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Al Malinowski is grateful his friend advised him to accept a job at the resort 26 years ago. Big Sky is where he met his wife. PHOTO COURTESY AL MALINOWSKI

The beautiful life of Al Mal

Al “Al Mal” Malinowski is amiable and functions with a kind of ease that is found in people who help shape things. In his case, he helped shape Big Sky. Still, he gets a little uncomfortable when asked to talk about himself and would rather discuss other people, projects and the lost history of the community.

Jake, Christine, Leif, Ava and Vivienne Yergensen came to Big Sky after Jake was offered a position as pastry chef at the Yellowstone Club. PHOTO COURTESY CHRISTINE YUGO-YERGENSEN

Making life sweet

By all indications, Christine Lugo-Yergensen is tireless in her pursuits. She has a sort of vibrancy – in fact she exudes joy. With three kids under seven, a new catering business and volunteer pursuits that keep her hopping – including the Friendsgiving at the Wilson Hotel – her reservoir of energy likely comes in handy.

Ralph Harder. PHOTO COURTESY JEREMY HARDER

The heart of it

Presidents, generals and journalists have long sought to pen the right words – thoughts denoting respect and thankfulness of members of the armed forces coupled with a recognition of the brutal reality of war. Films have sought to provide a glimpse of war. Dr.

Evi Dixon with one of her alpacas. She learned to shear the animals after getting them initially to take care of the grass on her property. PHOTO COURTESY EVI DIXON

The art of the segue

It was negative three degrees outside when Evi Dixon remarked on what a beautiful day it was. Originally from Austria, she is no stranger to a white world and chilly temperatures. Actually, snow is what initially brought her to Big Sky – the plan was to work one season abroad as a ski instructor.

Lone Peak High School Senior Michael Romney earned the distinction of being the first LPHS student to be a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, but he credits his teachers and the community for his success. PHOTO COURTESY MICHAEL ROMNEY

A testament to good people

Lone Peak High School senior Michael Romney just became the school’s first National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, with a total of 16,000 in the nation. He is in the running for one of the 7,600 National Merit Scholarships that are worth more than $31 million. He finds out in February if he makes the finals.

“I really love the commonality of what really draws people to Big Sky. There are very few of us that seem to buy into the 8-5 Monday through Friday rat race. The quality of life you can live here, you can spend most of it outdoors,” Becky Brockie said.

Learning along the way

Becky Brockie has shot many weddings in her time as a photographer in the area, but people may not have noticed her. Her goal was always to not be noticed – to function as an observer, the camera serving as a buffer between her shyness and the rest of the world. She describes herself as a very good wallflower.
 

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