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Fawn hiding in the grass on Dunraven Pass

THE VIEW FROM YELLOWSTONE

It is bug season in Yellowstone and the warming daytime temperatures and abundant melt water ponds are producing a bumper crop of biters and blood suckers. Evenings are the worst, so go with bug spray and appropriate clothing. A good hoodie with a built-in buff can be useful along with bite-proof gloves and long pants.

Heroin, lethal dose 10-12 mg; Fentanyl, lethal dose 1-2 mg; Carfentanil, lethal dose .02 mg. Carfentanil was used in the past to tranquilize Grizzly bears according to the Department of Justice, is a “dangerous new factor in the U.S. opioid crisis.”  Photo courtesy Missouri River Drug Task Force

Drugs in the valley

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office captain Ryan Stratman is the commander of the regional Missouri River Drug Task Force. He recently provided an update to members of local media regarding  the task force’s purpose and discoveries. Two deputies who often operate undercover also presented findings.

Building Big Sky

The May 16 recent Big Sky Community Building Forum hosted by the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce spoke to rampant and unprecedented growth for Big Sky in the next few years, but with a level of strategic planning behind it.

PHOTO COURTESY RENEE ZIMMERMAN

Learning naturally

Yellowstone National Park has inspired countless poets, writers, politicians, dreamers and children since it was established by Congress on March 1, 1872, as the world’s first national park. Since 1985, Expedition: Yellowstone!

“We’re either a week away from a drought or a flood at any point in Montana,” Arin Peters, senior service hydrologist with the NWS, said. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Weird weather

Montana is rough country. It presents unique challenges to residents and emergency workers. Montanans are, by nature, tough and capable people; yet, some weather hazards surpass anyone’s capabilities.

Beers in the Conoco beer coolers – a locals’ and tourists’ stop for cold beverages – could see additional tax by this coming ski season. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS.

Sin tax for Big Sky?

Big Sky Resort Area District Tax Board (Resort Tax) is looking into amending the local ordinance regarding alcohol and tobacco sales. Currently, the 3 percent resort tax only applies to alcohol sold in restaurants, but, by the start of the 2019/2020 ski season, residents could expect a shift to all alcohol and tobacco sold.

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