The lightening sparked Bacon Rind Fire is burning on the Custer Gallatin National Forest in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness about two mile west of Highway 191 between Bacon Rind and Snowslide Creeks near the boundary of Yellowstone National Park. The fire is estimated at about five acres in size and is burning in timber and grass.
Sitting across from each other in their motorhome parked at Greek Creek Campground in the Gallatin Canyon, Karl and Connie Knippling seemed right at home on a Tuesday morning. Connie sipped a Pepsi while her husband reminisced about interesting people they’ve met while working as campground hosts, this being their fifth year on the job.
On March 6, 2018 Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte jointly introduced the Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act, which would release 449,500 acres of land protected as Wilderness Study Areas in Montana. Their bill would return WSA land to general use and designation.
In an ongoing effort to generate public support for a number of local Wilderness Study Areas, the Montana Wilderness Association organized a flyover of various WSAs located south of Big Sky on July 9. The flyover was made possible by the generous donation of flight time in a Cessna 210 operated by EcoFlight out of Colorado.
Yellowstone National Park’s decision to close the popular trails to the summit of Mt. Washburn has triggered a backlash from those disappointed by what they perceive as an over emphasis on providing visitors with a strong cell signal.
Once you live in Big Sky long enough, said Lee Griffiths with Big Sky Rotary, you begin to associate specific names and tragic events with the white crosses marking fatal traffic accidents in Gallatin Canyon. So about 10 years ago, said Griffiths, the Rotary installed three emergency call boxes at Moose Creek, Karst Stage and Taylor Fork.
John Hannahs was playing pickup basketball a couple months back when he felt a jolt of pain shoot through his leg. He’d ruptured his Achilles tendon, an injury that took him off the court but did not sideline his enthusiasm for community athletics.
Lone Peak Lookout: Getting an eight-piece band together must be quite the task. Could you describe how Polyrhythmics came to be? And why the band works so well together?
In late June of 1988, I had ridden into the high country near Haystack Peak north of Yellowstone with a group of Montana State University professors to photograph their study on the grasses of the high alpine meadows.