The Porcupine herd photographed last winter in their usual winter habitat north of Riverhouse BBQ & Events and east of Hwy. 191. The area was impacted by a wildland fire late in the fall of 2020. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELLE NIERLING
Wildland fire eliminated typical food source, but the local elk herd is surviving in deeper snow
So far so good for the Porcupine elk herd that garnered concern from wildlife officials. Six hundred fifty acres of the herd’s winter habitat went up in flames in a late season wildland fire. The snow that fell helped quash the flames on the United States Forest Service (USFS) and Fish, Wildlife... Continue Reading


The retaining pond in question in April 2020, environmental groups allege it is discharging pollution while Big Sky County Water and Sewer District General Manager Ron Edwards stated it is part of an under drain system engineered to keep groundwater from interfering with the pond. PHOTO COURTESY OF COTTONWOOD ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
Environmental groups attempt to halt irrigation of golf course and new sewer hook ups
The Big Sky County Water and Sewer District 363 (BSCWSD) has been engaged in a strategic legal dance typical of lawsuits since Earth Day of 2020. It was then that the District received notice of intent to sue from Montana Rivers, Gallatin Wildlife Association, and Cottonwood Environmental Law Center – deemed “Community Groups” in the proceedings. The Community Groups allege a violation of the Clean Water Act and also sent notice to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for what they... Continue Reading
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Decades of attachment research forms the backbone of a free parenting class offered by Thrive. PHOTO COURTESY OF THRIVE
Thrive offers a free class to strengthen parent-child relationships
The responsibilities of parents almost seem unimaginable. It is one of the most important jobs in the world and as is often pointed out, there is no instruction manual. For parents, advice, instincts and things learned in their own upbringing can make the path to good... Continue Reading


Jake Hopfinger skiing Big Sky backcountry last March. PHOTO COURTESY OF JAKE HOPFINGER
Jackson Hole wrapped up its fourth Kings & Queens of Corbet athlete-judged competition on Feb. 18. Twenty-six snow athletes from around the world came to ride down Corbet’s Couloir and helped create the course. Skiers and snowboarders built jumps at the lip of the couloir and gave advice on... Continue Reading

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