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Resort tax roundup

The Big Sky Resort Area District Tax Board meeting on January 9 covered a lot of ground. The board sifted through updates on the Big Sky Community Strategic Plan, staffing structure, and communicating their legislative efforts effectively. Here’s a glimpse of the discussions.

Big Sky Community Strategic Plan

Home on the campus

David Magistrelli of Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley attended the Big Sky School District Board of Directors meeting on January 14, distributing map printouts to board members conveying the preliminary location of two tri-plex homes, which would ultimately create six units of teacher housing on school property.

A few years ago, Betsy Rondeau saw perfectly good items no longer needed by Big Sky Resort, destined for the landfill. Rather than letting the items end up in the dump, she decided to do get them to people could put them to good use.

Behind the scenes support

I had heard tale of a mysterious group of do-gooders in Big Sky, initially thinking they were linked to another volunteer organization within the community. I was wrong. There’s no name for the group. No scheduled meetings. No 501c3 status. No minutes.

Piper Carrico

Miners of the Week

This week we would like to recognize four fifth grade students who, on their own, organized a drive to support families who were affected by the California fires. Dylan Manka, Maddy Wilcynski, Piper Carrico, and Poppy Towle showed empathy and compassion for those families who lost their homes in the devasting fires last fall.

Kira Fercho describes her work as a combination of Imposto, Russian Impressionism as well as Western Tonalism.

A calling to create

Billings native Kira Fercho either loves or hates things. There is no in-between. Exercising self-control, she makes one New Year’s resolution per year to do something she hates. One year that was to endlessly listen to Mariah Carey’s music. “And now I love it,” she said.

Lenay didn’t start snowboarding until 2007, but has taken the snowboard bull by the horns since then. “Follow your passion. Don’t let anybody ever tell you that you can’t do it. If they do, just use that as motivation to make it happen,” he said.

Bound for B.C.

Big Sky local Chance Lenay was busy recently, packing up his gear and snowboard and heading to Revelstoke, British Columbia to compete in the Freeride World Qualifiers held on January 10.

Bustling in Big Sky 

While many companies are inclined to shut down for the holidays due to paying a premium for workers: from time-and-a-half to double-time or overtime wages, according to a study by the Society of Human Resource Management, Big Sky and resort communities in general operate differently.

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