by Laura Lundquist, Bozeman Chronicle
“The Public Land/Water Access Association is asking the state attorney general to join a stream-access case after Madison County apparently ignored the instructions of the Montana Supreme Court.
After the Montana Supreme Court ruled against a Madison County landowner in favor of historically established easements and Montana’s stream-access laws this January, it sent the case back to the Madison County District Court to establish the width of the county’s right of way on Seyler Lane.
Fishermen have long used the Seyler Lane bridge to access the Ruby River. But when millionaire James Cox Kennedy bought the property along the Ruby River more than a decade ago, he closed the bridges and denied fishermen access to the river.