A Montana success story.
Montana The Magazine of Western History, published by the Montana Historical Society (MHS), is celebrating 60 years in print. The magazine’s nativity dates to April 1950 when the MHS Board of Trustees decided that a “living magazine” ought to be published. With its first issue in 1951, the magazine carried the motto “to preserve, to publish, and to promote interest in the history of Montana.”
President Obama’s 2011 trade agenda was released and as one of his top priorities, he calls for immediate passage of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA). He also vows to complete work on the U.S.-Colombia and U.S.-Panama FTAs and seek passage of those agreements as soon as possible. We believe all three agreements are ready for Congressional approval, and we urge you to contact your lawmakers.
The average and median price of a single family home in Billings has increased 2% and 1%, respectively, over a year ago. Considering that there are no more tax credits and interest rates are higher, and compared to national trends, the news could be worse. “We are a market in transition and unfortunately for my friends in the building business their customers are going to be scarce this year and remain so until employment in Yellowstone County improves,” concludes Realtor Howard Sumner, who provided these figures. The number of building permits for homes is down 32% this year, following declines in years past. The new home market cannot compete with the resale market for size and finished amenities, said Sumner.
Dr. Wardell is back!
This is the shortened version of his triumphant journey
Dr. Wardell suffered a severe stroke on September 11, 2009. He went through extensive rehabilitation, and always planned on seeing patients again.
Bad News Report
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released another state ranking that hits Big Sky Country hard. In “The Impact of State Employment Policies on Job Growth: A 50 State Review”, Montana ranks in Tier III (Poor) with a labor and employment law climate that is difficult for new job creation. Wyoming is listed in Tier II (Fair), while Idaho and North and South Dakota are in Tier I (Good). Factors contributing to Montana’s “poor” ranking:
Neuralynx, a high tech firm in Bozeman, is on a journey to becoming a medical device manufacturer where its signature products may provide information that will lead to effective future treatments for debilitating ailments. Assistance from the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) has helped the company achieve the quality system and certification for medical devices needed to comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CE Medical Device Directive Mark and other regulatory requirements.
Jason Hagadone has been promoted to commercial loan officer at Stockman Bank King Avenue and Rhianna Tonn has joined Stockman Bank as a commercial loan officer, also for the King Avenue office.
TransCanada Corp. has concluded its open season for the Bakken Marketlink Project to deliver US-sourced crude from Baker, Mont., to Cushing, Okla., securing 65,000 barrels a day of firm, term contracts.
Bakken Marketlink will use pipeline facilities that form part of TransCanada’s Keystone XL system, which will run in close proximity to the Bakken crude producing regions within the Williston basin.
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