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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.

What bear non-resistant trash cans produce.

Bears, pump tracks and trespassing

It’s not a Bear Stewardship Committee meeting without some talk about who’s seen any bears lately. Most recently, reports via social media are coming in that a big bear with two cubs has been in the Mountain to Meadow Trail area. Some say it’s a grizzly, but it could be a rather large black bear. Another bear has been seen around 320 Ranch.

Choreographer Jennifer Waters leads Emily Graham as Fiona, and a chorus of rats, in Big Sky Broadway’s first ever tap dance number. The show runs two nights, June 22-23, with a 7 p.m. start.

“I’m a Believer”

If you happened past the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center recently, there’s a good chance you heard the song “I’m a Believer” blasting from the speakers. You probably also caught the sound of little tap shoes echoing from the stage, a lot of singing, and a lot of laughter.

Like lingering Christmas decorations still out in March, local “Help Wanted” signs seem to hang around for an uncomfortably long period of time. Find this one at QuickPrint on Snowy Mountain Circle.

Hiring crunch

On a busy morning in early June at the Big Sky Conoco, owners Renae and Steve Schumacher worked the store’s two registers as a steady stream of customers lined up to purchase items they need to start their day.

Firelight Meadows residents’ water supply is being supplemented via this irrigation well located between the condos and the chalets. The 200-plus unit development’s normal water supply has run dangerously low, so the company managing Firelight’s water came to the Big Sky Water and Sewer District June19 requesting to purchase some of the district’s water.

The price of emergency water

Firelight Meadows is running out of water.

     On June 17 a well designated for irrigation was repurposed to fill the development’s drinking water supply. That’s what Matt Huggins of HLH Utility—the company managing the 220-unit development’s standalone water and sewer system—told the Big Sky W&S Board at a June 19 meeting.

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