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'Better late than never': Missoula showing signs of recovery after recession

'Better late than never': Missoula showing signs of recovery after recession

MISSOULA — The Missoula economy was hit harder than other areas of the state by the recession of 2008 because the closures of both the Stimson lumber mill in Bonner in 2008 and the Smurfit-Stone Container plant in Frenchtown in 2010 exacerbated the problem.

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It's Montana's time for tourism

It's Montana's time for tourism

MISSOULA — If you could get every person on earth to spend just 50 cents in Montana once a year, you would pump more than $3.5 billion into the state’s economy.

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Stronger than before: Missoula returns to pre-recession economy

Stronger than before: Missoula returns to pre-recession economy

MISSOULA — If there is one business in Missoula that could be considered a bellwether of the local economy, it might be WGM Group, a firm that provides an array of engineering, planning, consulting, surveying, environmental and water resources services.

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How will EPA rules on carbon work, and what's next for coal?

How will EPA rules on carbon work, and what's next for coal?

HELENA — Proposed federal rules to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants won’t take effect until 2016 — and won’t fall entirely on the back of coal-fired power plants.

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Coal-industry studies say EPA carbon regs will jack electric bills

Coal-industry studies say EPA carbon regs will jack electric bills

HELENA — In their fight against federal rules to cut carbon emissions, the coal industry and its allies are producing studies saying the rules mean big price increases for electricity consumers in Montana and elsewhere.

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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.

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MSU research, long a boon to Bozeman high-tech, sharpening emphasis on economic development

MSU research, long a boon to Bozeman high-tech, sharpening emphasis on economic development

BOZEMAN — In Gallatin Valley, now the fastest-growing urban economy in the state, farmers grow wheat to make bread, while entrepreneurial engineers develop satellites about the size of a loaf.

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Bozeman bouncing back after recession

Bozeman bouncing back after recession

BOZEMAN — Bozeman’s economy took a thrashing during the recession — at least compared to most of Montana. But by many measures, it’s bounding back with enthusiasm.

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Weather, cattle prices color the 2014 agriculture economy

Weather, cattle prices color the 2014 agriculture economy

Phil Steinberger was one of the lucky farmers. He got his wheat in the ground early, harvested in mid-July, and was done farming when all hell broke loose across Montana in August.

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Wreck kills 27-year-old Whitefish woman

A 27-year-old woman from Whitefish died after crashing her Chevy Trailblazer on Friday in Whitefish, according to Montana Highway Patrol. 

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House freshmen Essmann and Wittich get committee chairmanships

House freshmen Essmann and Wittich get committee chairmanships

HELENA — In an unusual occurrence, the top two leaders of the Montana Senate in 2013 are moving over to the state House in January, where each will play key roles as committee chairmen.

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Bakken banks outperform rest of Montana, North Dakota

Bakken banks outperform rest of Montana, North Dakota

It didn’t take long for the deposits of Bakken oil and gas royalties to begin piling up at Richland Federal Credit Union.

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'All factors point to very positive' for Billings, Eastern Montana

'All factors point to very positive' for Billings, Eastern Montana

With low unemployment, falling fuel prices, and growing consumer demand, the greater Billings area and most of Eastern Montana have been enjoying a good run, experts say.

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Facing infrastructure challenges, Bakken towns struggle to cash in on oil boom

Facing infrastructure challenges, Bakken towns struggle to cash in on oil boom

Sometimes, if you’re not ready to catch an opportunity, it lands on you just the same.

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48-year-old Great Falls man killed in rollover

A 48-year-old man from Great Falls was killed Friday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident on Montana Highway 200 near mile marker 144, according to Montana Highway Patrol. 

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Constitutional amendment could net Wyoming more money

CHEYENNE — A proposed constitutional amendment could help Wyoming see a bigger return on some of its investments.

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Wyoming sees increase in flu cases

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Wyoming has seen a surge in the number of influenza cases over the past week.

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Company announces new Powder River Basin pipeline

CASPER, Wyo. — Work on a new 108-mile natural gas pipeline in the Powder River Basin will begin in January, Meritage Midstream Services announced on Thursday.

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Cheyenne law enforcement gets DUI wagon

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Police in Cheyenne have a new tool in their crusade against drunken driving.

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Wild horse advocates push to enter Wyoming lawsuit

Wild horse advocates push to enter Wyoming lawsuit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wild horse advocacy groups across the country are pushing to intervene in a federal lawsuit the state of Wyoming filed recently against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management accusing the federal agency of not doing enough to reduce wild-horse populations.

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3 face district court charges in Cheyenne homicide

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A judge has ruled two men will face first-degree murder charges in Laramie County District Court in connection with the death of a man earlier this month at a Cheyenne motel.

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President signs bill protecting North Fork, Rocky Mountain Front

President signs bill protecting North Fork, Rocky Mountain Front

MISSOULA — Montana wilderness legislation historic both for its bipartisan support and the long-standing campaigns it completed was signed into law Friday night by President Barack Obama.

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Man pleads guilty in hammer murder case

LANDER, Wyo. — A man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the murder of another man who was beaten to death with a claw hammer.

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Larson named to Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Rawlins native Glen G. Larson has been selected for induction into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame.

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