From the Oil Patch Hotline

Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, the largest Williston Basin producer, said OPEC and U.S. shale producers should cut crude oil production and shipments into an oversupplied market.

U.S. shale producers “need to row our own boat… We need to make sure we don’t oversupply the market,” Hamm told a Denver conference recently. “Capital discipline is more important now than at any time I’ve seen.”

Producers need to cut back on the number of active drilling rigs, noting that reductions so far “haven’t bottomed yet,” Hamm said. He believes that the current rig count of 909 will drop to 800.

Atrium, a next-generation consulting company that leads enterprises through business transformation with AI, announced, last week, Elevate as a service offering available to the broader market. Elevate is focused on helping companies with current or new investments in AI. The offering enables companies to identify the possibilities available with AI, the implementation of technologies to achieve breakthrough AI outcomes and most importantly long term partnering model to support the critical tuning of AI platforms for on-going success.

Industry analysts like Gartner predict 85 percent of AI projects through 2022 will fail to produce results. Elevate combines industry-based algorithm templates with monitoring tools and a partnering model that emphasizes long term success through outcome-based support provided by Atrium.

“Our goal with Elevate is to dramatically improve the success rate of AI adoption and create a clear vision with regard to the possibilities,” said Atrium CEO, Chris Heineken.  “Companies looking to take advantage of new business paradigms available through AI need to approach AI programs very differently than a traditional IT investment.”  

“We spent the last year learning about the unique needs of the market with respect to AI and establishing the infrastructure for Elevate,” said Atrium VP of Customer Engagement, Tim Robinson. In Q4 2018, we launched our beta program for customers and the interest level has exceeded our expectations.” 

To improve upon industry adoption, Atrium has leveraged Salesforce Einstein as a critical element in ensuring customer success. Since becoming a Salesforce Partner 16 months ago, Atrium has reached Platinum Partner Status and has developed ML algorithms providing more than 13 million predictions for Salesforce customers and is setting industry standards with a 100 percent success rate for delivering “productionized” predictive models.  

“Atrium is blazing new trails, helping companies deliver business transformation with AI-augmented Analytics,” said Salesforce SVP of Product and GM of Einstein Analytics, Ketan Karkhanis. “We look forward to watching Atrium drive success with customers and accelerate innovation in our products.”  

Atrium works with enterprise companies across diverse industries with a dedicated investment in supporting companies in financial services, life sciences and higher education. Atrium, founded in 2018, is a private corporation and profitable since inception. They have a presence in Bozeman, Montana, Jaipur, India and Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information about the Elevate offering from Atrium, visit

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Montana State University and Harrington Pepsi have announced the release of a new beverage designed for Bobcat students, alumni and fans.

Gold Rush Huckleberry Lemonade launched recently in tandem with the MSU Gold Rush football game.

The lemonade is now available on soda fountains across the MSU campus and in Bobcat Stadium. It is also bottled and available in retail stores, including Town Pump and ThriftWay.

“Our longtime partnership with Montana State keeps getting better,” said Jim Bennett, vice president of Harrington Pepsi. “This new beverage combines two great Montana traditions — the Bobcat Gold Rush game and wild huckleberries. We’re thrilled that we’ve achieved our goal to create a unique beverage that keeps the Gold Rush spirit alive all year long.”

Last spring, MSU students taste-tested several flavor options. The top two flavors were sampled on fountain machines in the university’s dining halls to see which proved more popular. More diners chose huckleberry lemonade with their meals.

“Thanks to Harrington Pepsi, we were able to customize a flavor for our fan base,” said Julie Kipfer, MSU director of marketing. “We couldn’t have done this without our students, who selected the flavor. Now students, alumni and fans can experience the Gold Rush every day.”

