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

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A sign at the Ennis U.S. Forest Service office lets visitors know that the office will be closed until the partial federal government shutdown is lifted. The Forest Service, overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is unfunded during the shutdown. (R. Colyer)

Shutdown woes

MADISON COUNTY—As of Monday, January 21, the federal government’s partial shutdown has stretched on for 31 days, the longest in U.S. history by 10 days.

This map shows relative avalanche danger for Madison and Gallatin counties. With extreme terrain, shifting winds and adventurous winter recreationists, southwest Montana is a hotbed of human-triggered avalanches. (avalanche.org)

Far from over

MADISON COUNTY—In 2018, four fatal avalanches were reported to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC). Overseen by the U.S. Forest Service, the GNFAC covers the Bridger, Madison and Gallatin mountain ranges—from Bozeman to West Yellowstone, Big Sky to Island Park, Idaho. 

About 70 percent of Madison River anglers are non-residents who have not fished the river more than a year. Most anglers come from just three states, California, Utah and Colorado. (File photo)

Changes could be coming to Madison River

MADISON COUNTY – “The economy of Montana is surely benefitting from the resilience of the upper Madison River; the question is then – at what point will angler pressure impact the health of trout and whitefish populations in the upper Madison River,” asks a report recently released by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) department’s Regio

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