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Roland Thomas (left) and Monroe Gatewood oversee Winter Fest activities above the broomball bracket on Saturday, January 5. Attendees had such a good time they hardly felt the chilly temperatures.

Winter Fest draws a crowd

Virginia City hosted its annual Winter Fest on Saturday, January 5. The day included broomball played on the town ice rink, sledding, marshmallow toasting, a log sawing competition and a fire hose roll, plus a lunch provided by the Virginia City Elks Club.

This map shows relative avalanche danger for Madison and Gallatin counties. With extreme terrain, shifting winds and adventurous winter recreationists, southwest Montana is a hotbed of human-triggered avalanches. (avalanche.org)

Far from over

MADISON COUNTY—In 2018, four fatal avalanches were reported to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC). Overseen by the U.S. Forest Service, the GNFAC covers the Bridger, Madison and Gallatin mountain ranges—from Bozeman to West Yellowstone, Big Sky to Island Park, Idaho. 

During the December 18 Twin Bridges school board meeting, board members got a look at what the robotics team had created and what they could do with their efforts. (J Taylor photos)

One of a kind

TWIN BRIDGES—Last year, the Twin Bridges robotics team got off to a rocky start: its handful of students were teaching themselves to write computer codes, using information they learned in an eighth-grade class that gave some basic help with computer programming.

Lilly Banks

Lilly Banks

Doug Martin from the United Veterans of Twin Bridges Area awarded 2nd grader Lilly Mae Banks a letter of appreciation and a gift certificate this week for her service to the community and help to the United veterans group. Lilly volunteered her help last Sunday at the annual Veterans community dinner in Twin Bridges from 10:30 a.m.

About 70 percent of Madison River anglers are non-residents who have not fished the river more than a year. Most anglers come from just three states, California, Utah and Colorado. (File photo)

Changes could be coming to Madison River

MADISON COUNTY – “The economy of Montana is surely benefitting from the resilience of the upper Madison River; the question is then – at what point will angler pressure impact the health of trout and whitefish populations in the upper Madison River,” asks a report recently released by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) department’s Regio

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