Burning Wild Steel Art, 824 Kelly Circle, Shepherd 59079, 794-4036, Neil Deborah and Tony, retail sales

Crumbl Cookies, 27 Shiloh Rd, 59106, 530-7327, Andrea Tulett/Emily Hurst, restaurants

A-Plus Hydroseeding, 74 Sheep Dip Trl, Columbus 59019, 860-6543, Steve Riveland, service

Vaughn’s Maintenance and Appliance Repair, 2607 US Hwy, 59106, 671-1433, Vaughn Deleeuw, repair & installation

T&A Interiors, Exteriors & Remodels, 644 Cook Ave, 59101, 281-1338, Timothy Reule, service

Jarl Hoklin Painting, 1044 N 32nd St, 59101, 690-9198, Jarl Hoklin Jr, service

Response Design Architects, 119 N 32nd St, 119 N 29th St, 59101, 698-0804, Josh Sayer, general contractors

Billings Gutter Cleaning & Contracting, 1925 Alderson Ave, 59102, 850-9019, Andre Kugler, general contractors

Shortbred Sheeks LLP, 1540 Burlington Ave, 59102, 647-9892, Bisah Brown/Heather Schutz, service

Sticks and Stones Construction, 4133 Vaughn Ln, 59101, 946-2915, Eric Slehofer, general contractors

Christine Clair, Photographer, 9 1/2 Alderson Ave, 59101, 208-329-4624, Christine Woodrock, service

Montana Window Wear, 1516 Chesapeake Ln, 59101, 655-4825, Carol Ehrman, service

Lakeview Youth Home, 230 Sharron Ln, 59105, Dawn Wilson, service

Weeks Services, 16623 Fairview Ave, Broadview 59015, 860-8729, Adeline Weeks, service

The Ohana Poke Company, 1595 Grand Ave, 59102, 546-0909, Tyrell Crowell, restaurants

United Coal Mining Corporation, 100 24th St W Ste1, 59102,  626-246-5007, Gangxing LV, service

R Vision, 8704 Grand Ave, 59106, 498-3977, Jason Gibson, misc

Buildify LLC, 325 Lincoln Lane Apt 7, 59105, 459-2391, Nikolas Wong, general contractors

Coinstart (1649 Main), 1649 Main St, 59105, 943-8000, Kelly Shomier, service

Coinstart (611 N 27th ), 611 N 27th, 59101, 943-8000, Kelly Shomier, service

Coinstart (511 Central), 511 Central, 59101, 943-8000, Kelly Shomier, service

Coinstart (1280 Grand), 1280 Grand Ave, 59102, 943-8000, Kelly Shomier, service

Coinstart (670 Main St), 670 Main St, 59105, 943-8000, Kelly Shomier, service

Coinstart (3137 Grand Ave), 3137 Grand Ave, 59102, 943-8000, Kelly Shomier, service

Coinstart (2334 Central,) 2334 Central, 59102, 943-8000, Kelly Shomier, service

Coinstart (2525 King Avenue), 2525 King Ave, 59102, 943-8000, Kelly Shomier, service

Coinstart (2424 Central), 2424 Central Ave, 59105, 943-8000, Kelly Shomier, service

Magic City Dental Laboratory, 1034 Terry Ave, 59102, 880-1186, William Medeiros, manufacturing

Tpoz Sandwich Company, 4007 Avenue B Ste 1, 59106, Tucker Veltkamp, restaurants

CDH. LLC, 1605 Shiloh rd, 59106, 670-2242, Taylor McCabe, general contractor

Inner Quest Retreats, 206 Mountain View Blvd, 59101, 670-6367, Tara Kelsey/Patricia Smith, service

Nation’s Home Services LLC, 6620 Arab Pl, Shepherd 59079, 672-1518, Tate Nation, service

Skinner’s Skillet, 1412 Omaha St, 59101, 598-7278, Pamela Maas Murrill, restaurants

Studio Soul, 1212 Grand Ave, 59102, 619-823-9482, Jenna Peete/Kimberly McGivern, service

Yaroslavco LLC, 1603 Kenmar Dr, 59106, 865-242-7010, Yaroslavco Lutsyk, general contractors

Montana Homex LLC, 637 Wyoming Ave, 59101, 865-242-2865, Daniel Lutsyk, service

Ollie’s Fruit, 4636 Ruth Ave, 59101, 591-0740, Justin Harriman, retail sales

Hail Masters, 2518 6th Ave N, 59101, 903-513-2600, Robert Jenkins, service

 Picard Contracting, 544 O’Malley Dr, 59102, 385-224-7401, Matthew Picard, service

Kelli Richardson’s 406 Physical Therapy, 790 Eagle Ridge Dr, 59101, 672-7844, Kristen Richardson,  service

Mobile Auto Detailers of Billings, 2012 Phoebe Dr, 59105, 671-9408, Ryan Benton, service

