Big Sky

James Clark sketches in preparation for his art show in his place of employment as a tattoo artist, Clendenin Customs Tattoo & Gallery. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Take a walk

Local artist James Clark intends to traverse the United States not by plane, train, automobile, horse or bicycle. He's traveling via his own two feet – and considers every step a movement toward healing.

Sarah “Sippi” Sipe poses for a photo with Gladys Thomas, mother of Lance and Terry Thomas. Gladys celebrated her 93rd birthday in July and has lived in Big Sky with her sons and her daughter-in-law, Mary Goodson, for more than 20 years. Gladys is currently at the Madison Valley Manor recovering from a broken arm as a result of a fall. “She's my favorite person in Big Sky, she's a total rock star, and I love her dearly!!” Sipe wrote to the Lookout in a request to use this image. PHOTO COURTESY SARAH SIPE

Sara "Sippi" Sipe

I asked Sarah “Sippi” Sipe to sit down with me, delay the comfort of her home and cuddles with her cat –Tom Newberry – and to share stories of her abundant volunteer work. We spoke at end of day in the conference room of her accounting office when most people were gone – the faintest tapping of keys on one lonely computer could be heard.

Monsters of machines: Multihog snow removal equipment is parked outside of Buck's T-4 conference room as part of the first ever snow removal safety meeting in Big Sky. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

A nod to Bob

Snowblowers are 15,000 pound behemoths, steel monsters with teeth: potential man killers. They are also necessary contraptions to keep a snow community moving.

RJ and his bull.

On the hunt

My first bull ever! This bull elk was harvested on public lands with the help of a few good friends. As the memories of this hunt have danced in my mind more than I would like to admit, it was a “textbook” hunt. All variables fell into place. We made the right decisions at the right times. We called him to 10 yards, and I took him with my bow.

Honey, I’m home! This young bear found its way into a Big Sky vacation rental home through a window screen recently. While it’s typically OK to leave a window open while you’re home, it’s advised to shut and lock them when you’re away so these curious animals don’t have the opportunity to easily get inside.

Bad year for bears

Breaking and entering. Damaging rental vehicles. Stealing food. Digging in trash. Distracting drivers. The rap sheet is a mile long. 

     The offenders in question: black bears.

Hailing from Seattle, the Polyrhythmics arrive in Big Sky following a show in Carnation, Wash. and then on to Victor, Idaho.

Band of plenty

Lone Peak Lookout: Getting an eight-piece band together must be quite the task. Could you describe how Polyrhythmics came to be? And why the band works so well together? 

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