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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.

August 19, 2014 5:51 pmLoading…
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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Special legislative session for Medicaid expansion, other issues?

Special legislative session for Medicaid expansion, other issues?

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock, some Democratic legislators and others have been discussing whether to call a special legislative session next month, to consider Medicaid expansion and other issues, such as funding Bullock’s $45 million plan for infrastructure in eastern Montana.

May 21, 2014 12:47 pmLoading…
Culbertson, other towns, rush to keep pace with Bakken spillover

Culbertson, other towns, rush to keep pace with Bakken spillover

CULBERTSON — No vacancy. Road closed. Help wanted. It’s hard to find a street in this tiny northeast Montana farm town without at least one, if not all three, signs on display.

May 10, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Horse racing on tap Sunday in Miles City

MILES CITY -- Nine horse races are set for Sunday afternoon at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds, as the state's limited live racing season gets underway.

May 09, 2014 4:16 pmLoading…
In Eastern Montana, a confluence of federal promises to farmers, fish stirs concern

In Eastern Montana, a confluence of federal promises to farmers, fish stirs concern

SIDNEY — In this frontier farm town of sugar beets and oil wells, spring arrives with the turn of an iron wheel.

May 04, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Let's leverage state's good bond rating for infrastructure

As mayors of communities directly impacted by oil and gas development in the Bakken, we know firsthand of the infrastructure needs our communities face. And we know of the incredible opportunity that the state of Montana has to use our stellar bond ratings to make significant investments in …

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Guest opinion: Interior steps up for responsible development

Taking care of the land is a core value here in Montana. The beautiful open prairie in Wolf Point, where I live, embodies what it means to live in Big Sky country, and there is no place I would rather be.

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Gazette opinion: Bullock’s bonding proposal won’t fly

Gazette opinion: Bullock’s bonding proposal won’t fly

Gov. Steve Bullock’s latest aid package for Eastern Montana elicited as much disappointment as relief last week.

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Guest opinion: Bullock's new, old borrowing plan for Eastern Montana

Eastern Montana is seeing unprecedented growth as a result of the Bakken development. This impact comes not only from drilling and related activities in Montana, but also from “spillover” into Montana from North Dakota. These impacts are real, they are in many cases severe, and they need addressing.

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Gazette opinion: Region’s growth makes case for more defenders

Gazette opinion: Region’s growth makes case for more defenders

Add the Montana Public Defender Office to the long list of private businesses and government agencies struggling to hire workers for Bakken boom towns.

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Bullock to unveil $45 million Bakken communities aid package

Bullock to unveil $45 million Bakken communities aid package

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is expected to announce a $45 million aid package for Eastern Montana communities overwhelmed by the Bakken oil boom.

April 16, 2014 4:52 pm Photos

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UND's Varner transferring to Rocky for football

Former Baker High School football standout Kodee Varner is transferring to Rocky Mountain College this fall after spending the past two seasons at the University of North Dakota, Battlin' Bears coach Brian Armstrong has announced.

April 01, 2014 3:15 pmLoading…
Guest opinion: Montana's sage grouse worth protecting

Guest opinion: Montana's sage grouse worth protecting

After a century or two of obscurity, the sage grouse has been getting a lot of attention lately. It’s not just about sage grouse, but where it lives and what it presents: Montana’s healthy sagebrush habitats.

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29 cars on coal train derail east of Terry

A train transporting coal from the Powder River Basin derailed near Terry on Monday night, according to a railroad spokesman.

February 25, 2014 12:28 pmLoading…
Investment strategist says drugs are curtailing the Bakken's potential

Investment strategist says drugs are curtailing the Bakken's potential

The biggest roadblock to a more robust development of the Bakken oil riches isn’t transportation of the crude, sufficient water for hydraulic fracking or even enough investment money.

February 07, 2014 4:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Eastern Montana prairie worth conserving

Montana is famous for its mountain vistas, but those of us in Eastern Montana understand the understated beauty of our prairie lands as well.

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