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67th Legislature update

Last week was transmittal week for the 2021 Montana State legislative session. Friday was the deadline for each House to pass bills and present to the opposite House.

House District 71 Rep. Kenneth Walsh got through his transmittal week last Wednesday.

Commissioners and Bonnie O’Neill discuss forming an interview committee for the nursing home administrator positions and set interview dates during a commissioners’ meeting on March 2. PHOTO BY KEELY LARSON

Interviews for nursing home administrator positions will be in-house

During the Madison County Commissioner’s weekly meeting on Feb. 23, the commissioners unanimously moved to approve authorization for filling two nursing home administrator positions in-house at both county nursing facilities and approved advertising the position in-house for five days. The positions will be permanent, full-time and exempt.

Entering Ennis from the east, travelers encounter the majestic Madison River. Those coming from the north, though, enter in an industrial zone of sorts. The Ennis Town Commission discussed ways to beautify and showcase the town’s entryway corridors during their recent master planning meeting. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER

Guided growth

Ennis Town Commissioners met with architecture, engineering and design firm Cushing Terrell on Feb. 18 to kick off the development of a master plan for the community. The eight-month process began with a lengthy discussion on which issues the commission felt need to be addressed.

Pam said Tom takes giant steps while hiking. “I call him my mountain goat,” she said. PHOTO COURTESY OF PAM URELL

Jack Creek Hero

Tom Urell and Jim Singer were out hiking up Jack Creek Trail, U.S. Forest Service Trail 6317, about 10 miles east of Ennis, Mont on Jan. 27. Both men were familiar with the area and were experienced outdoorsmen—both hunters and Singer formally employed at Glacier National Park.

An outbreak at the Madison Valley Manor resulted in all but one resident contracting COVID-19. This photo was taken with a phone in a plastic bag to avoid contamination of the device. PHOTO COURTESY MADISON VALLEY MANOR

Just a matter of time

As of Tuesday morning, only one Madison Valley Manor (MVM) resident remained in quarantine and the Covid unit inside MVM has been taken down after an outbreak on Jan. 10. Six staff members are still in quarantine.

“Let me just take all my gear off,” Alison Veland, MVM administrator in training, said.

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