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Great Falls looking up

Great Falls looking up

GREAT FALLS – The biggest news out of the Great Falls economy this year wasn’t the best: The U.S. Air Force announced in October that the Montana Air National Guard will lose its F-15 fighter jets to a base in Fresno, Calif.

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Caution rules the market

Caution rules the market

GREAT FALLS – For three-quarters of a century, Great Falls-based D.A. Davidson & Co. has helped Montanans protect and grow their portfolios, helping build nest eggs of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and cash.

December 19, 2010 12:30 amLoading…
Helena paving way for growth

Helena paving way for growth

HELENA – Everyone keeping a close watch on the Helena economy has their eyes trained to the north. For it’s on the north side of town that the capital city is awash in retail and trade growth.

December 19, 2010 12:25 am Photos

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Boeing buying into Helena

Boeing buying into Helena

HELENA – One of the notable transitions on the Helena business landscape in 2010 took place in late November, when aerospace giant Boeing agreed to purchase Summit Aeronautics Group, a 13-year-old Helena firm that engineers and manufactures precision parts for both civilian and military aircraft.

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Boeing buys Summit Aeronautics Group of Helena

Boeing buys Summit Aeronautics Group of Helena

A Helena company that began 13 years ago with four employees in a small building on the south side of the airport on Monday became part of the largest aerospace firm in the world.

November 22, 2010 6:00 pm Photos

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Cement company to furlough workers at Montana City plant

HELENA - For the second straight winter, Ash Grove Cement Co. will furlough some workers at its manufacturing plant in Montana City, as the company continues to see soft demand for its products.

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Townsend ATV firm lands in new space

HELENA — A licensing agreement with a major defense contractor finally in hand last year, Pat Miller needed more space. And he needed the space to be his own.

July 27, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Workshops chart a course for fundraising for nonprofits

Workshops chart a course for fundraising for nonprofits

HELENA — On a recent sunny weekday afternoon, about a dozen people sat around a conference table at Carroll College and discussed how to ask people for money.

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Tourism ads gain added attention

Tourism ads gain added attention

HELENA — There are signs of illness surrounding some of the state’s tourism marketing efforts this summer — and the director of Travel Montana is delighted.

June 28, 2010 9:47 pmLoading…
2 Helenans share record jackpot

2 Helenans share record jackpot

HELENA — Six lucky numbers turned into a life-changing, eight-figure payout for a pair of Helenans who Thursday discovered their share of a Powerball lotto jackpot will be some $48.5 million.

June 24, 2010 8:25 amLoading…

Site of the start of Masonry in Montana was recently vandalized

A historic site near the Continental Divide whose significance pre-dates Montana’s statehood was vandalized earlier this month.

June 23, 2010 7:07 pmLoading…

Foreclosure proceeding casts doubt on mall's future

Foreclosure proceedings have been initiated against the owners of the Capital Hill Mall by a California debt collection agency, with the mall to be sold at auction on the courthouse steps in September unless the owners make other arrangements with their creditors.

June 01, 2010 5:41 pmLoading…
State, Microsoft offer computer classes

State, Microsoft offer computer classes

HELENA — Montanans looking to improve their computer and software skills in an effort to find work — or find better work — can do so for free through a program that went live Thursday and is presented by the state and one of the world’s computer giants.

May 21, 2010 11:50 pmLoading…
Hunger relief program gaining ground, but still in early stages

Hunger relief program gaining ground, but still in early stages

There’s a disconnect somewhere in Montana’s food chain.

April 05, 2010 12:10 am Photos

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Tomato prices spike due to bad weather

It might seem incongruous to eat fresh tomatoes in Montana  in late winter in the first place, but a mid-winter cold snap in Florida crippled the crop and sent prices for certain varieties soaring across the country.

March 15, 2010 7:09 pmLoading…

Dillard’s will close its Helena store

HELENA — Dillard’s department store in the Capital Hill Mall will be closing by the end of May, taking with it 70 jobs and a lengthy retail history on the city’s east side.

February 27, 2010 10:45 pmLoading…

Group backs rural highways

HELENA — With the goal of bolstering governmental support for rural transportation development, representatives of a multistate consortium met with Gov. Brian Schweitzer Thursday, hoping Montana will get behind proposed infrastructure improvements stretching from Alberta to Texas.

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Jefferson County touts bid for home

HELENA — A new home for veterans is planned for southwest Montana, and Jefferson County officials think Boulder is the best place for it.

February 08, 2010 11:15 pmLoading…

Blue Cross shakes up top-level management

HELENA — A top-level shake-up at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana has resulted in a smaller executive team, a handful of promotions and less daily responsibility for the chief executive of the state’s largest health insurance provider.

February 05, 2010 8:30 pmLoading…

Montana will probably see economic recovery in 2010

HELENA — The northern tier of the country should slowly climb away from the recession in 2010, with Montana’s outlook brighter than other parts of the region, a pair of economists said Monday.

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Plane passengers overnight in Helena after engine fails

HELENA — One hundred and fifty Oregon-bound people ended up spending the night in Helena after their Continental Airlines flight developed engine trouble on a westbound flight from New Jersey, airport officials said.

December 07, 2009 4:20 pmLoading…
Bresnan cable founder dies of cancer

Bresnan cable founder dies of cancer

William J. Bresnan, the founder of the cable television company that has provided service to the majority of Montana’s cable-viewing homes since 2002, died Friday.

November 30, 2009 5:25 pmLoading…

State vehicle audit reveals inconsistencies

HELENA — A recent legislative audit of the state’s vehicle fleet noted that “the state does not have a comprehensive and accurate vehicle inventory” and “lacks a system for collecting essential information.”

