Our backyard

“We never had any bear conflicts until about five years ago,” Bob Sitz with Sitz Angus Ranch in Harrison said. There are so many bears in the environment now, competition for habitat has fueled their food and territorial aggression, he said.

For four-year-old Charlotte, nothing says happiness like cruising around in her purple Jeep on a sunny day. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

A happy family

It is tough to raise an outdoors oriented toddler from a second story apartment. For Marsha, Brian and their four-year-old daughter Charlotte, winning the Big Sky Community Housing Trust (BSCHT) housing lottery also meant a big win for their quality of life.

Firelight Meadows Condos and Chalets is a 216 unit development that has a natural drainfield on the property – a feature that could help create a win-win situation. PHOTO COURTESY GARON THE FABULOUS

Mitigation by annexation

A convergence of needs of the Big Sky County Water and Sewer District (BSCWSD) and the 216 unit condominium and chalet development Firelight Meadows could equal a win for water quality in the Big Sky area.

More assessment is needed, but the parties are talking.

The Big Sky Ski Education Foundation license plate involves a $20 Donation to Sponsor, $10 Administration Cost, $10 Production Cost and $20 Renewal Donation. PHOTO COURTESY MTDMV

Save the plates

A gigantic binder can be found during any visit to the Gallatin County Motor Vehicle Department. That binder is full of speciality license plate options – a major revenue stream for nonprofit organizations in the state.

On the night of Oct. 24 and the morning of the Oct. 25 the Auroras showed up at the Cottontail Observatory in Twin Bridges, Montana. The photograph was taken by at about 2 a.m. on tbe 25th. had predicted their appearance the night of the Oct. 24. PHOTO COURTESY JOE WITHERSPOON

Seeking the stars

All America lies at the end of the wilderness road, and our past is not a dead past, but still lives in us. Our forefathers had civilization inside themselves, the wild outside. We live in the civilization they created, but within us the wilderness still lingers.

Grizzlies seen on the National Elk Refuge, which includes elk and bison hunting areas. PHOTO BY TURE SCHULTZ/USFWS


In Sept. 1975, four populations of grizzly bears were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This designation implied the species was likely to become endangered in the “foreseeable future.” One of these populations existed in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE).


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