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The top four searches for a Hertz rental car late June, with a pickup destination of BZN. The $600 prices are for large SUVs and the cheaper option is a manager’s special. Not pictured is an approximately $430/day medium SUV. PHOTO COURTESY OF HERTZ.COM

The red flag

Picture this: a pandemic happens, everyone decides to embark upon home improvement projects and couch purchases skyrocket. As the pandemic starts to seem a bit more manageable, you find yourself moving to a new town to begin the next step in your career. The problem is you do not own a couch and all couches are backordered through the summer.

Lone Peak on the horizon from the roof of BASE. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

An early peek at BASE

Lone Peak dominated the horizon and a sea of blue around it, a handful of the people who have been instrumental in funding and forming Big Sky’s BASE stood on the roof, taking photo opportunities, delighting in seeing it come to fruition.

Fire safety for the community

Experts are saying it will happen: Big Sky will face fire, and not just on the outskirts of the community. Big Sky ranks at 97% higher risk for wildland fire than anywhere else in the nation and 84% higher than anywhere else in the state, according to a recent study created in partnership with Headwater Economics and the U.S.

American Legion Post 99 member Seth Griggs-Ryan provides a play-by-play for a game called “pick a pocket” created by River House BBQ & Events owner Greg “Carney” Lisk for the winner of one bingo game. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Bingo is back!

The longstanding tradition of hurling losing bingo cards at winners kicked-off once again.

“Happy” was the word of the night for people participating in Big Sky Bingo hosted by the American Legion Post 99 at the River House BBQ & Events.

“Bingo is making me very happy,” Isabella Vendramin said.

The Elders played in Big Sky twice, including in 2018, when this photo was taken. “It's especially sentimental because the great Steve Phillips (on guitar in the photo) passed away in 2020 from COVID complications,” said Brian Hurlbut, executive director of the Arts Council of Big Sky. PHOTO COURTESY OF RICH ADDICKS

Bringing the music back

Legendary guitar riffs; the beat of the drum; powerful, playful and beautiful vocals will once again be heard on summer nights in Big Sky – if all goes well. Those behind Music in the Mountains are vowing to do everything they can to bring the music back.

The connecting power of music extends like a thread throughout the community.

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