• Harbert to Speak at Petroleum Event

      Karen Alderman Harbert, President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute will be the speaker at the annual Petroleum Industry Appreciation Day Luncheon on August 29. The event which is sponsored by the Montana Petroleum Association will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Read More
  • “Big Oil” Issues Biggest Paychecks of all Industries

      When it comes to paychecks, Big Oil now looks like the best bet for U.S. workers, according to a report in Bloomberg Spurred partly by the shale boom, the median pay for energy workers last year was $123,000. That topped all sectors, including utilities, tech and health care. What’s Read More
  • What is Happening Now?

    Keystone to Begin Construction After years of uncertainty, construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Montana will begin early next year – 2019. Details of an exact time schedule are still being worked out.     The announcement was made by Russ Girling, President & Chief Executive Officer of TransCanada, during the Montana Read More
  • Highest Paid CEO’s

      The typical CEO in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index made $11.7 million last year. The Associated Press recently listed some of the highest paid CEO’s in the country. The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue. To calculate CEO pay, Equilar adds Read More
  • Blaze Pizza, Plus Others Coming to Rimrock Mall

      On the heels of Magic City Gymnastics, India Grill, and Western Skies Real Estate declaring that they will soon open at Rimrock Mall, fast-casual pizza franchise Blaze Pizza has announced it will also be opening at the property. Locally franchised by Montana Restaurant Brands Inc., Blaze Pizza is well-known for Read More
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Market Update

  • Bankers Oppose Postal Service becoming Bank

      The U.S. Postal Service wants to become your banker. The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) are opposed to the idea. The organization sent a letter to the House Financial Services Committee pointing out that the Postal Service is not able to do the job it is supposed to Read More
  • Study Evaluates Economic Impact of Closure of Colstrip Plants

      The impact of the premature closure of Colstrip Plants 3 and 4 is of just as much consequence to everyone in the state as it is to the citizens of Colstrip, finds a study regarding the economic impact of the coal-fire electrical plants. During a press conference in the Read More
  • Colstrip Important to Natiomal Security

    Colstrip Important to Natiomal Security   More than once during the Energy Summit in Billings on May 30 & 31, it was mentioned that the federal government is looking at Colstrip in light of the importance of Plants 3 & 4 to national security. Then on June 1, from US Energy Secretary Rick Perry issued Read More
  • Leaders Talk Energy at Summit

    Leaders Talk Energy at Summit   It’s somewhat surprising to the world that the US has achieved energy independence, but now that it has, US Senator Steve Daines declared that the next step is global domination in the production of energy. He restated that goal many times during the Montana Energy Summit in Billings on Read More
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  • It’s a Hot Summer for Entertainment in Billings! - Four Big Events

    It’s a Hot Summer for Entertainment in Billings! - Four Big Events   Big Sky State Games The 33rd Annual Big Sky State Games will host over 10,000 athletes from nearly every Montana community July 20-22 in Billings. The Big Sky State Games is an Olympic-style amateur sports festival for people of all ages and abilities. This annual event has grown to Read More
  • Hilliard Promoted to Stockman Loan Officer

    Hilliard Promoted to Stockman Loan Officer   Kimberly Hilliard has recently been promoted to Real Estate Loan Officer for the Stockman Bank Heights location. She will develop and service real estate loans and assist clients with their goal of becoming a homeowner or refinancing to consolidate debt, lower current monthly payments, or utilize their home as Read More
  • Billings Ranks 8th for Working Retirees

      Billings is ranked eighth in the nation as a good place to in which to retire if you are planning to work during retirement, according to Smartasset.com, an on line financial advisor. The average American can expect to live nearly 79 years. That is a full 14 years after Read More
  • Yellowstone Valley Brewing Has New Owners, Manager

    Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. has new ownership and new management. The husband and wife team of investors in downtown Billings, Mike Mathew and Kay Foster, recently purchased Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co., from George Moncure. With the goal of rebuilding and retaining the popular venue, the couple are engaging Sean Lynch Read More
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    Everyone is celebrating the “Fourth of July.” Why?

    There is nothing to celebrate about any given day in July. It is not July 4 that we celebrate, but independence.

    The holiday this week is “INDEPENDENCE DAY”! What is so hard about saying that? Yet, signs and ads and commentaries all identify it as the “Fourth of July’. So wide spread is the phenomenon that one has to wonder about the resistance to embracing independence.

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  • MILLENNIALS - Not So Different

    MILLENNIALS - Not So Different


    It is turning out that millennials are not that much different than generations who have gone before. As they are getting older they are making many of the same choices as their parents and grandparents – only they are doing those things a little later in life, perhaps because they were burdened earlier in life with financial issues such as massive college loans and a constrained job market.

    But, according to a report in “Chief Executive,” millennials are now marrying, having children, buying homes and choosing to live in the suburbs, at rates that reflect those of past generations.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Farmers and ranchers shipping livestock received good news from the Senate with the introduction...
Sunday, July 01, 2018
The Senate Agriculture Committee’s had just approved the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (S....
Sunday, July 01, 2018
The new Social Security Trustees Report has just been released. As always, it contains a wealth of...
Sunday, July 01, 2018
Rimrock Auto Arena will probably be getting a new name. News emerging from the county’s budget...
Sunday, July 01, 2018
Woods Bay Wine has opened in Kalispell in the location of the former Gourmet Gallery breakfast...
Sunday, July 01, 2018
Whether agricultural concerns revolve around livestock health issues, the farm bill, noxious weeds...
Sunday, July 01, 2018
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) expressed strong opposition to the National...
Friday, June 15, 2018
People in Montana earning incomes between $50,000 and $75,000 will see a reduction in their taxes...
Friday, June 15, 2018
On June 12, 2018, the Montana Public Service Commission approved Hydro One’s acquisition of Avista...