Obe/Craft Construction, 144 foster Ln, 59101, 839-1592, James Obenauer, general contractors

Alex Construction Sales, 1309 Galway Dr, 59105, 591-7140, Alexander Rochon, service

Gold Star Concessions, 7122 Helfrick Rd, 59101, 760-888-7710, Linda & William Carr, circus and carnivals

Prestige Inc/Raising Hail LLC, 279 Airport Rd, 59105, 866-995-4245, Chris Elliott, service

Jemma Joe’s Home Accents, 2010 Lewis Ave, 59102, 850-4266, Joseph Paluch, retail sales

 River City Roofing, 3017 SE 157th Ave, Portland OR 97236, 861-8104, Stacy Dolan, roofing contractor

Major League Painting, 1242 Dublin St, 59105, 245-7659, Mark Alden, service

Eisenbraun Construction Inc, 1833 Columbus, Molt Rd, Molt 59057, 861-4306, Luke Eisenbraun, general contractors

Roll It Out Painting, 615 Clause Cir, 59105, 598-0568, Travis Roll, service

Fenton Cleaning LLC, 1109 N 22nd St Apt211A, 59101, 850-3846, Chase Partridge, service

Merry Construction, 5421 Green Teal Dr, 59106, 698-5409, Andy Merry, general contractors

Heinzer Hail Repair, 5535 Interstate Ave, 59101, 719-373-3842, Richard Heizer, service

Rambur Construction Inc, 5437 Hennessey Rd, 59106, 698-3110, Dale Rambur, general contractors

4 Bezzzz, 2821 Saratoga Trl, 59105, 671-3883, Tyson Bowman, service

Dent Stop Hail Repair, 1525 Broadwater Ave, 59102, 915-540-6735, Sal Melendez, service

Tastes So Good, 33 Buena Vista Ave, 59101, 591-1543, Daniel Andrews, restaurants

Modular Fusion, 105 Yellowstone Ave, 59101, 607-242-2629, Nathan Obenauer, general contractors

Professional Auto Hail Repair, 1603 Grand Ave, 59102, 915-867-9026, Santiago Jaramillo, service

 Flawless Comfort designs LLC, 2494 Enterprise Ave, 59102, 272-5113, John Dawson, service

Klein Zeit Construction, 3115 3rd Ave S, 59101, 200-2993, Anthony Klein, general contractors 

Aztech Roofing and Restoration, 725 Wyoming Ave, Laurel 59044, 480-238-6559, Theron Cook, general contractors

Robin Dangerfield, 1506 Yellowstone Ave, 59102, 698-7880, Robin Dangerfield, roofing contractors

World Wide Products, 444 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach CA 90802, 694-2518, Stephanie Gordon, retail sales

Big Sky Subsurface LLC, 671 Armington Road, Belt 590412, 788-5463, Jon Hepfner, service

Anderson Towing 5, 706 central Ave, 59102, 864-354-4666, Cameron Cochran, service

Montana Pro-result Painters LLC, 125 S 80th St W unit 11A, 59106, 426-0802, Thomas Bolkcom, service

Souped Up, 212 Lewis Ave, 59101, 855-6635, Michael Clark/Candi Adams, restaurants

Forge Hail Repair, 1105 Grand Ave, 59102, 800-604-0366, Lucas Gallegos, service

Ruiz Construction, 514 Glen Dr, 59102, 972-408-7111, Ulises Ruiz, roofing contractor

Montana Medium, 43 Alderson Ave, 59101, 702-5278, Stacey Schumer/Chase Buchanan, service

Red Roof Quilting, 1110 3rd Ave N, 59101, 697-6922, Tracy Russell, wholesale

Team Construction LLC, 2017 Harrison Ave Ste 104, Butte 59701, 782-8327, Scott Smith

Silver Run Electric LLC, 5375 Sundance Mountain Cir, 59106, 698-0834, Michael Aneuski, electrical contractors

Bestworth Rommel, 19818 74th Ave NE, Arlington WA 98223, 360-435-2927, Cole Ballard, retail sales

Halloween City, 300 S 24th St W, 59102, 973-453-8681, Caitlyn Gomes, retail sales

Restoremasters Contracting LLC, 15457 US Hwy 70, Ardmore OK, 73401, 816-787-6909, David Irvin, general  contractors

