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Small manufacturing where timber used to be

Small manufacturing where timber used to be

HAMILTON — The economy of the Bitterroot Valley appears to be on the upswing, but there are still some speed bumps that will have to be negotiated.

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Kalispell sees faster growth than the rest of northwestern Montana

Kalispell sees faster growth than the rest of northwestern Montana

KALISPELL — There are two economic forecasts for the northwest corner of Montana — one for Flathead County, which remains one of the state’s fastest growing, and one for everywhere else.

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Natural resources in Montana: Still the Treasure State

Natural resources in Montana: Still the Treasure State

BUTTE — While accounting for about only 3 percent of the Montana’s employers, agriculture, forestry and mining industries make up 12.5 percent of the state’s gross domestic product and almost 10 percent of work earnings.

December 21, 2014 6:00 am Related Loading…
Hamilton business survives, thrives in changing economy

Hamilton business survives, thrives in changing economy

HAMILTON – Timber framers are like farmers.

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LEAD Gardeners cold frame

LEAD Gardeners cold frame

Cold frame gardens protect cool-weather sprouts like lettuce and can easily be 20-30 degrees warmer than their outdoor counterparts.

March 27, 2013 10:50 am

Shoshone Forest, cooperators, scrutinize draft forest plan

THERMOPOLIS, Wyo. — Opportunities for motorized recreation on the Shoshone National Forest would increase if the agency’s preferred management alternative emerges intact from the forest’s draft plan.

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Senate backs Baucus amendment for renewed timber payments

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has agreed to keep compensating rural counties for a decline in federal timber payments because of environmental protections for the spotted owl, salmon and other species.

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Montana timber may help rebuild quake-shattered Haiti

Montana timber may help rebuild quake-shattered Haiti

"When there's a crisis," retired University of Montana choral professor Gary Funk observed, "sometimes the universe conspires to bring good ideas out."

February 12, 2012 11:15 am Photos



County officials prepare for release of Shoshone Forest plan

CODY, Wyo. — Shoshone National Forest officials plan to release a draft of its revised forest management plan next week, and on Tuesday cooperating officials from four Wyoming counties received a crash course on federal laws pertaining to the anticipated document.

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Judge keeps block on Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest logging project

HELENA — A federal judge has rejected a U.S. Forest Service request to lift an injunction so it can resume a logging project in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

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Yellowstone National Park offers firewood permits

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park plans of offer permits to people interested in collecting firewood.

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Wyoming gets $4.1M under logging reimbursement law

CHEYENNE — Amid increased scrutiny of federal funding, Wyoming counties will get an estimated $4.1 million over the next year under a federal law that seeks to make up for revenue lost from a decline in logging in national forests.

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Plan proposed to protect Bozeman’s watershed

In an attempt to protect Bozeman’s two main watersheds from a destructive wildfire, the Forest Service is proposing to log, burn and thin more than 4,800 acres of federal land across a 50,000-acre project area at the south edge of town.

March 23, 2010 11:05 am Related Loading…

Beetle-killed trees change wildfire behavior in Montana

MISSOULA - Veteran wildland firefighters say their job is becoming more dangerous and unpredictable as pine beetles ravage western Montana forests and kill off vast swaths of trees.

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Plum Creek closes mills in Pablo, Evergreen

KALISPELL - Plum Creek Timber Co. closed its plants in Pablo and Evergreen on Friday because of a weak housing construction market and millions of dollars in losses.

June 27, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Logging project OK'd by judge

A federal judge has denied an appeal of a proposed helicopter logging project on 180 acres along Big Timber Creek on the east side of the Crazy Mountains.

June 05, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Plum Creek to close Pablo mill permanently

COLUMBIA FALLS - Plum Creek Timber Co. says it will permanently shut down its Pablo sawmill, and says it may close sawmills in Evergreen and Columbia Falls.

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Forest looks at logging to reduce fire hazard

Terry Amadon lives at what nearly became the junction of two large wildfires in 2006.

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Plum Creek lays off 39 more in Flathead

KALISPELL - Officials with Plum Creek Timber Co. say they have eliminated 39 jobs at sawmills in the Flathead Valley due to what they're calling a challenging business environment. Spokeswoman Kathy Budinick said a variety of positions were cut at both the Columbia Falls and Evergreen plants…

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Economy threatening viability of Big Timber medical center

Spiraling economic conditions are forcing Big Timber's medical center to choose between cutting staff and services and asking taxpayers for more money.

April 17, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

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