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James Clark sketches in preparation for his art show in his place of employment as a tattoo artist, Clendenin Customs Tattoo & Gallery. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Take a walk

Local artist James Clark intends to traverse the United States not by plane, train, automobile, horse or bicycle. He's traveling via his own two feet – and considers every step a movement toward healing.

Ophir first-grader Braxtin Clark

Miner of the Week

This week's Miner of the Week is first grade student Braxtin Clark. Braxtin arrives to school every day with a positive attitude and ambition to learn. "She is very caring and checks in with all her friends to make sure they are having a good day.

Sarah “Sippi” Sipe poses for a photo with Gladys Thomas, mother of Lance and Terry Thomas. Gladys celebrated her 93rd birthday in July and has lived in Big Sky with her sons and her daughter-in-law, Mary Goodson, for more than 20 years. Gladys is currently at the Madison Valley Manor recovering from a broken arm as a result of a fall. “She's my favorite person in Big Sky, she's a total rock star, and I love her dearly!!” Sipe wrote to the Lookout in a request to use this image. PHOTO COURTESY SARAH SIPE

59716 Volunteer: Sara "Sippi" Sipe

I asked Sarah “Sippi” Sipe to sit down with me, delay the comfort of her home and cuddles with her cat –Tom Newberry – and to share stories of her abundant volunteer work. We spoke at end of day in the conference room of her accounting office when most people were gone – the faintest tapping of keys on one lonely computer could be heard.

Monsters of machines: Multihog snow removal equipment is parked outside of Buck's T-4 conference room as part of the first ever snow removal safety meeting in Big Sky. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

A nod to Bob

Snowblowers are 15,000 pound behemoths, steel monsters with teeth: potential man killers. They are also necessary contraptions to keep a snow community moving.

Teach here, live here

While the Big Sky School District has been successful in recruiting new instructors to its growing schools, it’s still subject to the same issues most Big Sky businesses eventually face—including employee burnout when the commute to and from Bozeman rears its head, often due to the lack of affordable housing options in Big Sky. 

These books were just a few of the many gifts donated to Big Sky kids via the Big Sky Rotary’s Christmas Giving Tree program last year. The annual program is back again this year, and the community will soon be able to drop by the Big Sky Post Office to check out the Christmas tree decorated with ornaments describing the Christmas gift wishes of a local youngster.

The gift of giving

Christmas Giving Tree returns

Ah, the pure, childhood joy of opening up a colorfully wrapped Christmas present. The suspense, the excitement, the glee! But for some families, purchasing all those hopeful holiday requests from young ones is easier imagined than afforded. 

MINER OF THE WEEK

Charlie is a remarkable young man in so many ways. The seventh grader has been described as mature, independent and thoughtful, which accurately describes him both in and out of the classroom. He has a natural curiosity that is evident in his actions toward helping others.

Gretchen Gerhardt Sewell

Gretchen Gerhardt Sewell, 81, of Reno, Nev., passed away peacefully on Nov. 17 with family and friends by her side after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Born in Tecumseh, Neb., “Gretty” was raised in Reno, where she met her husband (the late) A.W. “Buster” Sewell. They were high school sweethearts, who later married.

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