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Haley Van Heel traveled the nation and the world for work before she moved to Big Sky. PHOTO COURTESY HALEY VAN HEEL

Designing life

Haley Van Heel seems to be in constant motion between playing for the Hillbilly Huckers in community softball, coaching Big Sky girls in summer volleyball, and working fulltime as Design and Photography Manager at the Yellowstone Club. A Montana native, she has become a familiar face in town after her three-year tenure at the club. 

An intellectual and a renegade, Beau Blessing loves Montana and is focused on building a business here.  PHOTO COURTESY BEAU BLESSING

You don’t know Beau

Beau Blessing could be called Big Sky’s Renaissance Man. He has dipped his toe into nearly everything – law school, getting a CDL to drive a rafting bus, being a rafting guide, graduate school for information systems and operations management, teaching skiing.

Anna Pierce and her boyfriend Geoff Miller. She says he always gives her perspective. PHOTO COURTESY ANNA PIERCE

Pineapple pools and palm tree hotels: Shifting dreams and finding happiness in the world

Anna Pierce is refreshingly quirky – a self-described nerd with a cat named Penny who is currently reading a book about the history of the design of the national parks pamphlets – “for fun.” Next, she is buying the one about NASA. She is in the middle of Inktober – a month of daily challenges in the illustration community. 

Carlye Luft settled in Big Sky at the insistence of her longtime friend, Dr. Andrea Wick  PHOTO COURTESY CARLYE LUFT

Helping the healing process

Originally from Watertown, Wisconsin, Dr. Carlye Luft, naturopathic physician is comfortable in small town America. She bounced between Bozeman and Big Sky for a while, due to housing, before she and her husband fully settled in the community in May.

Her path to medicine began in a roundabout way with the military. 

Acra Samuels is surviving and thriving thanks to a new cancer treatment and the love and support of family, friends and the Big Sky community. PHOTO BY JESSIE MOORE

Rollercoaster to recovery: Acra Samuels on how love and faith helped her survive

Acra and Chris Samuels are set to celebrate their 25thwedding anniversary and 12thyear together in Big Sky – something that seemed nearly impossible during much of 2016. 

 Acra began to have pains and digestive issues in early 2016 and finally ended-up in the emergency room in Bozeman in the latter part of March.  

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