The Madisonian

Photos courtesy of FWP

Below average

Trout fisheries are below 20-year averages in the upper reaches of the Madison River and at Hebgen Reservoir. While Hebgen and Madison dams work in part to mitigate temperatures and maintain flows, an already hot summer heightens concern for the forests and the fish.

Toot, toot!

We’re not one to toot our own horn, but here at The Madisonian we know when to make an exception. We and our sister paper, the Lone Peak Lookout, recently stood out from the crowd at the annual Montana Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest, taking home a combined 17 awards for our 2020 stories, ads and design.

Give ‘em a break

Full fishing closures lifted on May 25 were reinstated on June 16 for the Ruby River from its confluence with the Beaverhead River near Twin Bridges to Duncan District Road crossing outside of Sheridan.


National Weather Service presents 10 Year Length of Service Award

Leroy Reister was presented with a 10 Year Length of Service Award from the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Great Falls (GTF), MT. Leroy takes care of an automated precipitation gauge that records twenty four hour rain and snowfall amounts at his station located in Silver Star, Mont. Observations from Leroy’s station date back to 1939.

Federal funds on the way

More than $40 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act were recently disbursed to communities across Montana, with several Madison County communities making the cut. Here’s where the money’s headed locally:

Ennis: $126,825.62

Sheridan: $94,767.99

Twin Bridges: $53,259.10

Virginia City: $27,587.45

Gov. Gianforte (r) and Cory Calnan (l), county coop program manager for the DNRC, survey the Willow Creek Fire site on June 11. PHOTO COURTESY OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

Willow Creek fire southwest of Three Forks completely contained

It’s official – wildfire season is upon us with more hot, dry weather in the forecast.

Looking at the extremes, in southeast Montana the Northern Rockies Coordination Center predicted the stuff wildfires are made of: temps on June 15 of up to 109 degrees accompanied by with single-digit relative humidity and 40 mph wind gusts.


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