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Montana Energy Quarterly: Carbon capture research project under way in Montana

Montana Energy Quarterly: Carbon capture research project under way in Montana

The effort to address climate change has gone underground, in a matter of speaking.

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Battle in the Bull Mountains: Northern Plains files suit to overturn coal lease

Battle in the Bull Mountains: Northern Plains files suit to overturn coal lease

Cracks in the ground, some deeper than a man’s height, are cropping up on hillsides in the Bull Mountains.

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Guest opinion: U.S. labor policy steers toward job-driven training

As the secretary of labor, I have a unique opportunity to meet with employers around the country of all sizes and from an array of industries. So many of them tell me the same thing; they’re ready to grow their businesses and to hire more people.

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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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Guest opinion: Unions provide workers freedom to balance job, life

Today, all workers have the right to choose to stick together and collectively bargain with their employer for a better life. Even employees’ who have never exercised that right still have it. The key element to true rights is that those rights are there when you need them.

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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.

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From the Editor: Fun with numbers

One of the best parts of being a journalist is trivia.

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Ups and Downs:

Weekend vandals. Billings police received 28 reports of windows broken out of cars, homes and businesses Aug. 22-24. Vandals threw rocks, and shot BB guns and marbles, damaging Heights property between Wicks Lane and River Oaks Drive and also in an area west of 24th Street West and north of…

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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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8 years later, baseball fans still herald presence of $13.7 million Dehler Park

8 years later, baseball fans still herald presence of $13.7 million Dehler Park

Election Day 2006 was a defining moment in Billings history as 21,710 voters said they wanted the city to replace creaky old Cobb Field, the stadium that emerged in 1948 from an $80,000 renovation to an even older baseball stadium.

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Guest opinion: Senate must act quickly on conservation tax incentives

     During a period when the reputation of the U.S. Congress has been battered by the media and the public, the Senate has a remarkable opportunity to pass historic legislation that would directly assist agriculture producers, private land conservation, sportsmen, local economies and outdoo…

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Gazette opinion: A taxing decision for Billings voters

Gazette opinion: A taxing decision for Billings voters

City finance director Pat Weber gave Billings good news Monday when he recommended a 2014 total property tax levy that is 10.58 mills less than last year.

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State sees savings as fires burn 5 percent of average acreage this summer

State sees savings as fires burn 5 percent of average acreage this summer

So far, the 2014 wildfire season in Montana has been defined more by what hasn’t happened than by what has.

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Guest opinion: NWE dam plan will generate benefits for Montanans

September will be an historic month when our state’s regulatory body, the Public Service Commission, determines whether Montana’s hydro generating dams will pass from Pennsylvania Power and Light to NorthWestern Energy, and be dedicated to serve Montana customers at prices based on cost.

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Frac Daddy's racing career on hold after injury

Frac Daddy's racing career on hold after injury

Frac Daddy's racing career is on hold after the Billings-owned thoroughbred underwent a surgical procedure on Wednesday to repair a torn tendon in a front leg, which occurred during a freak stall accident last weekend in California.

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The beauty of Flathead Lake from above

The beauty of Flathead Lake from above

YouTube user Henry TrikeLife demonstrates the beauty of the Flathead Lake region from overhead in an ultralight.YouTube Description: North shore of Flathead Lake, Montana. I flew over Flathead River, which carries beautiful water from the mountains in Glacier National Park. Swan Lake (1:08),…

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Gazette opinion: Public safety makes the case for 24/7 Sobriety

Gazette opinion: Public safety makes the case for 24/7 Sobriety

The 24/7 Sobriety program keeps about 70 people out of the Yellowstone County jail every day.

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Gazette opinion: Zinke flunks political courage test

Gazette opinion: Zinke flunks political courage test

The major party candidates for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to get elected. Much more is being spent on their behalf by PACs and parties. All of that money goes to carefully presenting the candidate as he wants to be seen in ads, news releases …

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