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'The Water Queen'

Five women made headlines running for the 2020 democratic nomination for president. Jeannette Rankin, a republican from Montana, was the first women elected to the House of Representatives. Sarah Gammon Bick- ford was the first woman in Montana, and probably the only female African American, to own a utility company in Virginia City.

Photo by Patsy Eckert


Patsy Eckert, Ennis resident, started bird watching with her husband 30 years ago. They sketched the birds they saw and bought books to help identify species. Eventually, they acquired binoculars, Nikon cameras, a canoe and a Jeep.

Photo courtesy of FWP

On the other side of winter

Animal activity during hunting season, summertime and just as animals prepare for the winter is often discussed. Bears and ungulates, hoofed mammals, and for this article’s purpose, elk, deer and antelope, may be less active in deep winter months, but their focus is keen.

Early fall and winter


Bob Sahli is a familiar face in Ennis. Ennis residents are probably aware of his 28-year physical therapy career and practice, Ennis Physical Therapy. The fact that he has studied Eastern medicine and healing techniques for about 15 years may be a lesser known fact.

The Lutz spruce from the Chugach National Forest near Seward, Alaska was chosen as the Capitol Christmas Tree in 2015. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE US FOREST SERVICE

Tree traditions

Christmas Trees at the White House have a lengthy history that has changed with the times. Currently, a rotation of states supplies the annual tree, and one year a former Alder resident chopped down the tree meant for the Capitol Building.

Landon Dybdal stands outside the Ruby Valley Medical Center in Sheridan Nov. 21. PHOTO BY HANNAH KEARSE.

Six months in

Since freshman year of college, Landon Dybdal’s goal was to become the Chief Executive Officer for a hospital before he turned 30. 

He accomplished that goal in Jordan, Montana’s Garfield County Health Center at 26. Two years later, Dybdal moved to Sheridan, Montana, to fill the CEO position at Ruby Valley Medical Center. 


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