Letters to the Editor: 5.23.13

Elk foundation holds successful fundraiser

Dear Editor,

On May 4, the Vigilante Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation held its 17th annual fund raising banquet in Virginia City. I am writing this letter to thank the many contributors, attendees, and committee members who made this event a success way beyond any of our expectations. First of all, I would like to express our appreciation for the tremendous outpouring of support from the businesses and individuals of Madison county and southwest Montana. When our committee members approached you and asked for donations you were there for us. In our small communities we realize that everyone is asked to contribute to so many causes but our residents continue to come through for us, this is truly a special place. Secondly, I would like to thank the many people that attended our event. Our attendees came to support the conservation and improvement of wildlife habitat through their attendance, contributions, and participation in our auctions and raffles and they came through in a huge way. Last, but not least, are the Vigilante Chapter committee members, what a great group to work with. Our chapter represents all of Madison County and together with the RMEF has managed to conserve and enhance over 6.1 million acres of wild lands. Thanks so much to my committee members who worked so hard to host such a great event and raise money for elk country and all wildlife that live there. We are already working towards our 18th annual fundraising banquet that will be held on May 3, 2014, in Virginia City so mark the date on your calendar. If you would like to get involved with us for a good cause let us know, we are always looking for good help and fresh ideas.

Thanks again Madison County, we couldn’t do it without you!


The Vigilante Chapter of the RMEF: Jan Coffman, Ron Pack, Maria Lake, Les and Holly Driskill, Ray Shaw, Dallas and Marcie Snider, James and Amanda Harris, Dean and Danielle Stoker, John and Gail Gleghorn and Rick and Cathy Toot.


Congratulations to the new couple


The wedding was such a pleasure! There was the delight of children scattered throughout the pews; some giggles, whispers and fuss came from behind.
There is the 20-foot high ceiling, a mural on one wall, a large chandelier hanging and the pipes of an old organ on the front wall.

The groomsmen and maids were dressed in sharp, rich black with pink, orange and red accessories.  Then, the soft turn of wheels on a little red wagon pulled by one of the ring bearers carrying Addison to her parents–their gift from and to themselves.

There was joy and laughter ringing from bride and groom, the minister and loved ones here to share the celebration of their love.  Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Kristovich.


Lyndall Morgan



Former student appreciates Sheridan teachers


A letter of thanks-

I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the teaching staff at Sheridan Schools, especially John Funk, Larry Keller, Dean Leary, Julie Maddison, Will Fett, Bill Wilkinson and Paula Elser.

After graduation in 2004, I did not grasp the importance and the high quality of the education I had received through elementary and high school.  As I went through the honors program and received a B.S. in Business at MSU-Bozeman, it began to hit home a bit.  I was as prepared, if not more so than the students coming out of strong college prep programs at large and private schools from across the nation.  How privileged we were to have grown up in a community that so valued education.

Now nearly 10 years later, I truly understand the value of excellent teachers.  I made the decision to return to school for a second degree based in science.  I had not taken a hard science class since leaving high school, but found that what I had learned from my high school teachers quickly came back and allowed me to excel in classes ranging from chemistry to biology.  What struck me more than the background I was lucky enough to possess was the lack of educational background in other students.  Concepts that I had just assumed were a part of every student’s education were foreign to many incoming college students.  They were struggling with basic skills such as effective note taking, writing an essay test, and basic grammar.

Long story short, thank you so very much for the outstanding and well-rounded education you provided through Sheridan schools.  Thank you for your dedication to sciences, essay writing, speech giving, note taking, and everything in between.  You clearly went above and beyond in every aspect, and I so very much appreciate that you did.


Thank you,

Jamie (Dixon) Cottom




We would like to send out a special thank you to everyone who helped us during and after Bill’s accident:

Madison Valley Medical Center Emergency Room crew and Ennis Ambulance crew for making the right call to get Bill to the University of Utah Burn Center in Salt Lake as soon as possible;

Ennis Elementary School and Madison Square Day Care for their help and support with our children; and Patty and Steve Davis (grandparents) for the wonderful care for our little girls in our absence.

Ennis, Harrison, and Bozeman MDT crews for their help and support in Bill’s absence.

All our friends and family for their well wishes and prayers and many offers of help.

And especially our daughters Breezy and Emma, and future son-in-law Brandon, for dropping everything and coming to Salt Lake City to help us.

And Gracie and Hannah, for giving us the best homecoming ever.


Thanks to all,

Bill and Margaret Stecker


Thank you very much

We would like to thank all of the people who sent cards, food, wishes, prayers  and condolences for George Alger during the illness and recent funeral. Your thoughts of us and remembrance are appreciated.


Mary Ann Alger





In last week’s edition, Ennis Arts Association provided incorrect information regarding their scholarship winners. The second winner for the first General Scholarship of $500 is Sage Gustafson.  She will be attending university in Missoula.

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