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End of the line for Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser

End of the line for Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser

SIDNEY — In the City Council chambers of this Bakken boom town hangs a crude map of Montana dividing the east’s oil revenue makers from the west’s oil revenue takers.

January 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Beartooth drilling protest continues

Beartooth drilling protest continues

A Denver energy company will begin drilling an oil well near Belfry — and possibly use hydraulic fracking — this spring, despite protests in Billings on Wednesday by about 80 opponents.

December 11, 2013 5:38 pm Video Photos

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Bret Smelser

Bret Smelser

Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation member Bret Smelser, of Sidney, talks to rancher Larry Smith at the board meeting in Billings on Wednesday.

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Bullock defends veto of oil-gas impact fund; E. Montana officials unhappy

Bullock defends veto of oil-gas impact fund; E. Montana officials unhappy

HELENA — Local officials in Eastern Montana’s oil boom cities and counties aren’t happy with Gov. Steve Bullock’s veto this week of a bill creating a $35 million fund for infrastructure projects in these areas. “It surprised all of us out here,” Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser said Thursday. “All…

May 09, 2013 5:20 pm Photos

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Reporter's Notebook: Amid oil-tax debate, there's talk of the 'lie' of an oil boom

Reporter's Notebook: Amid oil-tax debate, there's talk of the 'lie' of an oil boom

HELENA — In last week’s hearing on a bill to raise Montana’s minuscule production tax on new oil-and-gas wells to help pay for impacts from booming oil development, we heard this statement: “There is no oil boom in Eastern Montana.”

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Sidney mayor: 'We'll be better than what we were'

Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser said positive identification of remains recovered Wednesday near Williston, N.D., as those of teacher Sherry Arnold will bring some closure to the community and the Arnold family.

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Governor listens to public safety concerns

SIDNEY — Shortly after Sherry Arnold disappeared in early January and residents here learned foul play was likely, the town's mayor, Bret Smelser, held a community meeting.

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Governor tours fracking site near Sidney

Governor tours fracking site near Sidney

SIDNEY — Russ Atkins poured from a white plastic cup a loose, gelatin concoction that wiggled as Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer poked and pulled at it with his fingers.

February 07, 2012 2:00 pm Photos

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Population influx boosts crime in small northeastern Montana communities

Population influx boosts crime in small northeastern Montana communities

As thousands of workers and their families move to North Dakota's Bakken oil field in search of jobs, nearby rural Montana communities' resources are being pushed to the limit.

January 27, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Officials announce 2 men held in death of Sidney teacher

Officials announce 2 men held in death of Sidney teacher

SIDNEY -- Law enforcement officials are offering few details about the death of Sidney High School teacher Sherry Arnold, or the two men possibly involved with her disappearance.

January 13, 2012 4:14 pm Photos

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Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser

Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser

Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser has felt pressure from the booming Bakken oil fields.

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Billings companies busy supporting Bakken oil boom

Billings companies busy supporting Bakken oil boom

Some 50 Billings businesses are busy answering the calls from 350 oil companies hungry for workers, trucks, pipe and more, so they can keep pumping crude out of Eastern Montana and western North Dakota.

December 18, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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