• "We are an amazing community and have an amazing economy," said Jeremy Vannatta in addressing attendees of the Montana Economic Outlook Seminar, in talking about Yellowstone County. Vannatta, Director of Business Outreach, Recruitment & Marketing at Big Sky Economic Development was one of numerous speakers talking about the economic prospects for 2015. Vannatta underscored that Yellowstone County leads the state
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  • "Graduation Matters." Does it? When does it matter? Does it only matter for certain students? Does it still matter even when one district stands to lose money to another? Or, does not being part of the "right neighborhood" justify sacrificing the futures for some kids over others? Does it make sense that a community of some 8000 people might have
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  • The sale of Girl Scout Cookies, which begins this month, will move into the era of e-commerce with Digital Cookie 1.0. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas it was called the biggest "Next Big Thing." The sale of the very popular cookies not only supports the activities of Girl Scouts but provides them with an opportunity to learn
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  • Oil prices could dip as low as $27 a barrel by mid-summer predicts Eric Sharpe. The declining prices are already having profound impacts in the US, including the Bakken. It is hitting the service businesses especially hard, many will not survive. The low prices are triggering a consolidation of companies; a weeding out of the weaker companies, while others lay-off
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  • Hillary Stevenson, from Genscape U.S. shale producers may begin producing less as crude prices drop to five-year lows – with some North Dakota Bakken operators already treading water – as rig counts nationwide are poised to decrease by nearly 600 in the next six months, according to Genscape. U.S. oil rigs will fall below 1,100 for the first time in three years,
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  • by Evelyn Pyburn   For 27 years, a company in Forsyth has been manufacturing and marketing its product to the world proving, that "so long as you have UPS, the internet and a good product, it is possible to do business in a small town in Montana." There haven't been many drawbacks to building a business in Forsyth, said Celeste
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  • Billings and Yellowstone County will have to find living space for 70,000 people in the next 20 years. That's how much the largest community in Montana is projected to grow, according to Candi Millar, Director of the City County Planning Department, who is overseeing the development of an update to Yellowstone County's Growth Policy, which is a master plan of
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  • As North Dakota crude prices decline – latest prices are averaging $48 a barrel – there will be new pressure by producers to get better rates on rail shipping, which has varied from $9 to $15 a barrel. "Rail rates should come down especially since the fuel surcharge is off," said Houston analyst Andy Lipow. "The main effect will be from the
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  • Environmental groups are expected to be disappointed with a coming Environmental Protection Agency regulation for coal ash, a waste produced when coal is burned for electricity and which is used in many building materials. The EPA appears poised to label the ash a solid waste, rather than "hazardous," in the new rule. Environmental groups have pushed for the more stringent
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  • Passing state legislation to allow local option tax authority is the Billings Chamber's number one priority. The Chamber supports local option taxing authority as a mechanism for augmenting current revenues for municipalities. A "local option tax" is a local sales tax on goods and services.
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  • While it may be no surprise to locals, Billings is among the ten best beer cities in the US. Billings was ranked in tenth place by Livability, a company that explores what makes small to medium sized cities great places to live. The top beer town is Bend, Oregon. "Billings offers innovative and award-winning breweries, residents who consume beer at
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  • The Magic City Blues will be held a week earlier this year. After 14 years of holding the popular event the first weekend of August, the dates are being moved forward one week to July 31 – August 2 in 2015, according to Tim Goodrich, Magic City Blues owner and founder. Otherwise the venue will remain the same as last summer,
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Hawkins, David C/Huppert Construction Company, 2328 Henesta Dr, Demolition Permit Residential, $10,000

Perman, Walter C & Carol R/Spoonheim Building Service, 2608 Custer Ave, Res Addition Single/Duplex/Garage, $3,150

Nielsen, Leland S Jr & Mathild/Exterior Technologies Inc, 2602 Miles Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,000

Richau, Kevin L & Pamela C/Jah Const, 2324 Virginia Ln, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,130

Cummings, Barry K & Linda S/Big Sky Exterior Designs, Inc, 739 Wagner Ln, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,600

Peterson, Toni J, 1540 Burlington Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $6,000

Larsen, Kay M/Property Improvements Co, 611 Glen Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $4,550

Maxin, Sharon/Engelhardt, Everett, 4241 Mitchell Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $880

Mallak, Adam A/Mcphail Roofing & Const, Inc, 116 Broadwater Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $1,400

Dempster, Edna/Kirkness Roofing & Supply, 301 Clark Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $4,100

Wright, R Dean & Leila J/Rambur Construction, 2504 Woody Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $4,700

Rinney Fujiwara, 4125 Morgan Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,000

Rinney Fujiwara, 4125 Morgan Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,500

Carpenter, Alice Kay &/Appelt Custom Concrete, 1812 Virginia Ln, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,000

Krv Partnership/Horgdal Construction Llc, 1503 Colorado St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,900

Krv Partnership/Horgdal Construction Llc, 1503 Colorado St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $8,000

Horgdal, Robyn & John, 901 N 19 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,500

Horgdal, Robyn & John, 901 N 19 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,000

Mckeown, Joan R/Sprague Construction, 1119 N 26 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,800

