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Skier death in Big Sky

A Texas man died in a skiing accident at Big Sky Resort on Friday, March, 5, 2021.

Kirby Smith, 60, from Dallas, Texas, was skiing with his son at the time. He died from blunt force injuries to the head. He was wearing a helmet.

The details of how the accident occurred are being investigated by Big Sky Ski Patrol.

The Porcupine herd photographed last winter in their usual winter habitat north of Riverhouse BBQ & Events and east of Hwy. 191. The area was impacted by a wildland fire late in the fall of 2020. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELLE NIERLING

Spring survival

So far so good for the Porcupine elk herd that garnered concern from wildlife officials. Six hundred fifty acres of the herd’s winter habitat went up in flames in a late season wildland fire.

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport to offer Southwest flights from Bozeman to Denver and Las Vegas beginning in May. Flights are now available for purchase at southwest.com

Southwest Airlines heads to Bozeman

Local residents may be saying “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” a little more frequently. Starting May 27, Southwest Airlines will bring nonstop flights between Bozeman and both Denver and Las Vegas “and include same-plane or connecting service to and from more than 50 other Southwest cities,” according to a press release.

Decades of attachment research forms the backbone of a free parenting class offered by Thrive. PHOTO COURTESY OF THRIVE

A healthy approach to parenting

The responsibilities of parents almost seem unimaginable. It is one of the most important jobs in the world and as is often pointed out, there is no instruction manual. For parents, advice, instincts and things learned in their own upbringing can make the path to good parenting seem like a maze.

Just before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Big Sky Resort purchased RECs to retroactively compensate for energy used to operate its 38 ski lifts. PHOTO COURTESY JON RESNICK


On Feb. 2, Boyne Resorts announced a purchase commitment with CMS Enterprises which resulted in 100% renewable electric energy at all Boyne resorts and facilities as of the first of the new year. This was possible in part by the purchase of renewable energy credits, or RECs.


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