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County Auditor Jennifer Blossom (left) is running for county treasurer. She often campaigns with Deputy County Auditor Erin Cox (right), who is running to take Blossom’s seat.

Running under the radar

The political spotlight appears fixed on Gallatin County in 2018. Vice President Mike Pence was here recently stumping for U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale, and the Midtown Tavern in Bozeman made national political news when it refused to host a political gathering with Donald Trump Jr. 

Algae sampled and bagged.

Seeing green

Back in August the Lookout reported on the curious amount of algae being spotted along the Gallatin River—from south of the Taylor Fork area and throughout the Gallatin Canyon.

Suit over tips

For many on “team Jamaica,” last winter was the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship. Around 84 Jamaicans relocated to Montana for the 2017-18 ski season in order to fill a variety of hospitality positions at the Yellowstone Club. 

Elijah Harder (left) and Wyatt Cohen enjoy pancakes slathered in maple syrup after a morning of community service and camaraderie at Big Sky’s shooting range.

Guns, pancakes and trash bags

The Red Cliff shooting range in Big Sky has long been used by the community as a close and convenient venue for honing in shooting skills and sighting in guns. But since it’s on Forest Service land, there’s no singular entity in charge of maintaining the undesignated area–that task falls upon its users.

While digging out the apron outside Station 1 workers found a smelly issue—a sewer line was broken beneath the old concrete area.

More demands, bigger digs

For Big Sky Fire Department firefighters, perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the current remodel of Station 1 in the West Fork is the addition of bigger dorm rooms—an expansion upon the current lodging quarters, which were designed as closets and fit little more than a twin bed and a small locker. 

Signs of maturity?

A round up of current indicators show Big Sky is a maturing ski destination experiencing growth with more on the horizon—including additional hotels—and other amenities designed to attract and satisfy visitors. 

Big Sky School District Superintendent Dustin Shipman takes a look at his students’ ACT results, pleased to say 12 out of the 17 had a score of 22 or above, making them eligible for Montana University System admission. “We can say that 12 out of 17 of our students, when they were juniors, were prepared for college… I’m pretty proud of that,” he said.

High marks

The results are in, and for the second year in a row, Lone Peak High School came in first for ACT scores in the state of Montana, with 17 test takers averaging a 23.18. In 2015-16 LPHS came in third.

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