Breakers Billard Supply, 536 S 18th St W, 59102, 248-4348, Mike Kinerson, retail sales

GWC LLC, 4143 Palisades Park Dr, 59106, 697-4257, Terrance McKittrick, general contractors

Blue Rain Roofing and Restoration, 405 John Adams Pkwy, Idaho Falls ID 83401, 833-358-7663, Anthony Tryon, roofing contractor

Teocalli Property Services, 495 Firelight Dr, Big Sky 59716, 579-1671, Christopher Moon, general contractors

Back 9 Lounge, 1411 Chy Way Ste 3, 59106, TJ Wrobel, service

Tippy Cow Café, 279 E Airport Rd, 59105, 503-310-1085, Steven & Melissa Harkless, restaurants

Angie Buckley LCPC, 2409 Arnold Ln Ste 5, 59102, 672-9998, Angela Buckley, service

Dyba Construction, 2328 Wyoming Ave, 59102, 690-7599, Zach Dyba, general contractors

Keystone Construction, 2643 West 3200 South,  Rexburg ID 83440, 208-740-7306, Jared Heyren, general contractors

Elisa Murnion, 1312 Terry Ave, 59102, 694-2820, Elisa Murnion, service

MLB Billing and Collections, 944 Avenue B, 59102, 672-9769, Maria Bertrand, service

Hail Solutions, 1667 Main St, 59105, Jonathan Carrillo, service

Benton Media Inc, 4 Shadow Pl, 59102, 861-8224, Kyle Benton, service

Broke B Décor, 1837 Forest Park Dr, 59102, 697-9871, Lauren Tanner, service

Elan Medspa, 2747 Enterprise Ave Ste 5, 59102, 855-4002, Kacie Robertus, service

406 Originals, 305 E 5th St, Laurel 59044, 425-0837, Colton Ostwald, misc

American Indian Consulting Services, 17 N 26th St, 59101, 259-3804, Leonard Smith, service

C&G  Construction LLC, 16535 N Red Fir St, Nampa ID 83651, 208-412-2642, Gloria Cortez, roofing contractors

Axe A Dent inc, 2625 Overland Ste C, 59102, 200-7545, Steven Leaton, service

Hail Assist, 5000 Frontier Lane, Plano TX 75023, 940-999-0022, Paul Plasencia, retail sales

Dent Stop, 1509 Rehberg Ln, 915-540-6735, Sal Melendez, service

Dent Tec International LLC, 1702 1st Ave N, 59101, 969-1340, David Newman, service

Hail One, 700 4th Ave N, 59101, 855-442-4587, Jack Hout, service

Hail Team 6 LLC, 2032 Lampman Dr Ste 102, 59102, 969-3368, Jason Zapata, service

McBee Construction, 588 Sudan Pl, 59105, 256-5192, Billy McBee, general contractors

Carbon Creations, 518 E Alkali Creek Rd, 59105, 690-5082, Robert Davis, general contractors

Monark Enterprises, 2538 Lake Heights Dr, 59105, 672-5722, Joshua Davis, general contractors  

Shasta Construction, 2019 Avenue B, 59102, 850-5807, general contractors

Shopko Optical #106, 316 S 24th St W Ste 101B, 59102, 920-429-4318, Felicia Belone, service

DG Professional Services, 4229 Rimrock Rd, 59106, 694-2986, Felicia Greer, service

Flow Forms LLC, 527 Sudan Pl, 59105, 306-1855, Terrance Bybee, service

PR Auto Glass, 1323 Main St, 59105, 316-650-9601, Eric Laurence-Trillo, service

Klutch Construction, 3916 Victory Cir, 59102, 359-9252, Hayden McGregor, general contractors

A Superior Property Management and Maintenance, 910 Lynch Dr, 59105, 318-0740, Andrew Gutierrez, service

Sir Fix-A-Lot LLC, 906 21st W, 59102, 698-8945, Edward Sweeney, service

Smooth Finishes Concrete LLC, 793 Old Hwy 10, Sanders 59076, 852-3941, Dain Hollowell, service

Hail Raisers, 1125 Broadwater Ave, 59102, 580-401-0915, Anthony Saltarelli, service

