• "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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Garages

Eric Wayne & Kay Nelson, 248 Ave F, (N) $28,080

Gary & Christine Ljunggren/Cucancic Construction, 381 Stewart Ct, (N) $12,960

Donald Weber, 1151 keno St, (N) $26,880

Jesenka George, 5418 Denali Dr, (N) $3,600

Janelle Luppen, 1126 N 23 St, (N) $11,700

Jay & Susan Burdette, 1738 Miles Avenue, (N) $23,040

Paul Parkins, 2334 Clark Ave, (N) $31,920

 

Multi-Family

BWN LLC, 610 Lake Elmo Dr, (N) $1,181,664

 

Single Family

Twin Oaks Corporation/Oakland Companies, 1503 Twin Oaks Dr, (N) $139,308

John Haman/Honey Do Contracting, 723 Mattson Ln, (N) $168,884

Robert Castro, 710 S 33 St, (A) $3,600

Allen Lee Sayler/Kale Construction, 748 Arbor Hills Dr, (A) $2,160

Donald Davidson/Freyenhagen Construction, 2152 Rangeview Ct, (A) $6,975

Neal & Tracy McDonald, 1835 Columbine Dr, (A) $37,632

Robert & Colleen Lockrem, 1742 Janie St, (A) $3,000

Richard & Sandra Edwards/Trent Jones, 2542 Burlington Ave, (A) $6,000

Donald & Jane Hegg/Independence, 2207 Elizabeth, (A) $4,600

Kathleen Durkin/Krebill Construction, 924 Delphinium Dr, (A) $4,800

Caroline Cassel/Good Roofing, 2117 12 St W, (A) $2,735

Donna Friend/Good Roofing, 1130 Capricorn Pl, (A) $7,515

Carol Scovill, 3844 Parkhill Dr, (A) $10,000

Joseph & Catherine/Kirkness Roofing, 2816 Lynwood Dr, (A) $8,472

Joseph & June Bato/TLS Construction, 2338 St Andrews Dr, (A) $8,100

Michael & Gina Baker/4m Construction, 113 W Hilltop Rd, (A) $7,000

Jon Wright/Contractor Services, 1416 1 St W, (A) $800

Charles Longman/Spoonheim Building, 1327 Maurine St, (A) $4,208

Rodney & Susan Sargent/Second to None, 3563 Granger Ave W, (A) $5,040

Gloria Lake/Fisher roofing, 1408 Cook Avenue, (A) $4,757

Robert & Helene Knight, 942 Senora Ave, (A) $6,750

Jeff Buzzman/McPhail Roofing, 724 Ave F, (A) $6,150

David & Becky Klein/Rocky Mtn Roofing, 2001 Lake Elmo Dr, (A) $5,000

Dorothy Kindsfather/Rocking JR Services, 404 27 St, (A) $6,500

Marjorie Schrader/Rocking JR Services, 3775 heritage Dr, (A) 47,200

Clark & Barbara Defrance/Rocking JR Services, 4323 Palisades Park Dr, (A) $20,000

Terry & Sarah Ferestad/Good Roofing, 1105 Capricorn Pl, (A) $7,415

Rita Opie/Andrews Construction, 2027 St Andrews Dr, (A) $4,500

Paul Blaede, 615 Aronson Ave, (A) $5,000

Paul Blaede, 615 Aronson Ave, (A) $3,500

Travis Thomas, 1445 Ave F, (A) $1,100

Clark Curtis/Warnock Construction, 4203 Phillip St, (A) $2,500

Clark Curtis/Warnock Construction, 4203 Phillip St, (A) $4,000

Charlene Melby/Klunder Roofing, 2140 Pueblo Dr, (A) $5,000

Dewey & Doris Anderson/Klunder Roofing, 2139 Pueblo Dr, (A) $5,000

Eric Wayne & Kay Nelson, 248 Ave F, (N)

