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Life and land from the heart of the Yellowstone Region

July 24 - August 6, 2015 Volume 6 // Issue #15

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Restoration project begins on Upper West Fork GET OUT: Backpacking Hidden Lakes

Stargazing under the Big Sky

ILLUSTRATION BY KELSEY DZINTARS

Local glaciologist studies changing world


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July 24 – Aug. 6, 2015 Volume 6, Issue No. 15 Owned and published in Big Sky, Montana

PUBLISHER Eric Ladd

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MANAGING EDITOR Joseph T. O’Connor SENIOR EDITOR/ DISTRIBUTION DIRECTOR Tyler Allen ASSOCIATE EDITOR Maria Wyllie EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Jacob Osborne

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Section 1: News Outlaw News...................................................................4 Local.................................................................................5 Regional.........................................................................13 Montana.........................................................................14 Section 2: Environment, Dining, and Health

Environment..................................................................17 Business.........................................................................18 Dining.............................................................................21

GRAPHIC DESIGNER Taylor-Ann Smith

Health.............................................................................29

PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER Wes Overvold

SALES AND OPERATIONS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Megan Paulson DIRECTOR OF SALES E.J. Daws ACCOUNT MANAGER Katie Morrison

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR Kelsey Dzintars

VIDEO DIRECTOR Brian Niles

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Sports.............................................................................27

Section 3: Entertainment, Events and Outdoors Entertainment & Events.............................................33

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Events Calendar...........................................................38 Outdoors........................................................................40 Fun...................................................................................47 Back 40..........................................................................48

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ACCOUNT COORDINATOR Maria Wyllie MEDIA AND EVENTS DIRECTOR Ersin Ozer ACCOUNTANT Alexis Deaton

CONTRIBUTORS Marianne Baumberger, Johanne Bouchard, Katie Cooper, Jackie Rainford Corcoran, Sheila D’Amico, Jim Eckenrode, Ted Kooser, Scott Mechura, Barbara Rowley, Ashley Oliverio, Stephanie Mackinnon, Patrick Phillips, Patrick Straub, Mark

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Martha @BigSky RealE st ate. com | 4 0 6 .5 80 . 5 8 9 1 Martha has been in real estate in Big Sky, Montana for approximately 20 years and she’s been a full time resident since 1988! She’s an entrepreneurial spirit and is Founder, Broker and Owner of Montana Living ~ Big Sky Real Estate – the top luxury boutique real estate firm in Big Sky, Montana. Her experience includes brokering the sales, marketing and launch of resort, residential, commercial and ranch sporting properties. Call Martha now and utilize her grass roots knowledge of Big Sky for purchasing or selling your real estate.

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Offered for $4,200,000 39 Swift Bear Road is a stunning, one of a kind 5 bed 6 bath custom Durfeld log home in the Cascade Subdivision of Big Sky’s Mountain Village! This exceptional ski in/ski out mountain home sits on 1.572 acres with a year round stream and is adjacent to open space. Main house contains 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. In addition there is a 1,500 square foot guest apartment with 2 bedrooms 2 baths plus a loft. Also has Tulikivi Finnish soap stone fireplace, gourmet chef ’s kitchen, custom designed furnishings, outdoor hot tub and a beautifully landscaped yard!

795 Karst Stage Loop Offered for $799,000

Gorgeous 3 bed 3 bath log home with separate office, library, and a finished basement including media room, workout room and kids game room. This stunning property also has an amazing 1 bed 1 bath log guest cabin, and either property can be rented short or long term. Walking distance to the Gallatin River, this home is very attractive to fisherman. Horse owners will love it as it is equipped with a horse corral and has several adjacent horse trails. Remodeled with chef ’s kitchen, this home is energy efficient with a soapstone wood-burning fireplace that can heat the entire dwelling!

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Offered for $6,400,000 862 Elk Meadow Trail, an elegant 6 bed, 9bath Spanish Peaks Mountain Club ski in/out country manor perfect for entertaining! Spectacular mountain views will be appreciated from every room of this majestic home. This residence is approximately 9,000 square feet and has 6 en suite bedrooms allowing comfort for both family and guests. Home theater, cigar room, chef ’s kitchen, private office with hidden door to master bedroom, 3 laundry rooms, large outdoor hot tub, and a recirculating creek that circles the home are just some of the features of this one of a kind property! Club membership required.

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Crail Ranch Condominium, Unit 110, is a centrally located 4 bed 2.5 bath beautifully appointed and well maintained condominium that overlooks the historic Crail Ranch Homestead and is adjacent to the Big Sky golf course. In winter, avid cross country skiers will love the short walk to the groomed trail system. This unit is walking distance to restaurants, shops and the Big Sky Chapel. Crail Ranch 110 makes for a wonderful primary residence or a highly desirable rental property for either long or short term rentals. This is a wonderful opportunity to own an investment property in Big Sky!

Yellowstone Preserve Offered for $39,900,000

Yellowstone Preserve is a collection of 9 homesites totalling 1580 acres with 2.5 miles of adjacent boundary with Yellowstone Club, 1.2 miles of the Southfork of the Gallatin River and over a mile of adjacent border with National Forest - all accessed off the private YC road. Recreate on your own property with private access into Gallatin National Forest. You can build an executive retreat or family compound and put the remaining densities into a conservation easement or sell each parcel individually - own it privately or pull together a consortium of your friends.

Anceney Ranch

Offered for $6,900,000 An original homestead in Big Sky and one of the finest sporting properties available in Montana, Anceney Ranch sits on 83 prime acres of forest, springs and meadows. With almost a mile of the legendary Gallatin River frontage and multiple spring-fed trout ponds, this is the ideal place for the fishing enthusiast. The land is surrounded on three sides by the Gallatin National Forest. Anceney Ranch has 7 total bedrooms and 6 total baths with a main house, guest cabin and a caretakers’ home along with a horse barn. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe how incredible this property is!

M a rt ha Joh ns on O w ne r | Broke r Martha@BigSkyRealE st ate. com | 4 0 6 .5 8 0 .5 8 9 1 This information is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change, withdrawal and approval of purchase by owner. All information from sources deemed reliable, but not guaranteed by Montana Living - Big Sky Real Estate, independent investigation is recommended. For properties being purchased at Spanish Peaks Mountain Club approval for membership is required prior to closing. If you are currently working with another real estate agent, this is not intended as a solicitation. Montana Living is a registered trademark of Newwest LLC.


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OUTLAW NEWS

News from our publisher, Outlaw Partners

Behind the scenes of the Big Sky PBR BY MARIA WYLLIE EBS ASSOCIATE EDITOR

BIG SKY – If you happen to drive by the Outlaw Partners office in Big Sky Town Center late at night and you’re wondering why the lights are still on, here’s your answer: PBR is coming to town. The professional bull-riding event known as “PBR” is returning to Big Sky for the fifth time on July 30-31. The event also expands to three nights this year with a multi-act concert inside the rodeo arena on Aug. 1, featuring Two Bit Franks, the Jamie McLean Band, and headliner Robert Earl Keen. As the media sponsor and one of the producers of the Big Sky PBR, the Outlaws have been working to make this all-ages event the best one yet. In addition to regular Outlaw job duties, our 13-person crew leads marketing and communications efforts and organizes event logistics with co-producer Continental Construction as well as rodeo experts Andy and Jacey Watson of Freestone Productions. Outlaw’s design team handles all creative elements involved with event merchandise, posters, banners, programs, tickets and advertisements. The editorial staff provides coverage leading up to and during the event, and provides content for the program. The sales team works year-round locking down sponsorships and program advertisers, and our video team produces commercials and the video platform for the event. Logistically, Outlaw manages the printing, selling and distribution of approximately 7,000 tickets; builds a rodeo arena and giant Golden Buckle hospitality tent; organizes the charity Calcutta auctions; creates a vendor village and beer garden; hires security and staffing; books music; and brings in a stage for free after party concerts.

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Gallatin River Task Force works to restore Upper West Fork STORY AND PHOTOS BY JACOB OSBORNE EBS EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

BIG SKY – Five years of testing determined that the Upper West Fork of the Gallatin River, and especially the section that runs downstream from the Big Sky Resort Golf Course, qualifies as an “impaired” water resource by Montana Department of Environmental Quality standards. This month, the Gallatin River Task Force announced ambitious plans to repair the stream. On July 21 the Montana DEQ ratified a $130,000 grant to allow GRTF to move forward with a major Upper West Fork restoration project, which is expected to take two to three years. The initiative aims to increase riverside vegetation and fortify stream banks at 15 sites along the stretch of the river that runs between Two Moons and Little Coyote roads – essentially the length of the Big Sky Golf Course. GRTF will also rely on more than $14,000 of resort tax from the Big Sky Resort Area District in the upcoming year as well as fieldwork by the golf course maintenance staff in order to carry out the plans. Under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act, Montana is required to identify waters too polluted or otherwise degraded to meet the state’s own water quality standards.

“We will be doing such things as enhancing riparian vegetation and wetland vegetation, and then also stabilizing stream banks and, in some places, putting in floodplain swales,” said Kristin Gardner, executive director of GRTF. “These projects will reduce nitrogen that makes it to the streams, as well as sediment.”

On July 16, a group of 14 stakeholders toured the impaired section of the Upper West Fork, and discussed how best to improve each site.

The plan is for additional vegetation and corresponding root systems to act as “buffers” along the stream’s edge, intercepting and processing an increased portion of the terrain’s nitrogen before it reaches the water. By repairing stream banks, GRTF also intends to slow erosion that brings high levels of fine sediment and nutrients into the Upper West Fork. On July 16, a group of 14 stakeholders toured the impaired section of the stream, and discussed how best to improve each site. The group included interested scientists, GRTF board members, and spokespersons including representatives from the Montana DEQ, Big Sky Resort, Yellowstone Club, Big Sky Owners Association, and RESPEC – the consulting firm collaborating with GRTF on the project.

Between 2005 and 2010, the nonprofit Gallatin River Task Force – formerly the Blue Water Task Force – in collaboration with the Montana DEQ, conducted a series of environmental assessments in the Gallatin River watershed, and the Upper West Fork was found to contain concentrations of nitrogen and sediment that exceeded localized targets.