November 22, 2009 11:30 pmLoading…

Old questions posed to today’s women in work force

HELENA — One of the first tasks undertaken by the state of Montana’s Interagency Committee for Change by Women when it formed in the mid-1970s was a thorough study of how women were faring in that era’s work force.

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Three Forks company stakes future on rebound

Three Forks company stakes future on rebound

THREE FORKS - Duane Visser is no stranger to debt.

October 25, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
9-year-old turns dog treats into laptop

9-year-old turns dog treats into laptop

HELENA - At an age when most of her peers are content with an allowance and maybe a few extra dollars from doing household chores, Marisa Recker has zoomed into the entrepreneurial world with abandon.

September 12, 2009 11:45 pm Photos

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Owner takes reins at Helena eatery

The way Mike Campbell sees it, he was destined to someday own Coney Island.

September 06, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Helena doc uses plaque removal on blocked leg arteries

HELENA - As the field of his specialty suggests, Helena cardiologist Richard Paustian has spent most of his career working on and around his patients' hearts.

September 02, 2009 12:30 amLoading…

Townsend firm lands Lockheed-Martin contract

One of the first borrowers ever lined up by the local economic development authority more than a decade ago has paid his account back in full.

August 17, 2009 6:55 pmLoading…

Customers can wash cars, dogs at Helena biz

HELENA - Dogs may be the stereotypical "best friend" to many, while others consider their cars to be their first love.

June 03, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Even in Helena, job anxiety increasing

Even in Helena, job anxiety increasing

HELENA - Traffic and anxiety are up at Helena's Job Service office.

February 06, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…

Governor's Cup marathon moves to Billings

HELENA - Montana's oldest marathon is moving to Billings.

January 14, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…

Gasoline tax revenues down as people drive less

HELENA - After several years of fairly inelastic demand, it appears that this summer's $4 gas was enough to get Montanans to ease up on the accelerator - a trend that, if it continues, could delay some road projects across the state.

December 07, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…
Helena employers slow to add seasonal help

Helena employers slow to add seasonal help

HELENA - Across the country, retailers are hiring fewer seasonal employees to help out with what experts predict will be a painfully slow holiday season from a sales perspective.

November 30, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

Economy may put pressure on food cost

HELENA - Jaunita Brewer has felt the pinch of a marked increase in grocery prices over the past two years.

November 26, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

Blue Cross argues for airport site

HELENA - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana has asked to be heard in a lawsuit that aims to prevent the Helena Regional Airport from leasing 9 acres of land to the insurer for a new office building.

November 08, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

Mine to send workers home with 2 months pay

It's coming down to the wire for expansion of the Montana Tunnels mine in Jefferson City.

October 26, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

Building of trail inspires cooperation

A new section of the Continental Divide Trail south of Helena is not only breaking ground through the mountains high above Basin but also showcases a groundbreaking approach to cooperation among various user groups.

September 18, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

State Fund breaks ground

The setting was ersatz, but the sentiment seemed genuine Wednesday as Montana State Fund officials "broke ground" on a new office building and earned kudos from all corners for planning a green building in downtown Helena.

August 28, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

Financial checkup good for the family

HELENA - Any time's a good time for a financial checkup.

June 14, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…
Foreigners get glimpse of elections

Foreigners get glimpse of elections

HELENA - Tuesday's presidential primary vote in Montana will have the attention of people around the world.

June 02, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

Supporters of southern rail line sound off at meeting

HELENA - A meeting of the Montana Association of Railroad Passengers brought people from around the state to Helena on Friday. Their goal: to support the renewal of service on a southern route through the state.

February 29, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

CEO says U.S. will have mixed health system

HELENA - Health care reform in the U.S. will have to be a public and private partnership, with elements from each sector combining to provide coverage for all Americans, the president of an insurance industry trade association said Monday.

October 29, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Tight labor market leads to creative solutions

HELENA - The natural-resource boom of the past several years created such a demand for workers in Gillette, Wyo., that the local economic development agency went looking for hands two time zones away.

July 16, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Developing Montana: Luring new business a competition

Developing Montana: Luring new business a competition

HELENA - The relocation or expansion of a high-profile firm into a city can be one of the most tangible signs of economic development. But is it one of the most beneficial?

July 15, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Mother-daughter teams run Montana businesses

Mother-daughter teams run Montana businesses

HELENA - According to a Business Week report last fall, women in America are starting firms at twice the rate of men - and daughters are now just as likely as sons to follow in the family business.

May 26, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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State workers' comp rates decrease

HELENA - Montana State Fund's board of directors on Friday authorized an overall 1 percent decrease in rates for the coming year, marking the first time in six years that the state's largest workers' compensation insurance provider hasn't raised its premiums.

May 04, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Karlgaard: Small cities, states can foster entrepreneurship

Karlgaard: Small cities, states can foster entrepreneurship

HELENA - An exponential difference in housing prices between the American coasts and the heartland, coupled with a shrinking of the knowledge, culture and lifestyle gaps between the Plains and the coasts, will combine to create fantastic opportunities for Montana and other interior states, t…

February 17, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Legislated work breaks debated

Legislated work breaks debated

HELENA - Should state law require that workers be allowed to take breaks during their shift? Labor said yes, and business groups said no during a hearing at the Capitol Wednesday morning.

February 07, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

As business mushrooms, couple looks for even more efficiency

HELENA - If you've gone out for dinner recently and treated yourself to a mushroom-doused steak, a grilled portabella or a bowl of homemade mushroom soup, chances are the main ingredient came to life just a few miles down the road.

January 30, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

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