MISSOULA – As winters arrive later and snow melts earlier, the worldwide decrease in snow cover already may have dramatic impacts on animals that change coat colors with the seasons. An international scientific team led by University of Montana Professor L.
Twin Bridges Council approved two preliminary resolutions on Feb.13 to raise town water and sewer rates, subject to final council approval following advertisement and public hearings. The town seeks to raise rates to balance its water and sewer accounts and pay for upgrade projects.
ENNIS – According to a press release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 12:44 a.m. on Feb. 19, Madison County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call of a disturbance at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Ennis. Upon arrival, deputies learned that one person had been shot in the altercation.
ENNIS -- The Town of Ennis has a new draft zoning ordinance, which is under review by Ennis council and available for public inspection. If enacted by council following public hearings, the draft would replace the current town zoning ordinance in its entirety.
“This flu season is rivaling our 2009 swine flu season,” said Madison County Public Health Nurse Melissa Brummell. “We suggest getting a flu shot if you haven’t yet because it’s better than nothing.”
Depaoli case continued
Dalton Furie Depaoli failed to appear at the Madison County Courthouse on Feb. 12 citing a health issue. Depaoli is being charged with one count failing to register as a violent offender. His case was continued until Feb. 26.
Ross sentenced for burglary, theft
BOZEMAN – The snowpack across Montana remains in good shape starting the month of February with all basins in the state at near to above normal for the date. In fact, Montana is the only state in the 12 western U.S.
HELENA – On Feb. 9, a federal district court judge upheld the constitutionality of Montana’s prohibition on automated political phone calls (robocalls). In the case of Victory Processing LLC. vs. Montana, Judge Charles Lovell of Helena ruled “…Montana’s robocall statute is a constitutionally permissible content-based regulation of speech.”
“I think we want to be better. I think Big Sky can be a model.” —Scott Bosse, Northern Rockies director with American Rivers
SHERIDAN -- Sheridan residents likely will see a water rate increase in the near future, due to the need for a new well and the loss of state funding for its water project. During its meeting Monday, Sheridan council received a briefing from Dan Kramer with Montana Rural Water, which included a preliminary rate proposal for the town.