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  • Resort tax ballots mailed out next week | The Madisonian
    afraid my 11 employees would drop to four or five he said Or do I drop guns all together and just sell pom poms and T shirts just like West Yellowstone does However Dave Hajny an Ennis resident who has been involved in the resort tax discussion each time it has come up believes the money could be used to improve the community There are a lot of tourists that come through here without question and why shouldn t they pay for some of the demands they put on the infrastructure Hajny asks He actually believes the town commission has watered down the tax too much It should be for a longer period to maximize it s revenue generation he said I think it should run a little longer on both ends just like the others do Hajny said Several other communities around Montana have resort taxes including Big Sky and Virginia City Last spring Virginia City voted to renew their resort tax for another 20 years In fact all the communities in Montana that have voted in a resort tax have reauthorized it when given the chance It makes sense that when you are able to see the benefits of the tax you would support it Hajny said The businesses in Ennis are incredibly supportive of the community he said But the resort tax wouldn t hurt business and could even help by improving the community and making it even more attractive for tourists Businesses in other communities have had the same arguments against the tax that Ennis businesses have he said They say it will drive away business customers and tourists If it s going to drive the tourists away why are they still going to West Yellowstone or Big Sky he asks However Ennis is different than other communities with a resort tax said Hillary Block owner of West of the Madison in Ennis In Ennis the town limits doesn t encompass all the businesses in the community Block said Many businesses in town will have to compete with similar businesses out of town that don t have to deal with the resort tax It creates a problem where there shouldn t be a problem she said Another issue is the amount of money the tax will raise Under the ordinance five percent of the money raised will go back to the business to offset collection costs and another five percent will go to property owners for property tax relief If the town collects 120 000 it will have to take 12 000 off the top before it can put any money toward projects Block said We re not going to have this huge pot of money for which to do all these projects she said The tax will also push even more local residents to buy items in Bozeman Block said That s another unique aspect of Ennis many of the local businesses here compete on some level with stores in Bozeman for their share of

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  • Underage drinking – County conducts compliance checks at local businesses, provides training | The Madisonian
    of Revenue which is the agency that manages the liquor licenses Thompson said The compliance checks took place in November and since then he has been meeting with the businesses that failed he said It was very positive Thompson said They were very appreciative they weren t going to get charged with any crime Most of them had already completed or sought out the RASS training with their employees This initial round of compliance checks only covered a portion of the businesses around Madison County that sell alcohol We only hit a fraction of them he said There are still more out there we haven t had a chance to touch yet More compliance checks are in the works and Thompson would like to also check restaurants that serve alcohol along with taverns and stores The whole idea behind the compliance checks and RASS training is to try and address the problems of underage drinking and drunken driving But it s important to remember that buying alcohol is only one way minors can get it If we can start changing the attitude toward underage sales then maybe some of that will carry over to the people who feel its okay to provide alcohol to underage people he said As for the training portion of the MDT grant Lowder is excited of how well people around the county have responded to the RASS training We re trying to really help as much as we can and you know I don t think we re being harsh about it Lowder said We want to help The RASS training provides people who serve and sell alcohol training on how to check for identification and what to look for in fake IDs It also provides a wealth of tips on dealing with serving to

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  • 2015 MONTANA RANGE TOUR: Taking a resource into the future | The Madisonian
    directly addresses riparian health and in stream conditions while improving the operation of the ranch through a new grazing program According to Sunni Heikes Knapton Madison Watershed Coordinator the Endecott project is one that small acreage landowners can relate to A little bit of work went a long way and they re really happy with the outcome Heikes Knapton said Sometimes people think the only way they will see big outcomes is with big projects on big ground Granger Ranches In the 1950s the headwaters of O Dell Creek and surrounding wetlands were drained and ditched for grazing and haying Now a project to restore those wetlands is 10 years in the making on the Granger Ranch In the 10 years since the project began the former irrigation ditches have been filled in the small spring creeks that create O Dell Creek have been re engineered and the water table has been reestablished All of that has improved the trout fisheries in the creek provided habitat for upland birds and waterfowl and that wetland species of plants are thriving The scale of the project is impressive Heikes Knapton said So many people are invested in seeing this project through Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area On Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area a combination of federal and state agencies have found a way for livestock grazing to benefit wildlife habitat Whether or not you like cows on this game range I don t know I don t care said Fred King a former Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks employee who retired six years ago Western rangelands are renewable resources They have evolved through grazing King pointed out that centuries ago buffalo herds moved through the Madison Valley I guarantee you buffalo grazed the land and riparian areas harder than our livestock does now King said But they would graze and then move on rest rotation which is essentially what we do now FWP purchased the Wall Creek WMA which is located on the eastern edge of the Gravelly Mountain Range around 30 miles south of Ennis in 1960 primarily to provide winter range for elk There were around 300 elk using the WMA when we first purchased it said Julie Cunningham FWP wildlife biologist Around 2 000 use it now One of the reasons elk use the land for winter range is because of spring and summer cattle grazing King explained that the WMA is on a rest rotation grazing schedule meaning the cattle are moved from pasture to pasture periodically to maximize healthy vegetation growth The relationship benefits the wildlife but also benefits the Madison County producers who have permits to graze cattle on the land Without the spring and summer grazing here our private pasture would be hit too hard said Gary Gustafson who is a permittee on the Wall Creek WMA It s vital to our ranch operation Cameron bench The Cameron bench is an iconic range similar to that of a lot of Montana said Heikes Knapton The