Hutsell, Joeseph D & Rochelle/J & T Roofing, 720 Ave B, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $2,700

Kathryn C Barth Irrevocable Tr/Gerald Anderson, 2507 Lewis Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,200

Mark Barth/Gerald Anderson, 1303 19 St W, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,800

Barta, Valerie J, 205 14 St W, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,000

Bradford, Dane A & Sandra J/Bradford Roof Management Inc, 3118 Comyn Coulee, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $35,000

Schott, Karen L & Keith R/Rocky Mountain Roofing, 1537 Province Ln, Rs Fence/Roof/Siding, $12,000

Dorn Property Llc/K. W. Signature Homes, Inc., 836 Royal Ave, Res New Single Family, $156,582

Na/Jeff Junkert Construction, Inc, 5145 Castle Mountain Trl, Res New Single Family, $133,008

Krv Partnership/Horgdal Construction Llc, 1503 Colorado St, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,220

Meyer, Robert L & Cheryl A/Win-Dor Industries, 3121 Turnberry Cir, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $840

Brandon Arthur, 2602 Miles Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $20,000

Robyn Westby/D-N-S Roofing, 4150 Morgan Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $7,000

Nathan & May Stevens/Platt Construction, 2 Stanford Ct, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $20,000

Verdon, Kelley & Heidi/American Exteriors Llc, 1432 Yellowstone Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $14,521

Royer, M Joan/American Exteriors Llc, 2921 Morledge St, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $3,422

Loar, Steven A/American Exteriors Llc, 1330 N Church St, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $13,459

Schutt, Frederick W & Linda R/American Exteriors Llc, 1248 Mading Dr, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,186

Brum, Amber L/American Exteriors Llc, 1243 Galway Dr, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $10,245

Fain, Bruce F & Patricia L/Shylo Const Donn Schye, 2917 17 St W, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $3,500

Ruggles, Josh/American Exteriors Llc, 2117 Fair Park Dr, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $15,047

Oakland Home Builders /Oakland Home Builders Corp, 3120 Amelia Cir, Res New Single Family, $147,264

Image Builders /Image Builders, 2337 Larchwood Ln, Res New Single Family, $363,994

Na/Jeff Junkert Construction, Inc, 5149 Castle Mountain Trl, Res New Single Family, $133,008

Lyle, Sean R & Cynthia M/Ty Nelson Construction, 2008 Spruce St, Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,000

Robert Morehead/Big Sky Exterior Designs, Inc, 1014 N 32 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,000

Murphy, Donald J/Dorman Construction, 1519 Custer Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,500

Sherburn, Marcus L & Brenda L/Dorman Construction, 340 Covert Ln, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,800

Stuart, Kolby B/Rambur Construction, 424 S 29 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $2,600

Hawk, Roberta J/Dustin Davison Construction, 4434 Loma Vista Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $10,000

Buscher Construction /Buscher Construction Ltd, 3380 Dunlop Ave, Res New Single Family, $207,563

Oakland Home Builders /Oakland Home Builders Corp, 3345 Lucky Penny Ln, Res New Single Family, $168,028

Trails West Development /Stock Construction Company, 5818 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $193,911

Trails West Development /Stock Construction Company, 5817 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $175,580

Trails West Development /Stock Construction Company, 5823 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $208,319

Shawn Brady, 1015 Miles Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $300

Chrfri Llc /C & F Resources, 217 Terry Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,000

Latin Am Dist Council In The, 514 S 37 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $1,200

Ward, Cheryl/Christison’s Remodeling/Repair, 1742 Bitterroot Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $6,000

Howick, Bruce & Claudette Aka/Matt Welch, 1674 Lakehills Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,800

Freda Erwin/B. John Construction, 4020 Corbin Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,000

Villa, Ruben R & Bonita M/Billings Window & Siding Spec., 816 Circle Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,129

Villa, Ruben R & Bonita M/Billings Window & Siding Spec., 816 Circle Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $13,362

Steinmetz, Melvin J & Maxine C/Sprague Construction, 3013 Myrtle Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,000

Trails West Development Llc/Stock Construction Company, 5811 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $193,911

Trails West Development /Stock Construction Company, 5806 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $181,880

Trails West Development Llc/Stock Construction Company, 1205 Wilderness Dr, Res New Single Family, $152,500

Shirley Guerrero, 920 N 19 St, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $42,908

Herington, Donald J & Nancy A/Lynnrich Inc., 2926 Custer Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $9,352

Castles, Carl G & Shelly K/Freyenhagen Construction, Inc., 2279 Darcy Ln, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $2,365

Audet, Allan R & Simarae S/Win-Dor Industries, 3318 Prestwick Rd, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $4,677

Shoemaker, Dorothy A/K-Designers, 3415 Winchell Ln, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $3,521

Shahan Enterprises Inc.,  3003 Leeann Blvd, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $15,000

Ballock, Steven A & Patricia I/Norse Builders, 724 Tepee Trl, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $2,000

Villa, Ruben R & Bonita M/Billings Window & Siding Spec., 816 Circle Dr, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,868

Edwards, Bruce V/Donahue Roofing, 644 Ave F, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $11,000

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