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. 


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.

Big thanks

Aaron Teasdale, author of the above story, was twice named “Travel Writer of the Year” by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation and has collected lots of other accolades during his impressive career. At one point, he nearly moved to Big Sky to work as editor of the Lone Peak Lookout. 

Big Sky Shuttle owner Tracy Pabst and one of her drivers, Bruce, stand with a BSS luxury touring coach. Pabst hopes her donations from this winter’s luxury coach sales to the Gallatin River Task Force will motivate other Big Sky businesses to follow suit, offering up a portion of their proceeds to a charity of their choice.

One buck at a time

Ten people lost their lives in the Gallatin Canyon in 2006, the year Tracy Pabst, owner of Big Sky Shuttle, opened her business. Pabst said the goal of the business was to save lives, and now, more than a decade later, she’s hoping to do more to benefit the Gallatin Canyon.

Scott Buecker of AE2S Engineering (at podium) spelled out his recommendations for an upgrade to Big Sky’s wastewater treatment system on Nov. 27 during a lengthy meeting that detailed the benefits of a new type of plant that would utilize the Big Sky County Water & Sewer District’s current plant location, would double treatment capacity, and pump out a cleaner product that opens the floodgates to more disposal options.

Avoiding wastewater woes

In what turned out to be a five-plus hour discussion, the Big Sky County Water & Sewer District board of directors, led by consultant Scott Buecker, held a community meeting on Nov. 27 to discuss the brass tacks of the recently-completed wastewater treatment plant upgrade study. 

Michael O’Reilly said this picture, “Captures the essence of how I feel about gender.” A recent billboard near Four Corners raised questions about discrimination against members of the local LGBTQ community.

Evicted because of who you are?

A fleeting billboard just before the gas stations as you enter Four Corners made an appearance for a stint recently that was eye-catching because of its starkness. Commuters on Highway 191 were confronted with plain black text on a white background—nothing extraordinary in presentation—but it aimed to give people pause. 


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