Darrell & Consta Shepovalof/Big Sky Maintenance, 762 Torch Dr, (R) $800

Terry Tipton, 1725 Ave D, (R) $15,000

Donald & Jana Hegg/Independent, 2207 Elizabeth St, (R) $2,800

Arvid Haugeberg/A-1 Energy, 4109 Rimrock Rd, (R) $6,265

Lisa Marie Hargrove/Dawson Builders, 66W Antelope Trl, (R) $2,750

Lisa Marie Hargrove/Dawson Builders, 66W Antelope Trl, (R) $2,500

Paul & Sarah Hickman/K-Designers, 3503 Timberline Dr, (R) $5,329

Jon Wright/Contractor Service, 1416 1st W, (R) $500

Charles Longman/Spoonheim Buildings, 1327 Maurine St, (R) $2,702

John & Jeanne Lee/Thompson Construction Co., 4384 Poly Dr, (R) $20,000

Paul D Blaede, 615 Aronson Ave, (R) $2,500

Clark Curtis/Warnock Construction, 4203 Phillip ST, (R) $3,500

Jay & Susan Burdette, 1738 Miles Avenue, demolition, $150

Thomas & Marian Martin/Artisan Builders, 3035 Arvin Rd, (A) $12,960

Todd Nelson, 3831 heritage Dr, (A) $27,734

James Carlson/David Kennedy Builders, (A) $39,550

Barbara Wanvig Trust/Barta Custom Builders, 3205 38 St W, (A) $2,880

Roy & Marjorie Brothel, 411 29 St W, (A) $2,000

Patrick Gilman, 3146 Georgina Dr, (A) $5,600

Devin & Marisa Hanley/JAH Const, 720 Bazaar Exchange, (A) $7,300

Dennis & Jolene Harriman/Kirkness Rfg & Supply, 1278 Grubstake Circle, (A) $7,300

Jerry Kerrick/All Seasons Rfg, 610 Sapphire, (A) $4,600

William Fisher, 2902 Lynwood Ln, (A) $3,500

Andrew Hayashida/All Phase Contracting, 2735 Louise Ln, (A) $15,000

Benjamin & Michelle Vigessa, 1621 Judd Circle, (A) $4,000

Christopher Voller, 2508 Terry Ave, (A) $2,000

Mitchell & Kirsten Fears/Chapel Custom Handywork, 1002 Howard Ave, (A) $2,900

Keith Mosbaugh/Kirkness Rfg & Supply, 419 Gorham Park Dr, 5,995

Duane Scott & Debbie Hartung/Foss Construction, 591 Chinook Place, (A) $3,000

William & Pamela Fletcher/ARC Rfg, 3426 St John’s Avenue, (A) $5,000

Daniel & Latece Bryan, 1925 (A) $12,000

William Staley/Ray Meyer Construction, 404 Glee Place, (A) $6,700

Froilan & Traci Valdez, 2220 Quinn Haven Dr, (A) $2,500

Michael & Carol Barnes/Rocky Mountain Roofing, 4433 Iron Horse Trl, (A) $8,000

Gene & Claudia Fleming/Commercial Roof, 221 Tam O’Shanter Rd, (A) $10,000

Boyer Land LLC/Design Builders, 2442 Westfield Dr, (N) $310,340

LNR Architects Drafting & Design/Ridge Line Construction, 3426 Prestwick Rd, (N) $155,704

Roger McCalla/Dawson Builders, 1531 TaniA circle, (N) $164,326

Holly Huennekens Trust/Kincaid Land, 3216 Rimrock Rd, (R) $10,000

Donald & Cheryl Harris/Jeff Engel Const, 2824 Gregory Dr, (R) $27,625

Beth Krkosa/K-Designer, 1633 Wicks Ln, (R) $2,840

William & Ruth Gass/K-Designer, 169 Norris Ct, (R) $4,711

Rodney & Rae Ottenbreit/Freyenhagen Const, 2210 Remington Sq, (R) $6,800

Wilma & John Riek/Precision Siding & Construction, 2407 Rimrock Rd, (R) $7,937

Alex Bisso/One Source Construction, 338 Burlington Ave, (R) $30,000

Doxey Ray Hatch/Richard Helgeson, 2304 Pine St, (R) $3,500

 

 

 


 

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