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Under the marketing microscope

Admittedly jet-lagged and remaining alert with the help of a Coke, Senior Strategic Consultant Frank Cuypers of the marketing company Destination Think! was in Big Sky Jan. 8 to discuss the results of the Big Sky Destination DNA study as part of Visit Big Sky’s Tourism Master Plan.

Jumping back in time

Lou Ann Harris (left), daughter of Gus Raaum, the first CEO of Big Sky Resort presented Anne-Marie Mistretta and the Crail Ranch Homestead Museum (center) with a copy of “A Ski Jumper’s Life & Legacy,” a book she published about her father. 

This sign, the kindness of a stranger and a pair of dirty drawers—the lengths dog owners go to retrieve our furry friends.

PHOENIX FOUND

Skiers, snowmobilers, snowshoers and others traveling across the Storm Castle Bridge during the holidays might have glimpsed a small sign alerting the world to the disappearance of a nine-year-old husky named Phoenix. 

Montana’s first black mayor, Wilmot Collins, made a surprise stop at WMPAC to chat with organizers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley about his struggle to emigrate from war-torn Liberia to Montana. Collins was sworn in as the mayor of Helena on Jan. 2, 2018.

Broadway does Big Sky 

Not even a winter storm warning, slow Wi-Fi, lost luggage or the effects of altitude could slow down the stars of last week’s Concert For America benefit at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (WMPAC). And if the amount of money raised was a sign of the show’s success, then successful it was indeed.

Possible scene of the crime—Flying D Equine Manager Greg Pole casts a shadow as he snaps pictures of where he believes MJ the horse was shot, just off West Williams Road in Gallatin Gateway. The Montana Attorney General’s office said, depending on how the facts come together in MJ’s case, a person suspected of killing a “commonly domesticated hoofed animal” could be fined $50,000 and sent to prison for as many as 10 years.

Cash reward for horse killer

It was the night before Christmas and all along the fence line near the junction of Gateway South Road and West Williams Road, around 30 horses gathered to feed. Then a shot rang out sometime after staff at the Flying D Ranch made its second daily routine check of the horse herd. 

That’s Cowboy Heaven, right? As seen in this screen grab from the commercial.

NEAR & FAR

It’s that time of year when Montana families gather around a brightly lit and festive center piece in the living room: the television. A recent article from Forbes.com called out Montanans in particular, reporting that in 2017, “Montana takes the title of No. 1 Hulu streaming state, which is a first for Big Sky Country!

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