Though area snowpack was melting rapidly in early June, dryer conditions to close out the month slowed that melt, creating the best-case scenario to prevent major flooding.
“We had a dramatic improvement in our water pattern,” said Lucas Zukiewicz, hydrologist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. “It was pretty dry through the end of the second week of June, which allowed the snowpack to melt in little increments instead of one big wave.”
If the road construction on Montana Highway 287 between Ennis and Virginia City seems incomplete, that’s because it is.
The Montana Department of Transportation has a project to complete the road work started earlier this summer.
An exact timeline is still up in the air for the construction of the new Ruby Valley Hospital because the hospital’s board and administration are waiting to submit a loan application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist with funding.
Despite the best efforts of department heads to get more pay for their people, the county cannot afford to add significant wage increases into its 2015 budget, according to the Madison County Commissioners.
The Thompson-Hickman County Library in Virginia City currently holds 10,000 volumes, but to service the entire county, library director Jack Albrecht said, the collection should be expanded to 35,000 volumes.
Madison County’s pre-disaster mitigation (PDM) plan was last updated in 2009, and the plan really needs to be revised every five years to take changing conditions into account, said Chris Mumme, the county’s director of emergency management.
How far do public rights-of-way extend from a county road?
The issue is still undecided, two years after Fifth Judicial Court Judge Loren Tucker ruled that public use of the Seyler Lane Bridge doesn’t guarantee public use of the Ruby River from the land around that bridge. And it’s been 10 years since the issue first arose in court.
More than $17 million and four years of renovations later, the Ruby Dam is again sending water to ranchers in the Ruby Valley. Now the updated dam should ensure a reliable water supply for at least another 75 years, according to officials.
Madison County athletes competed at state track earlier this month.
When Cellular One goes dark on July 31, 1,836 customers in the Ruby Valley alone will be without cell phone service, according to Matt Greemore, Twin Bridges Town Council member.