“Four Corners kid” files for county commission

The year before he was born, Scott MacFarlane’s father bought the Korner Klub in Four Corners. 

“It’s all kind of weird colors. Green, purple. He has kind of an interesting taste in the color palette,” laughed MacFarlane during a recent phone interview. 

While he was still growing up in Colstrip, MacFarlane’s older sister was groomed totake over the bar. She and
Scott eventually became friends with beloved Big Sky local Devon White, co-owner of the Corral Bar before he passed away last year.

“There’s no reason he shouldn’t still be with us,” said MacFarlane, mourning White and discussing his connections to the community spanning from Four Corners to Big Sky. 

“I’ve been around Four Corners since I was a kid,” said MacFarlane. “And I came here in 1998 to go to Montana State University and have been around Four Corners ever since.”

MacFarlane, a Democrat, works as the facilities director for Belgrade Public Schools. He was elected to the board of trustees for Monforton School and he wants to unseat incumbent Republican County Commissioner Steve White. So the former MSU track star, helicopter logger and lift operator at Bridger Bowl is pitching himself as someone who can break political impasses standing in the way of at least one issue facing Big Sky. 

“The things that aren’t getting done and we need to focus on are getting affordable housing and making it a community for those people who are full-time residents and don’t just come and go,” said MacFarlane. “Those are the things that deserve energy from the public.”

The issue of affordable housing remains part of Commissioner White’s story because of a pending ethics complaint against White involving investor Loren Bough and his efforts to create an affordable housing project in Big Sky. The Montana Attorney General’s office recently forwarded its findings to the Cascade County Attorney’s office, which is handling the White case because Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert recused himself.

At this time, all the Cascade County Attorney’s office will do is confirm it has received from the Montana AG’s office “information” about the ethics complaint against Commissioner White. 

—DM

 

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