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As of Monday afternoon, the Virgina Creek fire, near McAllister, torched 15 acres and was still burning. It was possible, if the fire jumped certain boundaries, that evacuations of South Meadow Creek homes would be ordered. (Howard Sheridan photo)

Fires hit Madison County

MCALLISTER - Saturday evening, August 4, at 6 p.m. representatives of the U.S. Forest Service, the Madison Valley Rural Fire Department, and Madison County met with about 20 residents who have homes in the South Meadow Creek area.

The fire official’s message to these people was serious: “Be prepared,” they said.

Sheridan suspends lawn watering

SHERIDAN - On Sunday July 15, the Sheridan Public Works Director Curtis Green contacted Mayor Bob Stump to inform him that the potable water storage tank level had dropped to a critical level.

The storage tank was barely half full and that level would be inadequate to support any structure firefighting efforts in the town. 

A group of touring cyclists pedals through Glacier National Park. The TransAmerica Trail, a popular touring route, runs coast-to-coast and passes through the Madison and Ruby valleys. (Tom Robertson/Adventure Cycling Association)

An Odyssey on two wheels

ENNIS—Where are they all coming from?

It’s a common refrain throughout the Madison Valley during the summer: motorists and pedestrians alike wondering who in their right mind would choose to bike over the hills separating Ennis from Virginia City and West Yellowstone, clad in those Lycra get ups no less. 

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