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Building Big Sky

The May 16 recent Big Sky Community Building Forum hosted by the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce spoke to rampant and unprecedented growth for Big Sky in the next few years, but with a level of strategic planning behind it.

“We’re either a week away from a drought or a flood at any point in Montana,” Arin Peters, senior service hydrologist with the NWS, said. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Weird weather

Montana is rough country. It presents unique challenges to residents and emergency workers. Montanans are, by nature, tough and capable people; yet, some weather hazards surpass anyone’s capabilities.

Beers in the Conoco beer coolers – a locals’ and tourists’ stop for cold beverages – could see additional tax by this coming ski season. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS.

Sin tax for Big Sky?

Big Sky Resort Area District Tax Board (Resort Tax) is looking into amending the local ordinance regarding alcohol and tobacco sales. Currently, the 3 percent resort tax only applies to alcohol sold in restaurants, but, by the start of the 2019/2020 ski season, residents could expect a shift to all alcohol and tobacco sold.

Ballot for Big Sky

On Tuesday, April 30, a group of teachers piled into the “Big Blue Bus” with Jeremy Harder at the wheel in a journey to Town Center. They were wielding American Flags and pins, asserting, “It’s all about the vote” or the more simple request, “Vote.” They went en masse to appeal to Big Sky voters. 

Beth Cox chats with a young racer, one of thousands who’ve come through her starting gate over the last 24 years.  PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

59716 VOLUNTEER

Beth Cox stands like a sentry, guarding the timing gate and little bar ski racers push through to begin each timed run. It’s the start of the Lone Peak Speed Series super-G and she works with others on the volunteer race crew to sync the timing system so everything proceeds with the precision Cox expects. 

Tess Lewison with the Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation comes through the super-G gates on Hangman’s during the recent Lone Peak Speed Series. PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

Students of speed

It’s the second day of “speed camp” and Jeremy Ueland is the designated “dye guy.” He skis off the Ramcharger lift with a plastic tank and a spray wand like the kind you use to zap daffodils and other weeds on your lawn. 

 (L to R) Seniors Ethan Schumacher, Liam Germain and Jackson Wade.  PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

Ethan’s evolution

With 1:10 left to play in their final home game as Big Horn basketball players, Jackson Wade, Ethan Schumacher and Liam Germain watched as Head Coach Austin Barth called time out and sent in the underclassmen. The crowd roared and the underclassmen charged ahead, with freshman Nick Brester swatting away a Sheridan shot in the lane. 

Senior three-point specialist Jayleen Cole will be missed—but still has time to shine in the upcoming District 11C Tournament hosted by Manhattan Christian Feb. 15-17. PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

Farewell KP and Jayleen

It was Senior Night, but the Lone Peak High School girls’ varsity coach was also thinking about her younger players. At the start of the second half vs. the Sheridan Panthers, Head Coach Ausha Cole started freshmen Ruth Blodgett and Sara Wilson, then brought in freshman Ivy Hicks.

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