Carmella’s Closet, 1416 Parkhill Dr, 59102, 890-0969, Carmella Tyrell, retail sales

Elizabeth Rae Casini, 1140 16th St W Ste 13, 59102, 939-5089, Elizabeth Casini, cosmetology

RH Construction Inc, 3019 Prairie Dr, 59101, 670-8899,Ronald Hofer, general contractors

Skyline Construction Inc, 2541 Randolph St, Lincoln NE 68510, 877-295-3281, Tina Manes, general contractors

Whatever Whenever Services LLC, 1112 Harvard Ave, 59102, 839-5043, Andre Linwood, general contractors

Your Ideal Construction, 603 Madison Way, Great Falls, 59405, 876-5675, Martin Houle, general contractors

Nature’s Sunshine Cleaning Services, 2815 S 35th Road, Pompey’s Pillar 59064, 697-4096, Brandi Budell, service

Colton Companioning LLC, 2420 2nd Ave N, 59101, 670-2169, Gina Colton LCSW, service

Montana Dents, 2123 2nd Ave N, 59101, 861-8343, Chris Round, service

Ginger Ostermiller Cleaning, 1205 Bitteroot Dr, 59105, 696-9430, Ginger Ostermiller, service

Lamb’s Roofing, 1627 West Main St, Ste 101, Bozeman 59715, 548-1622, John Lamb, general contractors

 A Montana State Roofing,  1627 West Main St, Ste 101, Bozeman 59715, 548-1622, John Lamb, general contractors

LLH Construction, 2321 Canyon Dr, 780-1287, Levi Hsoltz, general contractors

Kingdom Builders Construction, 516 S 37th St, 59101, 245-7609, David Morales, general contractors

Boro PDR Auto Hail Repair, 1943 Main St, 59105, 267-393-2148, Edson Borowiak, service

Conrad’s Roofing, 2334 Clark Ave, 59102, 561-5523, John Wick, general contractors

Baker Construction and Fabrication, 3818 Evertz Coulee Dr, Shepherd 59079, 998-8464, Frederick Baker, general contractors

RRS Enterprise LLC, 974 Adobe Dr, 59105, 860-2819, Ryan Skillestad, general contractors

Auto Dent Doctor, 1804 Grand Ave, 59102, 469-2568, Jaime Martinez, service

B&K Roofing, 4380 Highway 312, 59105, 860-2819, Ray Beaulieu, roofing contractors

New Generation Builders, 132 Stillwater, 59105, 647-8126, Jesse Grossman, general contractors

Chris Leffler Construction, 1142 N 31st St, 59101 850-8045, Chris Leffler, general contractors

Nationwide Auto Hail Repair, 2349 Grand Ave, 59102, 915-274-4518, Ernie Gonzalez, service

Highsmith Exteriors, 3290 Granger Ave E 37, 59102, 699-0044, Robert Highsmith, general contractors

Queen Bee, 2317 Geneva Walk, 59105, 850-7353, Koryn, general contractors   


  • French, Patrick L & Deborah M Stewart, Josiah – General Contractor, 3632 Decathlon Pkwy, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $30,000
  • Wright Ranch Inc Stewart, Josiah – General Contractor, 3606 Decathlon Pkwy, Com Fence/Roof/Siding,  $30,000
  • Rodger T Bell Trust/Sprague/Cathey, Jack/Phill – General Contractor, 2816 King Ave W, Com Fence/Roof/Siding,   $27,350
  • Stockton, Daniel E Jr/Dimattei, Joseph – Roofing Contractors, 1503 Broadwater Ave, Com Fence/Roof/Siding,   $19,000
  • Yellowstone County/Hardy Construction Co., 217 N 27th St, Com Remodel, $23,650
  • Unicor Partners/Scheiner, Joseph – General Contractor, 2695 King Ave W, Com Remodel, $65,000
  • United Properties Inc/Langlas & Assoc., Inc., 550 N 31st St, Com Remodel, $14,950
  • Rimrock Owner Lp/Neumann Construction Inc, 300 S 24th St W, Com Remodel, $10,000
  • Billings Laundry Company/Sprague/Cathey, Jack/Phill – General Contractor, 715 Central Ave, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $16,000
  • Pierce Buildings Llp/Donahue, Mitch – General Contractor, 2032 Grand Ave, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $38,607
  • Pierce Buildings Llp/Donahue, Mitch – General Contractor, 2032 Grand Ave, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $58,308
  • Pierce Buildings Llp/Donahue, Mitch – General Contractor, 2032 Grand Ave, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $54,747
  • Vacant Land Llc/Lennick Bros. Roofing & Sheetmetal, 1611 Alderson Ave, Com Fence/Roof/Siding, $8,000
  • Ryan Restaurants/Langlas & Assoc., Inc., 110 S 24th St W, Com New Restaurant/Casino/Bar, $684,167
  • Kairos Properties Llc/Sunset Construction Llc – General Contractor, 2900 12th Ave N, Com Remodel, $156,000
  • Sister Of Charity Of Leavenworth /Hale, Ben – Service, Com Remodel $20,000
  • JDH Management & Leasing Llc,/Zimmermann, Andrew – General Contractor, 710 Grand Ave, Com Remodel,     $12,000
  • KTVQ Communications Inc/Kenco Enterprises, Inc., 3203 3rd Ave N, Com Remodel, $10,000
  • Tj Wrobelwrobel/Tj – Service, 1411 Chy Way, Com Remodel, $125,000


