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“Any support is appreciated,” Tanya Johnson, owner of Sky Boutique, said regarding shopping local. PHOTO BY KEELY LARSON

‘A whole ecosystem’

"Shopping local is just more important than ever,” Kate Tomkinson, owner of Trove, said considering the complications brought on by the coronavirus. “This season could be a make or break for a lot of businesses,” she continued.

On the top left corner is 11th grade student at LPHS Samantha Suazo, on the top right corner is journalist Barbara Rowley, below on the left is 10th grade Discovery Academy student Annel Garcia, and on the right is Big Sky community Liaison, Samantha Riley. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAMANTHA SUAZO

Announcing: Montaña Noticias

This week I am completing two months of writing about Latino life in the Big Sky area. I have again and again learned about three crucial factors which impact the Latino experience: the power of connection, the lack of information, and the challenge of communication.

Mi casa, tu casa

Housing is one of the most difficult issues for all non-home owners in Big Sky, and Latinos experience this problem even more intensely. Language barriers for renters and landlords alike make this already difficult process a struggle.

Group of ELL Students from the Big Sky School district with one of their ELL coordinators Samantha Riley. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAMANTHA RILEY

English language struggles

The Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 requires that all school districts “take action to ensure equal participation for everyone including removing language barriers for ELL (English Language Learner) students.” As a result, all U.S.

The tennis group took to the courts on a sunny day in July. PHOTO COURTESY OF CAITLIN TAMPOSI

The community vibe

Monday night is usually the only night Caitlin Tamposi, project manager for Montage Big Sky with Suffolk Construction, leaves work before six. Tennis nights keep her sane.

“Sometimes you just have to hit the ball as hard as you can after a long day,” Tamposi said.

Jose Azel lives partially in Big Sky and Miami, the months that he is not in the country he is with his family traveling the world. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSE AZEL

Jose Azel’s story is our story

Jose Azel, a successful journalist, and author who lives part-time in Big Sky and part-time in Miami is a role-model for first-generation Latinos who have sought and found safe refuge in the United States and a way to contribute to both their nation of origin and their new adoptive country.

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