Big Sky recycling site gone Nov. 2


Big Sky’s recycling site will temporarily close on Monday Nov. 2 until a permanent solution is found.
A group of public and private community partners has worked to find a longterm solution for the growing Big Sky community to secure a safe and centralized location to house a permanent recycling center, but has so far been unable to find a suitable location.

Town Center has hosted the current site for the past six years, donating the location and clean-up services during this time. However, its location on a road right of way with increasing traffic, along with upcoming construction projects, it’s no longer a safe, viable solution for Big Sky, according to BSCC Executive Director Ciara Wolfe.

“All the pieces are here [in Big Sky] … to make a sustainable solution, however these type of partnerships and plans take time to implement,” Wolfe said. The Big Sky community has looked at several temporaty sites to host the recycling center until the longterm location is secured, however none of them have worked to date.

Understanding that it takes several different services to fully serve a growing community, Big Sky residents are encouraged to either sign up for curbside recycling through Republic Waste Service by calling (406) 586-0606, or drop their recycling at one of the other Gallatin Solid Waste Management District sites throughout Gallatin County.

All locations are listed at Big Sky businesses are encouraged to contact Four Corners Recycling at (406) 570-5561 for commercial recycling pickup services.


Schieffer named director of tourism nonprofit


HELENA, MT – Voices of Montana Tourism on Oct. 26 announced Dax Schieffer as the new director to lead the organization as the united voice for Montana’s tourism stakeholders. Schieffer joins Voices following an 18-year career at Big Sky Resort.

“My work at Big Sky has shown me first hand … how powerful this industry can be for thousands of Montanans and their families who benefit from a strong tourism industry,” Schieffer said.

Schieffer will take over the organization following Mike Garcia, who successfully brought the nonprofit forward in critical policy discussions and in establishing a wide financial base.

“Voices will continue to evolve and adjust to the changing needs and opportunities as travel in Montana enjoys unprecedented growth,” said Racene Friede, Voices of Montana Tourism chair.

Tourism is one of Montana’s leading industries with more than 11 million visitors in 2014, and supports over 38,000 jobs. Total non-resident spending is expected to surpass $4 billion in 2015.

Schieffer had an early start in the hospitality industry growing up in Sidney, Mont., and working for a family run restaurant throughout high school. After graduating from Montana State University, he was offered a job at Big Sky Resort in lodging operations.

After being promoted to supervisor in accounting, Scheiffer worked for 10 years in marketing as the resort’s spokesperson and special events manager. For the past five years he has served on the executive leadership team as the director of human resources.