A significant portion of Madison County’s largest industry – agriculture – depends on Forest Service land in the Upper Ruby for summer grazing pastures.
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After an extensive study, the Department of Environmental Quality determined the Ruby Valley’s lower Beaverhead and upper Jefferson rivers do not meet water quality standards for temperature.
“We went out and looked at the streams and determined they have high temperatures,” said Paul Driscoll, DEQ public information officer. “Now all the data we’ve collected will go out to any interested parties so everyone can address it together.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Producers from Madison, Beaverhead and Silverbow counties met in Dillon on May 20 for a Southwestern Montana Stockmen’s Association meeting. The association gives involved producers the opportunity to have a say in the issues affecting Southwest Montana, Twin Bridges rancher Rick Sandru said.