State Sen. Pat Flowers visited with constituents in Big Sky to better understand the needs in his district. PHOTO COURTESY CANDACE CARR STRAUSS

Town hall in Big Sky

There is an uncommon approachability to Montana politicians. When the legislature is in session, the reserved parking for legislators at the state capital regularly houses a handful of old beat-up farm trucks. Many legislators are proudly generationally linked to the state they serve.


Big Sky County Water and Sewer District board member Brian Wheeler said the Dec. 18 meeting as the most important meeting in the last 25 years for Big Sky. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

A plan to ease the pressure

A bold move for legislation, years of effort and countless meetings. Now, some community members believe they have a plan to help Big Sky find some breathing room.


“It was probably the most pivotal meeting I’ve attended in 25 years,” Big Sky County Water and Sewer District (BSCSD) board member Brian Wheeler said.


Photo of slide triggered by Big Sky Resort Ski Patrol Snow Safety on the South Face, Marx Run. PHOTO COURTESY J.C. KNAUB

Mitigating danger

Early ski season is typically a little more technical for the folks responsible for snow safety. Using data analysis and strategic, careful work, they tame the mountain as best as possible for the safety of the skiing/ snowboarding public. 

Survival on the Spur

It was a Hail Mary moment for Richard Nichols as he sailed off Lone Mountain Trail. He saw a tree, knew that was where he was going to land, crossed his arms over his chest and braced for impact. 


Water woes

On the world stage, water is becoming an increasingly valuable player. 

It is back to the drawing board for finding water on the mountain for Big Sky County Water and Sewer District (BSCWSD). 


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