COVID-19

The owners of Mountain and Canyon Cab Co. pivoted the business and has helped those in need during the pandemic. They are now providing door-to-door delivery service. PHOTO COURTESY MOUNTAIN AND CANYON CAB CO.

Start-ups charge ahead

The entrepreneurial spirit is admired for a reason. A level of grit is required to start a business. Add to that a business plan, financing, red tape and most recently – a pandemic. New startups in Big Sky had to assess their business ideas more thoroughly: is it sustainable? How will ramifications from the pandemic impact revenue?

Governor Bullock Issues Directive Requiring Face Coverings in Certain Indoor Spaces and Outdoor Gatherings to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 declare that a state of emergency exists in Montana due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. The legislature has delegated to the Governor authority to respond to emergencies. During a declared

COVID-19 test results filtering in

Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT), his wife Susan as well as his gubernatorial running mate Kristen Juras have tested negative for COVID-19 according Gianforte's spokesman Travis Hall. The tests came as a result of Susan's and Juras's exposure during a fundraising event in Big Sky. That event was attended by Donald Trump, Jr.

4th and COVID

A holiday famous for gatherings, July 4th was greeted by steadily growing COVID-19 cases in Gallatin County. The week prior to the holiday presented five new cases in West Yellowstone, six new cases in Big Sky and 38 cases in the Gallatin Valley. Over the weekend, 32 additional cases were discovered, bringing the total to 326 as of July 6.

Participants in the community testing effort followed the signs for a streamlined process that minimized risk for healthcare workers and residents. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Assessing COVID in the community

A steady stream of vehicles made way through the Big Sky Medical Center parking lot recently, as nearly 700 people from the Big Sky community were tested to see if they were asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19. Demonstrating the importance of this kind of testing: a study just released by the Office of National Statistics in the U.K.

Shred Shack bicycle repair shop is now operating in By Word of Mouth, where an infrequently used server station used to be. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Pivoting prowess

Analytical thinking rates high with business-savvy folks, but when combined with creative ideas – well, that is when magic can happen. COVID-19 created countless obstacles for business owners, but it also generated a shift in thinking – and in some cases, opportunity. The power and the prowess to pivot cannot be underrated, especially now.

Steady rise in COVID cases

A holiday famous for gatherings, July 4th is being greeted by steadily growing COVID-19 cases in Gallatin County. The five days prior to Wednesday’s press call presented five new cases in West Yellowstone, six new cases in Big Sky and 38 cases in the Gallatin Valley.

Free COVID-19 testing

Testing is available for free to all asymptomatic individuals in the Big Sky community on July 1. 

The testing will come for a swab in the nose, but is not the nass-pharyngeal (NP) method that people find uncomfortable, Big Sky Resort Area District Executive Director Daniel Bierschwale explained. 

Big Sky resident Dane Campbell gets coffee for his girlfriend at the Caliber Coffee walk-up window after riding his mountain bike. “Everybody is doing the right thing and doing the best they can,” he said. “I’m bummed out because it was looking so good, but now a bunch of locals have it.” He said he has been staying home as much as possible and is confident the community will get through this. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

UNTIL COVID IS KAPUT

There are intricacies to doing business. It is a dance – and sometimes an incredibly uncomfortable one. Throw a pandemic into the mix and things can become downright complicated, especially for restaurants.

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