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Hebgen Dam project continues to move ahead while officials prepare for high snowpack runoff

The rehabilitation of Hebgen Dam is moving ahead and snow-water conditions in the Madison River drainage are above the typical seasonal levels. The Hebgen reservoir elevation is currently at 6,527.78 feet which is 7.09 feet from full pool and slightly higher than the 10-year average of 6,527.45 feet for the same time frame. Inflow for Read More…

MSU to co-host annual Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum

The Montana State University College of Agriculture’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences and the Montana Feed Association will co-host the annual Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum on April 11-12 at the GranTree Inn in Bozeman. The theme for this year’s conference is “Foundation and Future.” Speakers will cover a wide variety of topics, Read More…

Power Move

In 1859, French physicist Gaston Planté invented the first rechargeable battery, a technological breakthrough that set the stage for the industrial revolution. More than 150 years later, Planté’s lead-acid battery has evolved through numerous iterations but the electrochemistry at the core of his invention remains largely the same. Most prominently, lead-acid batteries are fundamental to Read More…

RPH Irrigation earns top Reinke honors

RPH Irrigation Services in Choteau, a top-award winning Reinke dealership, is inviting customers and community members to a customer social at the Stage Stop Inn Convention Center on March 21. RPH Irrigation Services with locations in Choteau, and Lethbridge, Strathmore and Taber, Alberta, was recognized as the top-selling Reinke dealership in the United States and Read More…

JOBLESS RATE INCHES UPWARD IN FLATHEAD CO.

Flathead County’s unemployment rate posted at 6.7 percent in January, increasing from 5.9 percent in December, the state Department of Labor and Industry said Monday. The county has a current workforce of 42,248 people. The jobless rate in other Northwest Montana counties also increased over the same month. Lincoln County had a 10.5 percent unemployment Read More…

Gazette publisher dumps $436,000 in stock in months leading up to promotion

Billings – Billings Gazette publisher Mike Gulledge was recently named publisher of the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic newspapers by parent company Lee Enterprises on. In the three months leading up to Gulldedge’s promotion he sold off more than $436,000 in Lee stock. In addition to his duties as publisher of the Billings Gazette, and now Read More…

February boosts subpar snowpack

After a relatively dry winter, water experts say heavy snowfall in February finally bulked up the snowpack throughout the state and enhanced the prospects for stream flows this spring. According to the USDA National Resources Conservation Service, northern and southern Montana river basins experienced record high snowfall during the first two weeks of February. Some Read More…

State’s Environment for Business

For a state that has the highest ratio of entrepreneurs, Montana does not rank well in how it treats those entrepreneurs, and the impacts of those policies are far reaching for every citizen. Montana ranks 32nd in the 21st annual ranking of all states by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE), regarding policies which Read More…

Colstrip power plant owner pushes for tax break to keep plant units open

Talen Energy is pushing Montana lawmakers for a tax break worth millions to keep two units of the coal-fired Colstrip power plant open, with one Republican leader saying Tuesday the units could close within the year without some form of assistance. House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, said the $10 million coal severance tax reduction proposed Read More…

Bozeman leads Montana in Airbnb guests

About 77,000 visitors to Montana used Airbnb accommodations last year spending more than $10 million. Bozeman led all of Montana cities in 2016 in Airbnb use with 13,000 guests spending $1.9 million for their accommodations, according to an Airbnb press release issued Wednesday. From KTVQ

MC in line for Small Business Development Center

The Miles City Area Economic Development Council (MCAEDC) learned at its meeting Thursday that the small business development center (SBDC) will be moved from Colstrip to Miles City. The SBDC was created in 1989 to provide free one-on-one advising to business entrepreneurs. It offers financial analysis, business planning, operations assistance, marketing and social media assistance, Read More…

White House reappoints MSU head to ag board

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to reappoint Montana State University President Waded Cruzado to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development. Cruzado is among 11 individuals the White House appointed to various posts. The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, BIFAD, is a seven-member advisory council that advises USAID on agriculture Read More…