United Airlines has announced it will add another flight between Williston and Denver beginning Jan. 7, 2019. The airline’s fourth flight will arrive in Williston at 10:50 a.m. and depart for Denver at 12:15 p.m.  


The federal government announced the release of $2.5 million in grant funding for economic development projects at 20 colleges and universities in 13 states, one of which includes Montana. The University of Montana will receive $146,000 of the funding through the US Economic Development Administration’s Denver Regional Office. The awards are being made under the 2018 University Center Economic Development Program Competition.


Hiland Partners Holdings LLC has submitted an application for a permit to expand the capacity of its Roosevelt Gas Plant in McKenzie County from 60 million standard cubic feet per day to 260 million standard cubic feet per day. The plant processes wellhead natural gas gathered from crude oil wells dedicated to Hiland’s gathering system. Once processed, the natural gas liquid product extracted from the gas is transferred to the ONEOK pipeline system. Residue gas, largely methane and ethane, will be transferred to the Northern Border pipeline system.  The cost of the expansion is estimated at $150 million. The cost of the existing plant’s construction was approximately $84 million. 


The old Hastings Shopping Center in Bozeman will be filled by Hobby Lobby. Renovation and construction is underway for March.


Vacancy rates went up quite a bit during the downturn, stoking fears that the multifamily sector had overbuilt for the long-term need in the Williston region. However, with crude oil prices in the $60 range, Williston apartments have filled up fast.


While Grand Forks suffered a four percent decline because of a decline in Canadian tourism, Williston and Dickinson had two of the largest increases from year to year in the state. Williston increased boardings by 7 percent and Dickinson by 19 percent.


The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has given final approval of the environmental impact statement on a 3,500-gas well project proposed by Jonah Energy in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Jonah’s Normally Pressured Lance Project would generate 950 jobs and produce $17.85 billion in total revenues, with federal royalties totaling $2.2 billion over a ten-year period.


At the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association’s annual meeting it was discussed how the state’s 12.5 percent severance tax on oil production is preventing Louisiana from benefiting from a boom in domestic crude production. Much of the boom in a US market that now is the largest in the world, is driven by shale drilling of which Louisiana has none. The energy department projects U.S. crude production will increase to 11.5 million barrels a day in 2020, but crude oil production in Louisiana has declined from almost 76 million barrels in 2000 to a projected 40 million barrels in 2018. Louisiana has one of the highest severance tax rates in the country. Texas, the nation’s No. 1 oil producer, taxes oil at a rate of 4.6 percent.


Studio Barre is being opened in Great Falls in the old World Wide Press building at 110 3rd St. S. Barre fitness classes combine elements from ballet and pilates to create strength and toning exercises that target neglected muscle groups with low-impact isometric movements.


The Laurel School District had to repay $1,038,904 in taxes the district accessed which were part of the taxes protested by CHS. Following CHS’s settlement with the Montana Department of Revenue, Laurel School District taxpayers will have to absorb that portion of taxes the settlement concluded was not owed by CHS. It will involve imposing a permissive levy on taxpayers that amounts to $33.13 per $100,000 of assessed value. The school district’s assessed property value dropped by about $5 million as a result of the reduction of about 16 percent of the assessed value of CHS property.


The closing of Herbergers the Butte Plaza Mall, left Butte without a department store for the first time in over 100 years.


The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission this month released boarding data for each airport in the state. North Dakota has seen a cumulative growth of 4 percent In North Dakota, comparing January to August of 2017 to that same time period this year.


Montana Resources plans to spend approximately $1.2 million to take the “dirty dirt” out of the Parrot tailings excavation site near the Butte Civic Center. Despite reports that the company will profit from the waste it receives, Mark Thompson, Montana Resources’ vice president of environmental affairs, says MR will not see any profit from leaching copper out of those tailing.


A new business has opened at the Shops at Fox Run in Sidney. Sidney Nails opened its doors on Sept. 8. The new salon has 12 pedicure chairs including four for young girls and multiple stations for manicures. 


In Great Falls, residents of the Fox Farm and Marketplace area, will have a new breakfast spot very soon as the Black Bear Diner takes over the former Moonshine Grill location at 1400 Market Place Dr.



Construction progesses in Helena on building three schools. In May 2017, Helena voters approved a $63 million bond to rebuild Central, Jim Darcy and Bryant schools and add technology and security upgrades to all other Helena elementary schools. Dick Anderson Construction is building Bryant and Jim Darcy, and Langlas and Associates is responsible for Central School. However, the two companies have been sharing many of the same subcontractors and heavy equipment.