Sixth-grader Jose Chairez has been described as a fun, caring and kind student. He has consistently and without hesitation helped teachers and staff with translating for new students. Overall Jose displays a positive attitude and encourages others to do the same. Thanks Jose for all your help!
Lucas and Shannon Westblade moved to Big Sky in 2013 so Lucas could work with Young Life, an international Christian youth ministry in over 100 countries and in all 50 states. His position began as part-time and has grown to fulltime as the area director of Big Sky Young Life/Wyldlife.
Renae Schumacher has kept busy since she moved to Big Sky in 1993. For starters, she’s running the business she first purchased with her brother before buying him out – the Big Sky Conoco. In what leisure time she has left she is hiking, running, biking, golfing or skiing – although she’s been too busy to ski yet this year.
This week's Miner of the week is fourth grader Townes Laxson. "I am recognizing Townes as being a principled fourth grader this month. As I've gotten to know him, from the beginning of the year, I see that Townes takes responsibility for his own actions. He is not only kind, fair, and honest with his classmates, but with me too.
Ryan and Angi Turner celebrate a milestone in Big Sky this year: the 20-year anniversary of Ryan Turner Photography.
Terry Lou Scott, a retired educator, passed away on Dec. 21, 2018. She was born in Cody, Wyoming on Dec. 11, 1940, the first of seven siblings, to John and Eulah Ratliff. She was the granddaughter of James E. Ratliff (Jim; 1894-1960) and Mildred McEachron (Mid; 1896-1962) who married and lived in Cody early after 1913.
Former Big Sky local Karen Folaron, who previously went by the last name Sebastian, is “chasing this crazy dream to sail around the world.” She now spends her time on Tavernier Key on the Florida Keys, sailing every chance she gets, and living with her 17-year-old cat named Preshy in a converted van affectionately named Frannie Vannie.
“You should interview John Flach,” someone told me. “He doesn’t talk much, so I don’t know much about him.”
Big Sky local Kathy Bouchard burst into Dr. Pete Schmieding’s office with an $800 check and the declaration that she wanted to sponsor a premature baby in Nepal. Schmieding had just made a Facebook post about the abandoned five-day-old baby who weighed well under five pounds.
I had heard tale of a mysterious group of do-gooders in Big Sky, initially thinking they were linked to another volunteer organization within the community. I was wrong. There’s no name for the group. No scheduled meetings. No 501c3 status. No minutes.