A mother fox and two kits near Yellowstone Picnic Area

Paths less beaten

One of the constants about Yellowstone National Park is the surge of traffic as Memorial Day approaches. The last few days has fit the profile with ever-increasing traffic in the park. The tour buses have appeared, and the motorhomes are everywhere.

This landslide along Jack Creek Road is one of two, this one being much more pronounced. The slide was repaired around seven years ago, but soon began its creep downhill again. Moonlight Basin is currently investigating better ways to deal with the slide, the most recent possible fix costing upwards of $750,000.

Our other way out

Imagine your driveway happened to be an emergency access for a few of your neighbors, and it was your responsibility to maintain a safe escape route. Now multiply that by 1,000, and you’re looking at the situation Moonlight Basin faces with its ownership of Jack Creek Road.

Wild families abound

Yellowstone National Park and in particular, the country from Tower Junction to Pebble Creek along the Lamar Valley, truly is America’s Serengeti. With the onset of the green grass, the amount of wildlife on display is amazing.

Peak flow in 1997 pushed water over House Rock, challenging boaters like Kevin Kelleher.

Best the Crest

Head scratching and guessing about when the Gallatin River will peak is a local pastime. This year, Gallatin River Guides is channeling everyone’s hydro-clairvoyance into its “Best the Crest” contest. Drop by the shop and guess the peak cfs (cubic feet per second) for $5 and the day it will peak for $15.

Sarah Blechta at the resort tax board candidates forum in April.

Blechta, Johnson win

Results came in around 8:20 p.m.. Steve Johnson was headed back to Big Sky after a fly tying session at the Warriors and Quiet Waters Ranch north of Bozeman. Sarah Blechta was at the Mountain Haven Salon.


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