Captain Mitch Hamel and Firefighters John Foster, Mike Ketschek, Dave Parker and Seth Nowlin left Big Sky Sunday morning,  arriving in California late that evening to assist with the fires there.  They will be part of three Montana strike teams,  deployed for a little over two weeks.

Heading back to Cali

It was just under a year ago that Big Sky Fire Department firefighters hopped into BSFD Engine 1241, off to lend a hand controlling the massive fires ravaging the state. This week, when the call came once more to join in the most recent firefighting effort in Southern California, firefighters didn’t hesitate to sign up.

Does housing in Big Sky feel especially out of reach this time of year?

Good luck

Looking at the Big Sky housing market, the fundamentals are fairly easy to understand. Supply is low, demand is high. And with the ski season on the horizon, property management companies are again seeing an influx of people unsuccessfully in search of housing.

“Moose Pair,” a steel sculpture by Jim Dolan, 1988. This cow moose and her calf made the move from the Canyon to Ousel Falls this summer in the hopes they’ll be admired by more motorists and park users.

Wild public art

Sure, Big Sky’s got plenty to boast about when it comes to its aesthetically-pleasing attributes. From meadows with meandering, crystal clear creeks to mountains topped by snow-capped peaks, wildflowers with enough color to fill the spectrum, and resident wildlife great and small.

Samantha Suazo

Big Horn of the Week

Ninth-grader Samantha has been described by teachers and students as a genuinely positive and kind person. She is always willing to help where help is needed. Her hard work ethic is evident through her ability to learn English is less than four years, and she is often seen translating for classmates, creating a more inspiring classroom climate.

(L to R) Firefighters Shane Farmer, Taylor Lee, and Deputy Chief Dustin Tetrault are easing into their new positions at the Big Sky Fire Department.

Meet the new guys

The Big Sky Fire Department recently welcomed two new firefighters and a deputy chief to the team. Here’s a quick intro to the “newbies.” Be sure to give them a warm Big Sky welcome if you see them around town!

Dustin Tetrault, Deputy Chief of Community Risk Management 

Big Sky Community Food Bank Operations Manager Sarah Gaither (left) and Food Bank volunteer Laine Hegness happily had their hands full last year putting together the 2017 Thanksgiving in a Bag meals. The Food Bank crew will be at it again soon, and are gathering donations now.

Give a gobble

“Pass the gravy!”

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, now is the time to start planning that epic feast so many look forward to. But with all the necessary items, from the obligatory turkey, to the stuffing, casseroles, desserts, sides and so on, that feast can pack a hefty price tag.

Dane Michael Offutt


Dane Offutt was born was born March 8, 1989 in Florida. He was raised in Texas alongside his younger sister. Although Dane’s time in Big Sky was sadly short lived, he was starting to build more than just a warm place to lay his head.

Capt. Jack Hudspeth

Big Sky’s Capt. Jack

Men were being drafted into the Vietnam War during the time Big Sky resident Jack Hudspeth was attending college at Mississippi State University in the mid-60s. Students pursuing degrees were allowed to defer from the draft, but even then the war made its way into Hudspeth’s life. 

Jeff Trulen and Scott “STP” Leuzinger spend their Saturday digging holes for the new rink light location. It’s a labor of love for the BSSHA board members and hockey enthusiasts.

Ice for all

Skating and hockey seasons won't likely start this month, but work has already begun in earnest to get Big Sky’s ice rink in shape. This year it’s going to take a little more effort as the rink is being relocated to a flatter area to accommodate a refrigeration system.


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