• A team of researchers from universities around the world, including Montana State University have been studying the dialects in the howling behavior of wolves and other canid species.” A recent report from MSU concludes that howling wolves have dialects, one group from another, as well as across species.
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  • Montana Small Business Person of the Year is Greg Thayer, CEO of Great Falls-based Montana Milling, Inc. Two Billings businesses were also among the honorees announced by the Montana US Small Business Administration.Lena Wharton of Wharton Asphalt LLC in Billings has been recognized with the Montana Woman-Owned Small Business award; and Jim Markel and Perry Jones of Red Oxx Manufacturing,
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  • The Montana Supreme Court received a 60 percent rating in the sixth biennial review conducted by the Montana Chamber of Commerce. Focusing on its decisions on crucial business cases, the review saw “ just a slight drop from its 63% rating on the 2014 review but much higher than its 41% rating in 2012,” reported the Chamber.
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  • The Interior Department announced its plans to cancel a decades’ stalled oil and gas lease in the Badger Two Medicine region of Northwestern Montana. This decision followed a hearing [on March 16], wherein U.S. District Judge Richard Leon gave the Interior Department 24 hours to act.
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  • During a tour of campaign stops and press conferences in the Billings area, a couple weeks ago, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Gianforte focused on energy issues and the potential impact of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). He urged everyone to “stand united” with Colstrip as its future is threatened with the implementation of the CPP.
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  • Among Montana businesses that hang in the balance depending on the outcome of the legal issues and implementation of the Clean Power Plan is the Hardin Generating Station.Located near Hardin, the core of Big Horn County, the plant is the state’s cleanest coal-fired plant, generating 119 megawatts of electricity, under the management of Colorado Energy, LLC.
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  • Montana Chads at 3953 Montana Avenue will become the High Horse Saloon and Eatery under new ownership in April.Partners Reid Pyburn, Scotty Ugrin and Jim Kisling are purchasing the business from Ted Fink, who started the business ten years ago.
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  • In a split vote, County Commissioners approved a highly controversial zone change request– one that will allow a 50-year old family-owned helicopter business in Yellowstone County to continue to grow next to the Billings Airport. The decision came after almost 40 citizens testified during a two and a half hour public hearing in a standing-room-only commissioners’ board room.
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  • During the recent controversy regarding the zoning around the airport there were often comments that made anyone who believes in property rights, cringe, time and time again. Not that that is anything new.Overtime, our society has moved from having a profound respect for the rights of the individual, who has invested dearly for the legal authority to use a piece
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  • Those breakfast potatoes Montana State University students devour on campus, they’re made with potatoes from Whitehall and fried in safflower oil from Big Sandy. Those fancy coffee drinks — brewed with beans roasted in Whitefish. The dough for Miller Dining Hall’s hand-thrown pizzas (up to 600 in a day), is made from Montana-sourced wheat.“And as you can imagine, that’s a
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  • The Montana Chamber of Commerce’s annual Power-Base (P-base) survey of 800 voters statewide in Montana reveals that people respect businesses and that business organizations like the Montana Chamber are well-regarded. And, that Montanans want to fight the Clean Power Plan and are rather split on increasing the gas tax.
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  • Being recently informed that there will likely be no settlement regarding the CHS tax protest for almost two years, Budget County Finance Director Kevan Bryan, asked Yellowstone County Commissioners to appeal to the state to expedite the tax protest process as it pertains to large taxpayers, so local governments can plan and budget better.
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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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