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The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the opening of the Hungry Horse Dam Visitor Center for the 2019 summer season, daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Sept. 28. Exhibits about the history of Hungry Horse Dam and its importance to the Federal Columbia River Power System are featured. Hungry Horse Dam is located off Highway 2 in Hungry Horse, Montana. For more information, visit https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hungryhorse/index.html or call (406) 387-5241 x347.

 

North Dakota regulators have approved a siting permit for a natural gas liquids pipeline project in the western part of the state. ONEOK Bakken Pipeline, LLC, will build the 77-mile long pipeline that will start at the company’s natural gas processing plant in McKenzie County and connect with another pipeline in Richland County, Montana. The project is estimated to cost $125 million. The 20-inch steel pipeline is designed to carry a maximum of 1,680,000 gallons per day.

 

Wyoming’s tourism industry accounted for $3.8 billion in in-state spending last year, according to a report from the Wyoming Office of Tourism. Wyoming has experienced an annual 2.5 percent increase in tourism spending since 2007 and, in the past year, has outperformed national visitation averages compiled by the United States Travel Association.

 

North Dakota’s state taxable sales report released on May 29 ranked Williston second to Fargo among North Dakota’s 200 largest cities. Williston sales were up 26 percent from 2017 to 2018, making it the second highest taxable sales city in the state at $1.56 billion.

 

The Blue Wolves squad from Anaconda High School was crowned the Montana Chamber Foundation’s third annual Challenge Bowl winners. The competition tested the business knowledge of students, and rounding out the three top finishers was the Destructors (North Toole County High School) and Boost (Anaconda High School). The Challenge Bowl is an opportunity for the top 16 teams from the spring and fall semester of the High School Business Challenge  to go head-to-head and win scholarship money. The HSBC is an eight-week business simulation during the fall and spring semesters where students make business decisions for a company they run. During the Challenge Bowl, students complete four inputs to represent four business quarters. Scholarships are awarded to all participants in the Challenge Bowl. First place team members receive $1,000 per student; second place, $750 per student; and third place team members each receive $500.  Participants not placing in the top three each receive a $100 scholarship. Teams from Dillon Middle School, Billings Skyview High School, Columbia Falls High School, and Melstone High School rounded out the competition.

 

ClassOne Technology, a supplier of new wet process tools to the 200 mm and below semiconductor manufacturing industry, headquartered in Kalispell, has sold its flagship Solstice S8 and Solstice LT electroplating tools to Cubic Mission Solutions, a business division of Cubic Corp. based in San Diego. The Solstice systems will be used for a variety of electroplating and related wet processes applications. ClassOne Technology develops and provides innovative new wet-chemical equipment solutions, including electroplaters, spin-rinse-dryers, spray solvent tools and more.

 

Pete Weber has joined the building design team at Morrison-Maierle. He will be based in the company’s Missoula office, but will work on projects with the company’s Buildings Market Groups in Kalispell. Weber has spent the last 19 years working in the architecture/engineering industry on communications infrastructure for buildings projects. A native of Rochester, New York, Weber received a B.A. and M.A. in psychology from Wheaton College in 1993. Prior to his new position at Morrison-Maierle, he worked for Access Consulting as a communications project manager for 18 years.