THE LOCAL NEWS OF THE MADISON VALLEY, RUBY VALLEY AND SURROUNDING AREAS

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The Lutz spruce from the Chugach National Forest near Seward, Alaska was chosen as the Capitol Christmas Tree in 2015. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE US FOREST SERVICE

Tree traditions

Christmas Trees at the White House have a lengthy history that has changed with the times. Currently, a rotation of states supplies the annual tree, and one year a former Alder resident chopped down the tree meant for the Capitol Building.

Landon Dybdal stands outside the Ruby Valley Medical Center in Sheridan Nov. 21. PHOTO BY HANNAH KEARSE.

Six months in

Since freshman year of college, Landon Dybdal’s goal was to become the Chief Executive Officer for a hospital before he turned 30. 

He accomplished that goal in Jordan, Montana’s Garfield County Health Center at 26. Two years later, Dybdal moved to Sheridan, Montana, to fill the CEO position at Ruby Valley Medical Center. 

Gayla Allhands, Carol Wilcox and Sara Dunham at the grand opening of the new Sheridan Senior Center building Oct. 15. Photo by Hannah Kearse

Sheridan Senior Center

Several white signs and quilts lined the walls of the Sheridan Senior Center during its grand opening Oct. 15. The signs acknowledged donors who helped make the new facility possible, and members sewed the quilts.

Endecott’s cow-calf operation outside of McAllister. PHOTO COURTESY OF RACHEL ENDECOTT

More than a job

Mental health affects everyone, regardless of gender or occupation. Suicide rates are higher in rural America and Montana leads the nation in number of suicides. The isolation and job factors associated with agricultural work in rural Montana, and the stigma tied to identity, makes seeking out help difficult. 

National Newspaper Week

Sunday marked the beginning of the 79th National Newspaper Week. The focus this year is “Think F1rst, Know Your 5 Freedoms.” This is referring to the five freedoms listed in the First Amendment: freedom of press, speech, religion, assembly and to petition the government.

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