HARRISON—The Harrison school board held its last monthly meeting before the start of the new school year on Monday, August 13, and the primary item on the agenda was the approval of the annual budget for fiscal year 2019, which looks slightly smaller than last year’s.
ENNIS - The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is conducting an open house meeting on a proposal to replace the bridge on Secondary Route 249 (Varney Road) crossing the Madison River at reference post 7.8 south of Ennis in Madison County.
SHERIDAN—The idea of a new Ruby Valley Medical Center has been in the works since 2008, and this weekend the realization of that idea opened its doors to the residents of the Ruby Valley and the patients it will serve.
BIG SKY – On Friday, August 17, the opening night of the Moonlight Music Festival, The Mission Temple Fireworks Revival with Paul Thorn & Blind Boys of Alabama had a crowd of hundreds eating out of their hands.
ENNIS—A fire camp big enough to be another Madison Valley town sprang up in Ennis last week as an incident management team from southern California arrived to begin work on the Monument and Wigwam fires.
ENNIS – The Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office has issued a fire prevention order temporarily closing the Axolotl Wilderness Study Area in Madison County due to the Monument and Wigwam fires.
U.S. Forest Service
DAILY UPDATE for MONUMENT and WIGWAM FIRES,
August 17, 2018
Monument Fire: 5,733 acres, 5% contained
Equipment and manpower - Engines: 8; Water Tenders: 4; Total Fire Personnel: 123
Wigwam Fire: 4,190 acres, 0% contained
ENNIS—The Madison Conservation District welcomed Emily Osborn to its team earlier this summer. Osborn takes over the administrator position for the MCD from Cori Koenig.
ENNIS—The testing of some wells has already begun on the West Bench, but the Ground Water Investigation Program (GWIP) is still looking to expand the number of test sites for its data collection, set to continue until December of 2019.
ENNIS—The Monument Fire southwest of Cameron, first detected on August 6, continued to grow over the weekend and measured 4,215 acres as of Monday morning.
A second fire, the Wigwam Fire, was first detected on August 11 and has grown to almost 2,000 acres. Both fires are currently zero percent contained.