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The live music starts at 6 p.m. and is followed by fireworks.

Finger on the button

Tyler Dingerson is the person responsible for entertaining Big Sky with the fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. He started out working as a lift operator and now has been a ski patroller for 13 years. Additionally, he has worked with Big Sky Fireworks out of Helena for about 13 years, doing multiple shows in Big Sky.  

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.

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