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Capt. Jack Hudspeth

Big Sky’s Capt. Jack

Men were being drafted into the Vietnam War during the time Big Sky resident Jack Hudspeth was attending college at Mississippi State University in the mid-60s. Students pursuing degrees were allowed to defer from the draft, but even then the war made its way into Hudspeth’s life. 

Ryan Malinowski

Miner of the week

This week’s Miner of the week is fourth grader Ryan Malinowski. “Ryan is a great leader in the class, he is always on task and willing to help his classmates,” said his teacher Mrs. Suzie Klein. Ryan is always positive and caring to his classmates and teachers.

William B. Davis

OBITUARY

William B. Davis of Fishers, Ind., and Big Sky passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 26.

Bill graduated from Horace Mann in 1959 and attended Wabash College, running cross country. He transferred to IU and graduated in 1964, then earned a J.D. from IU School of Law, Bloomington, in 1967.  

All hail “Queen Jean” Palmer. She said she hasn’t been able to ski as much as she’d like these past few years, but with retirement in sight she gets a gleam in her eye as she envisions the days ahead when she’ll have all the time in the world to enjoy the sport and mountain that brought, and kept her here in the first place.

Long live the Queen

Behind the scenes on a relatively-calm offseason afternoon at the Big Sky Community Post Office, Jean Palmer was busy sorting through a stack of change of address forms. Not her favorite task, she admitted, but an important one nonetheless. 

Ace Hardware owner donates slow cookers to the Big Sky Food Bank

Down home cooking

A few years ago, Big Sky Community Food Bank Director Sarah Gaither found herself on a snowy drive to Bozeman from Big Sky in the dark. Her destination: the Bozeman Ace Hardware loading dock, where she stacked slow cookers into the Food Bank vehicle.

Laura Seyfang on an affordable housing job site in Thailand.

New housing trust director

Laura Seyfang has always admired former President Jimmy Carter and his work with Habitat for Humanity. On 13 different missions, the former GM executive and Big Sky resident used vacation time to volunteer for Habitat projects around the world: Kenya, Nepal, Vietnam and Paraguay.

BIG HORN OF THE WEEK

Kole has started the year with an outstanding work ethic and a commitment to doing well. He shows maturity in the classroom when he works with peers and upholds his end of the responsibilities. Kole is also a student who goes above and beyond when asked to help out.

While Dr. Schmieding comes from a family of dentists, none of his six kids have followed. No matter, he and Karen recently took young Lhakpa Doma (bottom center) under their wings, and she’s currently in dental school back in Nepal.

From Montana to Nepal, with love

After a long day in his Ennis dental office, Dr. Peter Schmieding sat down at his laptop and logged onto Facebook. Messages quickly popped up from supporters of Dr. Schmieding’s other “job” as facilitator of Tsering’s Fund—a Nepal-based charity he and his wife Karen Fellerhoff have dedicated themselves to.

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