The Madisonian

A clawbiter in Sheridan

Sheridan’s first game of the varsity football season did not disappoint. The Panthers welcomed the Choteau Bulldogs to Sheridan,

eking out a win in overtime, 27-25. Senior Kaiden Batzler is seen here using all of his 6’3” frame to bust through his competition and run the ball down the field. 

Panther power

Sheridan Lady Panthers headed to Big Sky for the Lone Peak Tournament on Aug. 28. Here’s how it played out:

Sheridan vs. Lone Peak 16-21 10-21

Sheridan vs. Shields Valley JV 21-19 21-12

Sheridan vs. Harrison 21-18 21-19

Sheridan vs. West Yellowstone 21-15 21-9

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.

Ericka Kirkpatrick demonstrates the hat smoothing process. After sanding the felt a torch is used to get rid of any remaining fibers, creating a hat as smooth as velvet. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER

Tip of the hat

Growing up watching her mother Sheila make cowboy hats, Ericka Kirkpatrick certainly learned a lot about the unique trade. She’d help with all the aspects of the trade, but she was sure it wasn’t something she’d take on as her own career.

Wildfire watch

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte recently announced the launch of a statewide fire dashboard created to keep residents and visitors up to date on the ever-changing wildfires across the state.


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