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Poised for growth: Helena's economy remains slow, but leaders optimistic

Poised for growth: Helena's economy remains slow, but leaders optimistic

In the long term, Helena’s stable economy was not as heavily impacted by the recession as other areas of Montana, said Director of the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research Patrick Barkey.

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From the editor: We have seen the enemy...

There's that old saying, borrowed from a cartoon, "We have seen the enemy — and he is us."

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Mead says suits against feds fight protect lifestyle, economy

Mead says suits against feds fight protect lifestyle, economy

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming, with some 30 lawsuits involving the federal government, is decidedly on a path of litigating for control of the state’s natural resources.

October 13, 2014 7:30 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Time to push made-in-Montana public land legislation

I recently got to hike with some fellow Montanans 2,000 feet up to Headquarters Pass on the Rocky Mountain Front.

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Montana lawmakers aim to avoid government shutdown

Montana lawmakers aim to avoid government shutdown

With less than two weeks for Congress to pass a federal budget, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said there’s no time for shenanigans like those that shut down the government last year.

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Government makes buyback offers on Indian lands

Government makes buyback offers on Indian lands

HELENA — The U.S. government has offered to buy parcels of land from nearly 2,100 landowners on the Flathead Reservation as part of an effort to consolidate land that has been split into fractional interests over the years.

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Guest opinion: Bipartisan land-exchange bill awaits action in Congress

Grand Teton National Park is an extraordinary place. Its mountains are breathtaking, its lakes and rivers pristine. Wildlife is abundant and the majesty of nature reigns supreme. It is one of the crown jewels of the national park system.

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Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Should Montana Republican lawmakers saddle up to take control of federal lands, they might be without one important, generally conservative group: cowboys.

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Expense of Montana takeover of federal lands difficult to define

Expense of Montana takeover of federal lands difficult to define

Determining the cost to the state of Montana to take over management of roughly 25 million acres of federal land within its borders is no easy task, but a back-of-the-envelope calculation puts such a deal at close to half a billion dollars.

September 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Fielder: Get rid of the absentee landlord

Fielder: Get rid of the absentee landlord

THOMPSON FALLS — To Jennifer Fielder, most problems on Montana’s landscape would be fixed by getting rid of an absentee landlord.

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George F. Will: Americans fed up with cupcake cops

WASHINGTON — In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans' comprehensive withdrawal of confidence f…

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Wyoming governor candidate says feds have no authority in state

Wyoming governor candidate says feds have no authority in state

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Cheyenne doctor and rancher running as a Republican for Wyoming's governor has staked out positions further right than any other major candidate this year by claiming federal agencies have no authority in the state and federal judges have no power to say otherwise.

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Nearly half of Wyoming oil, gas wells uninspected

Nearly half of Wyoming oil, gas wells uninspected

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Almost half of all newly drilled oil and gas wells considered high pollution risks in Wyoming weren't inspected over a recent three-year period, according to an Associated Press review of federal data.

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Darrell Ehrlick: The stories we don't tell

Most of the time, newspapers tell you the story from beginning to end.

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CSKT reaches agreement with feds on land buyback program

CSKT reaches agreement with feds on land buyback program

PABLO – Two Montana Indian tribes – including the Confederated Salish and Kootenai – are among the first in the nation to finalize agreements with the federal government to facilitate a Native American land buyback program.

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Federal payment cuts could slam Wyoming counties

When county leaders in Wyoming look at the bipartisan federal budget proposal, there’s something they don’t see: millions of dollars owed them by the federal government.

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Food pantries brace for demand because of food stamp cuts

Food pantries brace for demand because of food stamp cuts

With food stamp cuts starting Friday, local food pantries expected demand for their services to increase as poor families begin running out of the money for food earlier than usual.

November 02, 2013 12:30 am Photos

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Big Sky Economic Development: Want to sell to the government? Partnering may help you succeed

Big Sky Economic Development: Want to sell to the government? Partnering may help you succeed

We’ve heard a lot of news about government spending over the past couple of months. Politics aside, the federal government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world.

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Administration officials tout Bullock’s cash management

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s sound fiscal management has allowed Montana to avoid problems faced by other states during the federal government shutdown, top administration officials said Tuesday.

October 08, 2013 7:18 pmLoading…
House Democrats rally behind bill co-sponsored by Rep. Daines

House Democrats rally behind bill co-sponsored by Rep. Daines

Attempting to force an end to the federal government shutdown, House Democrats are dusting off a March bill proposed by Montana Rep. Steve Daines and other Republicans that doesn’t defund Obamacare.

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