Around 50 percent of Gallatin County is public land managed by the federal and state government. County government benefits from this arrangement because it annually receives about $2 million through the “Payment In Lieu of Taxes” or PILT program.
For all those whose lives straddle Gallatin Canyon—wake up the in valley, drive Highway 191, work all day in Big Sky, then return home in the evening—here are a few “heads up” comments about what to expect when it comes to growth.
Volunteers with Willing Workers Ladies Aid arrived ahead of the crowd. Like in the build up to a big church social, they gathered in the side kitchen off the main room in the Gallatin Gateway Community Center and set out enough sweets to hold a bake sale.
Community service projects are always on the minds of the 30 or so members of the Lone Peak Interact Club, a service-focused group for high schoolers sponsored by Big Sky’s Rotary Club. So last month when they saw the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, they wanted to do something to help those affected.
You could see it in her smile—Big Sky Community Organization Executive Director Ciara Wolfe was noticeably excited as she announced to her board of directors at their September monthly meeting that a big deal had been sealed: the BSCO was gifted $1.5 million from the Len Hill Charitable Trust to aid the organization in purchasing a 3.27-acre tra
The Mike Mansfield Federal Courthouse in Butte is a stately monument to Sen. Mansfield’s distinguished career. The courtroom on the second floor has high ceilings with ornate features and emerald curtains tied with a gold rope.
A few years ago, Big Sky Community Food Bank Director Sarah Gaither found herself on a snowy drive to Bozeman from Big Sky in the dark. Her destination: the Bozeman Ace Hardware loading dock, where she stacked slow cookers into the Food Bank vehicle.
Laura Seyfang has always admired former President Jimmy Carter and his work with Habitat for Humanity. On 13 different missions, the former GM executive and Big Sky resident used vacation time to volunteer for Habitat projects around the world: Kenya, Nepal, Vietnam and Paraguay.
Don and Diane Lundsten embarked on their 11th trip to Uganda on Oct. 10, representing the Uganda Orphans Fund, a nonprofit out of Bozeman dedicated to improving the lives of children afflicted by war, poverty or disease. A friend of theirs, Duncan Hill, started the organization 20 years ago.
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.