While some of the specific restorations appeared straightforward, others posed more complicated challenges like preserving native plant species, anticipating the effects of altered flood runoff, and converting an expansive pasture area into a functioning wetland.

Since fall of 2013, GRTF has been developing plans to respond to these findings, and deciding how to fund that response. This summer they’ve made strides in both respects.

While the Upper West Fork’s heightened nitrogen concentration can be traced back to a number of different sources, including fertilizer applied to the golf course and surrounding

residential properties, the results of GRTF’s water quality assessments make it clear that municipal wastewater is the stream’s greatest pollutant, according to Gardner. In Big Sky, wastewater flows directly from any building to the main treatment plant east of the community park. From there, the water moves through a smaller storage pond to a tertiary filters building where it undergoes more treatment and chlorine is added. It’s then piped from that facility to a larger storage pond where the effluent can sit for up to a year before moving again. Finally, Big Sky’s treated wastewater is pumped out of the pond and used to irrigate the fairways, greens and gardens of the public golf course. This system was a component of Big Sky Resort’s original development plan, and has been in place since the golf course was constructed in 1973. According to the Big Sky Water and Sewer District, 110-120 million gallons of effluent are currently sprayed onto the golf course every year. While wastewater reuse systems like this one are considered more sustainable than dumping effluent directly into nearby rivers, as is done in many municipalities, GRTF has determined that excessive amounts of wastewater are ending up in the Upper West Fork nonetheless. With this restoration project, GRTF hopes to improve the water quality of the Upper West Fork while also pushing the Big Sky community toward an even more sustainable wastewater future. “I know the ultimate goal of this community is to keep from dumping effluent into the Gallatin [River], and we’ve accomplished that,” said Big Sky Resort General Manager Taylor Middleton, during the Upper West Fork tour. “It’s going to take these kinds of walks, this kind of planning, to make sure the next 50 years are as good as the last 50.”

The Gallatin River Task Force has already begun its attempt to lower nutrient concentrations in the Upper West Fork by planting willow trees along several stretches of the stream.

GRTF plans to break ground on the Upper West Fork restoration project next summer.


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BSCC to hold fifth annual Parks and Trails Gala BIG SKY COMMUNITY CORPORATION

BIG SKY – Big Sky Community Corp. has provided recreational resources and programming to Big Sky citizens and visitors for the past 17 years. The parks and trails nonprofit now invites the community to participate in its annual Parks and Trails Gala fundraiser, to be held at the Big Sky Community Park on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. The gala is a celebration of parks, trails, recreation, and community in Big Sky. Event attendees will enjoy complimentary beer and wine, dinner catered by Bozeman-based chef Ryan LaFoley, unique auction items, and live music performed by eight-piece rhythm and blues band, Bluejack.

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PUBLIC NOTICE DIRECTOR ELECTIONS

An election for three (3) board of directors positions for the Big Sky County Water & Sewer District No. 363 Board of Directors will be held on November 3, 2015. Petitions for nomination for the election are available at the Gallatin County Election Department, Gallatin County Courthouse, 311 W. Main St Room 210, Bozeman, Montana; and at the District office at 561 Little Coyote Road, Big Sky, MT, 59716. Petitions will be accepted by the Gallatin County Election Department until the filing deadline no later than 5:00 PM, Thursday, August 20, 2015. Candidates must be a resident, or owner of real property within the District. For more information please contact the Big Sky County Water & Sewer District, 561 Little Coyote Road, Big Sky, MT, 59716, 406-995-2660; or the Gallatin County Election Department, Gallatin County Courthouse, 311 W. Main St., Room 210, Bozeman MT, 59715, 406-582-3060.

The evening’s proceeds will help fund BSCC’s recreational amenities and programs, and further the organization’s vision of a community connected by world-class recreation and enrichment opportunities. Over the past three years the Gala has helped fund 5 miles of new trails, a concession pavilion, improved park and trail signage, a Camp Big Sky yurt, and landscaping at the community park, among other area benefits. Founded in 1998, BSCC manages 83 acres of public park land and over 16 miles of public trails. A number of community-driven programs and committees have formed under the BSCC umbrella including Big Sky Tennis Association; Camp Big Sky; Crail Ranch Conservators; Big Sky Softball League; Big Sky Disc Golf League; Big Sky Natural Resource Council; Parks Committee; and Trails Committee. Purchase Gala tickets at bsccmt.org or call (406) 993-2112 to learn more.

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Big Sky locals named the PBR the Best Event in Big Sky, and bull riders awarded it Event of the Year for 2013 and 2014. What do you most look forward to about the Big Sky PBR and why?

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“I’m originally from Atlanta, so I had never seen a rodeo before. [The Big Sky PBR] brings the town together, and it pertains to Montana ... PBR is such a big, weird organization, and it’s great to see it support such a cool event in an awesome place like this.”

“I’m looking forward to the whole event – it’s a lot of fun. Personally, I think it’s a great event for Big Sky and a great event to have in Big Sky.”

“Mutton Bustin’ – it’s so cute. It’s fun watching the little kids be so tough.”

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BEaVER CREEK Lot- This beautiful 20+/- acre Beaver Creek lot with sweeping views of this lovely water shed is the ideal setting for your home away from home & your horses are welcome with a corral & well for their comfort. The gated road insures quiet living. $349,000 MLS 192327

BIG hoRN 34- This perfectly located & spotless 3BR/3B 1,595 sf Big Horn chalet has outstanding views and ski-in/ski-out access next to the Poma lift. There’s a single car attached garage, wood burning fireplace, and it’s sold fully furnished. $495,000 MLS 202360

D L o s MEaDoW VILLaGE BLK5, Lots 23 & 24- These 2 side-by-side Little Coyote lots have million dollar views because they’re located above the road at the top of the hill. Buy one lot or both & you’ll have over 1/2 an acre with room for a terrific home. $168,900 (each) MLS 188524 & 188525

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Bullock addresses economic summit at Big Sky Resort BY TYLER ALLEN EBS SENIOR EDITOR

BIG SKY – For the first time in its 25-year history, the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region summit was held in Montana, and Big Sky Resort played host. From July 12-16 the resort hosted more than 500 public- and privatesector leaders from five U.S. states and five Canadian provinces. The summit addressed the challenges and successes of economic partnerships across state, provincial and federal borders, and included 23 working groups and more than 160 speakers on topics ranging from cyber security to agriculture, and from energy issues to mining and tourism. A nonprofit formed in 1991, PNWER’s mission is: “to increase the economic well-being and quality of life for all citizens of the region, while maintaining and enhancing our natural environment,” according to its website. Big Sky was an ideal setting for the organization’s first summit in Montana, said PNWER Program Coordinator Jennifer Grosman.

“Montana has abundant natural resources. Effectively using those resources takes partnership”

“The resort is providing a truly Montana experience,” Grosman said. “When we broached the topic of having our meeting in Montana, Big Sky was on top of the list for both the legislators and business community.”

Keynote speakers included Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester, Rep. Ryan Zinke, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, and Gov. Steve Bullock. On July 13, Big Sky Resort’s vast Missouri Ballroom was filled for the keynote luncheon featuring Bullock and University of Montana President Royce Engstrom. “I’m happy to see PNWER embracing higher education,” Engstrom said, noting the strong relationship between Montana’s university system and its business community. He told the audience that he’s worked with the governor to keep college tuitions flat, and Montana is a national model with, “the lowest tuition increases in the last 10 years.” Engstrom also described successful partnerships between UM and the business community, including Rivertop Renewables, a sustainable chemical company in Missoula with 32 employees. Bullock opened his address by telling the crowd he attended last year’s PNWER summit in Whistler, British Columbia, and advocated for Montana as this summer’s host. The governor said state and provincial partnerships are more effective when “we can focus less on these arbitrary borders and think regionally.” He discussed his Main Street Montana Project, noting that education and skills training are at the core of the state’s economic opportunities, and spoke to the power of open dialog between the private sector and state government to create more certainty and predictability in the regulatory process. “Montana has abundant natural resources. Effectively using those resources takes partnership,” Bullock said, pointing to the success of the Sage Grouse Conservation Program. “In Montana we are good stewards of our environment and wildlife. We came together to keep [sage grouse] management in Montana, not elsewhere like Washington D.C.”

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock addresses the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region summit on July 13 in Big Sky Resort’s Missouri Ballroom. PHOTO BY TYLER ALLEN

Bullock spoke about marketing Montana, a state with 1 million residents and with 11 million visitors per year that have a $4 billion impact on the state’s economy. But he also stressed the importance of marketing to businesses, and how one-third of Montana’s trade occurs with Canada. “Innovation has become a buzzword,” the governor said. “We need to make sure those knowledge-based industries are settling in our states, provinces, territories and regions.” Bullock concluded by thanking the staff of PNWER for their effort to get 500-plus people from around the region to Big Sky. He also took a friendly jab at PNWER that the audience received with a collective laugh. “Thanks for giving Montana the opportunity to host – [after] 25 years – our first summit.”


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Camp Big Sky’s cowboy fun at Crail Ranch BY BARBARA ROWLEY EBS CONTRIBUTOR

BIG SKY – On July 15, Camp Big Sky campers visited Crail Ranch for a second time this summer, this time for an immersive lesson in Wild West history taught by true cowboys. James Ramirez, a nationally ranked competitive rodeo champion; his brother Lucas, a state rodeo champion; and Jerry Pape, a seasoned Big Sky team roper introduced campers to a number of lasso techniques. The three cowboys taught campers basic roping skills on stationary “stock” before demonstrating the practice on the real thing – the Ramirez’s four pet goats, which are well accustomed to being used for practice. Camp Big Sky’s Best of Big Sky program operates five days a week under the Big Sky Community Corp., and out of the yurt in the Big Sky Community Park. Outings like this are part of the camp’s weekly schedule, says camp director Kristy Burt.

