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.
With the help of nonprofits, businesses, special districts and citizens, unincorporated Big Sky has managed to function as a community straddling two counties since its inception in the 1970s.
The Clark Fork has flooded out more than 60 residents of Missoula’s low-lying Orchard Homes neighborhood and the Big Hole River is expected to greet Memorial Day campers with dangerous flood waters.
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.
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.
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.
$1.2 million from 4,700 donors giving to 194 nonprofits throughout the Gallatin Valley.
That’s the final tally from Give Big Gallatin Valley’s 24 hours of online and in-person giving held from 6 p.m. on May 3 to 6 p.m. May 4.
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.
It wasn’t even noon, and nearly 200 plants were already in the ground at Moose Creek Campground. That’s thanks to the efficient volunteers who lined the banks of the Gallatin River, plonking small pine trees and native bushes into holes.
Since the Big Sky Community Organization (BSCO) started keeping track in mid-December 2017, more than 5,000 users have been counted at the Beehive Basin Trailhead.