THE LOCAL NEWS OF THE MADISON VALLEY, RUBY VALLEY AND SURROUNDING AREAS

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A dusty day’s work. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER

High and dry

Harrison area rancher and angus cow breeder Bob Sitz hadn’t bought hay since his father passed away in 1989. Typically, his 40,000-acre operation produces enough hay to feed 1,400 cows with enough excess to sell about 3,000 tons of it each year.

Vying for your votes

The November municipal general elections may seem far off, but preparations are underway and the candidates slated for the official ballots have been announced. Here’s a breakdown of which Madison County communities will be included in the Nov. 2 election.

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Life Flight partnered with local search and rescue teams on July 10 in a simulated grizzly attack training scenario. PHOTO COURTESY RUBY VALLEY SEARCH AND RESCUE

A grizzly scenario

The grizzly attack-related deaths of a woman in Ovando this month and a man in West Yellowstone earlier this summer have brought the unfortunate reality of the increasingly common encounter between human and grizzly into the news as of recent.

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.

A look at Montana’s drought conditions as of Thursday, July 1. Madison County remains in Severe Drought stage. The U.S. Drought Monitor is updated every Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country. DROUGHT.GOV GRAPH

Pray for rain

While the major wildfires in Montana are now under control, drought remains high on the minds of government officials. Following the June 30 release of the Summer 2021 Drought Forecast Report, Governor Greg Gianforte on July 1 declared a statewide drought emergency, calling on the USDA to declare Montana a drought disaster area.

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