A young Camp Big Sky wrangler ropes a “steer” at Crail Ranch July 15. PHOTO COURTESY OF CAMP BIG SKY

“The kids love the variety of the program, and the Crail Ranch is a great, nearby resource,” Burt said. “On the last trip, the kids learned about cooking and making coffee in the homestead. This time we were focused on understanding cattle operations, and learned about branding.” The kids especially loved designing their own brands and having other campers “read” them, Burt added. For its part, the team at Crail Ranch enjoys having the kids experience an afternoon learning about the history of the area. “Anne Marie Mistretta

Wildfire Bits and Pieces BY MARIANNE BAUMBERGER U.S. FOREST SERVICE

Most folks consider how their activities could start a wildfire. Do you? Here’s a checklist to think about, and how these factors can affect what’s known as the fire triangle.

and her committee have worked so hard turning this into a real historical experience,” Burt said, referring to the chair of the Historic Crail Ranch Conservators. “It’s an amazing educational resource.” The Best of Big Sky program operates daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with varied programming for campers entering first through fifth grades. Camp Big Sky enrollment is limited and advanced enrollment is advised. Visit bsccmt.org/about/camp-big-sky for more information.

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Comment period extended for Emigrant mining exploration project CUSTER GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST

LIVINGSTON – The Custer Gallatin National Forest and Montana Department of Environmental Quality are extending the comment period until Aug. 20 for a proposed mineral exploration project located approximately seven miles southeast of Emigrant, Mont.

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Visitation increases at nation’s first national park YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Yellowstone National Park had a record number of recreational visits in June with 780,768 total for the month – an almost 17 percent increase over last June and a 12 percent increase over the previous record, set in June 2010 when the park had 694,841 visits. So far, visits are up almost 20 percent over last year, numbering 1,298,855 this year compared to 1,084,827 for the first six months of 2014.  Recreational

The proposed project, submitted by Lucky Minerals Inc., will assess copper, gold, silver and molybdenum potential by drilling up to 30 exploration holes in 12 locations. The drill sites are located within four unpatented mining claims on the western flank of Emigrant Peak, and five unpatented claims on the eastern side of Emigrant Creek. Exploratory drilling would occur in 2016 and agency representatives are extending the public comment period to allow for ample input, according to Yellowstone District Ranger Alex Sienkiewicz. “Public comment helps to determine significant issues that may arise, but comments do need to be substantive to the exploration project at hand,” Sienkiewicz said. Once comments are received, the Forest Service will analyze feedback from the process and this information will help determine the level of analysis that will be applied to the proposal, according to Sienkiewicz.

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Each of the park’s five entrances showed increased visits for the month of June, with the north and west entrances both recording a more than 20 percent increase over June of last year. Bus passengers showed a 19.35 percent increase over last June, accounting for 65,268 of the park visitors, with more than half of those buses coming through the west entrance. July is typically the park’s peak visitation month, followed in order by August, June, September, and May. July 2010 was the park’s busiest month on record, with nearly 958,000 visits.

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“We have not yet made this determination,” she said. Proposed activities would involve conducting core drilling at up to nine sites within the existing prism of Forest Service Roads 3272 and 3273. Two of the proposed drill sites along Forest Service Road 3273 are located within the North Absaroka inventoried roadless area, and three of the proposed sites located east of Emigrant Creek would be accessed via helicopter.

Call Peter Werner at (406) 587-6962 with additional questions. Submit proposal comments by Aug. 20 to: Peter Werner, Project Lead, Custer Gallatin National Forest Supervisors Office, 10 E. Babcock, Bozeman, MT 59715; or by email: fs-comments-northern-gallatin@fs.fed.us. All comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be public record.

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The three helicopter-supported sites would occupy drill sites previously used in 1991, and to minimize new disturbance no new road construction is proposed for the project. Once the exploratory drilling is complete, drill holes would be plugged, drill pads would be reclaimed, and all incidental disturbances would be restored to a pre-drilling condition.

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FWP seeks public input on elk hunting shoulder seasons MONTANA FISH, WILDLIFE AND PARKS

BOZEMAN – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on proposed guidelines to establish elk hunting seasons before, or after, the existing archery and general rifle seasons. The additional seasons, called elk shoulder seasons, would be used where needed to reduce elk populations. The PHOTO COURTESY OF NPS primary intent of a shoulder season is to help reduce the population in a hunting district or group of hunting districts.   An elk shoulder season could occur between Aug. 15 and Feb. 15 outside the five-week general rifle season and six-week archery season. In 2015, the general elk rifle season is Oct. 24 to Nov. 29 and the archery season is Sept. 5 to Oct. 18.   Comments will be taken until 5 p.m., Aug. 10. To see the proposal and comment, visit the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov and click “Submit Public Comments,” then click “Hunting & Trapping.” Written comments also will be accepted at:   FWP – Wildlife Division Attn: Public Comment P.O. Box 200701 Helena, MT 59620-0701   Visit fwp.mt.gov or call (406) 444-2612 for more information.

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Big Sky glaciologist documents changing world BY TYLER ALLEN EBS SENIOR EDITOR

BIG SKY – Twila Moon says she’s probably been a scientist her whole life, and that her family used to call her the “inspector.” The glaciologist and Big Sky resident is now a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oregon, studying some of the most dramatic changes humanity has witnessed on this planet. “I’ve always liked studying the earth,” Moon says. “Glaciers and ice sheets are changing now, and impacting the earth now. It’s really exciting to me.” Moon studies the ice sheets on top of Greenland and Antarctica, and is using satellite data to create an entirely new dataset to document their ice loss and the corresponding, projected sea level rise as the planet warms.

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Greenland and Antarctica host the only two ice sheets on the globe. The rest of Earth’s perennial ice is locked up in glaciers and ice caps. The movement of glaciers is controlled by the rock that it sits on, and ice caps are glaciers that are connected to each other – their movement is also determined by the topography beneath them.

Ice sheets are so massive that their movement isn’t controlled by the terrain beneath them, rather their interactions with atmospheric and ocean temperatures, and gravity. The thickest ice sheet in Greenland is nearly two miles thick, while Antarctica’s sheet is nearly three miles from its surface to the rock beneath it. Rising seas

Some of the data Moon is collecting is to understand how these ice sheets are changing: how quickly they move, how quickly they’re losing ice, and how they interact with the ocean. “As temperatures are warming in the ocean, [I’m looking at] what that means for additional melt and instability of ice sheets and how they affect sea levels, ocean temperatures and salinity,” Moon said. “There are lots of circles and loops – warming in the ocean increases ice sheet loss.” If all of Greenland’s ice were to melt, it would raise global sea levels an average of 6 meters – Antarctica’s ice sheets would contribute approximately 60 meters of sea level rise if it all melted into the ocean, Moon said, adding that future projections are pretty standard that by 2100 a 1-meter global average is likely. But sea level rise doesn’t happen equally around the globe, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, finalized in November 2014. “Changes in ocean currents, ocean density, and sea level are all tightly coupled such that changes at one location impact local sea level and sea level far from the location of the initial change, including changes in sea level at the coast in response to changes in open-ocean temperature,” the report said. Coastal communities around the world are the first to feel the impacts, especially in areas like the southeastern U.S. Parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana are already naturally subsiding, contributing to the “relative” sea level rise. In Grand Isle, in La.’s Mississippi River delta plain, sea level is already rising at a rate as high as 0.32 inches per year, according to a joint 2008 report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research.

From about 1880 to the present, Louisiana has seen a sea level rise of 46 inches; New York City, 14 inches; and Los Angeles has experienced a rise of 4 inches – the global average is approximately 8 inches, Moon said. International economics such as shipping industries are affected by rising seas, and many of our major economic centers are on the coasts. Through her research, Moon hopes to find how quickly the sea level will rise, by studying how quickly the ice sheets melt – this information could help communities adapt to predicted changes. Reason for hope Moon says she often gets the question: “Is it too late?” “I tell people don’t get stuck in the ‘seems too big’ conversation,” she said. Noting past history in the U.S., Moon says a total sea change can happen in 10 years, similar to the country’s rapid conversion to coal during the Industrial Revolution. “Things that seemed impossible [can] occur really quickly.” Any amount of action today, tomorrow or next week is going to make a difference, Moon says, and that can get lost in the climate change conversation. Alternative energy technologies like wind and solar are out there, and they’re constantly getting cheaper. “The really important thing to understand about this problem [is] it’s not a cliff,” Moon said. “Yes, every day we’re not doing something, our future is becoming a little worse. But every day we do something it’s getting better.” She says the U.S. can be a leader on an issue such as climate change, and can gain back some of the technological edge it lost to other developed and emerging nations in recent years. America still has some of the best universities in the world and this issue holds great promise to gain back that advantage, Moon said. “There’s always an opportunity to do something [that’s] going to have an effect on our future.” This is the first story in a multi-part series about Twila Moon’s climate change research. Future installments will explore the specifics of her satellite research and how this issue may affect Montanans.

These pictures show the retreat of Greenland’s Helheim Glacier (on the left) crumbling into icebergs between 2001 and 2005. COURTESY OF NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, AND THE U.S./JAPAN ASTER SCIENCE TEAM.


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Misunderstandings: Don’t avoid, address Be clear with your expectations and decide what you intend to achieve. Make sure you’ve thought about the eventual questions that customers, members, employees, partners, or friends might have.

BY JOHANNE BOUCHARD EBS BUSINESS COLUMNIST

Misunderstandings are a source of many problems affecting cooperation, collaboration, the successful outcome of partnerships, and productivity.

For example, when you’re about to launch a new product, open a new retail space, announce a new strategy to employees, or offer a new promotion for customers, be comprehensive and thorough in as few communiqués as possible. If you’re not prepared to share all of the details but feel pressed to share something, state in your communication that you’ll follow up with specifics when you’re able.

“It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and we parted ways,” or “We just weren’t able to understand each other, got frustrated and gave up.” Do these scenarios sound familiar? In business and in our personal lives, misunderstandings can shut the door to possible relationships or partnerships, and they can create unnecessary quarrels and challenges.

When you schedule a remote meeting, make sure you have everyone’s full contact information so you can reach them with any changes. Confirm all meeting details – time, date, length, and expectations – when scheduling, and follow up the day prior.

