Classroom set up to comply with CDC social distancing guidelines. PHOTO BY CARLY WILSON

GOING HALFSIES

This story was updated August 13.

Big Sky School District #72 students will return to school with a plan that cuts every class in half for attendance purposes.

The Big Sky Community Library’s new hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 1-6 p.m.. Certain restrictions are in place including only six patrons allowed in at a time and visit duration limited to 30 minutes. All books and materials are to be returned using the outside bin. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

An unexpected $15,000 gift

Any funding for a community library is beneficial, but a $15,000 grant from 3 Rivers Communications for the Big Sky Community Library – during all the uncertainty a pandemic provides – was an unexpected gift. Don Serido, Marketing Manager for 3 Rivers Communications explained in a library press release that a few things made the grant possible.

Our backyard

“We never had any bear conflicts until about five years ago,” Bob Sitz with Sitz Angus Ranch in Harrison said. There are so many bears in the environment now, competition for habitat has fueled their food and territorial aggression, he said.

Making “Montana Aware”

"Safety first – adventure second” is a motto Director of Montana Department of Commerce Tara Rice wants people to remember.

“We all have a shared responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19,” she said in a press release. “Our top priority is to keep those who live, work and travel to Montana safe.”

The luxury of just stopping by a friend’s house has eluded Chaplain Warren Hiebert for the last 30 years. People often tell him, “I like you, Warren, but I don’t ever want to see you come to my door.” PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Unshakable faith

Warren Hiebert admits with a wry smile that there are days when he buttons-up his collared shirt and wonders to himself, “Is this the day I am going to die?” He also notes that this is a pretty morbid thought.

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