Lone Peak Lookout

Shred Shack bicycle repair shop is now operating in By Word of Mouth, where an infrequently used server station used to be. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Pivoting prowess

Analytical thinking rates high with business-savvy folks, but when combined with creative ideas – well, that is when magic can happen. COVID-19 created countless obstacles for business owners, but it also generated a shift in thinking – and in some cases, opportunity. The power and the prowess to pivot cannot be underrated, especially now.

A team manager meeting to discuss changes to softball showed a shift in mentality as managers were scattered to social distance. PHOTO COURTESY MARJORIE KNAUB

Softball amidst COVID-19

Some players step up to the plate and point their bats to the fenceline – a nod to Babe Ruth’s iconic 1932 World Series–called home run. Is there actually anything more American than baseball? People in this community might argue that summer would not feel like summer without playing baseball’s close cousin – softball.

Sergeant Brandon Kelly is a history buff, military veteran and has served in the sheriff’s office for 23 years. PHOTO COURTESY BRANDON KELLY

The human behind the uniform

The American flag – a symbol of what George Washington deemed the “great experiment” can exemplify myriad things to many people. When Sergeant Brandon Kelly with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office looks at the flag, he reflects on the five generations of his family that have fought for this country in the U.S. military.

Jen Mohler (pictured), resource conservationist and executive director of Gallatin Invasive Species Alliance credits Leslie Ammons at Big Sky Owners Association for coming-up with the idea to have the effort benefit Peter Scherfig’s recovery. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

BIG SKY VOLUNTEERS RAISE MONEY FOR BEAR MAULING VICTIM AND ERADICATE WEEDS

On an overcast, chilly day, the hillside of the Big Sky Community Park was dotted with movement and color. Volunteers in various shades of jackets all had different motivations for digging into the earth. On the forefront for many was the effort to honor Peter Scherfig – a Big Sky resident who was mauled by a grizzly bear on Memorial Day.

Steady rise in COVID cases

A holiday famous for gatherings, July 4th is being greeted by steadily growing COVID-19 cases in Gallatin County. The five days prior to Wednesday’s press call presented five new cases in West Yellowstone, six new cases in Big Sky and 38 cases in the Gallatin Valley.

Free COVID-19 testing

Testing is available for free to all asymptomatic individuals in the Big Sky community on July 1. 

The testing will come for a swab in the nose, but is not the nass-pharyngeal (NP) method that people find uncomfortable, Big Sky Resort Area District Executive Director Daniel Bierschwale explained. 

Michelle Clark-Conley believes that some of the greatest gifts of this community are the lasting friendships developed with like-minded people. Some of those friendships led her to the Missouri River, where she caught the biggest trout of her life. PHOTO COURTESY MICHELLE CLARK-CONLEY

Tomboy for life

Michelle Clark-Conley admits there are not too many differences between the childhood and adult versions of her. Though her hair has changed, she has remained a tomboy throughout the years.

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