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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.

Full steam ahead: Construction underway at Twin Bridges Airport

A project to replace and extend the runway at the Twin Bridges Airport is midway through construction.

Aug. 6 was the 37th day of construction at the airport – engineer Rick Donaldson with Robert Peccia & Associates said there are less than 70 scheduled days remaining.

Norwegian Creek restoration effort

When Mark Sabo purchased land east of Harrison eight years ago, he noticed a section of Norwegian Creek, which crosses through his land, was degraded as a result of overgrazing.

“All the willows and the cottonwoods were eaten,” Sabo said. “I wanted to build the creek up because it dropped into the land.”

Forest Service grazing allotments sustain Madison County producers

A significant portion of Madison County’s largest industry – agriculture – depends on Forest Service land in the Upper Ruby for summer grazing pastures.

Will Ennis residents pay to save their streets?

Something has to be done about the awful condition of Ennis’ streets, but there’s not enough money in the town’s road-repair budget to make that happen, according to public works director Kelly Elser.

“If we don’t start to repair and maintain things, all our roads will be gravel in a few more years,” Elser told the town commissioners at last Thursday’s meeting. Not only will all the asphalt be worn away, the streets will undoubtedly be even rougher and more full of potholes than they are now, he said.