  • Bishop, Benjamin E & Wendy, 742 N Wagner Ln, Res New Accessory Structure, $18,100
  • Khalili, Rasoul Sheshed/Mancave, 1175 Yorktown St, Res New Accessory Structure, $56,640
  • Jeff Kreitzberg/Kreitzberg, Jeff Homes, 1512 Rancho Vista Ave, Res New Single Family, $209,008
  • Jeff Kreitzberg Homes/Kreitzberg, Jeff Homes, 1514 Rancho Vista Ave, Res New Single Family, $166,940
  • Jeff Kreitzberg/Kreitzberg, Jeff Homes, 1516 Rancho Vista Ave, Res New Single Family, $209,008
  • Harris, Aaron Michael & Kellan/Ban Construction Corp – Service, 5328 Cabernet Ln, Res New Single Family,   $650,000
  • Infinity Homes/Wanner, Levi – General Contractor, 2416 Cielo Cir, Res New Single Family, $287,740
  • Bob Pentecost/Pentecost, Bob – General Contractor, 5350 Amherst Dr, Res New Single Family, $360,000
  • Beartooth Holding & Construction/ Beartooth Holding & Construction, 5358 Amherst Dr, Res New Single Family,   $340,136
  • Rosebud Development/Lais Development, Inc, 3036 Rosebud Dr, Res New Two Family, $410,808
  • Parks, Trenton – General Contractor, 2304 Gleneagles Blvd, Res New Two Family, $363,330
  • Parks, Trenton – General Contractor, 2352 Gleneagles Blvd, Res New Two Family, $363,330
  • J & M Development Llc/Sartorie, Michael – General Contractor, 1134 Pumpkin Hollow Cir, Res New Single Family, $205,073
  • Boyer Land Llc/Design Builders, Inc., 4718 Gold Creek Trl, Res New Single Family, $298,368
  • Oakland Built Homes, Inc./Leep (Vice President), Landy – Service, 2310 Acacia Cir,
  • Res New Single Family, $172,366
  • Oakland Built Homes, Inc Res/Leep (Vice President), Landy – Service, 2309 Acacia Cir, New Single Family $175,548
  • Oakland Built Homes, Inc./Leep (Vice President), Landy – Service, 2306 Acacia Cir, Res New Single Family $175,548
  • Oakland Built Homes, Inc./Leep (Vice President), Landy – Service, 2305 Acacia Cir, Res New Single Family $172,366
  • Oakland Built Homes, Inc./Leep (Vice President), Landy – Service, 2301 Acacia Cir, Res New Single Family $169,368
  • Oakland Built Homes, Inc./Leep (Vice President), Landy – Service, 2302 Acacia Cir, Res New Single Family $174,540
  • Classic Design Homes/Classic Design Homes, 4229 Woodgrove Dr, Res New Single Family, $440,549
  • McCall Development/McCall James, – General Contractor, 1649 Walter Creek Blvd, Res New Single Family $90,192
  • Trent Buscher Construction/Trent Buscher Construction, 6351 Southern Bluffs Ln, Res New Single Family $206,971
  • Trent Buscher Construction/Trent Buscher Construction, 6353 Southern Bluffs Ln, Res New Single Family $206,971

The Broadwater Health Center Board of Directors has voted unanimously to pursue a partnership with Billings Clinic to help stabilize and advance local health care for the community of Townsend and Broadwater County.  “Our Board recognized the depth and breadth of experience Billings Clinic has as a Montana-based health system with multiple affiliated critical access hospitals,” said Brad Campbell, Chair of Broadwater Health Center’s Board of Directors.  “They have an impressive and proven track record of delivering on their commitment to help sustain care in smaller communities like ours – at a time when rural hospitals across the country are threatened.” 

