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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.

Photo by Jana Bounds

Fourteen years of establishing roots

Jennie Cohen has been working at Big Sky Landscaping Plant Center for only three weeks, but her knowledge of plants and flowers is impressive. Her ready smile and willingness to help show that she loves what she is doing. “I love flowers, they make any area more beautiful – put a smile on people’s faces,” she said.

Paul “Packy” Cronin enjoys riding his mountain bike in the Lionshead area and is passionate about mountain bike access to public lands. PHOTO COURTESY PACKY CRONIN

Finding the time to ride

Paul “Packy” Cronin, likely the longest tenured member of any board in Big Sky history recently steppeddown as Big Sky County Water and Sewer district board president. After 19 years serving on the board and 20 years of living in Big Sky, he’s been no stranger to controversy.

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