• Taco del Sol Plans Second Location

    Taco del Sol Plans Second Location Business has been good for Taco Del Sol since its opening in the Heights – so good, in fact, that owner Bruce Grendahl plans to open a second location in Billings, at Shiloh Commons, a planned community development at the corner of Shiloh and Central Avenue. Read More
  • Pipe Dogs Outdo Technology in Smelling

    Pipe Dogs Outdo Technology in Smelling The safest means of transporting hydrocarbon fuels is by pipeline. Pipelines are kept safe by constant monitoring and integrity testing by the industry, an important safeguard that can be challenging. Read More
  • Outdoor Wheelchair Offers Freedom

    Outdoor Wheelchair Offers Freedom By Alyssa Severeid Freedom and independence are not typically words associated with those confined to a wheelchair, but according to Jeff and Jana Swenson of Jefferson City, perhaps they should be. The Swensons, who own Action Outside, Montana’s only Action Trackchair distributorship, are proving that confinement to a wheelchair does not Read More
  • Oil Forecast Looks Good

    by Jessica Sena, Montana Petroleum Association Oil Prices - The U.S. petroleum industry is still ringing in the New Year with much to celebrate. Oil prices are at highs not seen since late 2014 and the forecast for 2018 is looking good. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), operators Read More
  • GTUIT Recovers More than One Million Barrels of NGL

    GTUIT, LLC, a Billings based company, announced that it has recovered more than one million barrels of natural gas liquids (NGLs) from oil producing wellsites that would have otherwise been combusted in a flare stack. GTUIT designed, built, and operated all the mobile associated natural gas processing units responsible for Read More
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Market Update

  • US Senate Forum Set for April 24

    A public forum to meet the GOP US Senate candidates will be held Tuesday, April 24 at the Elks Lodge in Billings. All candidates who have, so far, filed for office have committed to the event, which is being presented by Montanans for Tax Reform/ Big Tent Dinner. Read More
  • Airlines, Airport Enter 2018 on High Note

    Airlines, Airport Enter 2018 on High Note   Reports on the status of American Airlines’ debut into the Billings market and the progress of remodeling and adding to the Billings airport, topped the agenda of the Big Sky Economic Development (BSED) board meeting. Read More
  • State Worries About Tax Cuts Based on False Assumptions

      While State of Montana officials are predicting that the state will lose up to $46.3 million in revenues in 2018, because of federal tax cuts passed by Congress this month, the Tax Foundation disagrees, stating that the state will likely come out slightly ahead in revenue than without the Read More
  • Montana Tourism Does Well in 2017

      Tourism is a leading industry in Montana and continued its strong economic performance in 2017 supporting over 53,000 jobs. Tourism provides jobs in lodging, restaurants, retail and many indirect positions supporting real estate, construction, architecture and banking. Non-resident visitors spent $3.3 billion according to the preliminary traveler expenditure report Read More
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  • RBC Recognizes Top Performers

    RBC Wealth Management, a securities firms, recently recognized a number of its Billings members. Teresa Darnielle, Vice President – Financial Advisor, and Anne-Marie Wade, a Senior Vice President – Financial Advisor, were selected to be a member of the firm’s Senior Consulting Group, an exclusive group of advisors recognized for their success Read More
  • New Radio Talk Show

    New Radio Talk Show A veteran broadcaster and political activist has launched a new Billings-based talk radio show, “Montana Talks.” Aaron Flint hosts the morning talk radio show weekdays from 6 am to 10 am. He can be heard on 95.5 FM and 970 AM. Read More
  • Hass Opens New Office

    Hass Opens New Office   Michael Hass, who has operated an All State Insurance office for 18 years, has opened a second All State office in Billings at 1780 Shiloh Suite B. All State offers a wide range of different insurance products, including Auto, Home, Life and Commercial Insurance. Each All State is a Read More
  • Stark Promoted to Stockman Bank Downtown Assistant Vice President

    Stark Promoted to Stockman Bank Downtown Assistant Vice President Jennifer Stark was recently promoted to assistant vice president, commercial loan officer for the Stockman Bank Downtown office. Her responsibilities include developing and servicing commercial and construction loans, and assisting clients with their lending and credit needs. Stark brings over seven years of banking experience to the position, which includes Read More
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  • What’s the Status of Freedom in the World?

    Freedom is on the decline according to one study.

    Global freedom has moderately declined, from 7.05 to 6.93 on a ten-point scale, since 2008 through 2015, according to the third annual Human Freedom Index (HFI), the most comprehensive measure of freedom ever created for a large number of countries, according to a recent report from CATO.

    The United States does not rank in the top ten. It comes in at 17th, which is higher than its ranking since 2008, although its index score has remained relatively flat. The US score of 8.27 compares to a 8.38 in 2008.

    The top 10 most free countries are Switzerland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and, tied at 9th place, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

    Canada ranks 11th, Sweden 13th, Germany 16th, Japan 27th,  Mexico 73rd, India 102, Russia 126th,  China 30th, and Venezuela 158th.

    The report quoted a co-author, Tanja Pornik, saying, “In many parts of the world, freedom is under assault, with nationalism, populism, and hybrid forms of authoritarianism being sold as viable alternatives. As such, the largest deteriorations in freedom have occurred in Syria, Egypt, Venezuela, Belize, and Greece. The good news is that freedom has taken

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  • What County is the Healthiest?

    Gallatin County ranks as Montana’s most healthy county according to data compiled by SmartAsset based upon the life insurance market.

    Other rankings in the top ten counties are Lewis and Clark, Ravalli, Missoula, Jefferson, Carbon, Stillwater, Teton, Flathead and Fergus.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2018
The Montana Department of Transportation, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and Small...
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RiverStone Health has received two recent contributions to its building fund to build a new...
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
The reach of Big Brother is extending ever broader and impacting areas of life that could affect...
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The new year is bringing other tax changes that haven’t been as publicized as the Tax Cuts and...
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
The Tax Foundation recently took a look at cigarette tax rates across the nation and how they vary...
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Hess Corp. announced that it is laying off about 300 employees this year, primarily in its...
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center at Montana State University will offer a series of...
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Montana Fair Housing, Inc. will receive $300,000 of public funds through the U.S. Department of...
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded Billings Clinic a $784,271 grant...