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Meet the candidates: Twin Bridges Rotary Club hosts candidate forum

Frank Colwell, president of the Twin Bridges Rotary Club, welcomed over 50 community members to a candidates forum at the Twin Bridges high school on Oct. 8.

Forest Service money allotted to projects in Madison County

From weed control to trail maintenance, Forest Service resource advisory committees (RAC) approved funding for multiple projects on Oct. 1, many of which are located in Madison County.

Schulz named new MACo president

On Sept. 24, Dave Schulz became the first Madison County commissioner to accept the role of president for the Montana Association of Counties (MACo). Schulz, who has been a Madison County commissioner for 14 years, is now the face of MACo and will represent the organization for an entire year.

The future of Montana’s waters

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) spent the last few years working with variousinterest groups to update the Montana State Water Plan. Now, a draft of the 2015 plan is available for review and public comment.

“[The plan] provides guidance for the conservation and management of water resources in Montana for the next 20 years,” the DNRC announced in a press release.

Virginia City rallies to support MHC

Virginia City government officials and concessionaires are relieved because the Montana Heritage Commission (MHC) is one step closer to ensuring management of its properties does not change hands and move to Helena.

After a Sept. 10 meeting in Helena, the Environmental Quality Council (EQC) unanimously voted to support SJR4, a proposed bill intended to assist the MHC in changing some of its government statutes.

All septic waste has to go somewhere, but Madison Valley residents oppose sites in Jeffers, Bear Creek

Humans create waste. That waste must be disposed of somewhere – in Montana, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has 121 land application sites for septage. A land application site is an area where domestic septage is sprayed much like fertilizer and incorporated into the ground within six hours, which is a state-mandated requirement.

Livestock sales at Madison County Fair continue to climb

Whoever first said, “It takes a village to raise a child,” must have spent time in the Madison and Ruby valleys. In Madison County, community members and business owners show up year after year with wallets in hand to support 4-H and FFA students during the livestock sale at the Madison County Fair.

Twin Bridges rodeo legend remembered

Benny Reynolds was an all-around cowboy. But he wasn’t pretending to be a cowboy to put on a show, he was the real deal.

When he passed away on Feb. 14, 2014, from a heart attack, he was doing what he loved – driving his tractor on his ranch outside of Twin Bridges. People from across the United States remember Benny Reynolds as one of rodeo’s greats, but he was much more than that. In Madison County he was a rancher, father and friend.