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[L to R] Big Sky Community Organization Director Ciara Wolfe, Discovery Academy seventh grader Kjetil Hassman, Erika Pankow Scholarship board member Odie Loomis, Discovery Academy eighth-grader Nate McClain and Discovery Academy middle school teacher and mentor Chris Corona. 

Finding their way

The memory and tenacious spirit of Erika Pankow lives on through Big Sky Discovery Academy middle schoolers Nate McLain and Kjetil Hassman—The pair of outdoor-minded students are the latest recipients of the Erika Pankow Scholarship.

Hiking the Swimming Woman Canyon area of the Big Snowies WSA.

Mine the wilderness?

In December, Sen. Steve Danes introduced a bill that would strip protection from nearly a half-million acres of Montana’s public lands that, if passed, would compromise fish and wildlife habitat, community drinking water, and the quiet backcountry that underpins our $7 billion outdoor recreation economy.

Come, stay for a while

Lodging tax collections were up 7 percent in the Big Sky Resort Area District, and 5 percent statewide from the year before, according to a recently released report from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development.

In Big Sky’s resort area district, $2.27 million in bed tax was collected from $56.8 million in 2017 revenue.

Craig Krzycki and his dog Elmer by an impressive stash of raw material.

Picking for pieces

Big Sky Antler owner Craig Krzycki’s art studio is a one-room cabin likely relocated from the Twin Cabins trailhead and now situated against the hillside just north of Big Sky in the Gallatin Canyon. This is a fitting space in a fitting place—It’s where Krzycki makes his art and useful items out of antlers. 

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