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Grazing bill eases permitting process for public lands ranchers

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming public lands grazers could see shorter permitting times after Congress passed a bill seeking to streamline grazing perm…

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How oil's decline could spatter North Dakota

How oil's decline could spatter North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — The abrupt decline in oil prices stands to be bad news in North Dakota, a state that has reaped billions in tax revenue as ne…

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Poised for growth: Helena's economy remains slow, but leaders optimistic

Poised for growth: Helena's economy remains slow, but leaders optimistic

In the long term, Helena’s stable economy was not as heavily impacted by the recession as other areas of Montana, said Director of the Univers…

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Government spending down in Montana

Government spending down in Montana

HELENA — Montana’s economy has not grown as fast in 2014 as was predicted and the reasons seem to be drops in commodity prices and lower feder…

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Trio documenting Bakken boom through blog, book, documentary

Trio documenting Bakken boom through blog, book, documentary

WILLISTON, N.D. — It was in her senior year of college that Blaire Briody fell in love.

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Montana's latest natural resource -- booze

Montana's latest natural resource -- booze

BUTTE — Craft distilleries are beginning to scatter across Montana like shot glasses across a bar, and it turns out Montanans have a taste for…

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What's wilderness worth? Montanans explore spiritual significance of wild places

What's wilderness worth? Montanans explore spiritual significance of wild places

MISSOULA — You’ve talked your friend/spouse/child into shouldering a heavy pack, enduring a painful blister, incurring dozens of mosquito bite…

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Back to growing: Industrial growth boosts Great Falls economy

Back to growing: Industrial growth boosts Great Falls economy

HELENA — The Great Falls area is enjoying some industrial and other growth that is helping spur the local economy.

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Malmstrom AFB remains economic anchor for Great Falls — and Montana

Malmstrom AFB remains economic anchor for Great Falls — and Montana

GREAT FALLS — While manufacturing and other industrial developments are making a comeback here, city leaders say they still strive to maintain…

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2015 bill could change Montana breweries

2015 bill could change Montana breweries

The Montana Beer and Wine Distributors recently withdrew from the Alcohol Beverage Coalition as a statement of opposition to a bill set for in…

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Study: Cheyenne rents too steep for many workers

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A recent study finds that rents in Cheyenne are too steep for many workers to afford.

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Case advances against man accused in fatal crash

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A judge in Gillette has ordered a 26-year-old man to stand trial in district court on a charge that he caused a traffic fatal…

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Hearing dates pushed back for proposed rules on radioactive oilfield waste

Hearing dates pushed back for proposed rules on radioactive oilfield waste

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health has announced the times and locations of three public information sessions and hearings…

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Bakken job climate is getting tougher

WILLISTON, N.D. -- People seeking work in North Dakota oil country are finding a different climate from two years ago.

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Missing dog coaxed by meatball

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Thanks in part to a meatball, a dog lost near here in a crash that seriously injured the dog’s owner two weeks ago was fou…

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Why not in Polson?

Why not in Polson?

POLSON — At the north end of Flathead Lake sits Bigfork, and its main drag — Electric Avenue — is packed with tourist-driven art galleries, gi…

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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 f…

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Mead supports pilot project negotiated with feds over lands

Mead supports pilot project negotiated with feds over lands

CASPER, Wyo. — Instead of suing the federal government to gain control of public lands, Gov. Matt Mead prefers that the state and federal gove…

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Wyoming's oil fields hold firm in the face of declining prices, but worries mount

Wyoming's oil fields hold firm in the face of declining prices, but worries mount

CASPER, Wyo. — At G-Ma’s, a Mills diner where pickups bearing the logos of companies such as Halliburton jam the parking lot, talk around the …

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Lack of riders, funds stopping bus in Big Horn Basin

Lack of riders, funds stopping bus in Big Horn Basin

CASPER, Wyo. — Janet Gammill lives in Basin, but loves her monthly trips to Casper where she visits family, shops, eats at restaurants and tak…

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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…

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