According to Glacier Park press releases park-goers should essentially steer clear of the Many Glacier end of the park for the next two seasons while the road, receives an overdue major reconstruction. The project will “significantly increase travel times to the Many Glacier area,” and visitors should expect “travel delays of up to 40 minutes each way from Babb to the Many Glacier Hotel.” The entire Many Glacier Campground will transfer to reservation only in order to reduce congestion in the area.


Ben Eisinger opened the True Water fly-fishing shop in downtown Kalispell after 25 years selling automobiles. True Water Fly Shop is located at 35 Fourth St. W. in Kalispell.


Nick Alonzo has operated Montana Simulcast Racing, LLC, since 2012, but he has decided to close the business. Simulcast racing was a key contributor to purses at the  live race meets held each year in Miles City and Great Falls. These events have been funded by the Montana Board of Horse Racing even if there is no simulcast provider.


The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport will expand its service to two major hubs this summer. The airport will almost double the number of passengers it can carry daily to and from Seattle on Alaska Airlines and will change its Delta Airlines service to Atlanta from seasonal to daily beginning this summer. Alaska Airlines, which offers four daily flights to Seattle from Bozeman and back has upgraded the equipment used on two of those flights.


Bundles of Dickinson Press newspapers were found in the dumpsters behind the Dickinson Post Office. The bundles of papers were unopened and therefore undelivered. The United States Postal Service says it is investigating irregularities in mail delivery service in Dickinson. Staff from competing newspapers checked the garbage bins behind the Dickinson post office, where hundreds of newspapers — still bundled, unopened — were found. Other undelivered mail pieces were found with the newspapers.


 The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) will hold an open house for the sidewalk and shared-use path project proposed in Columbus. The open house will be held January 14 from 6- 8 p.m. at the Columbus City Hall, Council Meeting Room, 2nd Floor (408 East 1st Avenue North). 


North Dakota reports that it has at least 14,749 job openings and an unemployment rate of 2.5 percent.


The core area of North Dakota’s Bakken was rocking in October as the state set new records for oil and natural gas production. According to Lynn Helms, North Dakota Mineral Resources director. “For the first time ever, the state had over 1.5 million barrels per day of oil production” – a five percent increase over the previous month. During October four counties in North Dakota produced 44,826,235 of the state’s total production o 47,051,671 and 91,817, 410 mcf of the state’s total natural gas production, 95,189,103 mcf.


Oboz Footwear, the True to the Trail® outdoor footwear company headquartered in Bozeman, has hired Rich Hohne as its Director of Marketing.  Hohne joins Oboz from Simms Fishing Products. Amy Beck is Oboz Footwear president. Hohne spent over ten years at Simms.


The United States Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Deputy Assistant Attorney General Lawrence VanDyke to serve as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. VanDyke, who is expected to maintain chambers in Las Vegas or Reno, Nevada, fills the seat of Circuit Judge Jay S. Bybee, who will assume senior status. VanDyke joined the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division as the deputy assistant attorney general this year. Previously he served as the solicitor general for the states of Nevada and Montana, and before that position he served as the assistant solicitor general for the State of Texas. Earlier in his career he clerked for Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and worked as an associate attorney at the Dallas and Washington, D.C., offices of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, before and after that clerkship. While in college, Mr. VanDyke was vice president of Performance Machinery Company and project manager of VanDyke Construction Company in Bozeman, Montana.


A few months ago, WMK & Co., a Billings-based steel fabricator, acquired KJ Fabrication in Butte, as part of a company plan to expand.


Zoot announced the results of the 2019 Lending Awards, where it was named “Best Technology Partner – Risk, Regulation and Compliance.” The Lending Awards recognize excellence and innovation in credit risk assessment in consumer, commercial and residential lending. Zoot’s lending solutions significantly improve the customer journey and enable smarter decisions through access to better data, faster policy changes and full configurability. Zoot was named as a ‘Top 20 Company in 2019,’  for its innovation, professionalism and the significant value it brings to its clients.