Miscommunications are bound to happen, but there are things we can do to prevent or minimize them, or address them properly when they arise.

Never assume. Don’t get caught saying, “I thought it was obvious; it was to me.” Ensure that people will understand you by considering how they are likely to perceive your communications. Ask yourself the questions you need to understand their perspective, and confirm you’re on the same page more than once.

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When you’re in a meeting and agreeing to action items, make sure everyone is walking away with the same understanding of the steps going forward. Make sure someone in the meeting is tasked with tracking all action items and recapping them in a follow-up email – including the responsible parties and their deadlines. Control the ripple effect. If you’ve arrived for a meeting and the other party doesn’t show up, don’t be too quick to judge him or her – this can cause a negative ripple effect. Follow up and find out what happened. The other party might have had an emergency and was unable to reach you, or perhaps they did try to reach you and the message was never received. Be humble. If you’re the source of a misunderstanding, don’t keep the other party in the dark – have the decency to explain what happened. Find a way to rescue the situation and avoid fallout through humility, tact and a speedy acknowledgement of your error. In business and in life, people have misunderstandings, but we can try to limit them with foresight and consideration. “Should haves” and “could haves” don’t fix misunderstandings, but the right kind of outreach can.

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AMUSE-BOUCHE Amuse-bouche refers to an appetizer, and by French translation means, “to entertain the mouth.” It offers a glimpse into what you should expect from a meal. Also it’s free, compliments of the chef.

Don’t be intimidated by ingredient labels BY SCOTT MECHURA EBS FOOD COLUMNIST

For years, we’ve been taught to avoid ingredients on labels that we don’t recognize, can’t pronounce, or aren’t whole foods. However, for some chefs, a few of these ingredients are modern day links between wholesome foods and flawless presentation. Chefs, at heart, are purists. Often times, their goals are to hone their craft naturally and organically. To paraphrase an old French saying: “Seek out the highest quality ingredients, and don’t screw them up.” We want to keep the essence of flavors honest and unadulterated. After all, we chefs are the gatekeepers with regards to how we think Americans should eat. Starting in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, packaging began including words we had not seen before: guar gum, dextrin and xanthan gum to name a few. Chefs and nutritionists led the charge, telling us these were ingredients to avoid. We shouldn’t be incorporating these ingredients into our foods. After all, what was guar? And why was gum in my salad dressing? But then chefs like Spaniard Ferran Adrià, the widely regarded father of avant-garde cuisine, came along and turned our view of food and cooking on its head. He made paper out of asparagus, puffy clouds out of mushrooms, and numerous other creations most chefs still marvel at today. He made waves in the culinary field and the world took notice. In Adrià’s wake, chefs began experimenting with gum, for example, years ago; the public just didn’t know it. The Spanish were early pioneers in these new directions. The French weren’t far behind. And not to be outdone, American chefs were collectively on the heels of these culinary pioneers, creating such interesting trends as “tongue-in-cheek” dishes like Wylie Dufresne’s “hollandaise sauce” – egg yolks and xanthan gum cooked in a cylinder at a perfect temperature. Fast forward: You’re at a restaurant and you just tasted the most amazing sauce. You ask what’s in it, you go shopping, and you set out to recreate your memory.

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You arrive at the moment of truth: Your sauce is good, but not quite the same. Or, maybe the texture doesn’t have that silkiness that was as much a part of the experience as was the flavor. Chances are you’re missing a bit of dextrin to add an “umami” component for a tingle in the mouth, or a small pinch of xanthan gum to create a certain texture. Additives and emulsifying aids that we shunned for years are now the focal point of some modern day chefs. More importantly, learning the potential of these components has catapulted chefs into a world where flavorists and scientists have been living for years. After all, these products are derived from simple, familiar foods such as sugar, starch, beans, and corn. While some ingredients on labels can intimidate even a chef, many are actually fun, useful, and harmless. It just takes a bit of curiosity and creativity to utilize them successfully. Scott Mechura has spent a life in the hospitality industry. He is a former certified beer judge and currently the Executive Chef at Buck’s T-4 Lodge in Big Sky.

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Recipe Cobb Salad with Grilled Romaine STORY AND PHOTOS BY KATIE COOPER EBS CONTRIBUTOR

During June, July and August in Montana there are no excuses: Dinner should be prepared on the grill. Cooking and dining during the warmer months is best enjoyed outdoors because summer always seems in an awfully big hurry to get somewhere. Meals should be quick and easy because who wants to labor over a stove all day? Salads, with the abundance of local, ripe berries and leafy greens, are also synonymous with summer. So here’s a recipe for a delicious salad prepared on the grill. This tasty Cobb salad uses romaine lettuce and comes together in minutes. The romaine and bacon are grilled to create a lightly charred flavor that melds perfectly with creamy ranch dressing. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity, this salad is incredibly filling. However, if you’re craving more protein throw a steak on the grill too! What you’ll need (serves two) Two heads of romaine lettuce 1/2 an avocado 1/2 cup raspberries or one apple 1/3 cup toasted walnuts 1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese Six slices of bacon Jalapeno ranch dressing

How to make it Lightly grease the grill and heat to medium or medium-high. Place the romaine heads and bacon on the grill. Grill the romaine for 2 minutes, 30 seconds on each side or until slightly charred but not overly wilted, and grill the bacon until crispy. Place the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate to help absorb any excess grease while plating the salad. For presentation, place one head of romaine on each plate, cut into four chunks leaving the stem intact, and arrange in a half circle following the plate rim. Dress with ranch and garnish with whole or fanned avocado, fruit, walnuts, Gorgonzola and crumbled bacon. Serve warm. If you don’t have raspberries or an apple, use other seasonal fruits; it will taste just as good! Also, if you don’t want to make homemade dressing, I like Litehouse Jalapeno Ranch found in the grocery store’s refrigerated section. It’s gluten free, and has no MSG, preservatives, or high-fructose corn syrup. Katie Cooper is a food stylist and photographer who gardens and cooks from her country home outside of Willow Creek. More recipes can be found on her blog pitchforksandpomegranates.com, which aims to inspire others to cook using seasonal ingredients grown in backyard gardens or from local farmers and ranchers we know and trust.

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GOLF TIPS FROM A PRO Consider ‘BLT’ while chipping BY MARK WEHRMAN EBS CONTRIBUTOR

The goal of chipping a golf ball to the green is to get “up and down,” or hit one chip close enough to the hole that you’re left with an easy putt. When you’re chipping think “BLT” – not the sandwich, but an acronym for the important steps in your chip shot. A chip shot is played when the golf ball is just off the putting green’s surface and you don’t have to carry the ball very far, which is why some refer to this shot as a “bump and run.” Position the ball “Back” in your stance, “Lean” forward – or keep 70 percent of your weight on your lead leg – and “Tilt” the handle forward with the butt of the club pointing at your left pocket, for a right-hander. Use this method with a slightly narrow and open stance, and utilize a putting motion with your club choice of a 7-, 8-, or 9-iron. You don’t need to hinge at the wrist, since the loft of the club will propel the ball into the air. Your goal in executing this shot is to get the ball within a 3-foot radius of the hole. This gives you the best chance to make the next shot, and get up and down from off the green! Mark Wehrman is the PGA Head Professional at the Big Sky Resort Golf Course.

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Control chronic disease with simple steps

BY JACKIE RAINFORD CORCORAN EBS HEALTH COLUMNIST

Heart disease, type 2 diabetes and arthritis are common, costly and potentially disabling chronic diseases, but they’re more preventable and curable than you think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases cause 7 out of 10 deaths in the U.S. This reality gets more surreal when we consider a 2014 report by the Commonwealth Fund – a private nonpartisan foundation that promotes improved health care – revealing that the U.S. healthcare system is the most expensive in the world. And in a ranking of 17 industrialized nations measuring overall health, America is dead last, according to a 2013 U.S. Health in International Perspective report. Chronic diseases are defined as non-contagious, long-lasting conditions that medicine helps control but can rarely cure. Medicine doesn’t usually cure them because it cannot get to the root of the problem, which is ultimately lifestyle. However, they’re often controllable through healthy lifestyle choices like regular exercise, eating well, and not smoking.

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We urgently need a massive shift in consciousness from one of convenience to one of well-being. We need to make a definitive choice to take better care of ourselves, and support each other in developing the necessary skills to do so. Let’s not allow the confusion of making food choices disable us. Whether you’re paleo, vegan or vegetarian, these diets all have one thing in common: They don’t include toxic, refined or processed junk food and are heavy on vegetables. Author Michael Pollan said it best in his bestselling book, “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto”: “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.” Small dietary steps can equal big changes. If you regularly eat ramen noodles, add colorful vegetables to your dish. If you need to lose weight or have diabetes, stop drinking sugary drinks throughout the day. Eat your lunch, but skip the cheese and side of chips, and ask for extra lettuce and tomatoes. Don’t set yourself up for failure by keeping junk food in your house. Also, move your body deliberately every day. Taking time away from the television and

Another key to controlling chronic disease is to manage your stress. Start with simple breathing techniques to lower stress hormones in the body. Take a very deep and relaxed breath right now. You just lowered your cortisol – or “stress hormone” – as you sent a message to your brain telling it you’re not in “fight or flight” mode. Also, make it a priority to sleep eight to nine hours nightly. Enjoy your life, work and family. We can turn this around, America, and become the healthiest country in the world! Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about getting healthier. If I don’t have the answers, I’ll help you find someone who does. Jackie Rainford Corcoran is an IIN Certified Holistic Health Coach, an NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a public speaker and health activist. Contact her at jackie@thetahealth.com, or find more information at thetahealth.org.

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Interpretating the meaning of dreams has shifted across time and different cultures, yet still remains a mystery. The earliest record of dreaming was documented on clay tablets approximately 5,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. In the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, people believed that dreams were direct messages from deities or deceased persons and that they predicted the future. While their purpose and significance still puzzle scientists today, here are some facts we do know about these creations of our subconscious.

