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AYellowstone County's economy will reach pre-recession levels this year.
Income levels and employment have both improved in Yellowstone County, according to Paul Polzin, former director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. There was an inexplicable spike in employment, not associated with the ExxonMobil oil spill, that the Bureau is still trying to understand, he said.
About 80 percent of Yellowstone County's dry land hay has been lost because of the drought and 50 percent of rangeland grazing is lost for the same reason, according to a recent report in the Yellowstone County News.
But, says Yellowstone County Extension Agent Steve Lackman, irrigated hay is in good shape with much of the first cutting of alfalfa hay and grass having being put up in excellent condition.
What can Billings do to help our neighbors?
Their problems are our problems, believes Bruce McIntyre, Director of Business Advocacy and Government Affairs for the Billings Chamber of Commerce, who recently, during a leadership meeting in Billings, urged city and county officials and other civic leaders to offer support to smaller communities which are struggling with the almost insurmountable problems they are experiencing with rapid economic growth.
North Dakota has been successful in getting United Airlines to add three daily flights between Williston and Denver.
The three daily flights between Williston and Denver will begin Nov. 4. The aircraft will be regional jets that can hold 50 passengers.
Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for June and for the first six months of the year is up compared to year-ago levels. The park recorded 674,498 recreational visitors in June 2012, up over 6-percent from last year, and is second only to record levels reported in June 2010. The number of recreational visitors entering Yellowstone for the first six months of the calendar year is also up compared to 2011, recording 1,044,570 since January.
Lack of hiring in construction combined with job growth elsewhere threatens to create skilled-labor gap once contractors are ready to hire.
Construction employment stalled in June as more former construction workers left the industry, according to an analysis of new federal data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. The lack of current job openings, along with the departure of experienced workers, suggests a potential skilled-labor shortage may be developing, construction association officials warned.
The annual meeting of the Montana Petroleum Association will be held in Billings on August 28 and 29.
The Petroleum Industry Appreciation Day Luncheon on Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza, will feature keynote speaker Robert Bryce, author of "Gusher of Lies" and "Power Hungry," with a talk on "Power Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future." US Congressman Dennis Rehberg, will be the speaker at a barbecue on Tuesday evening, following a golf tournament at Pryor Creek Golf Club.
Truly the first day of fishing. Montanans and visitors to Montana know what great opportunities there are in the state for young people to explore and learn about the great outdoors. National Geographic has discovered the same.
Montana hosted 15 winners of the 2012 National Geographic Kids Hands-On Explorer Challenge, from July 6-15. The children between the ages of 9 and 14, from across the United States, descended upon Montana for a 10-day expedition exploring many of the varied and fascinating facets of the state.
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