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Ralph Harder. PHOTO COURTESY JEREMY HARDER

The heart of it

Presidents, generals and journalists have long sought to pen the right words – thoughts denoting respect and thankfulness of members of the armed forces coupled with a recognition of the brutal reality of war. Films have sought to provide a glimpse of war. Dr.

Mi casa, tu casa

Housing is one of the most difficult issues for all non-home owners in Big Sky, and Latinos experience this problem even more intensely. Language barriers for renters and landlords alike make this already difficult process a struggle.

Group of ELL Students from the Big Sky School district with one of their ELL coordinators Samantha Riley. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAMANTHA RILEY

English language struggles

The Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 requires that all school districts “take action to ensure equal participation for everyone including removing language barriers for ELL (English Language Learner) students.” As a result, all U.S.

The tennis group took to the courts on a sunny day in July. PHOTO COURTESY OF CAITLIN TAMPOSI

The community vibe

Monday night is usually the only night Caitlin Tamposi, project manager for Montage Big Sky with Suffolk Construction, leaves work before six. Tennis nights keep her sane.

“Sometimes you just have to hit the ball as hard as you can after a long day,” Tamposi said.

Jose Azel lives partially in Big Sky and Miami, the months that he is not in the country he is with his family traveling the world. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSE AZEL

Jose Azel’s story is our story

Jose Azel, a successful journalist, and author who lives part-time in Big Sky and part-time in Miami is a role-model for first-generation Latinos who have sought and found safe refuge in the United States and a way to contribute to both their nation of origin and their new adoptive country.

Samantha Riley plans on staying as Discovery’s liaison for the long run. She loves helping the community, and being able to connect with Latino families. PHOTO COURTESY SAMANTHA RILEY

Community liaison position created

A decade ago, Samantha Riley knew absolutely nothing about Honduras or Latino culture in general when she made a spontaneous decision that changed everything. "I honestly just found ‘Students Helping Honduras’ online and decided to go on the program completely randomly. I didn't realize it would mold the rest of my life.”

PHOTO COURTESY BEN JACOBSEN @benjacobsenphotography

Community goes beyond city limits

Big Sky Fire Department (BSFD) had boots on the ground over the weekend helping battle the zero percent contained, now over 7,000 acre blaze in the Bridgers.

BSFD Chief Greg Megaard, who was born and raised in the Gallatin Valley, said he does not remember ever seeing the Bridger mountains on fire like they were this last weekend.

Photo by Jana Bounds

What it takes to serve on a board

Unincorporated Big Sky is unique in a plethora of ways. Many longterm residents say the only reason this beautiful experiment on the mountain has made it is largely due to volunteers. There are people in the community who have continually juggled family demands, work, hobbies and participation with local non profits.

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