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Jose Chairez

MINER OF THE WEEK

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 Westblade and Young Life Big Sky kids are all smiles at a gathering.

A life of faith and friendship

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.

Just keeping score. Renae Schumacher started assisting with youth basketball games by managing the clock six years ago, eventually lending a hand as scorekeeper.

Board seats and basketball sheets

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.

Townes Laxson

Miner of the Week

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.

Terry Lou Scott

Obituary - Terry Lou Scott

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.

Soulful survivor: a year after cancer treatment, Karen Folaron soaks up the sun in her new sailing life.

Sail away

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.

“Our beautiful daughter Lhakpa Doma is a second-year dental student here in Kathmandu and of course Fura Diki (on right) is the birth mother of our three daughters in Montana,” Dr. Peter Schmieding wrote in a Facebook post.

Facilitating philanthropy

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.

A few years ago, Betsy Rondeau saw perfectly good items no longer needed by Big Sky Resort, destined for the landfill. Rather than letting the items end up in the dump, she decided to do get them to people could put them to good use.

Behind the scenes support

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.

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