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Guest opinion: Wilderness role grows in today's economy

Guest opinion: Wilderness role grows in today's economy

At the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, it is encouraging that lands set aside for conservation can also have tremendous economic value. Wild places are key to attracting entrepreneurs, as well as a tidal wave of retiring baby boomers. And, more obviously, wild places create jobs in o…

October 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Western fires burning through $3 billion annually

The West’s wildfire season holds the high risk of again being long, expensive, and dangerous, with an acceleration of alarming trends that include more and bigger fires, and increased dangers and costs associated with the need to defend private homes. Unfortunately, what we have tried so far…

July 08, 2014 2:41 pmLoading…

Have You Heard: '50s style diner opening soon on West End

Spence Erwin was a bit worried a few weeks ago that the first Steak ’n Shake diner in Billings wouldn’t be ready to go. But the building has been turned over to him, the furniture, fixtures and dishes are in and he’s hired most of the 130 people needed to open one of the restaurants in the I…

November 24, 2013 12:15 amLoading…
Report: Low federal royalties on oil, gas costing Montana, Western states

Report: Low federal royalties on oil, gas costing Montana, Western states

Taxpayers are being sold short on royalties from oil and gas drilling on federal lands, according to a report to be released Thursday.

June 20, 2013 7:32 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Policy changes needed to reduce damage from bigger wildfires

Gazette opinion: Policy changes needed to reduce damage from bigger wildfires

A wetter than normal May gave rise to hopes that the 2013 fire season will be shorter and quieter than 2012.

June 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montanans find common ground on forests

In the political arena, the debate over forest management is constantly reduced to a black-and-white, either-or proposition: Either we sacrifice our forests and quality of life to provide jobs, or we suffer economic hardship for the sake of environmental protection. We must choose new econom…

February 16, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Rising wildfire risks demand new prevention strategies

For many years, the sparse population of the interior West, where most wildfires occur, meant that forest fires did not receive the same level of attention as other natural disasters.

December 09, 2012 12:05 amLoading…
Study finds public land along Rocky Mountain Front is driver of growth

Study finds public land along Rocky Mountain Front is driver of growth

A new report by a Bozeman-based economic analysis firm says that communities along the Rocky Mountain Front have seen slow, steady growth with per-capita income and average earnings per job being 10 to 15 percent greater than elsewhere in Montana.

September 20, 2012 9:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana entrepreneurs value public lands

The Outdoor Industry Association recently released a report on the economic impact of outdoor recreation and its connection to the economy in the West. The research showed that nearly $646 billion annually is funneled through the outdoor recreation sector, and that helped fuel traditional se…

July 21, 2012 12:05 amLoading…
Montana’s public lands help drive job growth, report says

Montana’s public lands help drive job growth, report says

WHITEFISH — For more than a century, Montana’s wide open spaces have driven the statewide economy, but the value of the land is shifting from an extractive resource to a geographic grail.

May 13, 2012 10:12 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Federal subsidies transfer wealth from taxpayers to oil drillers

Nearly every month over the past three years, oil production from North Dakota's Bakken shale set a new record. Today, companies are extracting more than half a million barrels daily, surpassing California as the third-largest oil-producing state behind Alaska and Texas.

May 04, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Wyo., Alaska experience suggests federal oil subidies can go

The Obama administration has proposed eliminating several federal tax breaks for the oil and natural gas industry. This raises an important question: Do tax incentives influence oil production? At a time of both record budget deficits and energy industry profits, both Montana and the federal…

May 28, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Report: Taxes, not jobs, drive energy's economic impact

Report: Taxes, not jobs, drive energy's economic impact

A report released Tuesday by a Montana-based research group said the economic impact of the fossil fuels industry comes from tax revenues, not energy-related jobs for workers who can be transient, and it recommended maximizing those revenues by raising rates.

April 19, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: West's most diverse economies weather recession best

As Montana and the West slowly recover from the recent recession, lessons are emerging about why some local economies performed better than others. Examining these examples is essential for elected officials, businesses and communities seeking to promote future long-term economic prosperity.

December 27, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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