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The Muir String Quartet has been performing together for nearly 40 seasons. And they’ve been coming to Big Sky to perform in the Montana Chamber Music Society’s Strings Under the Big Sky for years.

A classic tradition

As Strings Under the Big Sky committee member Marilyn Hill recalls, it was a cold July day for the first-ever event held under a big white tent at the Big Sky Community Park. You could count the number of attendees on both hands.

While the allocation meeting proceeded inside, just across the highway a herd of cow elk and their calves struggled to negotiate the Gallatin River. Then as the meeting let out, some who attended drove over to watch as cow elk braved the water to be reunited with their young.

From tourist wallets

It’s the closest thing Big Sky has to a city council budget meeting—the annual resort tax allocation, held on June 18 at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center. Jamey Kabisch, chair of the resort tax board, kicked things off, saying, “Let’s go through the funds available.”

Gaither hopes items past their prime will go to good use somewhere—fruits and veggies could be composted, and according to online sources, milk that is sour but not curdled can be used for making cheese, baking and even facial masks.

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It kills Big Sky Community Food Bank Operations Manager Sarah Gaither to throw away food. After all, the items she receives are donated with the hope each will go to good use for hungry Big Sky residents.

Moonlight Territories I, II and III stand at center of Lone Mountain Land Company’s ongoing effort to win approval for Moonlight’s 10-year Overall Development Plan.

Wildlife in Moonlight

The Wildlife Conservation Society praised Lone Mountain Land Company as “a unique conservation developer.” The Greater Yellowstone Coalition also gave a nod to LMLC’s efforts and sensitivity toward wildlife.

Mother black bear nursing near Dunraven Pass.

Live wild, live free

The wet, cool weather of the past week has kept the bears close to the roads around Tower as they work the grass in the lower elevations. On one day, we got really lucky and saw nine black bears before 10 a.m. One sow with triplets was in view for about an hour just before the Tower Junction.

6x6 in velvet: This nice bull was relaxing in the meadows near Phantom Lake in 2012. Such a rare opportunity at a good velvet bull.

Bullish on elk shots

Visits to Yellowstone in May set a record of 446,875, which surpassed the record set in May 2016 when the park welcomed 444,630. This new record has resulted in ever more crowded roads, parking lots and pullouts. The challenge is to avoid all the extra traffic to reduce the hassle factor.

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