All of the 52 six-pane windows at Sperry’s Chalet at Lake McDonald Lodge at Glacier National Park are installed. The interior walls and doors are stained a rich chocolate brow and it looks like the construction crews will meet their goal of wrapping up the rebuilding of the historic dormitory before the snow sets in.
Results from a water-quality sampling project on the Kootenai River indicate there are elevated levels of selenium in water and fish tissue and elevated nitrates in the water. Findings the United States Environmental Protection Agency says are caused by upstream mining sources in Canada’s Elk Valley and at Lake Koocanusa. The study is based on water chemistry and fish tissue samples taken on the river in Montana and Idaho. Aside from looking at chemical levels in the water, the study evaluated 142 fish for selenium and mercury as well.
Sarah Davis has been named the first female chief ranger in Yellowstone National Park’s history and the 18th chief ranger to manage the Park for the National Park Service. Davis will start in her new job in December. Davis, whose official title is Chief of Resource and Visitor Protection, is a 20-year NPS veteran. She currently is the chief ranger at Natchez Trace Parkway. In her new job Davis will manage more than 275 employees.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall will headline the 100th Montana Farm Bureau Convention. Duvall plans to attend the entire convention, allowing him time to network with members and provide updates on national ag issues. The Convention will be held November 11-14 at the DoubleTree
Reports released by Montana State University’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center highlight the strength of Montana’s manufacturing sector. According to the report, manufacturing was equal to tourism and ahead of mining and farming in statewide earnings in 2018. The petroleum and coal sector accounted for the largest share of these earnings, followed by wood products. The fastest-growing sector, meanwhile, was “beverages and tobacco.”
406 Brewing Company is moving to a larger facility on East Main Street in Manhattan. The business will move into a 7,000 plus -square-foot space. 406 Brewing Company is best known for a few specialty mainstays, including Hop Punch IPA, Putin’s Revenge Imperial Stout, Big Blonde Ale, and Jamber Ale. 406 might be able to offer barrel-aged beer. The larger building also will enable the business to purchase more tanks, a canning line and the keg line.
Owner Robin Chopus has sold the Emerson Grill in Bozeman. It will close at the end of October. The fine-dining, Italian food restaurant and catering business opened in 2005 and sources food from local producers.
Town Pump Charitable Foundation is matching $750,000 in contributions during its 18th annual fundraising campaign for food banks across Montana. A record-setting 85 food banks are participating in the statewide “Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those in Need” campaign this year. The campaign has raised about $33 million for Montana food banks in 17 years, including about $6.25 million in matching grants from the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. Donations are being collected at local Town Pumps, Lucky Lil’s, Montana Lil’s and Magic Diamond casinos.
On behalf of the state of Montana, Attorney General Tim Fox is petitioning federal district court in Great Falls to intervene on behalf of the defendant in a lawsuit that seeks to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline, which will begin in Alberta and connect to an existing pipeline in Nebraska, will run through Phillips, Valley, McCone, Dawson, Prairie, and Fallon Counties in Montana.
The Montana Department of Transportation announced that it is seeking public comment on a proposal to mill and overlay 8.5 miles of US-191, west of Roy, Montana. The proposed project begins 8.5 miles west of Roy, and extends east for 8.4 miles. The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2021, depending on completion of all project development activities and availability of funding.
MDU Resources Group, Inc. has acquired the assets of Pride Electric, Inc., an electrical construction company in Redmond, Washington. Founded in 1993, Pride Electric provides high-end commercial, industrial and tenant improvement electrical construction, along with tele-data and security system installation. “Pride Electric will provide complementary electrical services in Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond,” said David L. Goodin, president and CEO of MDU Resources. Pride Electric will be operated as a division of OEG, Inc., which is a subsidiary of MDU Construction Services Group.
Next March Lewis and Clark County is planning to separate from PureView Health Center. PureView will become the employer of 63 former county employees because of the disassociation, which means they will no longer be members of the Montana Public Employees union. Since any organization that separates from the union must pay the total of the unfunded liability that would have been paid in the future to cover the organization’s commitments, Lewis and County will face a payment of up to $5 million.
The Missoula County Airport Authority is now seeking proposals from concessionaires that are interested and capable of providing service in its new terminal. Proposals are due in mid-December and the board is expected to reach a recommendation in February. The airport currently holds a beer and wine license that also comes with a gaming license. The airport will likely lease the beer and wine license to the winning bidder. The board hasn’t decided whether the gaming license will be included
Kaiser Health News reported that Medicare has cut payments to nine Montana hospitals as part of a federal program aimed at incentivizing hospitals to reduce how many patients return for a second stay. That’s the most Montana hospitals that have been penalized in one year. 14 Montana hospitals were evaluated by the feds.
A Belgrade-based company says they are set to become the leading company in water-scooping aircraft in America.. Bridger Aerospace will receive their first two CL-415 Enhanced Aerial Firefighter (EAF) airframes, which are used to gather water to dump on and suppress wildfires, in time for next year’s 2020 fire season. Four more scooper planes will join the company’s fleet over the following two years. The company is already a leader in aerial firefighting nationwide and a major force for aerial tracking and suppression of wildfires. Bridger Aerospace Chief Operating Officer Darren Wilkins says the acquisition of the airframes is an important move not only for the company, but for firefighting nationwide. Wilkins pointed out that Bridger Aerospace’s six new scooper planes will help build the American fleet size for aircrafts that drop water, since there aren’t many water scoopers in use in the U.S.
The first flight landed at the new $275 million Williston Basin International Airport at its opening on Oct. 10. It replaces Sloulin Field, which served as Williston’s airport for nearly 60 years.
North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases for the second quarter of 2019 are up nearly 8.4%. Second quarter taxable sales and purchases were up 6.34% in Williston and 6.09% in Williams County. Williams County’s taxable sales and purchases rose from $423,659,194 in 2018 to $449,451,615 in 2019 while Williston’s increased from $402,042,984 to $427,535,297.
The First National Bank and Trust Co. of Williston will be converting to a state chartered financial institution. The bank currently operates branches in Williston, Crosby and Ray. As part of the conversion process, the bank will be rebranded as First State Bank & Trust, pending regulatory approval.