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MINER OF THE WEEK

This week’s Miner of the week is Devan Miller. Devon participated in the Special Olympics two weeks ago at Big Sky Resort. Devon works hard both in the classroom and on the slopes. “She overcame a lot of fear to get to the finish line. She was ecstatic when she finished, and was welcomed by the Lone Peak cheerleaders,” one of her teachers said.

Erik Borge on duty at Maverick Mountain. PHOTO BY LYNN DONALDSON. CHECK OUT HER WORK AT LYNNDONALDSON.COM

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Big Sky native Kristi Borge and her husband Erik were living in Northeast Bozeman when they started wondering if it might be a good idea to sell their house and buy a ski area. 

Maverick Mountain was on the market, so the couple drove over on a spring day after the area’s lone lift stopped spinning for the season. 

MINERS OF THE WEEK

The Miners of the week are kindergarten teachers (L to R) Ms. Rose (Savannah Horwood), Ms. Mac (Kass McCarthy) and Ms. Gretchen (Goodman). These three ladies work hard to create a team approach in educating our youngest students in school. 

Hungry Moose baker of nearly five years Ashley Dodd puts the finishing touches on a custom-ordered birthday cake, one of her favorite things to whip up.

A Moose with a sweet tooth

The savory scents of fresh pie crust and whole baked chickens mingled with the sweetness of fresh cupcakes and banana bread on a Friday afternoon in the kitchen for the Hungry Moose, located across the parking lot from the market in the same building as the Big Sky Discovery Academy. 

PHOTO COURTESY OF ROB LEIPHEIMER

35 tram laps in one day

Valentine’s Day began as just another aggressive ski day for 50-year-old Butte native Rob Leipheimer. Clouds continued to move in and visibility at the top of Big Sky Resort was more pea soup than blue bird, so there was hardly a wait in the tram line. 

PHOTO COURTESY OF BSSD

MINER OF THE WEEK

Terry Wetzel is the transportation supervisor, aka “Bus Driver Extraordinaire” for the Big Sky School District. Mr. Wetzel ensures that all bus riding students are transported to and from school safely. Mr. Wetzel is loved by his riders. “He’s a really good bus driver and he’s really, really fun. I love him as my bus driver.

MINER OF THE WEEK

Dezi Putnam is this week’s Miner of the Week. Dezi is an 8th grader at Ophir Middle School. Dezi is an active part of our school community. You can often find her fundraising for the 8th grade D.C. trip or any other events we have at school. 

MINERS OF THE WEEK

This week we would like to nominate two Miners of the Week, Elijah Harder and Sabine Hurlbut. Elijah and Sabine were the last two students standing at the recent spelling bee, and they showed courage and tenacity as they stood up there spelling words in front of a large crowd.

Marne Hayes leads Montana Business Outdoors

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Marne Hayes experienced Big Sky during a unique period of expansion and growth during her more than 10 years at the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce. As executive director for the chamber from 2001 to 2011, she saw the community cope with unprecedented growth, a recession and then the uptick of growth following it.  

Erika Frounfelker

MINERS OF THE WEEK

Abby and Erika represent the counseling team here at the Big Sky School District. They are both tireless workers with a 110 percent focus on students. This week, they both have worked really hard to bring the Kindness Challenge to the Big Sky community.

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