• Montana is a state rich in natural energy resources. The eastern part of the state has greatly benefitted from the American energy revolution reports the US Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Institute on its new webpage. The webpage — http://www.energyxxi.org/states/ — measures how states compare on energy, showing where each state ranks in energy production (Montana ranks 21st) and facts about how the
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  • By M.D. Kittle, Watchdog.org While the domestic spying National Security Agency has been under the red-hot political spot light, another quasi-governmental agency has quietly gone about the business of collecting nearly 1 billion U.S. credit card records without consumer consent. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, CFPB, unlike the NSA, operates with no congressional oversight and with little public transparency, even
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  • Oil producer Hess Corp has turned to a manufacturing process developed by automaker Toyota Motor Corp to cut costs and boost production as crude oil prices lag, according to a Reuters report. Deploying a process called Lean manufacturing, and used by only a handful of other oil producers, the move has shaved roughly $400,000 off the cost of each North
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  • A company called Enell, Inc. has quietly been doing business in Havre, Montana, serving an international market for the past 22 years. Like so many successful companies, ENELL serves a niche market – one ignored by the big companies catering to the mainstream. ENELL makes sports bras for well-endowed women. Perhaps, not surprisingly, the company’s evolution has paralleled the entrance of
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  • Caterpillar Oil & Gas announced that Caterpillar has made an equity investment in Billings-based company, GTUIT, a manufacturer of mobile gas treatment systems. The companies plan to collaborate to deliver equipment to reduce flaring and emissions from flaring gas in the process of oil production. Brian Cebull, President and CEO of GTUIT stated, “As a result of the Caterpillar investment,
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  • Billings business owner Rich Naylor has been named Small Business Person of the Year in the small business category by the US Small Business Administration in Montana. He owns My Handyman Service & Construction, Inc., Billings. Two other Billings businesspeople are in the list of award winners announced by the SBA. They include Haley Vannatta, owner of Yellowstone Valley Women’s
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  • Electric generation companies, such as Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative (YVEC) are “under attack,” according to Anita Decker, CEO of the Northwest Public power Association, of which YVEC is a member. At risk is the YVEC mission of providing customers with “the lowest cost, highest value investment,” said Decker, who spoke before the annual meeting of the YVEC on last week
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  • In the coming year local employers say they expect to hire 1000 new employees. That reflects a $42 million increase in wages for Yellowstone County. Will they be able to find the workers? Unlike many areas of the country, Billings and Yellowstone County face a labor shortage, a problem which if not addressed could negatively impact local business growth and
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  • If you want to reduce employee turnover in your business, fire mangers who are jerks. That’s the advice of Dick Finnegan, who was keynote speaker at the BillingsWorks Workforce Council luncheon. Finnegan is a nationally-recognized consultant on workforce retention and author of “Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad,” and of a forth coming book, “The Power of Stay Interviews
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  • It looks like the vision for a new restaurant in downtown for the Howard Shen and Tina Wu is becoming a reality. They plan to open Wild Ginger Steak House by late June on the ground floor of the new Empire Parking Garage on Montana Avenue between North 28th and North 27th Streets. The husband and wife entrepreneurial team are
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  • Building a convention center in Billings would cost in the neighborhood of $60 million, and require almost $700,000 annual subsidy. But, such a facility could turn Billings’ prospects around from possibly losing 25 percent of its convention business by 2020, to more than tripling it. A convention center would increase the economic impact of conventions held in Billings by about
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  • The goal for Jefferson Bus Lines is to open a new bus station in downtown Billings by July, according to company President Steve Woelfel. Woelfel announced last week that the Minneapolis-based company has purchased the former Underriner building at Fourth Avenue North and 18th Street North, to serve as their future headquarters in Billings. The new location allows the company
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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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