A community governed not-for-profit organization, Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system and is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Billings Clinic is affiliated with twelve critical access hospitals in Montana and northern Wyoming and is a co-owner of Community Medical Center in Missoula.  They also have branch clinics in multiple locations and are adding to their existing clinics in Bozeman with planned construction of the first phase of a new medical center on a 58 acre site in west Bozeman.  “Billings Clinic has great success keeping health care in rural communities — bringing in specialists to provide care close to home and helping return patients to their home communities after a hospitalization,” Campbell shared.  Keith Cook, Billings Clinic board member, stated, “One thing we know will ensure BHC’s future success is continued community engagement and involvement.  We look forward to working closely with the BHC board and all community members to help us partner for success.”

By Bethany Blankley, The Center Square

A continuing robust job market has also boosted U.S. consumer confidence to an all-time high in nearly two decades, according to data released by The Conference Board’s index.

Bloomberg News reports the data exceeded all estimates in its survey of economists, with the highest views on the current economic climate at their highest since November 2000.

The index “shows hiring and income gains are keeping consumers upbeat and assuaging concerns about the economy’s prospects in light of slowing global growth, volatile financial markets and escalating U.S.-China trade tensions,” Bloomberg reports.

The majority of respondents saying jobs are plentiful jumped to 51.2 percent, the highest since September 2000, according to the index, while those saying jobs are hard to find declined to the lowest level in three months.

“While other parts of the economy may show some weakening, consumers have remained confident and willing to spend,” Lynn Franco, senior director of economic indicators at the Conference Board, said in a statement. “However, if the recent escalation in trade and tariff tensions persists, it could potentially dampen consumers’ optimism regarding the short-term economic outlook.”

The report comes after record job numbers were published by the U.S. Department of Labor and record highs were reached by the Dow Jones and S&P 500 in mid-July.

Within a record-setting 24-hour period, the S&P 500 surpassed 3,000 for the first time since its founding in 1896, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 27,000 for the first time since its founding in 1885.

In the first six months of 2019, the Dow rose by 16 percent and the S&P 500 by 20 percent.

In April, 263,000 nonfarm jobs were added to the economy, with hourly wage growth up by two-tenths of a percent and unemployment at 3.6 percent, its lowest level since December 1969. In June, 224,000 nonfarm jobs were added, far more than what economists predicted.

In July, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 164,000, with an unchanged unemployment rate of 3.7 percent.

Positive responses also came after President Donald Trump said in August that he was considering indexing capital gains to inflation. Conservative groups argue this will build on the success of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that spawned economic growth, job creation and wage increases.

“Indexing is something that a lot of people have liked for a long time and it is something that would be very easy to do,” Trump said. “I can say that a majority of the people in the White House, at the level that does this kind of thing, they like indexing. So it is something I’m thinking about.”

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) President Grover Norquist said, “Taxing inflation is wrong and unfair,” adding that ending the taxation of inflation on capital gains would strengthen the economy.

A coalition of 51 conservative groups sent President Trump a letter earlier this year urging him to end the inflation tax on savings and investment. They maintain, “American families and job creators should not have to pay taxes on phantom income.”

ATR notes that because of the TCJA, 90 percent of American wage earners have higher take-home pay.

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Registration is now open for the 16th Annual Young Ag Leadership Conference (YALC) The conference is set for October 4-6 at the Copper King Convention Center in Butte. YALC is a collaborative effort between nine of Montana’s agricultural organizations, offering attendees a chance to discuss current ag issues, take part in various workshops, meet with industry leaders, and network with fellow young people. Anyone aged 18-40 and interested or involved in agriculture is encouraged to attend. The cost of registration is $50 including all meals provided. After the pre-registration date of September 25, fees increase to $60. To register, go to   and search Young Ag Leadership Conference.  Contact Leah Johnson at (406) 733-2079 or for questions. 

