HELENA — Business owners, including a Republican state senator, turned out Friday to support a plan by Democratic state Auditor Monica Lindeen to extend and possibly expand a program helping more than 1,100 small businesses pay for employee health coverage.
Yellowstone County accounted for $40.7 million in lending from the Small Business Administration during the 2014 fiscal year. That total of 94 loans represents 38 percent of all loan volume for fiscal year 2014, according to figures released recently by the SBA.
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — At least once every five years, metropolitan Milwaukee’s water authorities snake high-definition video cameras through every inch of the entire 300-plus mile network of dank and dirty underground sewers.
PHOENIX — Spa treatments don’t stop with people. You won’t see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it’s become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.
NEW YORK — Chris Mann learned it’s better to hire help for the November and December holidays while people in many parts of the U.S. are still wearing shorts and tank tops.
DENVER — Federal officials say their decision to protect dwindling Gunnison sage grouse populations in Colorado and Utah has no bearing on next year’s highly anticipated ruling on the far more widespread species of greater sage grouse — but advocates on both sides already are placing their bets.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ralph Broome doesn’t know how it will happen.
SEATTLE — Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can’t force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state’s legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court, an appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming is appealing Oregon’s recent decision to deny an application to build a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow, on the Columbia River.
HELENA — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis said Thursday that she wants to boost jobs and the economy by giving tax breaks to small businesses while ending them for corporations that send jobs overseas.
SEATTLE — Five people were arrested Tuesday after tying themselves to poles erected over the railroad tracks at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard in Everett that about a dozen demonstrators blocked to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest.
Faith Kohler wears skinny jeans, ankle boots, chunky bracelets and cropped jackets. She wasn’t about to settle for a handbag that didn’t fit her style.
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.
MISSOULA — Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday.
Zane Holdbrook’s livestock operation was developed through his studies at Rocky Mountain College. Ten students participated in the advanced entrepreneurial class, but only Holdbrook, 20, has received funding so far in the partnership with Yellowstone Bank.
One of Zane Holdbrook’s goats grazes on pastureland near Boyd.
Rocky Mountain College accounting student Zane Holdbrook talks about the class that helped him get a loan to boost his livestock business. Holdbrook raises sheep, goats and calves near Boyd.
Holdbrook feeds his Nubian goats on pastureland east of Cooney Dam.
Four of Holdbrook’s 36 Dorper sheep stand in spring pasture near Boyd. Holdbrook, a 20-year-old student at Rocky Mountain College, developed a plan to support his livestock venture in a new course for budding entrepreneurs.