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Jose Azel lives partially in Big Sky and Miami, the months that he is not in the country he is with his family traveling the world. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSE AZEL

Jose Azel’s story is our story

Jose Azel, a successful journalist, and author who lives part-time in Big Sky and part-time in Miami is a role-model for first-generation Latinos who have sought and found safe refuge in the United States and a way to contribute to both their nation of origin and their new adoptive country.

 Patrick Rooney, accompanied by his dog, Juneau, had a trailer of sorts attached to his bike, carrying a variety of tools. Many people on Mountain to Meadow on Sept. 19 had done trail maintenance before, including some Terraflow folks. Rooney encouraged volunteers to ask questions and not go all in with an axe right away. “A lot of times less can be more, and again it’s easy to get overzealous, but ultimately we’re going to make the trail better,” he said.

Dedicated

Conversations about developing a Big Sky chapter of the Southwest Montana Mountain Biking Association (SWMMBA) began in June at Beehive Basin Brewery.

Samantha Riley plans on staying as Discovery’s liaison for the long run. She loves helping the community, and being able to connect with Latino families. PHOTO COURTESY SAMANTHA RILEY

Community liaison position created

A decade ago, Samantha Riley knew absolutely nothing about Honduras or Latino culture in general when she made a spontaneous decision that changed everything. "I honestly just found ‘Students Helping Honduras’ online and decided to go on the program completely randomly. I didn't realize it would mold the rest of my life.”

Lost without translation

Aranza De La Torre arrived in Big Sky four years ago completely unable to speak English. Google Translate and her English-speaking husband were De La Torre’s only methods of communication. Until recently, she worked at the Big Sky Post Office where she was able to provide translation for others.

Julio and Nora Garcia plan to continue living in Big Sky along with the tranquility of nature. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAMANTHA SUAZO

Hola Amigos!

I was 12 years old when I arrived in Big Sky with my parents. My family had just arrived from Honduras, escaping the violence there, and I remember being the only Spanish speaker and the only person with a different skin color in my 4th-grade class.

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