Ups and Downs

2014-06-01T00:00:00Z Ups and Downs The Billings Gazette
June 01, 2014 12:00 am

Bright future. Congratulations to all of the area high school graduates. You don’t have to look too far to see students who have promising futures ahead. Graduates, remember us little folks when you become famous, and don’t forget to call or text your parents when you leave for college.

Monkey Face. The well known sandstone formation near Zimmerman Trail needed to come down because of safety concerns about falling rocks. Yet the stone stood its ground for quite a while, withstanding several blasts and attempts to topple it. That kind of raises the question: How much of a safety concern could it have been if it survived all those blasts?

Wild and Scenic. Kudos to Montana Sen. John Walsh for introducing legislation that would designate two parts of East Rosebud Creek as a Wild and Scenic River. This designation would mean portions of the creek in the Beartooth Mountains would remain undammed, undeveloped and free flowing. No private property owners would be affected since the stretch that’s proposed is all government land. This move would seem to protect a pretty unique stretch for Montana now and in the future.

Hot air balloon support. This may be the last year for the Magic City Hot Air Balloon Rally. Lacking a large sponsor and even some of the smaller sponsors, the rally doesn’t have enough money to continue beyond this year. No more big balloons on the Big Sky. The balloons won’t be the only ones deflated. Summer won’t be the same without seeing the huge balloons paint the sky.

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