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Recent infighting in the Montana Republican Party has been brought to light the disagreement over who should be our next candidate in the gene…

The pessimists are right for now: The Heath oil play cutting a swath across Central Montana is no match for the Bakken.

  • Tom Hauptman

Tom Hauptman of Billings found these interlocked elk in a field near the Bighorn River in December. The elk died after a fall sparring match p…

  • By JAN FALSTAD

    Of The Gazette Staff‌

The secret has been well-kept until now, but Central Montana is sitting on an oil field that some suggest could be a mini-Bakken, the boom th…

  • By JAN FALSTAD

    Of The Gazette‌ Staff

In the horizontal hydraulic fracking process, the driller punches down to the rock formation and then turns 90 degrees and drills horizontall…

  • JAMES WOODCOCK/Gazette Staff

Tom Hauptman, an independent oil-and-gas producer and owner of KGH Operating Company in Billings, believes the Heath Shale formation north of …