Hope beyond the flames

Local dentist Peter Schmieding was sitting in the airport preparing to fly to his ailing father’s bedside when flames began spreading toward his home. The devastating lightningsparked Bridger Foothills Fire had started. Life suddenly became chaos, and his wife and daughters were mobilized – tasked with gathering belongings and pets.

Seeking adventure and a new kind of life, former school teachers Chris De Ville and Emily Dearborn moved to Montana from Massachusetts. Their Saint Patrick’s Day celebration in Big Sky consisted of De Ville’s shepherd’s pie made with lamb and served with Guinness. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Awkward to awesome

The relationship between Chris De Ville and Emily Dearborn started from a kind of slow burn. But at the very beginning it would have been more as if someone dumped a dozen buckets of water on a bonfire. After their initial introduction any future spark should have been impossible.

Madison Valley Medical Center


Currently, Madison County is in Phase 1B+ of COVID-19 vaccine administration. Subject to vaccine availability, Madison Valley Medical Center (MVMC) will have 30 doses (per clinic) of COVID-19 vaccine to be administered locally.

Lone Peak Lady Big Horn Sophomore Maddie Cone has shown incredible leadership as a young member of the varsity team. PHOTO COURTESY OF JILL BOUGH


The Lone Peak High School basketball season started off when a number of question marks – mostly Covid-related. What was never a question in the coaches’ minds, though, was that their teams would work together, work hard and learn.

Top Shack Whackers are thus far undefeated and are last season’s league and tournament champions. Player Jeff Knaub says they are “the best whackers in town!” He also bragged that “people even come to watch us whack it!” PHOTO COURTESY OF SCHUYLER KNAUB

A whacking good time

It is a little like hockey, but without ice skates. Instead people wear shoes with decent tread. Some purchase the special broomball shoes and others creatively come up with ways to jury rig an old pair of boots – by conducting surgery to create better traction.

Dorothy Vick and her husband Joe, center of the picture, along with Emmett Crail on the far right. Ed Smith, wrangler at the B-K, is on the far left and his son is in the center. PHOTO COURTESY ANNE MARIE MISTRETTA/GALLATIN HISTORY MUSEUM

First women to…plan

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.

Hams as cure for hunger

Thanks to a partnership with Albertsons/Safeway and Hormel Foods the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) Gallatin Valley Food Bank received a donation of 500 hams on March 10. The hams will be distributed to customers as part of the organization’s emergency food box service, according to a press release.


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