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Lone Peak High School recently saw its first cases of COVID-19, a few of which were associated with the varsity volleyball team. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

COVID in the community

As COVID-19 case numbers surge all over the county, Big Sky proves no exception. Gallatin City-County Health Department contract tracing in the area has led to two week quarantines and an impact on the high school. Lone Peak High School’s (LPHS) varsity volleyball team’s quarantine ends Oct. 24th.

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.

Lone Peak High School Senior Michael Romney earned the distinction of being the first LPHS student to be a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, but he credits his teachers and the community for his success. PHOTO COURTESY MICHAEL ROMNEY

A testament to good people

Lone Peak High School senior Michael Romney just became the school’s first National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, with a total of 16,000 in the nation. He is in the running for one of the 7,600 National Merit Scholarships that are worth more than $31 million. He finds out in February if he makes the finals.

Andre Block Sr. and Jonathan Williams on their Unity Ride from New Orleans to Toronto. PHOTO COURTESY UNITY RIDE

Unity across the miles

Two men – one Black and one White; one more liberal and one a staunch conservative are crossing bridges together, logging miles on bicycles all while hashing out complex and often controversial political opinions. And it all started over a couple of beers in a Tennessee tavern.

Gov. Steve Bullock discusses rising COVID-19 cases during an Oct. 13 press call. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Mitigating the COVID-19 surge

This last week, Gallatin County saw the largest spike in COVID-19 case totals since the pandemic began. Other counties in Montana are seeing similar increases, as noted during Governor Steve Bullock’s Tuesday afternoon press call. In fact, 31 other states have seen spikes.

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