Big Sky News

Stories from Lone Peak Lookout, the free local weekly newspaper distributed on Thursdays. Click back to the page about Big Sky, MT for more radio and news information.

  • What's Big Sky's tourism DNA?

    Visit Big Sky’s impressive work with the consulting firm Destination Think! has created a double helix of revealing insights about this community’s DNA. It’s foundational to the tourism master plan still in the works, and it’s formed using two strands of content.

  • Mental healthcare boosted

    With the recent addition of licensed clinical psychologist Hillary Morin, Women In Action (WIA), Big Sky’s social services provider, can now deliver a higher level of mental healthcare to the community.

  • Lynx deemed no longer threatened

    It’s the rarest of wildlife found—and not found—in the forests around Big Sky, and recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its intent to begin the process of removing protections for Canada lynx under the Endangered Species Act. 

  • Show some heart

    Ophir third graders Sabine Hurlbut (left) and Pearl Goldberg show off their artwork, which will become part of a larger quilt. PHOTO COURTESY OF BSSD

    “Have a nice day!” Those words, while seemingly simple, can really hit home for someone who could use some positivity. While “random acts of kindness” are welcome year-round, Big Sky School District teacher Erika Frounfelker is inviting Big Sky to expand its kindness quota by participating in the Great Kindness Challenge Jan. 29–Feb. 2.  


    While he visits Big Sky as often as he can, House is still in awe of all the changes in his hometown lately, including the new shops along Town Center Avenue, seen here.

    The last time the Lookout caught up with Trevor House he was 16 years old, one of the first students at Lone Peak High School, and just back from Cambodia where he had participated in an American Youth Leadership program. Four years later, he’s majoring in economics with a minor in computer science at Stanford University.

  • Highway 64 on their minds

    As growth continues in the shadow of Lone Mountain, how can Highway 64 keep up with the increased traffic?

    When it comes to Highway 64, the stakes are high because it’s Big Sky’s one link to the outside world. 

    “If that road fails,” said David Kack, with Montana State University’s Western Transportation Institute.
    “Then the whole community is going to fail.”

  • Big Horn Boutique closing soon

    A local icon in transition—The Big Horn Boutique closes Jan. 31.

    After 17 years of selling mountain attire, souvenirs and gifts, Big Horn Boutique owner Dorothea Jude announced recently she will close at the end of January. She put all her wares at a 50 percent discount, and things have been clearing out quickly since then. 

  • Who is Wendy Sullivan?

    Wendy Sullivan, holder of an unofficial degree in ski town studies. One of her favorite expert tips: “Some of the best research is done on the mountain and the best sources of information are the bartenders. They are awesome. They know everything.”

    Wendy Sullivan remembers when Ketchum, Idaho first started to wrestle publicly with its affordable housing issues. It was around 2000 and Sullivan was working as a planner for Blaine County in nearby Hailey.

  • What can the resort district tax?

    Over the last year, the Big Sky Resort Area District has been challenged to make sure it’s not missing out on revenue by declining to tax certain things, like dues paid by members of the Yellowstone Club, Moonlight Basin and Spanish Peaks.

  • “Levity”: Born and bred in Big Sky

    This large-scale graphic will be displayed as part of the “Sight and Sound” exhibit. Thoughtful community and student artwork was done in multimedia collage.

    “Levity” is a stage play about the passing of a legendary rock star named Rick Hayes. Following his death, his children are charged with divvying up his large estate, a process complicated when Hayes’ first wife and former bandmate comes forward, looking for closure… and cash.

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