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Sidney's main street

Sidney's main street

Sidney's main street.

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Shaken or stirred: Doc Harper’s martini bar set to make a splash downtown

Shaken or stirred: Doc Harper’s martini bar set to make a splash downtown

Customers at Doc Harper’s in downtown Billings will see the inspiration for the new business once they walk in the door.

January 18, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Freight booming at Billings airport

Freight booming at Billings airport

Shipments of packages and other freight cargo fueled a busy 2014 at Billings Logan International Airport and helped boost the local economy, officials said Friday.

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Gazette opinion: Start talking out differences over big building bill

Gazette opinion: Start talking out differences over big building bill

House Bill 5 is a 34-page funding plan for building up Montana.

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With gas falling, sales of SUVs, trucks rising

With gas falling, sales of SUVs, trucks rising

Kenny Palagi’s job selling Suburbans and SUVs is a little easier these days.

January 11, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Let’s back strong community agenda for 2015

Gazette opinion: Let’s back strong community agenda for 2015

On the first day of 2015, The Billings Gazette looks ahead with ideas for building our communities and our state. Continuing a practice started several years ago, the editorial board presents a list of five areas in which positive change is needed and achievable in 2015. The agenda items are…

January 01, 2015 12:00 am Photos

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'All factors point to very positive' for Billings, Eastern Montana

'All factors point to very positive' for Billings, Eastern Montana

With low unemployment, falling fuel prices, and growing consumer demand, the greater Billings area and most of Eastern Montana have been enjoying a good run, experts say.

December 20, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Oil may boom, but infrastructure is busting Montana oil, gas counties

Oil may boom, but infrastructure is busting Montana oil, gas counties

SIDNEY — Out in the epicenter of the oil and gas boom, communities are growing so quickly they can’t keep up with their basic infrastructure needs such as water and sewage treatment facilities, housing and roads and bridges.

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Billings Chamber renewing push for local option sales tax

Billings Chamber renewing push for local option sales tax

At Trailhead Spirits in downtown Billings, owner Casey McGowan is selling the Montana brand as much as his own products. So it’s worth jacking up his prices if the money comes back to his community.

December 14, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Discount retailer Alco shuttering two Eastern Montana stores

Discount retailer Alco shuttering two Eastern Montana stores

Discount retailer Alco Stores announced Friday it is closing 200 stores nationwide and liquidating merchandise, including stores in two Eastern Montana towns.

November 21, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…
Bullock budget includes $45 million for Eastern Montana oil communities

Bullock budget includes $45 million for Eastern Montana oil communities

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock proposed Monday that the state invest more than $300 million in infrastructure across Montana in a single bill, with about two-thirds of the money coming from money raised by issuing debt and one-third from cash.

November 17, 2014 5:34 pm Photos

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August flooding damage nears $1.8 million for roads and bridges

August flooding damage nears $1.8 million for roads and bridges

A late August rain storm that clobbered Eastern Montana caused nearly $1.8 million damage to roads and bridges, disaster officials said Wednesday.

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It's been a mild fall, but that's about to come to a screeching halt

Fall will abruptly end Monday morning, as a frigid blast of Canadian Arctic air invaded the skies over eastern Montana on Sunday night.

November 09, 2014 6:20 pmLoading…
From the editor: What I learned from Tuesday's election

From the editor: What I learned from Tuesday's election

One of the first emails I received Wednesday morning, after just a five-hour hiatus from the office for what was more a nap than sleep, said, "How about this newspaper support Republicans instead of always supporting Democrats every single year?"

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Banking on the boom: Five minutes with Colter DeVries

Banking on the boom: Five minutes with Colter DeVries

Colter DeVries, a business relationship manager with Wells Fargo Bank in Billings, has been getting a firsthand view of the energy boom in North Dakota and Eastern Montana. When bank managers said they were looking for somebody to help grow business in Eastern Montana, DeVries, a native of R…

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Gazette opinion: How will Montana replace retiring workers?

Montana has much to celebrate on Labor Day 2014. The state's jobless rate is 4.6 percent, enviably low as many other states struggle to regain their pre-recession employment levels. Billings and Eastern Montana regions are basically at full employment.

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Low wheat prices stress young farmers

Low wheat prices stress young farmers

August cash prices for winter wheat are nearing an eight-year low in Eastern Montana, which could make the 2014 crop unprofitable for some, observers say.

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Tornado touches down near Wibaux on Thursday

Tornado touches down near Wibaux on Thursday

A violent Eastern Montana storm front launched a tornado in Wibaux and delivered large hail and 80 mph winds to a more-than-100-mile area Thursday evening.

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Soco gas stations switch from Exxon to Liberty brand

Soco gas stations switch from Exxon to Liberty brand

A third-generation oil man, Mykel Stockton has seen business gush, and he’s seen it run dry. His Soco Express service stations have hit a trough now, but the Billings man sees boom times ahead.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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