With 35 years total in law enforcement, Orr retried from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office as a captain in 2008 after 21 years with the county. While he was with the sheriff’s office, Orr also volunteered his time with the Virginia City Volunteer Fire Department, which he gave 17 years to. He joined the Madison Valley Rural Fire District in 2005, and Madison Valley Search and Rescue after he retired in 2008.
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Students experience an outdoor classroom during annual Kids’ River Resource Day
Madeline Pruszenski found the Madison Valley with service in mind. Originally from Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh native took on a service term with AmeriCorps after graduating college, but always new she wanted to move to Montana.
A grizzly bear feeding on an elk carcass charged a bow hunter over the holiday weekend, sending the man to the Madison Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, resulting in 90 stitches.
Madison Valley Rural Fire Department responded to a call of a grass fire in the Virginia City Ranches just after 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 6, according to fire chief Shawn Christensen. At the time of the initial call, it was reported to be an acre in size and growing, with a grader and diesel fuel tank located in the vicinity of the fire.
Hunting season in Montana, and particularly in Southwest Montana, is unlike anything else. With one of the longest hunting seasons in the west, healthy wildlife populations and access to millions of acres of public land, it is not just wildlife migrating west.
According to officials with the Montana Department of Livestock, brucellosis has been detected in a cattle herd in Madison County. The National Veterinary Services Lab in Iowa confirmed the disease, and the news came in the form of a DOL press release on Aug. 24.
After a scheduled power outage on Aug. 8 by NorthWestern Energy, the Madison Valley has experienced two nonscheduled outages, leaving residents in the dark.
During their meeting on Aug. 8, Madison County commissioners Jim Hart, Ron Nye and Dan Allhands signed off on permit applications for construction to start on two bridges in the county.
Kay Gogerty has been gardening in the Jeffers Community Garden for about seven years. Throughout that time, she has noticed families in the garden and watched as children looked longing into the dirt.