Carly Wilson is the Lone Peak Lookout’s Student Reporter. Born and raised in Big Sky, Carly will be a Junior at LPHS in the fall. The Lookout’s Student Reporter position is a Big Sky Youth Corps’ funded placement.
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.
The usual 4th of July antics of Big Sky were quieted this year. Town Center was not packed full of people as the typical show was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. It was the same story across the nation – night skies were darkened by lack of professional shows.
The Big Sky Bridge Deck project continues next week.
On the Little Coyote Bridge, the old bridge has been fully removed. Crews will continue rebuilding the deck by forming the bottom layer of the deck.
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.
The census only happens once every ten years and the data received from the count goes towards funding communities, shaping political districts and defining demographics. Thus, obtaining an accurate count is crucial.
The Big Sky Bridge Deck construction project continues next week. Dick Anderson Construction crews will be off the road by noon on Thursday, July 2 to provide more space and time for travelers during the Fourth of July weekend.
The Big Sky Community Organization (BSCO) is making progress on their Master Trails plan developed in 2017. Early priorities include connections to Big Sky Resort and the Spruce Cone trail. Priority was determined by public surveys.
The infamous stretch of the Gallatin River north of Big Sky – affectionately and appropriately called the Mad Mile – took some experienced rafters for a wild ride over the weekend.
For years people could be seen completely absorbed, charting maps and scribbling GPS coordinates on scraps of paper in Big Sky bars and restaurants. Some traveled from other countries. There have been whispers for years that Forrest Fenn’s treasure was hidden up Taylor Fork.