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A look at the Goose Fire on July 11 as it closed in on Cliff Lake’s southern edge. PHOTO BY DAVID SCHMIDT

Goose Fire hits close to home

The haze of wildfire smoke has officially descended upon Madison County. While a number of blazes are to blame for the smokey smog, the largest contributor could be the Goose Fire. It’s burning in the Hidden, Cliff and Wade Lakes area in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, 32 miles south-southeast of Ennis near Hoodoo Pass.

At Ennis-Big Sky Airport with Miss Montana. (L to R) Keely Flatow, Bill Drew, Shaun Raunig, Fred Raunig, Richard Raunig, Mike Farinelli. PHOTO BY BETSEY WELTNER

From Normandy to Ennis

Among the 24,000 American, British and Canadian troops who landed at Normandy Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, were scores of Montanans. They included ranch kids from places like Choteau, Geyser and Sand Coulee. Thankfully, many made it back home and lived long lives.

Wildlife tracks outnumber human footprints on the embattled, narrow walkway to the Madison River. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER

Armitage’s alley

There’s a 12-foot wide stretch of seldom used alleyway between Grizzly and Armitage streets in Ennis that has caused quite a stir over the years. The narrow alley leads past two homesites to the Ennis Ditch and the Madison River beyond.

An Enterprise rental car search came up empty for multiple weeks through the summer, with a BZN pickup location set. PHOTO COURTESY ENTERPRISE.COM

The red flag

Picture this: a pandemic happens, everyone decides to embark upon home improvement projects and couch purchases skyrocket. As the pandemic starts to seem a bit more manageable, you find yourself moving to a new town to begin the next step in your career. The problem is you do not own a couch and all couches are backordered through the summer.

PHOTO COURTESY JAMIE LOVETT

STATE BOUND: Ennis girls softball places fourth in divisional tournam

The Ennis lady Mustang softballers aren’t wasting any time. Merely two years into the team’s existence the girls battled their way through divisional play to place fourth in the Western B-C division. Their first divisional matchup was on May 20 against Loyola, winning 15-5. The next day dealt an early 20-1 loss against Mission-Arlee-Charlo.

Grins after the win to top the conference. PHOTO COURTESY ANDY THOMAS

Champions

The Ennis girls Mustangs stomped the Anaconda Copperheads on May 6, securing Ennis’ title as Montana’s 2021 Class C conference champs.

The new Ennis Family Tree display at the gazebo. PHOTO COURTESY LIZ APPLEGATE

Ennis family tree display

After months of research and photo editing, ringleader and historian, Zoe Todd and graphic designer Liz Applegate have produced a Family Tree display of the William and Katherine Ennis Family. The tree features photos of William Ennis, Katherine Shriver, and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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