Big Sky

First, first chair! Left to right: Big Sky Resort Mountain Operations Vice President Mike Unruh, Big Sky Resort General Manager Taylor Middleton, Dominik Falkner of Doppelmayr Everett Kircher, President of Boyne Resorts Stephen Kircher, President of Doppelmayr USA Mark Bee, John McGregor of Big Sky Resort, Randy Woolwine, Doppelmayr’s president of sales.

Charging ahead

When Boyne Resorts President Stephen Kircher first set eyes on the completed Ramcharger 8, he said it blew his mind. Sure, Kircher was well aware what the eight-seater would be like – he was the one who decided to pull the trigger and bring the state-of-the-art chairlift to Big Sky.

Grady Chapin

Miner of the Week

This week's Miner of the Week is kindergartner Grady Chapin. Grady is a hard-working student who shows up every day ready to do his best. "He is always excited to learn and perseveres even when things are challenging. He arrives every morning with a smile on his face and always says good morning.

Greg “Carnie” Lisk, co-owner of the Gallatin Riverhouse Grill, has been mentoring in the CAP mentorship program for over five years.

Mentors needed!

I ran into Julie Lisk, youth program coordinator with Thrive, at the joint Gallatin and Madison county commission meeting held at Lone Peak Cinema recently. She was desperate for volunteers, she said.

A proactive approach

About two dozen parents gathered at Warren Miller Performing Arts Center on December 10 to discuss the challenges of raising children in a rapidly changing world. “The was the best attended parent outreach event in the last four years,” Gallatin County deputy and Big Sky School District Resource Officer Travis Earl said.

Big Sky photographer Mike Haring fits right in with this shot of bighorn sheep.

The art of his adventure

Mike Haring stuffed $600 in his pocket and bought a one-way ticket to Europe when he was 21 years old. He stayed for 13 months – surviving by playing music on the streets.

“This was 1985,” he explained. “There were no cell phones; no credit cards.”

Big Horn of the Week

Lone Peak High School senior Myles Wilson has brought a new leadership to the Lone Peak Newscast. His dedication, attention to detail and hard work has been evident in the latest Newscasts. Myles has been instrumental in keeping all members of the cast focused on the importance of the overall quality.

 Every player on Ophir Miner's fifth and sixth grade combined basketball team earned the win. PHOTO COURTESY LUCAS WESTBLADE

A winning philosophy

The Ophir Miners fifth and sixth grade boys basketball team took home the championship title on December 1 – beating out eight other schools in the rural league in a two-day tournament held at Petra Academy in Bozeman.

James Clark sketches in preparation for his art show in his place of employment as a tattoo artist, Clendenin Customs Tattoo & Gallery. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Take a walk

Local artist James Clark intends to traverse the United States not by plane, train, automobile, horse or bicycle. He's traveling via his own two feet – and considers every step a movement toward healing.

Sarah “Sippi” Sipe poses for a photo with Gladys Thomas, mother of Lance and Terry Thomas. Gladys celebrated her 93rd birthday in July and has lived in Big Sky with her sons and her daughter-in-law, Mary Goodson, for more than 20 years. Gladys is currently at the Madison Valley Manor recovering from a broken arm as a result of a fall. “She's my favorite person in Big Sky, she's a total rock star, and I love her dearly!!” Sipe wrote to the Lookout in a request to use this image. PHOTO COURTESY SARAH SIPE

59716 Volunteer: Sara "Sippi" Sipe

I asked Sarah “Sippi” Sipe to sit down with me, delay the comfort of her home and cuddles with her cat –Tom Newberry – and to share stories of her abundant volunteer work. We spoke at end of day in the conference room of her accounting office when most people were gone – the faintest tapping of keys on one lonely computer could be heard.

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