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Neil Young picks fight with Monsanto BY ERIC LADD EBS PUBLISHER

MORRISON, Colo. – Legendary hall of fame rock star, activist and environmentalist Neil Young has taken to the road with his new album “The Monsanto Years.” Young’s latest tour includes 12 shows in July featuring catchy folk-style rock tunes addressing social issues like Monsanto’s genetically engineered seed supremacy, exploitation in the farming industry, big boxstore dominance, and government corruption. As fans gathered July 9 in the idyllic setting of Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre to celebrate Young’s return, they were treated to classic tunes like “Heart of Gold” and “Harvest Moon” before being introduced to new songs including “A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop,” “Workin’ Man,” and “Big Box.” Young teamed up with rock phenomenon Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real to record the “The Monsanto Years,” which delivers preachy and passionate lyrics, coated in complex guitar riffs and beautiful harmonies. Guitarist Lukas Nelson fronts POTR, which includes Anthony LoGerfo on drums, Corey McCormick on bass, and Tato Melgar on percussion. They delivered a solid performance at Red Rocks, holding court and pace with their mentor, Young.

Taking it to Monsanto: (from left) Lukas Nelson, Corey McCormick, Neil Young and Micah Nelson at Red Rocks July 9. PHOTOS BY JIM ECKENRODE

Lukas’s brother Micah Nelson joined the effort and delivered a stunning performance as he displayed his multi-talented skills with an array of instruments. It appears that Young’s belief in POTR and Micah is paying off, as their play – both on the album and on stage – is consistent with the Canadian singer-songwriter’s 47-year, Grammy award-winning career. “The Monsanto Years” is a no B.S. approach to addressing dinner-table conversation topics, and hits companies like Monsanto, Starbucks and Wal-Mart between the eyes with a musical right hook. Young’s black T-shirt with “EARTH” printed across his chest is symbolic of the message being delivered to fans as the new album gives praise to mother nature, the rising moon and elk roaming in fields. “The Monsanto Years” tour is a unique departure from mainstream concert circuits, creating awareness and discussion about topics affecting humanity now, forcing conversations and provoking action. One need only to read the Starbucks and Monsanto press releases in reaction to the album to realize the ripples it’s causing.

Neil Young taking it solo at Red Rocks.

Young filled the amphitheater with sermonlike lyrics, the driving message was for our society to start leading our actions with love.

Lukas traded complex guitar rips with Young during “Down By The River,” that caused hair on the back of fans’ necks to stand up, as they witnessed a rising star before their eyes. While

The boys sign off (From left: Anthony LoGerfo, Tato Melgar, Corey McCormick, Lukas Nelson, Neil Young, Micah Nelson).

Small tents sat atop the Red Rocks seating area manned with activists educating concertgoers on the dangers of genetically modified organisms and their impact on our farming and grocery shopping rituals. If you appreciate a soulful musical approach that addresses our consumptive lifestyles, “The Monsanto Years” is highly recommended. Be warned, you may be deleting your Starbucks app.


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Big Sky Classical Music Festival celebrates fifth anniversary ARTS COUNCIL OF BIG SKY

BIG SKY – The fifth annual Big Sky Classical Music Festival, presented by the Arts Council of Big Sky, will return Aug. 7-9. The festival features three nights of world-class music, and two of the nights are admission free. On Friday, Aug. 7, one of the country’s up-and-coming wind ensembles, WindSync, will perform in Big Sky Town Center. Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync has distinguished itself as North America’s foremost emerging wind quintet. The young, energetic group plays exclusively from memory – including elements of staging and choreography – and focuses on building connections with audiences through dynamic concert programming and a charismatic stage presence. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with an opening group still to be announced, and WindSync will take the stage at 7 p.m. The free concert will take place outdoors in Town Center Park.

Matt Haimovitz will perform during the Big Sky Classical Music Festival Aug. 7-9. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE MACKINNON

Beginning at 7:30p.m. on the second night, Rachel Barton Pine and Matt Haimovitz will play at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center. Both Pine and Haimovitz will perform solo compositions, and then will be joined by special guests Angella Ahn, David Wallace, Kathe Jarka and Gillian Gallagher for “String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18” from Brahms. On Sunday at 5 p.m., the Big Sky Festival Orchestra will perform a free concert in Town Center Park. The orchestra will be conducted by Peter Bay, acclaimed music director of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and features some of the best musicians from Montana.

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The show will include concertmaster Jessica Matheas from the Austin Symphony Orchestra, as well as soloists Pine and Haimovitz. Selections will include “Symphony No. 8” and the “Egmont Overture,” both from Beethoven, and the celebrated “Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102” from Brahms. Visit bigskyarts.org or call (406) 995-2742 for more information about the festival. To purchase tickets to the Aug. 8 show at Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, warrenmillerpac.org. Call usvisit or stop in to sign up

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Arts Council to host free baroque concert

Shakespeare in the Parks returns to Big Sky

BIG SKY – The Arts Council of Big Sky will welcome Baroque Music Montana to the Big Sky Chapel for a free concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28.

BIG SKY – Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform “The Taming of the Shrew” at 6 p.m. in Big Sky’s Town Center Park on Sunday, Aug. 2.

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Baroque Music Montana’s ensemble features Carrie Krause playing violin, Caroline Nicolas on cello, Kevin Payne playing lute and Evan Kory on harpsichord. Together, these musicians have performed numerous concerts, national and international tours, and master classes as part of New York City’s Juilliard School master’s program in historical performance. The performance will last approximately an hour, and no tickets or reservations are required. There will be a price-fixed dinner at Olive B’s Bistro before the concert, and a dessert reception there afterwards. This free event is supported by the Carroll Toepffer Memorial and Peggy Dicken Schwer Memorial funds. For more information, call the Arts Council of Big Sky at (406) 995-2742 or visit bigskyarts.org. For dinner reservations, call Olive B’s at (406) 995-3355.

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks brings professional productions – at no cost to the public – to communities throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington. The company features 10 professional actors, who tour without technical assistance, to bring live theater to communities primarily in rural areas. In its 43rd season, the company has added two days to the tour and performances in Spokane, Wash. and Sandpoint, Idaho, to make it the largest tour in its history. This summer, 47 percent of the communities reached by the troupe have populations of 2,000 or fewer. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks opened its first season in the summer of 1973. Since that time, the company has performed over 2,250 times to nearly 750,000 people. Audience members are encouraged to show up prior to the 6 p.m. curtain time with chairs, blankets, a picnic supper, and friends and family to enjoy the evening. The Arts Council of Big Sky and the Big Sky Resort Tax District is presenting this free performance. Visit bigskyarts.org to learn more.

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BIG SKY – The final event of the three-session Big Sky Conservatory, the Big Sky Theater Workshop, opens July 26 and will conclude Saturday, Aug. 1 with the world premiere of a new play, “Levity.” Written by New York City’s Stephanie DiMaggio, “Levity” will be performed at 7 p.m. at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center. Big Sky local Kristin Kern called her long-time friend DiMaggio last July with the idea. Dimaggio then recruited Tony Award-winning actor Michelle Pawk and her husband, Tony Award-nominee John Dossett to participate.   DiMaggio and Kern, who produced the workshop, reached out to more Broadway professionals throughout the fall. They convinced actor Lee Aaron Rosen and director Stella Powell-Jones to join the company, along with Fordham University and NYU/Lee Strasberg Institute faculty member Laura Savia, who will direct the inaugural Big Sky Theater Workshop student company. The high-profile faculty and performers attracted interest in the workshop, and after auditions this spring, 10 students – eight from New York and two from Montana – were selected to participate.    As a result of Kern’s efforts, Big Sky residents have the opportunity to see award-winning Broadway professionals act on the WMPAC stage for a fraction of Broadway prices. Aspiring actors and those with a casual interest in theater are welcome to attend a workshop and scene study on Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. Participation in the workshop is free.

LIVINGSTON – On Aug. 1, Katabatic Brewing Co. and Neptune’s Brewery are sponsoring a homebrew contest at this year’s Park County Fair. Since President Jimmy Carter legalized the practice in 1979, small-scale beer brewing at home has become a Montana tradition. In a region with numerous breweries and a strong craft beer industry, many people continue to be inspired to practice the trade on their own, experimenting with recipes and homebrewing in their kitchens and garages. This year, members of Livingston’s brewing industry want to test out the fruits of these labors and offer homebrewers an opportunity to win prizes and learn more about how to improve their batches. Participants must live in Park, Sweetgrass or Gallatin counties to be eligible to register for the competition. Homebrewers can submit up to four different beers across the following categories: Pale/IPA, Dark Colored Beer, Light Colored Beer, Specialty Beer, or Lager. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each of the five categories.   The fair will also feature a beer garden from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the homebrews are being judged. “The idea for the homebrew competition was to add a new category for competition [at the fair] as well as to increase attendance during judging with the beer garden,” said Brice Jones, co-owner of Katabatic Brewing.   Visit katabaticbrewing.com or call (406) 333-2855 to register for the homebrew competition.

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Tom Marino Riverhouse, 7 p.m.

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Kris Clone Band Town Center, 9 p.m. Riot Act Broken Spoke, 10 p.m.

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FRIDAY, JULY 24

Wild & Scenic Kick Off Party Music by Lil Smokies Lone Peak Brewery, 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night Lone Peak Cinema, 8 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 25 Crail Ranch Bake Sale Crail Ranch Museum, 9 a.m. WyldLife Car Wash Fire Pit Park, 10 a.m. Grand Opening Party/ Pig Roast Beehive Basin Brewery, 12 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 31 Total Archery Challenge Big Sky Resort. 9 a.m. (thru Aug. 2) Wet & Wild BSR Mountain Village, 1 p.m. Big Sky PBR: Finals Rodeo Arena in Town Center, 5-9 p.m. Trivia Night Lone Peak Cinema, 8 p.m. Zoso Town Center, 9 p.m. Scavenger Broken Spoke, 10 p.m.

Live Music: Mark Davidson Ousel & Spur, 8 p.m. Karaoke Broken Spoke, 9 p.m. THURSDAY, AUG. 6 Community Appreciation Lunch First Security Bank, 11:30 a.m. Music in the Mountains Hurtin’ Albertans Town Center Park, 7 p.m. Ticket Sauce Broken Spoke, 10 p.m.

