Photo courtesy of VITO VALENTINETTI

Locked down in Spain

Quick click connections come as second nature to Vito Valentinetti. Conversation from his apartment in Spain is sprinkled with humor and self-deprecating jokes. He regularly travels throughout Europe, but says he is terrible at most languages – enough to get by. He claims that Scandinavians speak english better than he does.

Photo courtesy of Molly Hayes

Nearly 88 and going strong

For the last 32 years, Molly Hayes has been chasing an iron nun – the Iron Nun, actually. At nearly 88 years old, Hayes has completed 337 triathlons and consistently placed second in her age group, right behind Sister Madonna Buder, who is not only her greatest competitor, but also her friend.

Photo courtesy of Nubia Allen


Nubia (Garcia) Allen is the picture of composure when she paces the sidelines as head coach of the West Yellowstone Lady Wolverines. She presented that same sense of calm when she was head coach for the Lone Peak Lady Big Horns.

It is not forced or rehearsed, but rather intrinsic to her nature.

Photo courtesy of Alisa Allgood

In memoriam

Local legend, Big Sky resident of nearly 30 years and active community volunteer, Richard “Dick” Allgood entered the world on a sweltering 90 degree day in Birmingham, Alabama on May 20,1944. He died on a chilly afternoon in Montana on Feb. 22, 2020 at 4:44 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Max

A scientist and a gentleman

Stephen Max seamlessly transitions from helping customers at Big Sky Print & Ship to speaking of scientific theories, discussing Albert Einstein’s, Noam Chomsky’s and Alan Turing’s contributions to science – and the world in general. Some customers were so pleased with his work and demeanor they tried to buy him lunch last week.

Photo courtesy of Zach Hinte

The authentic life of Zach Hinte

From growing-up surfing on Virginia Beach, to playing professional soccer in Australia, to working on a massive cattle ranch, Zach Hinte believes life is best lived with experiences and authenticity. After heeding advice from a friend and settling in the area, he has become a living, breathing ode to the Old West.

Photo courtesy of Patricia VanGalen

Resilience and strength

Recent full-time Big Sky resident Patricia VanGalen is vibrant and strong. She strolled into Roxy’s thoroughly energized before she took a sip of the coffee. The 65 year old mother of two had been exercising at Moving Mountains.


A decade in Big Sky

Being a single mother in a ski town presents challenges – Kristen Hovey knows. Now a decade in Big Sky, she has stayed because she loves the area, the community and her friend-family. Still, she prepares to leave at the end of every season.


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