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

Wildlife, like this red fox are plentiful in Yellowstone even during the winter, and fortunate to be outfitted in such sturdy and warm coats. The lack of visitors during the winter offers the animals more freedom to utilize roads without fear of disturbance.

Not a walk in the park...

YELLOWSTONE—There are only two types of motorized transport allowed into Yellowstone National Park in the winter: guided snowmobile trips and snowcoaches. From the time the park closes in October to its spring reopening in April, the majority of those who venture into the park will do so with guides.

New year, new projects

MADISON COUNTY — The balancing of ranching with environmental conservation and habitat protection is a perennial subject of thought and debate in southwestern Montana. In 2019, a new program may be making its way to Madison County in an attempt to offer some assistance to solving the problem.

Ann and Nick Novich: Sheridan’s Home Park Assisted Living provided us with photos of Ann and Nick Novich. “I had the great pleasure of taking Ann and Nick Novich out to lunch and snapped this awesome picture,” says Megan Ellis of Home Park. “They were married October 1951, have been married 67 years.” (Submitted)

Timeless love...

MADISON COUNTY — Valentine’s Day is upon us already, and nothing suits the day as well as a tried and true love story. We reached out to our readers to find some of the happiest couples around Madison County and they didn’t disappoint.

Montana Raptor Conservation Center’s Teresa Aldrich holds Bu, a Great Horned Owl, during a presentation at the Elling House on February 2. Chaco, a Swainson’s Hawk, rested happily on a perch during the entire demonstration.

Rapt(or) Attention

VIRGINIA CITY—Residents of Virginia City, Alder and Ennis got a visit from some special guests on Saturday, February 2, although they weren’t groundhogs as the day would suggest. In fact, they would probably happily eat a groundhog for breakfast.

Harrison’s Layne Homner goes for a basket during the Wildcats’ game against West Yellowstone on Saturday, February 2. The Wildcats fell to the Wolverines 54-50. (A. Christensen)

Upset City

MADISON COUNTY –  There’s only one more weekend of regular-season play before high school basketball enters championship games. But the only mainstay of local teams seems to be the Twin Bridges boys, who just continue rolling toward what promises to be an exciting post-season.

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