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Growing pains

Madison County Commissioners have been learning a lot about the now legalized marijuana industry in the county. Their interest stems in part from concerns expressed by Shining Mountains residents who have grown weary of a medicinal marijuana grow operation in their neighborhood. As Commissioner Dan Allhands explained at the Sept.

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No wall too heavy

As leadership expert John Maxwell once said, “It takes teamwork to make the dream work.” This sentiment could not have been better represented in Ennis on Sept. 8. That was the day that volunteers convened on Otis Avenue for the official Habitat Raise the Walls event at the organization’s second homesite in the community.

Concerns for the Creek

Madison County Commissioners announced in June that road work was being scheduled for the three-mile stretch of Jack Creek Road from the Moonlight Basin private gate to the intersection of Jack Creek Bench Road.

Labor Pains

The Covid pandemic underscored how vitally important health care workers are to society. In a small community, their value is magnified. So is their absence when health care jobs go unfilled.

Left to right: Representative Ken Walsh District 71, Elijah Allen, Executive Director, Montana Heritage Commission, Governor Greg Gianforte and First Lady Susan Gianforte. PHOTO COURTESY MONTANA HERITAGE COMMISSION

A tourism boon

Officials from the Montana Heritage Commission, the state agency that manages and coordinates stateowned resources in Virginia City and Nevada City, report record-breaking visitation for 2021.

The many names and faces of e-cigarettes. MONTANA TOBACCO USE PREVENTION PROGRAM IMAGE

Addicting a whole new generation

Just over 40%. That’s how many Madison County high schoolers reported to have used an electronic vapor tobaccoless nicotine product, better known as e-cigarettes or vapes. That number was recently published by the Montana Office of Public Instruction in its 2021 Youth Risk Behavior report.

Dropped call? Are you feeling frustrated by phone? You are not alone. PHOTO BY BETSEY WELTNER

The New Montana Territory

Growth and weather. These are the two main topics of conversation around Madison County. While weather conditions are quantified easily by reading your temperature gauge, windsock or checking your weather app, “growth” as a phenomenon is, while observable, less measurable, at least against those benchmarks available to The Madisonian.

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