• Because of cooling ag prices and low commodity prices, Montana’s economy so far this year is not shaping up to be as good as last, according to Patrick M. Barkey, Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, in reporting on the mid-year state of the Montana economy. And, Yellowstone County, where commodities and agriculture play a strong economic
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  • Last week Yellowstone County officials were asked to abandon an undeveloped public road right- of -way to make way for the expansion of a Billings area business.Town and Country Supply Association, a cooperative that serves area agriculture producers, has been searching for a location to expand its fertilizer facilities for a number of years, according to general manager, Wes Burley.
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  • In response to concern in the community regarding the level of air service that is available in Billings, a meeting to discuss Billings’ air service will be held on August 24 at the Crowne Plaza, 3d Floor Ballroom.Hosted by the Billings Chamber in partnership with the Big Sky Economic Development and Billings Logan International Airport, the program runs 11:30 a.m.
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  •   Trending right now is a debate about what makes entrepreneurs.It seems that the understanding that entrepreneurship is the basis of building a strong economy is finally being accepted as true, and there is a political interest in finding out where to get more of them. Montana becomes a point of focus because it seems the state has, for decades,
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  • The annual Callan Taylor Fund for Kidney Disease Charity Golf Tournament will hold its fifth event in Billings this year on Sunday, September 11 at Pryor Creek Golf Course. Previous tournaments have been held in San Diego, CA, where the fundraiser was first launched by the family of the little boy, who is its namesake.
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  • The Montana Petroleum Association (MPA) will hold its annual Petroleum Industry Appreciation Day Luncheon on Wednesday, August 31, as part of its annual conference which will begin on August 30.
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  • Registration is now open for the Compete Smart Conference, October 5-7, at Fairmont Hot Springs Hotel and Conference Center.The conference theme is “ 20 Years of Making It Happen Under The Big Sky.”
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  • Visit Billings in conjunction with Rocky Mountain College will once more make a bid to capture the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament. While an effort to win the event failed in 2013, Visit Billings Executive Director, Alex Tyson is optimistic that the community has a good chance to win the event for two years,
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  • In an effort to enhance the airport experience, Visit Billings and the Billings Chamber of Commerce completed a major upgrade to Billings Logan Airport. As passengers exit the secure area of the airport to head down the stairs to the baggage claim, the concourse is now a vivid and exciting welcome to Billings.
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  • While Montana has lots of its own regulations that curb small business and opportunities for making a living – everything from licensing bartenders and hair dressers to squeezing local food producers out of the market – perhaps there is some comfort in knowing that other states have it just as bad if not worse.Here from Watchdog.com are some recent Nanny
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  • One of the things that has made me question the claims of global warming is that all of the future predictions from the “experts” regarding its consequences all are dire. I know that that is just never the case. There will always be benefits as well as costs to change, in nature and otherwise. In fact, the age of enlightenment
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  • Billings has been ranked as the third best city in the nation in which to retire by Kiplinger.com. Amazingly, Kiplinger.com ranks the state of Montana as sixth in the “10 Worst States for Taxes on Retirees.”With the city of Naples, Florida ranked at the top, Billings is lauded for its outdoor amenities, health care and no sales tax, while chided
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The Montana Land Board holdings generated almost $120 million for Montana public schools over the past year.

The Board manages more than 5 million acres of land, and a slightly larger area in mineral rights. The board is run by the five statewide elected officials, including the governor, attorney general, state superintendent of schools, state treasurer and secretary.

 

The land is held in trust to fund schools in the state. Annual revenues have increased from about $80 million in 2004.

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said the holdings are now worth roughly $2.6 billion. It said the value of its agricultural land has been increasing in recent years.

About 8 percent of state school budgets come from the land trust.

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