Jana Bounds

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.

 Laura Seyfang, executive director of Big Sky Housing Trust, presents at the Sept. Building Forum. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Big Sky Community Housing Trust on confronting the workforce housing crisis

When Laura Seyfang, executive director of Big Sky Community Housing Trust (BSCHT) stood before the speakers gathered for the Chamber of Commerce Building Forum there were five and a half rental units available in Big Sky and “112 people on our waitlist desperately looking for places to rent.” She noted that median real estate prices in the area

Jake, Christine, Leif, Ava and Vivienne Yergensen came to Big Sky after Jake was offered a position as pastry chef at the Yellowstone Club. PHOTO COURTESY CHRISTINE YUGO-YERGENSEN

Making life sweet

By all indications, Christine Lugo-Yergensen is tireless in her pursuits. She has a sort of vibrancy – in fact she exudes joy. With three kids under seven, a new catering business and volunteer pursuits that keep her hopping – including the Friendsgiving at the Wilson Hotel – her reservoir of energy likely comes in handy.

(L-R) A Rolling Thunder member assists Ronnie “Crazy Cajun” Davis to the Vietnam Memorial Wall so he can honor the men from his platoon, then Rolling Thunder Chapter 1, MO. President Terry “Tiny” Willey also supports Davis. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

The meaning of Memorial Day

Nearly one million motorcyclists from across the United States and Canada polish their chrome, don their biker gear and set out for a grueling journey to bring the thunder to D.C. – a journey that for many proves life changing. I met then Rolling Thunder Chapter 1, MO.

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