The Billings Chamber of Commerce announced that Ziggy and Stella Ziegler are the 2019 Legacy Award honorees. The Ziegler’s long history in Billings displays their dedication to business, philanthropy, and the community, said the announcement.

Ziggy and Stella invested over 40 years in their downtown establishment, Stella’s Kitchen and Bakery and retired officially in August.

The Billings Chamber Legacy Award recognizes individuals who consistently demonstrate success in improving the business and economic climate, in addition to the quality of life for residents of Billings over their lifetime. Through their consistent advocacy for downtown, their habit of offering second chances and their determination to change lives, they changed the fabric of Billings.

The Zieglers will be honored at the 2019 Billings Chamber Annual Meeting presented by PayneWest Insurance on September 24.

When asked about iconic Billings establishments, you can bet that Stella’s Kitchen and Bakery will be one of the examples shared – and with good reason.

Even after 40 years, to this day you’ll find a line out the door to get seated for weekend breakfast.

Stella and Ziggy retired in August.

They were nominated for the award by Eide Bailly and its Partners Jeremy Hauk, Roger Huebner, Ron Yates, and Debbie Potter, the group noted, “Stella and Ziggy are well known for hiring disadvantaged people and providing not only a job, but mentorship, a family atmosphere, and a positive influence. They give second chances and first opportunities to so many in need. They have changed lives by giving more than a paycheck, but by giving life lessons and true love.”

Prior to starting their restaurant, the Ziegler’s owned KOA and Great Harvest Bread franchises. In addition to their many business successes, they are loyal to their mission of giving second chances and offering guidance to those transitioning out of prison and halfway houses. Ziggy is well-known for his work with prison inmates where he developed a three-day retreat to minister to inmates; something he done almost monthly for 40 years. As quoted in the Billings Gazette, Ziggy says, “I don’t golf, I don’t fish, I don’t hunt. I go to prison!”

To add to their resume of service leadership, Ziggy was Yellowstone County Auditor for four years and Yellowstone County Commissioner for 12 years.  Stella has served on various community and state-wide boards and leadership committees. The couple is committed to their faith and to education, serving on the Billings Catholic Schools and BACET/BCS Foundation boards. They were instrumental in building the new St. Francis Catholic Elementary School, serving as honorary chairs of the capital campaign.

The Ziegler’s were nominated for the Billings Chamber Legacy Award, along with a long list of competitive candidates. The Eide Bailly team summarized the selection of the Ziegler’s for the 2019 Legacy Award stating, “Ziggy and Stella are a tremendous business success story. However, their success and contributions reach far beyond that of the business world. They have made unbelievable monetary and sweat-equity investments in Billings while donating their time and talents to the community as a whole. Along the way, they have made a difference in the lives of many. They have left a legacy that is truly worthy of recognition.”

The Veteran Air Warriors will hold a fundraising banquet on Thursday, September 12, at the Billings Flying Service Hanger, 3655 A J Way, which is located near the Billings Airport. The event features a Silent Auction at 5 pm and a live auction at 6 pm. Special guest to follow the live auction will be Pete Hegseth, a US Army Veteran and a Fox News anchor.

A private non-profit, Veteran Air Warriors was established a year ago with the mission to provide the necessary resources to train and certify veterans so they may develop a successful career in aviation. The organization raises funds to relieve veterans of the financial burden that student pilots encounter throughout their training. Veteran Air Warriors will support veterans through their ratings by sponsoring them until they are able to use their GI Bill benefits to continue. They continue to mentor the veteran through their training and their employment.

The program serves a dual purpose of assisting veterans in achieving a professional career and filling an increase need for pilots. There has been close to a 30 percent decrease in private pilots and over 20 percent decrease of commercial pilots in the last decade.

Items to be auctioned include military memorabilia, unique experiences, firearms, veteran sponsorships, vacation packages and many other items and opportunities.

Veteran Air Warriors (VAW) has developed a program, in cooperation with several strategic partners, to provide scholarships for training, mentorship and a solid career path to America’s military veterans, helping them become a successful professional in America’s aviation industry

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