis School Board met on March 8 to discuss new hires and rehires, legislative updates, revising the first aid/CPR class and resort taxes.
Nerves were high as 17 students from all five Madison County schools battled it out for the title of county spelling champion. In the end, seventh grader Rachel Zielinski of Sheridan won the coveted trophy with the word “argentine.”
The Madison County Solid Waste Board met on Feb. 23 to discuss recommendations from the Montana Association of Counties to improve safety at the dump sites around the county. In their report, MACo suggested improving all 10 sites by better containing some sites, manning others and closing sites when not in use or staffed.
Olson, along with Clint Kolarich, interdisciplinary strike team leader with the BDNF, hosted a collaborative meeting on Feb. 16 to design and implement a forest restoration project in the Greenhorn Range of the northwest Gravelly Mountains.
District 12c Basketball Tournament – Madison County teams
An estimated $324 million in 2016 alone circulates through Montana as a result of big game hunting, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. That figure includes resident and non-resident spending and combines elk, deer and antelope hunters, according to a FWP economic impact study.
According to Madison County Communications Coordinator Lynda Holt, Jack Creek Bench Road was closed last week due to flooding. The road washed on on Feb. 9, but was reopened on Monday, Feb. 13.
The Madison Valley community has been inundated with young people hoping to make a difference in 2017. Three members with the Big Sky Watershed Corps, an AmeriCorps program that assists Montana’s watershed communities, have taken placements in Ennis as part of an effort to make a difference in local conservation efforts.