Bozeman

FRIDAY, JULY 24

Sweet Factory Fridays Museum of the Rockies, 10 a.m. Dave Ladsverk Wild Joe’s, 7 p.m. Fiddler on the Roof The Ellen, 7:30 p.m.

Hooked on the Gallatin Banquet Riverhouse, 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUG. 1 Total Archery Challenge Big Sky Resort. 9 a.m. (thru Aug. 2)

Sista Otis Cinnamon Lodge, 11:45 a.m.

Hawaiian Open BSR Golf Course, 2 p.m.

Holly Williams Live From the Divide, 9 p.m.

One Leaf Clover Broken Spoke, 9 p.m.

Robert Earl Keen & Friends Rodeo Arena in Town Center, 5 p.m.

Grant Farm Filling Station, 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 26 Rev. Todd Hoberecht Soldiers Chapel, 11 a.m. Big Sky Fly Fishing Festival Town Center Park, 12-4 p.m.

James Salestrom Riverhouse, 7 p.m. SUNDAY, AUG. 2 Total Archery Challenge Big Sky Resort. 9 a.m.

F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour Lone Peak Cinema, 5 & 8 p.m.

Rev. Brad Latigue Soldiers Chapel, 11 a.m.

MONDAY, JULY 27 Karaoke Black Bear, 8 p.m.

MT Shakespeare in the Parks Town Center Park, 5 p.m.

TUESDAY, JULY 28 2nd Annual Garden Party Big Sky Landscaping, 6:30 p.m. Baroque Music Montana Big Sky Chapel, 8 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 Community Yoga Town Center Park, 11 a.m. Farmers Market Fire Pit Park, 5 p.m.

MONDAY, AUG. 3 Yoga Stone Anniversary Celebration Free Yoga @ Yoga Stone (thru Aug. 9) Karaoke Black Bear, 8 p.m. TUESDAY, AUG. 4 Tuesday Talks: Meadow Garden Bike Tour Big Sky Landscaping, 5:45 p.m.

Live Music Ousel & Spur, 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 5 Community Yoga Town Center Park, 11 a.m.

Karaoke Broken Spoke, 9 p.m.

Farmers Market Fire Pit Park, 5 p.m.

THURSDAY, JULY 30 Big Sky PBR Rodeo Arena in Town Center, 5 -9 p.m.

James Salestrom Choppers, 7 p.m.

Don’t Close Your Eyes: Live Radio Theatre The Verge, 8 p.m.

Left Lane Cruiser Filling Station, 9 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 26 2nd Annual Art Display & Giveaway Downtown Bozeman, 8 a.m.

Casey Donahew Band Faultline North, 8 p.m.

Bozeman Bucks vs. Billings Royals Gallatin Co. Fairgrounds, 3 p.m.

Squirrel Gravy American Legion, 8:30 p.m.

Bridger Mountain Big Band Eagles, 7 p.m.

Grateful Dead 50-Year Celebration Eagles Ballroom, 8:30 p.m.

Open Mic Haufbrau, 10:30 p.m.

The Last Revel & Dane Tomkins Filling Station, 9 p.m.

MONDAY, JULY 27 Jazz & More w/Kelly Roberti Bozeman Public Library, 7 p.m.

Band of Lovers + Modern Sons The Zebra, 10 p.m.

Del Barber Live From the Divide, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 31 Sweet Factory Fridays Museum of the Rockies, 10 a.m.

Open Mic Haufbrau, 10:30 p.m. TUESDAY, JULY 28 Bogert Farmer’s Market Bogert Park, 5 p.m.

Bluebelly Junction Eagles Lodge, 9 p.m.

Music Tuesdays Red Tractor Pizza, 6:30 p.m.

Halfway Band American Legion, 9 p.m.

Kyle Gass Band Eagles, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 25 Gallatin Valley Farmers Market Haynes Pavilion, 9 a.m.

Whitney Morgan Live From the Divide, 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 Lunch on the Lawn The Emerson, 11:30 a.m. Pickin’ in the Parks Story Mansion, 6:30 p.m.

Annalise Emerick Wild Joe’s, 7 p.m.

Jewish Film Festival MSU Procrastinator Theater, 7 p.m.

Bozeman Bucks vs. Billings Scarlets Gallatin Co. Fairgrounds, 7 p.m.

Film: A Big Hand for the Little Lady The Ellen, 7 p.m.

Fiddler on the Roof The Ellen, 7:30 p.m.

Author Event: Jane Galloway Demaray Country Bookshelf, 7 p.m.

Don’t Close Your Eyes: Live Radio Theatre The Verge, 8 p.m. Three For Silver Wild Joe’s, 8:30 p.m. HoneyHoney Live From the Divide, 9 p.m.

Sugar Daddies Eagles, 9 p.m.

Red Molly The Ellen, 8 p.m.

Local Band Showcase The Zebra, 9 p.m.

MT Shakespeare: The Dream Event MSU Black Box Theater, 6 p.m.

Full Draw Film Tour 5 The Emerson, 7 p.m.

Fiddler on the Roof The Ellen, 3 p.m.

Hops & History: Weiss Beers Museum of the Rockies, 5:30 p.m.

Reptile & Pet Expo Best Western Plus, 10 a.m.

THURSDAY, JULY 30 Music on Main John Roberts y Pan Blanco Downtown Bozeman, 6 p.m.

Guthrie Brown & The Family Tree Live From the Divide, 9 p.m. Rowdy Shadehouse The Zebra, 10 p.m. Open Mic Night Haufbrau, 10:30 p.m.

Bozeman Stampede Gallatin Co. Fairgrounds, 7 p.m. Quiet Company Live From the Divide, 9 p.m. Blackberry Bushes String Band Filling Station, 9 p.m. Sugar Daddies Eagles, 9 p.m. DJ Walker American Legion, 9 p.m. SATURDAY, AUG. 1 Leo Rondeau & Christy Hays Wild Joe’s, 7 p.m. Bozeman Stampede Gallatin Co. Fairgrounds, 7 p.m. Steepwater Band The Zebra, 8 p.m. Screen Door Porch Live From the Divide, 9 p.m. SUNDAY, AUG. 2 Flow Beyond Mountain SUP Challenge Hyalite Canyon, 8:30 a.m. Reckless Kelly, Micky & The Motorcars The Emerson, 3 p.m. Bridger Mountain Big Band Eagles Lodge, 7 p.m. Open Mic Hauf Brau, 10:30 p.m. MONDAY, AUG. 3 Jazz & More w/Kelly Roberti Bozeman Public Library, 7 p.m.


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SUNDAY, AUG. 2 67th Annual Park Co. Fair Park County Fairgrounds, all day

Open Mic Hauf Brau, 10:30 p.m.

Groove Wax Chico Saloon, 10 p.m.

TUESDAY, AUG. 4 Chalk on the Walk Downtown Bozeman, 8:30 a.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 26 Biloxi Blues The Shane, 3 p.m.

Bogert Farmer’s Market Bogert Park, 5 p.m.

Annalise Emerick Murray Bar, 8:30 p.m.

Biloxi Blues The Shane, 3 p.m.

Music Tuesdays Red Tractor Pizza, 6:30 p.m.

MONDAY, JULY 27 Shields Valley Farmers Market Clyde Park, 4 p.m.

Kite Flying Day North Side Park Soccer Fields, 4 p.m.

Muddy Frog Watters Murray Bar, 5 p.m.

Finders & Youngberd Chico Saloon, 7 p.m.

Bluegrass Jam Katabatic, 5:30 p.m.

Leo Rondeau & Christy Hays Murray Bar, 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, JULY 28 Beer for a Cause: Stafford Animal Shelter Katabatic, 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY, AUG. 3 Shields Valley Farmers Market Clyde Park, 4 p.m.

Girl on Fire Faultline North, 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 5 Lunch on the Lawn The Emerson, 11:30 a.m. Bite of Bozeman Downtown Bozeman, 6 p.m. Film: Once Upon A Time in the West The Ellen, 7 p.m. Pete Huttlinger Live From the Divide, 9 p.m. Trevor Hall Filling Station, 9 p.m. Open Mic Haufbrau, 10:30 p.m. THURSDAY, AUG. 6 Cruisin’ on Main Car Show Downtown Bozeman, 9 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 67th Annual Park Co. Fair Park County Fairgrounds, all day Farmers Market Music by Matthias Miles Park, 4 p.m. Carter Freeman Katabatic, 5:30 p.m. Modern Son & Band of Lovers Murray Bar, 8:30 p.m.

Music on Main Jameson & The Sordid Seeds Downtown Bozeman, 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, JULY 30 67th Annual Park Co. Fair Park County Fairgrounds, all day

Play: Boeing Boeing The Ellen, 8 p.m.

Joey & Rory Music Ranch Montana, 7 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Pearls Eagles, 9 p.m.

Blackberry Bushes Murray Bar, 8:30 p.m.

Live From the Divide, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 31 67th Annual Park Co. Fair Park County Fairgrounds, all day

Livingston & Paradise Valley

FRIDAY, JULY 24 Relay for Life Park High, 5 p.m.

Downtown Art Walk Livingston, 5:30 p.m. Ken Overcast/Faith Halingstad Music Ranch Montana, 7 p.m. Biloxi Blues The Shane, 8 p.m. Cranford Hollow Murray Bar, 9 p.m. Groove Wax Chico Saloon, 10 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 25 Livingston Classic PBR + After Party Park Co. Fairgrounds, 5 p.m. Aran Buzzas Katabatic, 5:30 p.m. John Westbrook Music Ranch Montana, 7 p.m. Biloxi Blues The Shane, 8 p.m. Montana Deluxe w/Dave Walker Murray Bar, 9 p.m.

Laney Lou & The Bird Dogs Katabatic, 5:30 p.m. Naomi Bristow/Pete Huttlinger Music Ranch Montana, 7:30 p.m. Biloxi Blues The Shane, 8 p.m. One Leaf Clover Murray Bar, 9 p.m. Russ Nassett & The Revelators Chico Saloon, 10 p.m. SATURDAY, AUG. 1 67th Annual Park Co. Fair Park County Fairgrounds, all day

3rd Annual Edible Garden Tour Livingston, 11 a.m.

