Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 after Sen. Gaylord Nelson, Wisconsin, proposed the idea to congress after seeing the effects of an oil spill in southern California.
Madison County conservation districts recognize land stewards
Senate Bill 307, which would revise laws dealing with school funding, passed the Senate, 48 – 1, at the end of February, and had its first hearing in the House of Representatives on March 13.
Nerves were high as 17 students from all five Madison County schools battled it out for the title of county spelling champion. In the end, seventh grader Rachel Zielinski of Sheridan won the coveted trophy with the word “argentine.”
The Madison County Solid Waste Board met on Feb. 23 to discuss recommendations from the Montana Association of Counties to improve safety at the dump sites around the county. In their report, MACo suggested improving all 10 sites by better containing some sites, manning others and closing sites when not in use or staffed.
Twin Bridges School hosted this year’s countywide school board meeting, which took place Jan. 26. Representatives from all five Madison County school districts, along with county commissioners, Sheriff Roger Thompson and members of the Twin Bridges FFA Chapter were present to talk about a farm to school program and Every Student Succeeds Act.
The two-room Alder schoolhouse, with all its 23 students, was part of history in 2016 as they were asked to create 12 ornaments for the National Christmas Tree display located in President’s Park in Washington, D.C., according to a release from Sheri Jarvis with the Montana Arts Council.
More than 70 people gathered at the Alder Fire Hall on Oct. 20 for a final candidate forum before residents head to the polls on Nov. 8. The forum, which was hosted by The Madisonian, provided an opportunity for community members to have their voices heard by asking questions directly to the candidates running for commission district one. Those candidates are incumbent commissioner of 15 years, Dave Schulz, and his opponent, Dan Allhands.
On June 30, 2016, the Alder School’s building reserve levy expired. The levy, which was passed in 2011 by district voters, was for $5,000 per year for five years. Just a few days after its expiration, the school discovered they needed funds for building repairs – the boys bathroom floor sunk.
“We have a (bus) route we’ve been advertising for since before I came here,” said Ennis School Superintendent Casey Klasna, referring to how difficult it is to find bus drivers in the area. “We’ve had no interest.”