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Each June on or around Flag Day (June 14), Big Sky’s American Legion members hold a flag disposal ceremony. This one took place at the Gallatin Riverhouse Grill last year.

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Along the short drive from Durnam Meadows in the Gallatin Canyon south to Big Sky there are at least 15 white crosses dotting the roadway, often on sharp corners and straightaways with no turnouts. These crosses mark the spot where a traffic fatality occurred—there are now more than 2,000 of them next to Montana highways.

David Kack (left), Big Sky Transportation District coordinator, describes the partnership that helped bring in federal TIGER funds to benefit Highway 64—also known as Lone Mountain Trail—a dead-end highway straddling two counties. “It’s really the Main Street of the community,” he said.  Webb Brown, president and CEO of the Montana Chamber of Commerce stands by. (In case you’re wondering, TIGER stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery.)

The year of the TIGER

National Infrastructure Week doesn’t exactly sound like a time to get out and celebrate, but that’s just what Big Sky did on May 17. And for good cause—the community has much to look forward to in terms of infrastructure as part of the $10.3 million TIGER grant, which was awarded to the community earlier this spring.

Jeremiah Dawson and Colleen Helm take a break while getting Enoteca ready for business. They’ll be managing the wine bar, which reopens June 1. PHOTO BY JOLENE PALMER

Cin-cin!

Wine lovers rejoice. After a bit of a hiatus, Big Sky’s wine bar—Enoteca—is reopening with new management on June 1.

Our changing climate

It’s fundamentally transforming the planet before our eyes, yet climate change as a political issue in Montana’s June 5 primary can come across as an afterthought. Campaign chatter swings between opening eyes and glazing them over as candidates approach the issue with varying degrees of urgency. 

A mother fox and two kits near Yellowstone Picnic Area

Paths less beaten

One of the constants about Yellowstone National Park is the surge of traffic as Memorial Day approaches. The last few days has fit the profile with ever-increasing traffic in the park. The tour buses have appeared, and the motorhomes are everywhere.

This landslide along Jack Creek Road is one of two, this one being much more pronounced. The slide was repaired around seven years ago, but soon began its creep downhill again. Moonlight Basin is currently investigating better ways to deal with the slide, the most recent possible fix costing upwards of $750,000.

Our other way out

Imagine your driveway happened to be an emergency access for a few of your neighbors, and it was your responsibility to maintain a safe escape route. Now multiply that by 1,000, and you’re looking at the situation Moonlight Basin faces with its ownership of Jack Creek Road.

Sherine Blackford

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Ever heard of “Fortnight”? It’s an online multiplayer survival game where players cooperate on mapped-out missions, helping survivors of a storm and battling zombie-like creatures. The game, released in 2017, now has more than a million users—a number of Big Sky’s youth included.

PUBLISHERS' NOTE

Why in the world would anyone get into the newspaper business these days?  

     We’ve been publishing the “new” Lone Peak Lookout since last December, and it’s time we told you why we’re back or why you might care.

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