Kalyn Beasley Murray Bar, 5 p.m. Bluegrass Jam Katabatic, 5:30 p.m. TUESDAY, AUG. 4 Beer for a Cause: Montanans for Healthy Rivers Katabatic, 5:30 p.m. Ethan Keller Murray Bar, 8:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 5 Farmers Market Miles Park, 4 p.m. Quenby Katabatic, 5:30 p.m. THURSDAY, AUG. 6 Von Stomper Murray Bar, 8:30 p.m.

West Yellowstone

FRIDAY, JULY 24

One Leaf Clover Wild West Saloon, 9 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 25 W. Yellowstone Foundation’s 2nd Annual Garage Sale W. Yellowstone School, 8 a.m. Cranford Hollow Wild West Saloon, 9 p.m. MONDAY, JULY 27 Yoga for Everyone Povah Community Center, 6:15 p.m. Karaoke Night Wild West Saloon, 8:30 p.m.

Homebrew Competition Park County Fair, 11 a.m.

TUESDAY, JULY 28 Pick Up Ping Pong Community Protestant Church, 7 p.m.

The Roys/Kenton Oma Music Ranch Montana, 7:30 p.m.

Frisbee Football Pioneer Park, 7 p.m.

Biloxi Blues The Shane, 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 Community Painting Class Povah Community Center, 6:30 p.m.

Billy Shaddox Murray Bar, 9 p.m. Russ Nassett & The Revelators Chico Saloon, 10 p.m.

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Club Night - DJ Wild West Saloon, 10:30 p.m. THURSDAY, JULY 30 Knit Night Send It Home, 6 p.m.

YOGA STONE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Free yoga classes will be offered at Yoga Stone in Big Sky on Aug. 3-9. Daily classes open to all levels. Find the schedule online at yogastonebigsky.com

Yoga for Everyone Povah Community Center, 6:15 p.m. Adult Co-Ed Volleyball W. Yellowstone School Gym, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, AUG. 6 45th Annual Yellowstone Rod Run Pioneer Park, 10 a.m. Yellowstone Shootout Diamond P Ranch

Fish Camp Boys Wild West Saloon, 8 p.m.

Knit Night Send It Home, 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 31 10th Annual Smoking Water Mountain Man Rendezvous & 1800’s Living History Encampment W. Yellowstone Old Airport (thru Aug. 9)

Yoga for Everyone Povah Community Center, 6:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUG. 1 MT Shakespeare in the Park: Cyrano de Bergerac Pioneer Park, 6 p.m.

Fish Camp Boys Wild West Saloon, 8 p.m.

Adult Co-Ed Volleyball W. Yellowstone School Gym, 7 p.m.

RECURRING EVENTS

SUNDAY, AUG. 2 Soul Asylum & The Meat Puppets Wild West Saloon, 9 p.m.

Historic Walking Tour Historic District, self-guided, daily

MONDAY, AUG. 3 Yoga for Everyone Povah Community Center, 6:15 p.m.

Explore Yellowstone! With A YNP Ranger Yellowstone Park, daily

Karaoke Night Wild West Saloon, 8:30 p.m. TUESDAY, AUG. 4 Pick Up Ping Pong Community Protestant Church, 7 p.m. Frisbee Football Pioneer Park, 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 5 Yellowstone Shootout Diamond P Ranch Community Painting Class Povah Community Center, 6:30 p.m. Club Night - DJ Wild West Saloon, 10:30 p.m.

Experiencing Wildlife in Yellowstone Workshop 30 Yellowstone Ave., 9 a.m. & 3 p.m. daily Yellowstone Nature Connection Programs Smokejumper Program, 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. (daily) Naturalist Program, 1 p.m. (daily) Reading in Nature, 4:30 p.m. (Thursdays) 10 Yellowstone Ave. Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo Rodeo Arena, 8 p.m., Wed. – Sat. Live Performances at the Playmill Theatre Mon. – Thurs., 6:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat., 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.


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ASC’s Gallatin River initiative aims to reduce microplastics Deadline for volunteers Aug. 9 BY JOSEPH T. O’CONNOR EBS MANAGING EDITOR

A sobering study published in the journal Science in February found that nearly nine million tons of plastic lands in the world’s oceans each year. Much of it travels by way of creeks leading to rivers, which dump their contents into bays and gulfs. And much of it takes the form of tiny plastic particles.

In an effort to head off these pollutants, Bozeman-based nonprofit Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation is expanding its own worldwide marine and freshwater studies this fall to include the Gallatin River watershed. By focusing its five-year Microplastics Initiative on the Gallatin and its tributaries, ASC hopes to reduce the amount of microplastics – particles smaller than 5 millimeters in diameter – that seep into local rivers. “Microplastics attract other toxins including DDT, BPA and pesticides,” said ASC’s founder and executive director Gregg Treinish. “When ingested by aquatic life, the concentration of the toxins magnifies as they move up the food chain.” Sources of microplastics include nylon fibers that washing machine filters don’t catch; broken-down plastic bags and bottles; and microbeads from face wash and toothpaste that enter drains and eventually waterways. ASC will train 50-75 volunteers to collect the first water samples beginning in early September, and is accepting applications this summer from paddlers, anglers and backcountry hikers who are passionate about area rivers. The deadline for volunteer applications is Aug. 9. Together with partners and sponsors including the Gallatin River Task Force and the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, ASC is tackling a monumental problem, and beginning here at home.

Merrill Warren collects water from Bozeman Creek during the Gallatin Microplastics Initiative preliminary sampling. All 10 initial samples from around the watershed were polluted with microplastics. PHOTO BY EMILY STIFLER WOLFE

This story was updated from one originally published in the summer 2015 edition of Mountain Outlaw magazine. Green Machine

Locals Fishing Report from Gallatin River Guides Brought to you by Jimmy Armijo-Grover, General Manager park. The Hoot-Owl restrictions apply to Shed’s Bridge (4 Corners) all the way to the Missouri, which is a stretch rarely fished or guided by guides in Big Sky. As far as hatches are concerned we’ve seen a fair amount of PMDs, PEDs, a variety of caddis and a few SPRUCE MOTHS have begun to show themselves!!! The afternoon fishing has improved with cooler temps. Similar conditions on the Upper Madison, but the temps have not cooled quite as much as the Gallatin, so consider early morning starts and being off the water by mid afternoon. The dry fly fishing has been challenging, but dragging streamers with nymph droppers has been very affective. The Lower Madison from Ennis Lake to the Missouri is under Hoot-Owl restrictions, but the bikini hatch is going strong!

Lots to cover this week... We’ve been very fortunate during the past couple weeks to have cooler daytime highs and some regular afternoon rain showers, but we have seen some Hoot-Owl restrictions on some of the nearby rivers. That being said, the Gallatin near Big Sky, the Upper Madison and the Yellowstone have not yet been affected by these restrictions. Also, we want to encourage everyone to attend the Big Sky Fly Fishing Festival July 26 and 27. The Gallatin has been fishing very well and has been in great shape from the bottom of canyon near Gallatin Gateway all the way into the

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The conditions on the Yellowstone River have improved considerably as far as water temps are concerned, but occasional mud plugs have made finding clear water a challenge. Dry fly fishing is best up high towards Emigrant and Gardiner.

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On July 26th and 27th please support the Gallatin River Task Force by attending the Big Sky Fly Fishing Festival. The Hooked on the Gallatin Banquet is taking place at 6:30pm on Saturday where you can enjoy good food and music and bid on a Half Day guided fishing trip with me! On Sunday migrate to the Town Center Park to check out the festival from 12-4 and tickets are available for the F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour for 5pm and 8pm showings. Visit: http://www. bluewatertaskforce.org/big-sky-fly-fishing-festival.php for more info. Tickets available at Gallatin River Guides.

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GET OUT: MONTANA / Backpacking Hidden Lakes

STORY AND PHOTOS BY JOSEPH T. O’CONNOR EBS MANAGING EDITOR

Hidden Lakes is a gem of a backpacking destination, and one for the whole family. Just bring bug spray. This series of eight alpine lakes – just a short drive and hike from Big Sky – yields hours of exploration, fishing opportunities, and stunning vistas. And while we only made it to three of the lakes, the hike leads to ideal camping destinations, especially if you have a 15-year-old … or a dog who’s 15, like Puck. Get prepared: Pack adequate water, and if you plan to bring a dog, pack more. There are a couple streams along the way so if you’ll be camping, I recommend packing a filter so you don’t lug 11 water bottles to the lakes. Other essentials: Raingear (it can rain); bear spray (you’re traveling through bear country and at this time of year trailhead signs indicate bears are active in the area); rope (bears want your food, so you’ll need a rope to hang cooking supplies and food between two trees.

An epic midsummer hailstorm at the official “Hidden Lake.” Visit explorebigsky.com for video footage.

Visit fwp.mt.gov for details.); bug spray (this cannot be stressed enough). Get there: At 5.1 miles north of Big Sky on Highway 191 between mile markers 53 and 54, turn east onto Portal Creek Road and travel approximately six miles toward the Hidden Lakes trailhead. You’ll want a vehicle with moderate clearance to navigate the rough and rocky Portal Creek Road, and some driving skills to navigate the numerous water bars. At 3.8 miles up Portal Creek, you’ll come to a fork. A sign indicates heading left to Windy Pass and Golden Trout Lakes, but bear right at the fork and continue another 2.2 miles to the Hidden Lakes trailhead. Get up: The Hidden Lakes trail leads travelers on an easy-to-moderate, 2.5-mile hike through scenic old growth forests, across clear streams and through wildflower fields of lupine, Indian paintbrush, and arrowleaf balsamroot. At approximately 1.5 miles, the trail forks and black marker scrawled on a section of plywood shows the right fork will lead to Hidden Lakes. This sign is not overtly apparent, but you’ll see it. Puck enjoyed the dog-friendly, wide trail, though water was sparse until we reached Escape! A Columbia spotted frog eludes Puck’s keen senses.

the first lake. From there, the trail continues around the west side of the lake and turns into a bit more demanding, steeper path that leads about 15 more minutes to the second lake. We hiked five minutes around the east side of this lake to the official Hidden Lake, situated below a cirque on the south side. There are plenty of spots around the lake to pitch your tent, but I suggest the west side of the lake: fewer mosquitoes. Get set: We set up camp on the east side of the lake then quickly realized we forgot bug spray. The mosquitoes on Hidden Lake can be brutal, and they attack in swarms. Do not forget bug spray. Or rain gear for that matter – storms can roll up quickly in the high country. At this point the heavens opened to an epic hailstorm. No more mosquitoes. We hunkered in the tent, sipping wine and reading until the storm passed and we could start cooking dinner. Makeshift fire pits abound, but check fs.usda.gov for fire information and potential bans in the Gallatin National Forest. Fish can be particular in these lakes, I hear. Between the mosquitoes and the hail, I didn’t wet a line. Just be sure to get a Montana fishing license. And bring bug spray.


