Letters to the editor

Williams will beat body slammer

Five minutes after I heard Kathleen Williams had announced her bid to replace Greg Gianforte in Congress, I called and gave her my full, unqualified and enthusiastic support.

Denise Wade and Andrea Saari—the guides behind the newly launched Big Sky Adventures & Tours.

A fresh set of eyes


If you ask Denise Wade what her favorite place in Yellowstone National Park is, she’d be hard pressed to tell you. 

     “If I told ya I’d have to kill ya,” she jokes, since as many know, favorite spots in the 2.2 million-acre park usually have the least people around. 

He’s only been flying for a couple of years, but local tile setter Todd Zimmerman appears right at home cutting through the morning mist as he scouts the LZ at Community Park. The grass on the soccer field is covered with morning dew, allowing him to slide in for a smooth landing. PHOTO BY DAVID MADISON

Winging it

In the winter, they ski launch off of Yellow Mountain and in the warmer months, members of Big Sky Mountain Flyers take off from an open spot atop Tick Ridge. On May 25, just before 9 a.m., Michael Firth and Todd Zimmerman made graceful banking turns as they piloted paragliders off the ridge and down to Community Park. 

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.


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


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

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.


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