While it feels weirdly like fall at lower elevations in southwestern Montana, winter is beginning to hit in the high country. According to Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC), seven inches of new snow fell Monday to Tuesday night in the Bridger Range, Big Sky area, and Cooke City.
Citing an increase in demand for emergency services, as well as an ongoing, albeit expected budget deficit, Madison County’s two hospitals are asking the community to approve the creation of a special ambulance district.
Six Montana students have been recognized for their work in the 2021 ‘What does the U.S. Constitution mean to me’ contest constructed by the Montana YouthVote Program.
Students from Sheridan, Livingston, Townsend and Belt were named winners in the contest, which was eligible to all Montana students K-12.
The Madison River recorded very low flows early Tuesday, Nov. 30, due to a broken gate on Hebgen Dam that controls water flow. Few, if anybody, noticed the problem until sunup.
It used to be that Labor Day marked the end of “the season” in Montana, until ski season began after Thanksgiving. The months in between, when business and restaurants shutter and their owners can catch a breath (and if lucky, head to Mexico), are often called the “shoulder seasons” also known in the springtime as “mud season.”
On a bright, cold day on Norris Hill near Ennis, Mont., with an unusually calm breeze on the day before Thanksgiving, a young driver was remembered by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office with Deputy Doug Young offering somber and haunting words to the effect: “…A young lady unknown to us, was taken from this world way too soon… July 27, 2018…”
The Hebgen Dam release gate is open and outflows to the Madison River were restored just before midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Follow-up work is still required, but water in the river has reached normal levels.
A full fishing closure that was implemented in the upper Madison River will be lifted on Friday now that a gate at Hebgen Dam has been repaired and river flows are returning to normal.
A full fishing closure is in effect for the upper Madison River from Ennis Lake upstream to Hebgen Dam.
A malfunction at Hebgen Dam caused flows on the Madison River to drop Tuesday, stranding fish on riffles and concentrating fish in deep water. NorthWestern Energy is working to fix the dam.
NorthWestern Energy working to restore Hebgen Dam gate functionality and full river flows to the Madison River
Water flow from Hebgen Dam to the Madison River significantly decreased Nov. 30 when a gate component failed on the dam’s outlet structure, decreasing the opening for the outtake of water at the bottom of the gate.