Community

 Patrick Rooney, accompanied by his dog, Juneau, had a trailer of sorts attached to his bike, carrying a variety of tools. Many people on Mountain to Meadow on Sept. 19 had done trail maintenance before, including some Terraflow folks. Rooney encouraged volunteers to ask questions and not go all in with an axe right away. “A lot of times less can be more, and again it’s easy to get overzealous, but ultimately we’re going to make the trail better,” he said.

Dedicated

Conversations about developing a Big Sky chapter of the Southwest Montana Mountain Biking Association (SWMMBA) began in June at Beehive Basin Brewery.

Samantha Riley plans on staying as Discovery’s liaison for the long run. She loves helping the community, and being able to connect with Latino families. PHOTO COURTESY SAMANTHA RILEY

Community liaison position created

A decade ago, Samantha Riley knew absolutely nothing about Honduras or Latino culture in general when she made a spontaneous decision that changed everything. "I honestly just found ‘Students Helping Honduras’ online and decided to go on the program completely randomly. I didn't realize it would mold the rest of my life.”

Lost without translation

Aranza De La Torre arrived in Big Sky four years ago completely unable to speak English. Google Translate and her English-speaking husband were De La Torre’s only methods of communication. Until recently, she worked at the Big Sky Post Office where she was able to provide translation for others.

Julio and Nora Garcia plan to continue living in Big Sky along with the tranquility of nature. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAMANTHA SUAZO

Hola Amigos!

I was 12 years old when I arrived in Big Sky with my parents. My family had just arrived from Honduras, escaping the violence there, and I remember being the only Spanish speaker and the only person with a different skin color in my 4th-grade class.

Wilson's ACT cancellation letter. COURTESY CARLY WILSON

Fears for the future

Local Big Sky teens and college students are wearing their masks to protect others from Covid but say their fears are less of infection than for how this pandemic will impact their immediate and long-term future.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Burns

Moving forward

Though slowly but surely making its way into more conversations, the coronavirus expedited the idea that physical and mental health are fundamentally related. “To me, this is just a good time for all of us to think about our health.

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