Gallatin County Sheriff ’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteers used a snow ambulance near Yellowstone National Park over Christmas break to get an injured snowmobiler help. PHOTO COURTESY GALLATIN COUNTY

No rest for Search & Rescue

When humans head to the wilderness, things can happen quickly. Weather shifts, lightning strikes, animals attack. This is not to say that nature has antipathy for humans, but more apathy. That might even be part of the appeal for outdoor enthusiasts – a thrill.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue teams from Big Sky and Bozeman were mobilized for a seriously injured paraglider who suffered a rough and unexpected landing. PHOTO COURTESY GALLATIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Paraglider in peril

A paraglider in Big Sky recently had a rough scrape when his flight suddenly and unexpectedly ended. His landing left him with a broken pelvis. The injury was “an 11 on a scale of one to 10,” Gallatin County Sheriff ’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Commander Scott Secor explained.

Primed for the season

Lone Peak High School (LPHS) Varsity Bighorns Basketball seniors Michael Romney, Nolan Schumacher, Mickey Botha and Jackson Lang and junior Tony Brewster will be instrumental for the 2021 season, according to coach and LPHS Athletic Director John Hannahs.

The Training Corner

Q: The Holiday stretch … Over the past year, I have lost 25 pounds, and have kept it off since September. I quit eating the 5 C’s of chips, cookies-cakes, candy, colas [sodas], creams [dips, ice cream], and shifted towards a Mediterranean style of eating.

Samantha Mize-Honatke with her three-year-old son Trey who “gets into everything” to the point that she and her husband have nicknamed him “Trey-nado”. PHOTO COURTESY SAMANTHA MIZE-HONATKE

Life by the numbers

Samantha Mize-Honatke once dipped her toe in water outside of Montana. She tried Phoenix for a year, “but the water was too hot,” she joked. Sure, she missed the Montana mountains and seasons and had a palpable distaste for all the concrete in the city, but people were what really made her pack up and head back to her Gallatin Gateway roots.

Phenomenon on the mountain

Preliminary test results from a recent push for water on the mountain have revealed “a phenomenon that seems to have some extent in the Mountain Village,” said Mark Cunnane, environmental consultant and engineer with Western Groundwater Services, LLC.

Filling the void

Resort Tax Executive Director Daniel Bierschwale said a few months ago that pressures of COVID-19 have revealed that organizations need to diversify funding sources. Resort Tax funding is not a guarantee, particularly since resort tax is so heavily dependent on tourism – something that does not often bode well during a pandemic.

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