Kelly Elser, Mickie Benedict, Dr. Waren Swager, Carol Lee Swager, Eileen Pearce and Mary Pat Graham stand outside the Sheridan Senior Center. PHOTO BY KEELY LARSON

More than a spot for summer sun

Eileen Pearce, secretary of the Ruby Valley Swimming Club (RVSC) in Sheridan, moved to the area 20 years ago. In the early 2000s, she attended a pancake breakfast at the fire department and sat down next to a certain someone. “And that’s where it started,” she said of her Ruby Valley Swimming Pool (RVSP) involvement.

Near the Three Forks Upper Ruby Allotment, before the cowboy camp. PHOTO BY KEELY LARSON

Something for everyone

After a 35-day government shutdown at the end of 2019, Congress approved a spending package to fund the federal government for the next fiscal year. Part of this package included $1.38 million for Wildlife Services (WS) to hire employees responsible for nonlethally reducing conflict between predators and livestock in 12 states.

Ahlert choreographed for the pink, yellow, green and blue Power Rangers for five years at Disney World. PHOTO COURTESY OF DC AHLERT

DC dances

Denise Connie Ahlert, better known as D.C., is the youngest of four girls who all took dance classes growing up. “I told my parents, at least I made a career out of it, so they paid off! But I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” Ahlert said.

Florence Nightingales’ graph that documented her data of disease being the majority cause of death in the Crimea War, which 900,000 people died. Image provided by London Sotheby in the Smithsonian Magazine article “The Defiance of Florence Nightingale.”

Community focused

Devastating realities in history have prompted and propelled the role of public health in societies. The induction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency after 9/11 drove Madison County to create a public health board for the first time in 2001.

Debbie Rogers stays busy with all her outdoor pursuits. Her two dogs go on long hikes with her, tag along when she goes horseback riding, or when she rides around on her ATV. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Faith and gardening

Debbie Rogers delights in the natural world. Everyday she is out in it – horseback riding, hiking, and then digging around in the dirt of her organic garden. The chickens cluck and the rooster struts, all pecking at the dirt, ridding the garden of invaders. Raspberry bushes provide sustenance and shade on hot days.

Madison County race and age statistics from the 2010 census. PHOTO COURTESY OF CENSUS VIEWER

All about the money

Census data defines communities for a decade. Data is used to redistrict, refund and redefine demographics. While Madison County is a travel destination for many, it is also home to many more, and as such it is important for those living here to make sure they are counted.

Marc Comaratta set a new course record for the Tour de Gravelly with a time of 4:01:39. PHOTO BY JESSLYN MARIE

Up yours COVID

At the beginning of my conversation with Sam Korsmoe, Greater Yellowstone Adventure Series (GYAS) director, I told him I was worried I may die running the Big Sky Half Marathon. I had not done a half since 2015 and seven miles straight seemed to be the distance my body could handle consistently since then.


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