When a friend referred to me as a "tribal elder," I was flattered. Then I realized she meant I was old, really old. Whether you are a tribal elder or really old, you learn first hand “what goes around, comes around.” So it is with hydropower for NorthWestern Energy. Hydropower has come around again.
Volunteers of America Northern Rockies Camp P.O.S.T.C.A.R.D. (Peace Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams) has received $5,000 from BNSF Railway Foundation and $1,500 from MDU Resources to support the camp's programs.
On Feb. 6, when temperatures hit 23 below zero, both Montana State University Billings and MetraPark felt the bite of their gas bill.
A control room diagrm shows processing of natural gas from decomposing trash at the Billings landfill by Montana Dakota Utilities. February 5, 2014
The control panel providing electricity for MDU’s natural gas plant.
Garbage trucks unload their cargo recently as natural gas from decomposing trash is being produced and sold from the Billings landfill by Montana Dakota Utilities.
Jeff Sekavec starts an electrical generator that helps supply power to a natural gas plant at the Billings landfill owned by Montana Dakota Utilities.
Mike Ogburn, plant supervisor, gives visitors a tour of the natural gas processing plant operated by Montana Dakota Utilities at the Billings landfill.
The pessimists are right for now: The Heath oil play cutting a swath across Central Montana is no match for the Bakken.
Billings has been called an “over-restauranted” city, meaning it has more eateries than actual residents.