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.

This landslide along Jack Creek Road is one of two, this one being much more pronounced. The slide was repaired around seven years ago, but soon began its creep downhill again. Moonlight Basin is currently investigating better ways to deal with the slide, the most recent possible fix costing upwards of $750,000.

Our other way out

Imagine your driveway happened to be an emergency access for a few of your neighbors, and it was your responsibility to maintain a safe escape route. Now multiply that by 1,000, and you’re looking at the situation Moonlight Basin faces with its ownership of Jack Creek Road.

Sherine Blackford


Ever heard of “Fortnight”? It’s an online multiplayer survival game where players cooperate on mapped-out missions, helping survivors of a storm and battling zombie-like creatures. The game, released in 2017, now has more than a million users—a number of Big Sky’s youth included.


Why in the world would anyone get into the newspaper business these days?  

     We’ve been publishing the “new” Lone Peak Lookout since last December, and it’s time we told you why we’re back or why you might care.

Is that a rodent skull on your head? Both Drew and fellow tattoo artist James Clark have an homage to the groundhog on their skulls. But, like many designs, the quirky tattoo has a deeper meaning.

It’s a personal thing

There’s a groundhog skull tattooed on the heads of both Drew Clendenin and James Clark. One might think the two lost a bet, but they’d be wrong. The giant rodent skulls are actually tributes to loved ones. For Clark, his niece, and Clendenin, it’s for his recently born daughter. But, why a groundhog skull? 

Wild families abound

Yellowstone National Park and in particular, the country from Tower Junction to Pebble Creek along the Lamar Valley, truly is America’s Serengeti. With the onset of the green grass, the amount of wildlife on display is amazing.


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