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ICE in Big Sky

On April 19, according to members of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents suddenly appeared in Big Sky offering help with the high-speed chase that ended in a crash on Lone Mountain Trail. 

The ground squirrels are coming out, like this pair in Westfork Meadows.

Whatcha seeing out there?

 

Late April in the mountains—the last few days of skiing, the dreaded taxman and bears coming out of hibernation.

     The grizzlies have been out for a few weeks now and just the other day we spotted a black bear. Time to remove the winter bird feeders and suet blocks. 

If the residents who signed the abandonment petition have their way, a gate would be installed at this location and the roads behind would be closed to the public.

Another gate?

A petition to abandon portions of Streamside Way and Great Horn Road made its way to the Gallatin County Commission in late March and a viewing committee comprised of Gallatin County Commissioner Don Seifert and Charlotte Mills with the county clerk and recorder’s office came to Big Sky recently to take a look at the roads.

Sergeant Brandon Kelly (center)—who patrols the Gallatin Canyon for the sheriff’s office—looks down at a ball cap later taken into evidence. Kelly is flanked by Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Patrick McCarthy (left) and Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy Douglas W. Lieurance.

Road to nowhere

Show Place in Belgrade is a dead-end court lined with small apartment buildings and filled with cars. For someone on drugs who allegedly stole a vehicle in Billings and started to run out of gas in Belgrade, this quiet residential street looked like it held opportunity. 

NorthWestern Energy hasn’t made a decision about the location and type of substation it will build, but the company sees a lot of upside in a low-profile traditional substation, pictured here in a rendering of the Midway site.

Substation evaluation

Looking to flip the breaker on the public’s perception of plans for a new mid-mountain substation, NorthWestern Energy invited Big Sky residents to the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center on April 11 for a presentation by company representatives, an engineer working on the project and a professional facilitator from Montana State University. 

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