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High summer fishing: Low water angling tips BY PATRICK STRAUB EBS FISHING COLUMNIST

During runoff it feels like high summer will never come. These days, love it or hate it, it feels like it will never end. Whether we love fishing in shorts and sandals, or are counting the days until fleece and waders are necessary, low water angling is here. Gone is the chance for a Mother’s Day caddis hatch and the excitement of fish eating 3-inchlong salmonflies. Now is the time for drakes, spinner falls – or recently mated mayflies falling dead to the water’s surface – and smaller caddis in the riffles. But before we hit the rivers, here’s a reality check: Like death and taxes, low water is a certainty, but it doesn’t always result in poor fishing. Combined with increased stream temperatures, however, low water requires an adjustment in angling practices. The following are helpful and important lowwater angling tips and information from our friends at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana. Trout prefer cold water. Ideal temperatures range from 54-63 F. Dissolved oxygen can be reduced when water temperatures rise, and depending

on temperatures, ideal dissolved oxygen concentrations for active fish is approximately 10 parts per million or higher. When levels of dissolved oxygen drop below 6 ppm, trout become stressed, and feeding, predator avoidance, and sustained swimming become difficult. Below 4 ppm trout can die.

Land and release fish quickly. Use slightly heavier gear and tackle to get fish to the net quicker, and keep them in the water at all times. If you must take a photo do it fast – fish photos always look better the closer the subject is to the water anyway.

Once temperatures rise above the mid–60s F, trout can start feeling the adverse effects of high temperatures. The ability to compete with other species for food sources is reduced once temperatures approach 70 F. Lethal temperatures, depending on species, range from 74-79 F.

Take the long view on fishing. Our rivers and streams are wild-trout fisheries. We rely on nature to restock our fish, not government entities. Understand that the little things you can do today will benefit the long-term health of the ecosystem. Waking up at 5 a.m. might be challenging, but it’s better than having a lousy fishery.

Early on, early off. The most important adjustment you can make is to get on the water earlier in the day and avoid fishing in the afternoon. Early to bed, early to rise, fish until 2 or 3 p.m. and the trout are happy. There’s a reason you won’t see the best guides in the bars after 7 p.m.: they’re at home prepping for an early wake up. Similar to fishing earlier in the day, consider cooler stretches of water to fish. Canyon sections of rivers tend to stay cooler because the sun is penetrating the water less. Try fishing mountain streams or higher elevations to find cooler water. Less is more. We all want to catch fish and some anglers feel like the need to be catching fish all the time. However, strive for enlightenment and accept that it’s OK to catch fewer fish – or only target big trout – if it means the resource is protected.

In my early years of guiding, I looked forward to the second half of July: A full calendar was a certainty with easy fishing days in shorts and flip-flops. Twenty years later, late July has changed – not for better or worse, it’s just different. Fortunately, we still have some of the fishiest waters in the world. Please enjoy your summer angling, but do so with the future of the resource and fellow anglers in mind. Pat Straub is the author of six books, including “The Frugal Fly Fisher,” “Montana On The Fly,” and “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing.” He and his wife own Gallatin River Guides in Big Sky and he co-owns a guide service on the Missouri River.

When taking a photograph of your catch during high summer, keep the fish as close to the water as possible – the fish will be less stressed and the quality of the picture will be greater. PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLATIN RIVER GUIDES


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big sky beats BY MARIA WYLLIE EBS ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Find out what tunes we’re bumping! In Big Sky Beats, Explore Big Sky staff and guests offer suggested tracks for your next playlist. Whether you need to freshen up your music library, want to expand your collection, or just need some tunes for the next backyard barbecue, we’ve got you covered. With the Big Sky PBR right around the corner, from July 30 to Aug. 1, I’ve been mentally preparing myself for the long weekend of festivities with country tunes. Country music has a lot more to offer than the top 40 songs you’re probably used to skipping over on the radio. While there is a time and place for the hits, they tend to grow old fast. om ck.c Sto n e To keep your spirits high, I recommend delving into a range of artists, including clasrOp cto sic musicians like George Jones,wcontemporary staples like Kenny Chesney, and newer .Ve ww crossover into the bluegrass genre. artists like Shovels and Rope who

The list below starts with a few popular western hits and then delves into country bluegrass, followed by some country-rock tunes. The playlist ends with “All The Roadrunning,” a duet by former Dire Straits front man Mark Knopfler and timeless country star Emmylou Harris, which has a beautiful, genre-crossing sound.

1. “Traveller,” Chris Stapleton 2. “Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney (feat. Grace Potter) 3. “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift 4. “Wayfaring Stranger,” Robert Earl Keen 5. “Wild Jack,” Two Bit Franks 6. “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow,” Soggy Bottom Boys 7. “Take Me Home Country Roads,” John Denver 8. “Willin’,” Little Feat 9. “Tennessee Whiskey,” George Jones 10. “Country, State of Mind,” Hank Williams, Jr. 11. “Birmingham,” Shovels and Rope 12. “I Been Low,” Jamie McLean Band 13. “Second Hand Heart,” Dwight Yoakam 14. “Going Out Like That,” Reba McEntire 15. “All The Roadrunning,” Mark Knopler, Emmylou Harris

Visit explorebigsky.com/beats for a sampling of the playlist.

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For Explore Big Sky, the Back 40 is a resource: a place where we can delve into subjects and ask experts to share their knowledge. Topics include regional history, profiles of local artists and musicians, snow and avalanche education, how-to pieces for traditional or outdoor skills, and science. Noun: wild or rough terrain adjacent to a developed area Origin: shortened form of “back 40 acres”

Stargazing in the Big Sky BY ASHLEY OLIVERIO EBS CONTRIBUTOR

Whether you’re a first-time Gallatin Canyon visitor or a lifetime resident, the sight of stars blinking brightly above Big Sky never gets old. Thanks to dark skies relatively free of artificial lighting, the area offers spectacular celestial views, and with the sun setting earlier each night since the June 21 summer solstice, starhunting season is open. Currently, the most brilliant stars are actually planets, and Venus, Jupiter and Saturn stand out after sunset. Venus and Jupiter are the first and second most luminous orbs, respectively. Approximately 30 minutes after sundown look low in the west to spy Venus, the most stunning “star” in the sky. It glows white to the lower left of Jupiter, our solar system’s largest planet. If high mountains obscure your view to the west, travel to a spot with an unimpeded vista. The distance between the two planets is currently a mere five degrees, about equal to the width of half your fist held at arm’s length. In the weeks ahead, Venus and Jupiter will pull further apart – they were closest on July 1 – and set earlier, so now is the perfect time to catch them dancing in the dark.

1 HOUR AFTER SUNSET

LEO

Regulus Venus

Looking West

Jupiter

Venus and Jupiter ride just to the west of the constellation Leo – Latin for lion – as the big cat prepares to pounce behind the horizon at nightfall. Shaped like a crouching lion, Leo has a maned head and chest formed by stars in a backward question mark formation, punctuated at the base by Regulus. The word Regulus means “little king,” which is appropriate for the brightest point in this stellar king of beasts. Venus, once thought to be Earth’s sister, is actually more like our planet’s evil twin. Measuring about 7,500 miles wide, Venus is nearly the same size as Earth and home to mountains and volcanoes. However, this planet named for the Roman goddess of love is inhospitable. At a sizzling 900 F, the surface of Venus is hot enough to melt lead, and its atmospheric pressure is 90 times greater than Earth’s. The air on Venus is 96 percent carbon dioxide, lethal for humans to breathe, and her thick cloud cover is made from sulfuric acid. An astronaut landing on Venus would be simultaneously poisoned, burned and crushed. Jupiter, named after the Roman ruler of the gods, is a gaseous giant, a mammoth ball of primarily hydrogen and helium measuring almost 89,000 miles across, or 11 times the diameter of Earth. Jupiter’s mass – or the amount of matter it’s made of – is greater than the combined masses of all our solar system’s planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and meteoroids. The diminutive Venus outshines Jupiter in our sky because of its proximity to Earth. Currently, Venus is approximately 40 million miles from us, while Jupiter soars over 575 million miles in the distance. Even further than Jupiter, Saturn orbits the sun more than 850 million miles from Earth.

1 HOUR AFTER SUNSET Saturn

Antares

SCORPIUS

Looking South-Southeast

Look for Saturn high to the south about an hour after dusk, and you’ll spy it shining vanillawhite just to the right of a diagonal pattern of three dimmer stars that form the raised claws of the constellation Scorpius the scorpion. Shaped like a fishhook dangling over the southern horizon, Scorpius features in its center the arresting ruddy star Antares, a word meaning “rival of Mars.” Saturn is a gas giant like Jupiter and reigns as the second largest planet in our solar system. It should glimmer into view soon after Venus and Jupiter appear. Even a small backyard telescope on a steady mount will reveal Saturn’s famous rings. Unlike Jupiter and Venus, which set just after dark, Saturn is up all night in its steady march westward, giving us hours of enjoyment under the glorious Big Sky. Ashley Oliverio recently moved to Big Sky and was the former president of the Helena Astronomical Society, and head of public relations and communication for Carroll College. She has more than 20 years of experience as a writer, editor and astronomy columnist for Helena newspapers.

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