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Saturday, May 31, 2003

Great snow, business for Red Lodge Mountain Red Lodge Mountain Resort had a wonderful season this past winter. Every inch of this mountain was skied and ridden for the first time in years. In fact, there were some places that were explored for the first time ever, including a couple by me. We had guests come here from all over the country and some who simply hadn't been here in years. Many individuals pulled their skis out of their attics and came skiing for the first time in many years because they didn't want to miss out on all the fun.

We recorded 325 inches of snow for the season. Historically, we've never recorded over 300 inches before this year. Our average is about 250 inches and the last two years we only saw 163 inches each. All this snow attracted 123,349 skiers and riders — our second best season ever.

We are headed toward our first profitable season since 1996, prior to the expansion and probably our best financial results ever. Instead of operating in a survival mode and looking for places to cut costs this summer, we are making decisions on how and where we can spend capital to improve our business. We have much we can improve upon so it can't all happen at once, but we are now moving in a positive direction.

When I came on the job four years ago there was a tremendous challenge facing us in the midst of a drought. Now that there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel there are many I would like to express gratitude to:

Fred Marble and his family for their perseverance and constant support. Our thanks also to First Interstate Bank for flexibility and understanding through the restructuring and refinancing of our debt. We are also grateful to the other businesses that stuck with us and supported us through these tough times. Our employees have played a huge role in our survival. I am so thankful for their hard work and dedication. Finally, all of us at Red Lodge Mountain Resort are most grateful to you, our customers and guests. For without you we have nothing!

Rob Ringer

President and General Manager

Red Lodge Mountain Resort

World No Tobacco Day promotes better health Today, May 31, is World No Tobacco Day. The World Health Organization annually sponsors World No Tobacco Day to call attention to the seriousness of the impact of tobacco on health. It is the first and only global event where smokers around the world unite to break free from their dependence on tobacco. This day was established to raise awareness of the international impact of tobacco use and promote a tobacco-free environment. Approximately 1.1 billion people around the world smoke. This includes manufactured cigarettes as well as other forms.

It is estimated that of these 1.1 billion smokers, around 3.5 million die every year as a result of tobacco-related illnesses. It is predicted that tobacco will be the leading cause of death and disability by the year 2020. Please do your part to educate yourself and loved ones about the importance of a tobacco-free environment.

Katie Mayer

Billings

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Zoo Geranium Fest gets great support On behalf of the Geranium Fest Committee, we wish to thank the community for their tremendous support of the 4th Annual Geranium Fest at ZooMontana. More than 1,900 people visited the zoo.

A special thank you to the sponsors, donors and vendors who helped make this a successful day. The local nurseries deserve big thanks for the beautiful geraniums that were sold as a fund raiser for the Sensory Garden and Zoo maintenance.

Without the dedication of over 50 volunteers, it would not have been such a successful fund raiser. So thank you — each and every one. This was a great year!

Betty Ranney

Committee Chair

Billings

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