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  • 2015 Montana Range Tour | The Madisonian
    Wildlife Management Area Leave a comment Previous post Next post Madisonian Photo Gallery We want to connect Recent Comments April showers bring frustration Mike Yakawich Recently I was in Alder and Sheridan MT area I had attended a funeral for Bud Davis Although I am originally from Butte I now Longtime Twin Bridges resident Bill Hanley makes Christmas possible for many families in the Ruby Valley Noel Freedman While I

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  • Cameron | The Madisonian
    Creek Wildlife Management Area Leave a comment Big game season continues with moderate hunter success Posted on November 5 2014 by Abigail Dennis With two weekends of Montana s general big game season come and gone both the Cameron and Alder check stations showed moderate hunter success rates Categories News Features Tags Alder Antelope Cameron Deer Elk FWP Hunting Hunting Season Madison County Madison Valley Montana Ruby Valley and The Madisonian Leave a comment Five vehicle crash in Cameron results in multiple life flights Posted on August 6 2014 by Abigail Dennis A five vehicle crash in Cameron on Friday at 5 30 p m involved a total of 13 people Categories News Features Tags Cameron Crash Madison County Montana Sheriff s Office The Madisonian and Vehicle Crash Leave a comment Previous post Next post Madisonian Photo Gallery We want to connect Recent Comments April showers bring frustration Mike Yakawich Recently I was in Alder and Sheridan MT area I had attended a funeral for Bud Davis Although I am originally from Butte I now Longtime Twin Bridges resident Bill Hanley makes Christmas possible for many families in the Ruby Valley Noel Freedman While I was in the Twin Bridges

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  • Cameron Bench | The Madisonian
    Management Area Leave a comment Previous post Next post Madisonian Photo Gallery We want to connect Recent Comments April showers bring frustration Mike Yakawich Recently I was in Alder and Sheridan MT area I had attended a funeral for Bud Davis Although I am originally from Butte I now Longtime Twin Bridges resident Bill Hanley makes Christmas possible for many families in the Ruby Valley Noel Freedman While I was

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  • Endecott Cattle Company | The Madisonian
    Management Area Leave a comment Previous post Next post Madisonian Photo Gallery We want to connect Recent Comments April showers bring frustration Mike Yakawich Recently I was in Alder and Sheridan MT area I had attended a funeral for Bud Davis Although I am originally from Butte I now Longtime Twin Bridges resident Bill Hanley makes Christmas possible for many families in the Ruby Valley Noel Freedman While I was

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  • Granger Ranch | The Madisonian
    Creek Wildlife Management Area Leave a comment Trumpeter swans released as part of O Dell Creek restoration project Posted on September 2 2015 by Abigail Dennis Last Tuesday five cygnet trumpeter swans were released into the O Dell Creek wetlands south of Ennis on Granger Ranch property Categories News Headline Tags DEQ DNRC Ducks Unlimited EPA Granger Ranch Madison County Madison River Madison River Foundation Madison Valley Montana O Dell Creek Patagonia Swans The Madisonian Trout Unlimited and Trumpeter Swans Leave a comment O Dell Creek restoration Posted on June 3 2015 by Abigail Dennis O Dell Creek restoration Categories News Features Tags DEQ DNRC Ducks Unlimited EPA Granger Ranch Madison County Madison River Madison River Foundation Madison Valley Montana O Dell Creek Patagonia The Madisonian and Trout Unlimited Leave a comment Previous post Next post Madisonian Photo Gallery We want to connect Recent Comments April showers bring frustration Mike Yakawich Recently I was in Alder and Sheridan MT area I had attended a funeral for Bud Davis Although I am originally from Butte I now Longtime Twin Bridges resident Bill Hanley makes Christmas possible for many families in the Ruby Valley Noel Freedman While I was in the Twin

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