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Maria Vasuez-Suazo

Miner of the Week: Maria Vasuez-Suazo

This week's Miner of the Week is first-grader Maria Vasuez-Suazo. "Maria is always caring, kind, principled, and helpful. She arrives at school every day with a smile on her face and exudes her love for learning," said her teacher Mrs. Jenks. "In her time at Ophir Elementary, she has grown to be a role model in our school," said Mrs. Nell.

eremy Brooks celebrates a first-place finish in advanced downhill skiing.

Winning smiles

Special Olympics Winter Games–-Montana athletes are greeted with glad cheers from adoring fans wielding cowbells, clackers and kazoos, with songs like “Eye of the Tiger” blaring from giant speakers.

The Ikon Pass, which offers unlimited and limited access to a total of 38 resorts, will go on sale for the 2019/20 season this spring. The full Ikon pass sold for $899 and $599 for the full and base passes, respectively, for the 2018/19 season. Seven days with no blackouts were included at Big Sky Resort.

Clues from Colorado

Local skier morale seems to be falling as quickly as the snow on deep powder days. Tensions are high as locals struggle to come to terms with an influx of multi-resort pass holders and those who found Big Sky on the map last year–when the resort kept a steady blanket of snow as most other areas struggled.

Hunter Strauss: a stand-up Big Sky student.

MINER OF THE WEEK: Hunter Strauss

Hunter Strauss is a well-liked student with his eighth-grade classmates. He has shown major growth in becoming an effective and positive leader among his peers. His teacher relays he has been taking creative risk and makes learning look effortless. Hunter continues to shine by developing characteristics seldom seen in his peers.

Blue Moon Bakery General Manager Chris Rouse boils bagels. It’s a night preparation for early mornings at the Blue Moon Bakery.

Baking and breaking bread

Chris Rouse good naturedly razzes local customers as well as his coworkers at Blue Moon Bakery. As the bakery’s general manager, it doesn’t hurt that he knows many Big Sky residents. He spent almost a decade in the community helping create structure for restaurants at Big Sky Resort before returning to his hometown of Duluth, Minnesota.

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