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.

Brooke Adams had been introduced to Montana just after high school. A few years after he and Justa graduated from college, he convinced her to give it a chance. They have no regrets. PHOTO COURTESY JUSTA ADAMS

Having a baby during a pandemic

It takes some planning and serious effort to bring a miracle baby into the world during a pandemic. For Brooke and Justa Adams, the process of creating their biological child consisted of in vitro fertilization. Of nine eggs, only one survived without Justa’s genetic blood clotting disorder, called Von Willebrand Disease Type IIB.

“The rest of the world looks to America as the beacon of hope for freedom and opportunity. We Americans take that for granted,” Henry Kriegel (center blue suite) said during an Americans for Prosperity interview. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Fighting for liberty

With microphone in hand, Henry Kriegel addressed the people gathered at the impromptu town hall held after the postponed Gallatin City-County board of health meeting. He told them that real change does not come from attending one gathering. Real change comes from the legislature.

Big Sky resident Tanner Spree was visited this summer by his moms Anne and Renate. They taught him how to fly fish on the Gallatin River when he was a child. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

An old soul

Tanner Spree’s wish for the world is that everyone could be just a little more accepting of differences in each other and of differences in opinion. Raised entirely by women, he was taught to be respectful.

Sergeant Brandon Kelly is a history buff, military veteran and has served in the sheriff’s office for 23 years. PHOTO COURTESY BRANDON KELLY

The human behind the uniform

The American flag – a symbol of what George Washington deemed the “great experiment” can exemplify myriad things to many people. When Sergeant Brandon Kelly with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office looks at the flag, he reflects on the five generations of his family that have fought for this country in the U.S. military.

Michelle Clark-Conley believes that some of the greatest gifts of this community are the lasting friendships developed with like-minded people. Some of those friendships led her to the Missouri River, where she caught the biggest trout of her life. PHOTO COURTESY MICHELLE CLARK-CONLEY

Tomboy for life

Michelle Clark-Conley admits there are not too many differences between the childhood and adult versions of her. Though her hair has changed, she has remained a tomboy throughout the years.

Brian Wheeler expresses deep appreciation for his family and the people he has met along his life path. He has made a lot of good things happen in the community – things that would not have been possible without the help of others. Miranda, Abram, Dan, Mary and Brian Wheeler attend a wedding at Big Sky Chapel. PHOTO BY MARY WHEELER

Community abides

Brian Wheeler is an idea man, a list-guy and also a person of details and action. He has no qualms about offering his opinion or being the outlying vote in the boards on which he serves. Former Big Sky County Water and Sewer district president Paul “Packy” Cronin describes him as the real McCoy – as genuine as a person can be.

Ken Morton felled 120 foot tall standing dead trees out from between cabins at Lone Mountain Ranch – they now compose the walls of his home. “We used a tow truck with cables to favor it to go in between the cabins and had to make the cut in the morning. Some of those are three feet in diameter – they’re huge and they’d cut a cabin right in half. They wouldn’t allow us to bring a bulldozer and to skid them out, so we had to winch them out with a tow truck,” he said. Some were upwards of 500 years old – he co

Renaissance man of Big Sky

Not many people can claim they once landed a plane on Highway 191, took out some power lines and narrowly dodged an r.v. – but Ken Morton can. He only slightly missed longtime local Woody the Woodlord before coming to a halt across the road from the 320 Ranch.

Candice Brownmiller’s Appalachian Trail name was “Montana”. PHOTO COURTESY CANDICE BROWNMILLER

A path forward in remembrance

Over 2,000 miles in a little over five months, placing one foot in front of the other through every kind of terrain and enduring whatever Mother Nature threw at her. With every step north on the Appalachian Trail (AT), Candice Brownmiller found renewed faith in humanity.


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