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. 

Ace Hardware owner donates slow cookers to the Big Sky Food Bank

Down home cooking

A few years ago, Big Sky Community Food Bank Director Sarah Gaither found herself on a snowy drive to Bozeman from Big Sky in the dark. Her destination: the Bozeman Ace Hardware loading dock, where she stacked slow cookers into the Food Bank vehicle.

Laura Seyfang on an affordable housing job site in Thailand.

New housing trust director

Laura Seyfang has always admired former President Jimmy Carter and his work with Habitat for Humanity. On 13 different missions, the former GM executive and Big Sky resident used vacation time to volunteer for Habitat projects around the world: Kenya, Nepal, Vietnam and Paraguay.

County Auditor Jennifer Blossom (left) is running for county treasurer. She often campaigns with Deputy County Auditor Erin Cox (right), who is running to take Blossom’s seat.

Running under the radar

The political spotlight appears fixed on Gallatin County in 2018. Vice President Mike Pence was here recently stumping for U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale, and the Midtown Tavern in Bozeman made national political news when it refused to host a political gathering with Donald Trump Jr. 

Algae sampled and bagged.

Seeing green

Back in August the Lookout reported on the curious amount of algae being spotted along the Gallatin River—from south of the Taylor Fork area and throughout the Gallatin Canyon.

Suit over tips

For many on “team Jamaica,” last winter was the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship. Around 84 Jamaicans relocated to Montana for the 2017-18 ski season in order to fill a variety of hospitality positions at the Yellowstone Club. 

Elijah Harder (left) and Wyatt Cohen enjoy pancakes slathered in maple syrup after a morning of community service and camaraderie at Big Sky’s shooting range.

Guns, pancakes and trash bags

The Red Cliff shooting range in Big Sky has long been used by the community as a close and convenient venue for honing in shooting skills and sighting in guns. But since it’s on Forest Service land, there’s no singular entity in charge of maintaining the undesignated area–that task falls upon its users.


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