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Buecking’s pencil drawing of her friend’s dog, Cooper. PHOTO COURTESY OF MEGAN BUECKING

Realistic pet portraits

Some people make Christmas ornaments with their pets’ paw print. Some get pictures of their pets’ adorable face blown up on a t-shirt. Others sign up for a pencil drawing class taught by Megan Buecking with the Arts Council of Big Sky (ACBS) to make the homage even more personal.

A well-travelled family, Mark, Ece, nine year old Sky and eleven year old Zeyli Walkup have made Big Sky their home. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK WALKUP

The long road home

Teamwork seems intrinsic to Mark Walkup, the new general manager of the Hungry Moose: from college football to the cheerleading squad at Auburn University to playing the bass guitar professionally for popular punk bands. He has travelled nearly every nook and cranny of the nation – that is part of the reason he wants to be in Big Sky.

Winterkeeper for Yellowstone General Stores for the last 41 years, Jeff Henry in an action shot removing gigantic blocks of snow from the roof of the Canyon General Store in 1999. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF HENRY

Tales from the tundra

For years men have harnessed the tools of the woods and tamed the onslaught of winter weather in a most inventive way. Their efforts have kept buildings standing in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and allowed for people to better experience a largely untamed world.

Samantha Mize-Honatke with her three-year-old son Trey who “gets into everything” to the point that she and her husband have nicknamed him “Trey-nado”. PHOTO COURTESY SAMANTHA MIZE-HONATKE

Life by the numbers

Samantha Mize-Honatke once dipped her toe in water outside of Montana. She tried Phoenix for a year, “but the water was too hot,” she joked. Sure, she missed the Montana mountains and seasons and had a palpable distaste for all the concrete in the city, but people were what really made her pack up and head back to her Gallatin Gateway roots.

“They had some pretty good moves!” Riley said. The kids were asking to do dance again for their next movement class. PHOTO COURTESY OF KATE RILEY

Discovery moves

Across the country, dancers were laid off from performing with entire seasons and shows canceled as the coronavirus progressed and never let up. Many of these artists took to sharing their talent and knowledge with dancers far and wide through virtual platforms.

Al Malinowski is grateful his friend advised him to accept a job at the resort 26 years ago. Big Sky is where he met his wife. PHOTO COURTESY AL MALINOWSKI

The beautiful life of Al Mal

Al “Al Mal” Malinowski is amiable and functions with a kind of ease that is found in people who help shape things. In his case, he helped shape Big Sky. Still, he gets a little uncomfortable when asked to talk about himself and would rather discuss other people, projects and the lost history of the community.

American Legion Post 99 members and Sons of the American Legion Post 99 members gather at the recycling center, which they used organization funds to help pave. L-R Chuck Hinz, Mark Firmin, Jeremy Harder, Jack “Captain Jack” Hudspeth, Kenny “Cuz” Alley and Jim Hinz. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Honey paves the way

Patrick Maidman busied himself unloading a vehicle full of cardboard at the newly paved recycling center on Hwy. 191. He noted how nice it looked and also that the improvement was just in time for winter.

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