Karen Crawford (known by her many loving nicknames: “Grandma Kay,” “Ethel” and “KK”) passed away of natural causes with her husband and daughters by her side on June 26, 2018. She went peacefully at home looking out onto the golf course where she built her life.
Following a fully funded resort tax application, the July 4 road run and annual gala, the Big Sky Community Organization’s board of directors met July 19 to go over old and new business, including the possibility of a bike pump track at Community Park.
Here are highlights from the recent discussion.
Late in 2016, NorthWestern Energy announced the need to construct a new, mid-mountain substation in the Big Sky community, which will enhance the reliability of existing electric service in the area and support the growth of the community.
A lightning storm passing over a 9,000-foot ridge south of Big Sky on July 16 might have sparked the Bacon Rind Fire, which wasn’t detected until Friday, July 20.
With Targhee Fest and Targhee Bluegrass Festival just around the corner, Vootie Productions owner Tom Garnsey is looking forward to what could be an especially successful summer of live music in the Rocky Mountains.
Two hand crews, including some from the Forest Service’s Sioux Ranger District based in Camp Cook, S.D., are posted up at the Bacon Rind Trailhead watching the blaze and waiting to deploy if necessary.
The lightening sparked Bacon Rind Fire is burning on the Custer Gallatin National Forest in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness about two mile west of Highway 191 between Bacon Rind and Snowslide Creeks near the boundary of Yellowstone National Park. The fire is estimated at about five acres in size and is burning in timber and grass.
Sitting across from each other in their motorhome parked at Greek Creek Campground in the Gallatin Canyon, Karl and Connie Knippling seemed right at home on a Tuesday morning. Connie sipped a Pepsi while her husband reminisced about interesting people they’ve met while working as campground hosts, this being their fifth year on the job.
On March 6, 2018 Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte jointly introduced the Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act, which would release 449,500 acres of land protected as Wilderness Study Areas in Montana. Their bill would return WSA land to general use and designation.
In an ongoing effort to generate public support for a number of local Wilderness Study Areas, the Montana Wilderness Association organized a flyover of various WSAs located south of Big Sky on July 9. The flyover was made possible by the generous donation of flight time in a Cessna 210 operated by EcoFlight out of Colorado.