• Underriner, CTA Get Green LEED Award 

    LEED Underriner Motors Hyundai, Buick, and Volvo Facility in Billings, along with CTA Architects Engineers, recently received a U.S. Green Building Council Montana 2016 Sustainability Merit Award for Commercial Building. The 22,000 sq. ft. facility, which includes an automobile showroom, service area, parts, storage and offices, was completed in July 2014 Read More
  • Study Shows Customers Prefer Small, Local Businesses

    Customers trust and use local businesses, and even prefer them to national chains, according to a report by AMAC Small Business Solutions. More than eight in 10 consumers (82 percent) currently use local businesses, and in the next year, 48 percent plan to patronize local businesses even more often. (Fewer Read More
  • SBA Winners in Montana Business 2017

    Bretz RV & Marine Mark Bretz, president and CEO of Bretz RV & Marine, Missoula, has been named Montana SBA Small Business Person of the year for 2017. This annual award from the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the hard work, challenges, innovation, and community investment that is required of America's most successful small business Read More
  • NFIB: Employers Want to Hire; Can't Find Qualified Worker

    NFIB Small business owners are optimistic about the future and want to hire, but are struggling to find qualified workers, according to the February NFIB Jobs Report.  The post-election optimism we've seen among small businesses has led to more job openings, said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. The only thing Read More
  • Oil Will Flow in Dakota Pipeline

    Dakota Access Pipeline Top executives overseeing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline said it should be moving at least 375,000 BOPD by mid-May and is still looking for shipper support for another 100,000 barrels. By June 1, it expects to be issuing demand charges. The startup of the $3.87 billion crude oil pipeline Read More
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Market Update

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3 NASDAQ 5,910.52
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4 MDU 27.07
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5 SWC 17.93
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6 EBMT 18.45
+0.30 (1.65%)    
7 FIBK 39.60
+0.50 (1.28%)    
8 GBCI 33.82
+0.06 (0.18%)    
  • Seed Bill Passes, House Considers Tax Incentive for Pulse Processors

    Chelcie Cargill We're on the downhill slide of the 65th Legislature with just about a month of the session left, and bills are beginning to shake out of the process on the home stretch.  Last week, the Seed Bill - Senate Bill 155 - passed its last legislative vote by a wide majority and Read More
  • Lifting Regulations Broadly Applauded

    Donald Trump Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to re-evaluate the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, lift restrictions on the exploration for fossil fuels on federal lands, and scrap the social cost of carbon as a factor in climate regulations. Trump said that he is putting an end to Read More
  • Gas Tax Seems to be Getting Broad Bipartisan Support

    Montana Legislature As of last week, 1020 bills had been introduced to the 2017 Montana State Legislature. Compared to last session, There's about the same number of requests for bills, but they aren't being introduced because of concerns about the budget, according to Ed Bartlett, Yellowstone County's lobbyist. Commissioner John Ostlund pointed Read More
  • EIA Projects Low Production of Fossil Fuels

    BBER Based upon the government agency, Energy Information Administration's (EIA) data, fossil fuel production is poised for lower production and lower prices in 2017, according to Terry Johnson, who reported on the prospects for the energy industry in Montana. Price will decline but at a slower rate than in 2014 and Read More
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  • EDA Reaches Agreement with GE on Building Lease

    BSED Preliminary approval was given for an agreement with GE regarding the termination of its lease with Big Sky Economic Development (BSED) by BSEDs joint boards at a special meeting. The lump sum of the settlement totals $3.8 million, which allows BSED to cover the debt service for 37 months, continue maintenance Read More
  • No Macy's for Billings

    No Macy's for Billings One of the latest rumors around Billings is that Macy's is building a new location in the city. That's highly unlikely, states one of Billings' premier business developers, Steve Corning, President of Corning Companies, It's a one in a thousand chance. Even if Macy's were opening in Billings, they wouldn't Read More
  • Creating Downtown on the Westend

    Shiloh Commons It's going to be like developing a downtown on the west end of Billings, say developers.  As soon as the weather permits, probably about May 1, construction will begin this spring on Shiloh Commons, at the corner of Shiloh Road and Central Avenue - next to City College. The proposed project Read More
  • Bypass Remains at Top of Transportation Priority List

    Bypass Remains at Top of Transportation Priority List The Billings Bypass project is at the top of priorities in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Billings /Yellowstone Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The project is on track, said Billings Planner Scott Walker, and over the next five years $76 million is being allotted to construct the first phases Read More
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  • Senator Tester Seeks more Wilderness in Montana

    Jessica Sena

    Citizens for Balanced Use

    Amidst continued news coverage of the debate on public lands, Montana's lone Democrat in Congress, Senator Jon Tester, has announced a bill to create two new Recreation Management Areas totaling almost 6,000 acres. 

    Within the two new Otatsy and Spread Mountain Recreation Management Areas, timber harvest, permanent roads, and mining are prohibited, and motorized access is limited. The areas which remain open for snowmobiling are not areas of desired snowmobile use because of their low altitude and limited snowfall. 

    Motorized recreationalists have watched hundreds of thousands of acres and thousands of miles of roads be removed from public access through restrictions which seek to preserve and protect our public lands, but for whom?The National Wilderness Preservation System consists of 756 wilderness areas on 109,492,591 acres in 44 states. When combined with the many other land use allocations and designations that remove federal lands from multiple uses, including National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Wilderness Study Areas, National Monuments and Roadless Areas, less than half of federal land is open to multiple-use activities. In Montana alone, 9,784 miles or about 31 percent of the 32,000 miles of federally managed roads are closed to motorized

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  • Losing Before the Battle Begins

    Evelyn Pyburn

    Both sides in the Keystone XL Pipeline dispute make the same assumption and hence a mistake that ultimately assures problems and failures in the political arena for the company. 

    Advocates of the pipeline have accepted the premise that the primary justification for what they do is to serve the broader public good - a position that is eagerly embraced by their adversaries who, at least intuitively, understand that in accepting that premise the advocates have at the outset yielded the unassailable high ground.

    There is nothing new in this mistake, it is a frequent one among business people.

    The adversaries are delighted to debate the number of jobs that building the pipeline will create as though that is the single most important issue to be considered. Or, even the amount of taxes that will be generated , as though that is the ultimate reason why people pursue business. They will gleefully accept those debates because just by having them, means they have won. They have won because they do not have to explain the inexplicable. They do not have to explain why someone or some group of ìsomeones,î such as a company, has an inherent obligation to provide such things, just because

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