Big thanks

Aaron Teasdale, author of the above story, was twice named “Travel Writer of the Year” by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation and has collected lots of other accolades during his impressive career. At one point, he nearly moved to Big Sky to work as editor of the Lone Peak Lookout. 

Big Sky Shuttle owner Tracy Pabst and one of her drivers, Bruce, stand with a BSS luxury touring coach. Pabst hopes her donations from this winter’s luxury coach sales to the Gallatin River Task Force will motivate other Big Sky businesses to follow suit, offering up a portion of their proceeds to a charity of their choice.

One buck at a time

Ten people lost their lives in the Gallatin Canyon in 2006, the year Tracy Pabst, owner of Big Sky Shuttle, opened her business. Pabst said the goal of the business was to save lives, and now, more than a decade later, she’s hoping to do more to benefit the Gallatin Canyon.

Scott Buecker of AE2S Engineering (at podium) spelled out his recommendations for an upgrade to Big Sky’s wastewater treatment system on Nov. 27 during a lengthy meeting that detailed the benefits of a new type of plant that would utilize the Big Sky County Water & Sewer District’s current plant location, would double treatment capacity, and pump out a cleaner product that opens the floodgates to more disposal options.

Avoiding wastewater woes

In what turned out to be a five-plus hour discussion, the Big Sky County Water & Sewer District board of directors, led by consultant Scott Buecker, held a community meeting on Nov. 27 to discuss the brass tacks of the recently-completed wastewater treatment plant upgrade study. 

Michael O’Reilly said this picture, “Captures the essence of how I feel about gender.” A recent billboard near Four Corners raised questions about discrimination against members of the local LGBTQ community.

Evicted because of who you are?

A fleeting billboard just before the gas stations as you enter Four Corners made an appearance for a stint recently that was eye-catching because of its starkness. Commuters on Highway 191 were confronted with plain black text on a white background—nothing extraordinary in presentation—but it aimed to give people pause. 

Only a few weeks into his tenure, Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cameron Sholly has traveled from Cody to Jackson to West Yellowstone and recently to Big Sky to learn what issues Yellowstone’s gateway communities hope to address.

Park talks

With just less than a month under his belt as the newly appointed superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, Cameron “Cam” Sholly was able to shave out some time to pay a visit to Big Sky on Nov. 15.     

Literally not in my backyard—the NIMBYism is built in for those living in South Bozeman (pictured). Beyond their discomfort with the proximity of proposed clearcutting, those opposed make the broader point that, “Commercial logging should never have been proposed for this pristine area. Being this close to Bozeman, which is quickly losing open space, it is uniquely valuable for its wildlife habitat and security."

Lessons from Limestone Creek

The Limestone Creek area along the Gallatin Front is the last big swath of scenic roadless area prominently visible from Bozeman and its fate might be instructive to Big Sky residents interested in future planning for the entire Custer Gallatin National Forest. 

RJ and his bull.

On the hunt

My first bull ever! This bull elk was harvested on public lands with the help of a few good friends. As the memories of this hunt have danced in my mind more than I would like to admit, it was a “textbook” hunt. All variables fell into place. We made the right decisions at the right times. We called him to 10 yards, and I took him with my bow.

U.S. Navy Veteran Andrew Jackson salutes during an a capella performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” at the LPHS Veterans Day Assembly held on the afternoon of Nov. 12. Jackson served 24 years of active duty in the military, starting with the Army and moving on to Naval pilot training, flying Lockheed P-3 planes.

Thank a veteran

U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Tate Tatum admitted he was a little nervous as he addressed the crowd gathered in the Lone Peak High School gymnasium during the annual Veterans Day Assembly.


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