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All hail “Queen Jean” Palmer. She said she hasn’t been able to ski as much as she’d like these past few years, but with retirement in sight she gets a gleam in her eye as she envisions the days ahead when she’ll have all the time in the world to enjoy the sport and mountain that brought, and kept her here in the first place.

Long live the Queen

Behind the scenes on a relatively-calm offseason afternoon at the Big Sky Community Post Office, Jean Palmer was busy sorting through a stack of change of address forms. Not her favorite task, she admitted, but an important one nonetheless. 

A map of the money pouring into the Tester-Rosendale senate race. Donors in Gallatin County—particularly the 59715 and 59718 zip codes—have given at high levels to both candidates.

Accounting for it all

With Montana’s 2018 campaign season into its final days, Sen. Jon Tester and Rep. Greg Gianforte, the two incumbents in the midterm election, have charted clear fundraising advantages over their respective challengers, State Auditor Matt Rosendale and former legislator Kathleen Williams.

It’s never too early to think about Christmas! The Lone Peak Interact Club met during lunch on Oct. 16 to begin the annual Rotary Club Giving Tree project, which brings presents to local kids.

Service learning super stars

Community service projects are always on the minds of the 30 or so members of the Lone Peak Interact Club, a service-focused group for high schoolers sponsored by Big Sky’s Rotary Club. So last month when they saw the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, they wanted to do something to help those affected.

Many Big Sky residents may not have known or considered it, but the land they frequented in the Town Center for free concerts, ice skating, community events and more was actually zoned to be developed as residential condos. With the plans in motion to purchase Lot G from the Simkins family, the BSCO is working to ensure that the land will be set aside for public use in perpetuity.

Preserving the park

You could see it in her smile—Big Sky Community Organization Executive Director Ciara Wolfe was noticeably excited as she announced to her board of directors at their September monthly meeting that a big deal had been sealed: the BSCO was gifted $1.5 million from the Len Hill Charitable Trust to aid the organization in purchasing a 3.27-acre tra

Where it all began: The Challenger Chairlift, pictured on Oct. 12, 2018 with early season snow cover. On Dec. 11, 2015, Bozeman attorney John Meyer alleges Big Sky Resort’s negligence led to his severe crash onto a “cat walk” in terrain near Challenger.

Bizarre courtroom scene

The Mike Mansfield Federal Courthouse in Butte is a stately monument to Sen. Mansfield’s distinguished career. The courtroom on the second floor has high ceilings with ornate features and emerald curtains tied with a gold rope. 

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