Honey, I’m home! This young bear found its way into a Big Sky vacation rental home through a window screen recently. While it’s typically OK to leave a window open while you’re home, it’s advised to shut and lock them when you’re away so these curious animals don’t have the opportunity to easily get inside.

Bad year for bears

Breaking and entering. Damaging rental vehicles. Stealing food. Digging in trash. Distracting drivers. The rap sheet is a mile long. 

     The offenders in question: black bears.

It may not be a “Glamour Shot” but there is something glamorous about following through on goals. Once she entered her third decade, Katie Grice decided to run a marathon a year, and at 33 she’s currently prepping for a big one—in New York City.

Run, girl, run!

Big Sky Resort’s new director of sales, Katie Grice, is a self-proclaimed goal setter, and proud of it. So when she turned 30, she decided to tackle a marathon a year. Now 33, she’s raced in the Bozeman and Billings marathons. She hopes each helped prepare her for her fourth—the New York City Marathon.

LPHS quarterback Frankie Starz tosses to teammate Austin Samuels, while Assistant Coach Mark Gale simulates the opposing defense.       “I’ve watched Frankie and Austin grow up together. Physically, they’ve both gotten bigger,” said Coach Gale. “Frankie comes from you know, (his brother) Eddie Starz was the quarterback, his big brother, who just graduated two years ago. He’s got it in him. He’s got the smarts. And his dad coached him in Lions football. It’s just all coming together now.”

Season kickoff

There was a time when some players on the Lone Peak High School football team were so inexperienced they didn’t know how to breathe once they snapped on a helmet. 

     Assistant Big Horn Coach Mark Gale remembers instructing them, “You know, you can breathe through your face mask.”

You may of heard of the “Gallatin green,” but this is getting out of hand. Scientists and fishing guides agree, this year’s algae bloom on the Gallatin River is more extensive than they’ve ever seen, and studies are underway to find out why.

A different kind of Gallatin green

If you’re into fishing, you’ve probably heard of the phrase “Gallatin green,” which refers to the hue of the river’s water. It can indicate excellent fishing conditions since the flow is murky enough to confuse discriminating trout, yet clear enough they can at least see the bait floating in front of them. 


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