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.
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.
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.”
A significant portion of Madison County’s largest industry – agriculture – depends on Forest Service land in the Upper Ruby for summer grazing pastures.
Madison County schools run more than 1,000 miles in bus routes every school day.
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.
Though area snowpack was melting rapidly in early June, dryer conditions to close out the month slowed that melt, creating the best-case scenario to prevent major flooding.
“We had a dramatic improvement in our water pattern,” said Lucas Zukiewicz, hydrologist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. “It was pretty dry through the end of the second week of June, which allowed the snowpack to melt in little increments instead of one big wave.”
Madison County’s pre-disaster mitigation (PDM) plan was last updated in 2009, and the plan really needs to be revised every five years to take changing conditions into account, said Chris Mumme, the county’s director of emergency management.
More than $17 million and four years of renovations later, the Ruby Dam is again sending water to ranchers in the Ruby Valley. Now the updated dam should ensure a reliable water supply for at least another 75 years, according to officials.
The weekend’s on-again-off-again rain showers didn’t bother Madison County’s two search and rescue units gathered at the county fairgrounds in Twin Bridges to learn more about saving lives. After all, bad weather is often what calls them into action. Saturday’s agenda included learning about using search dogs, and how to wrap and load packs onto […]