This year, Dec. 1 means more than just the beginning of winter. Eight years ago, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving also meant the start of something good – a global movement for good, in fact.
For many, 2020 has been a real kick in the head. As folks scramble to figure out aspects of their lives complicated by COVID-19, some local businesses and volunteers want to take a stresser off their plates. Actually, they want to pile to-go containers high with turkey day delicacies – and fill their plates.
Patrick Maidman busied himself unloading a vehicle full of cardboard at the newly paved recycling center on Hwy. 191. He noted how nice it looked and also that the improvement was just in time for winter.
The sun was shining on Wilson View on Oct. 30 during a day of celebration. Ophir Elementary School teachers John Hannahs and MacKenzie Caldwell were able to see their new home.
Frigid temperatures could not keep the community away from a favorite tradition on Oct. 24. Bundled and masked volunteers braved the cold to gather donated canned goods at Big Sky Community Food Bank’s annual event “The Great Pumpkin Giveaway”. In exchange for donations community members were able to select their favorite pumpkins.
Medications hiding in dark corners of cabinets may not remain hidden and can pose risks to friends and family. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) annual effort with law enforcement agencies, originally set for Oct. 24, was canceled locally due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Big Sky Community Organization’s (BSCO) VIP Passport Campaign is off and running. Every $100 donated will earn one chance to win. Two hundred tickets are sold for a shot at two grand prizes: Turks & Caicos for two people, including airfare and four nights at the Seven Stars Resort & Spa on Grace Bay or the Community VIP Passport.
Big Sky will soon have new recycling bins at Fire Pit Park, the Wilson Hotel Plaza and the Big Sky Community Organization Park. These recycling bins will be for aluminum, plastic, trash and compost.
This is one element of a larger goal of the fledgling Big Sky Sustainability Network Organization (Big Sky SNO).
Nearly 1.6 million barrels of oil are used every year to produce plastic bottles. Those bottles can take up to 450 years to decompose, according to The Balance. The 18 billion disposable diapers thrown away every year take about 250-500 years to decompose. It is a dirty world out there but it does not have to be.
For the first time in 22 years, Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC) is having to cancel its most important fundraiser – the Powder Blast. It is an event that annually provides over $100,000 in support to the GNFAC in an effort to assist community members who push to the backcountry.