Over 70 groups or “pods” were able to have an immersive – and safe – experience with “Through the Fourth Wall.” PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN ZIRKLE

Art prevails

Pandemics and the worst that humanity can muster have never had the power to quash the artistic drive to create. From ashes, from war, destruction and loss, artists have stepped forth as vehicles of reflection and inspiration.

A grateful community

Thankfulness has long been proven to help create a sense of wellbeing. A burgeoning area of research, impacts of positive psychology continue to be studied, but according to an article from Harvard Medical School “expressing thanks may be one of the simplest ways to feel better.”

Lyle Qualls was always comfortable in a saddle, although he never did find it romantic to look at the south ends of northbound cattle. PHOTO COURTESY OF ELIZABETH WARRINGTON

The odyssey of a cowboy’s life

To meet Lyle Qualls was to love him. Strangers were never strangers for long. His wry wit made him a beloved member of the cowboy/ranching community and he wrote cowboy poetry for over three decades. He lived well – boldly and kindly, with a mischievous grin and a joke always on the tip of his tongue.

Economic impact of the J-1 visa exchange visitor program reduction following presidential proclamations and lack of prioritization for nonimmigrant visas in Montana. Information is from a survey conducted by the Alliance for International Exchange. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLIANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE

Nonimmigrant visa decline

Two companies that help facilitate Summer Work Travel (SWT) programs, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and InterExchange, reached out to Chambers of Commerce throughout the country, concerned about a presidential proclamation that extended the limitation of the number of J-1 visa applicants able to come to the United Stat

Community Groups vs. Big Sky County Water and Sewer District 363

In early February Montana Rivers, Gallatin Wildlife Association, and Cottonwood Environmental Law Center – deemed “Community Groups'' filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction, urging the United States District Court for the District of Montana to take action before May 1 to prevent the Big Sky County Water and Sewer District 363 (BSCWSD) from a

The vaccination push

Sixty two doses of COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to Big Sky School District 72 faculty and staff. This came as a result of a March 17 vaccination clinic held in the Ophir Elementary School gym. The effort was a part of the federal allocation of vaccines earmarked for educators and school staff.

Annie Breneman after graduating from early MSU with an advanced degree in 1907. PHOTO COURTESY OF HISTORIC CRAIL RANCH ARCHIVES

The first women to…go

This month, a little pop-up under the Google search bar included a link to a video commemorating Women’s History Month. Its caption stated that in the past year the phrase ‘the first woman’ was searched more than ever before. The video went on to highlight some feminine firsts, ranging from coronavirus vaccination research to scaling peaks.

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