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Woods Bay Wine has opened in Kalispell in the location of the former Gourmet Gallery breakfast eatery. The location on Montana 35 includes wines and beers from around the world.  The location also includes a tasting room to allow for sampling the wines. Woods Bay Wine will be open Thursday through Monday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information can be found at www.woodsbaywine.com.

 

Glacier Distilling has opened a new restaurant behind their distillery in Coram. The new restaurant, named Josephine’s Bar and Kitchen, features a dinner menu and a cocktail list using the house liquors.  The restaurant operates with a full liquor license and isn’t constrained by the same 2-ounce daily limit per customer at the distillery. Josephine’s is open from 4 to 10 p.m. seven days a week

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The Montana Department of Transportation will erect 236 pre-cast concrete panels to form a 2,064-foot sound barrier as art of the Van Buren Street Interchange project in east Missoula.. The $3 million wall will reach 16 feet at its tallest point. The panels are part of MDT’s modernization of the I-90/Van Buren Street interchange, which includes four-spoke roundabouts at each interchange.

 

Months after announcing he was taking a hiatus from organizing Butte’s Original Festival, which he founded in 2013. Boyle told media this week that he’s partnering with Butte resident Zach Leipheimer to bring a new summer festival to Butte.The new festival called Wild West Music Festival will run  July 27 and 28. Wild West will be smaller than the Original Festival with a focus on quality rather than quantity. The venue for Wild West will be the main ballroom of the Clarion Inn Copper King Hotel & Convention Center on South Harrison Avenue. Wild West will be rock oriented, featuring local and national bands. 

 

Cory Block Bakery, in Bozeman, has closed its doors. The bakery was located at No. 4 5th St. S. An offer was made on the bakery space they could not refuse.

The rapid growth in the manufacturing sector has left many businesses struggling to fill open positions, according to MMEC. A survey conducted on behalf of the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, surveyed 133 manufacturing businesses statewide. Three-quarters of the respondents reported experiencing a shortage of workers in 2017. There are almost 3,000 manufacturing entities in Montana, which have 24,500 workers. Montana continues to add manufacturing jobs at a faster pace than the rest of the country with a 13 percent increase in employment

 

A national grocery delivery company, Instacart,  plans to begin delivery service in the Bozeman area. Instacart will allow residents to order from Albertsons, Safeway, Costco, CVS Pharmacy and Petco, and have their goods delivered. Orders must be $10 or more, and Instacart charges $5.99 for a delivery fee on orders greater than $35, plus an option for tips. Customers can order online or through the company’s mobile app, choosing a time when they would like the groceries delivered. The service is also set to launch in Billings, Missoula and Helena

 

The Dakota Access pipeline has proven to be a game changer for the Bakken, oil industry leaders say. Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren in a recent radio interview said the pipeline is already running near its capacity of 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day. He said it has been providing the Bakken with a competitive edge over the Permian play.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Madison County, Montana more than $120,000 to help make the town of Mammoth more resistant to the threat of wildfires. Mammoth is located in the middle of the Tobacco Root Mountains in southwest Montana. The fire safety project includes removing and reducing fire fuel around homes and other structures in the former mining community, as well as providing community education forums.  The project is the result of an award to the state of Montana through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  The state identified the project as a priority, and FEMA and the community agreed to a 75/25  cost share.  The project total is $160,343 and as a result FEMA awarded the county $120,257.

 

Montana State University has hired Christopher Dobbs to serve as the next executive director of the Museum of the Rockies. Dobbs is currently the executive director of the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Connecticut, where he has served since 2013. He has 25 years of experience working for a diverse array of museums. 

 

Public Service Commissioner Tony O’Donnell has been appointed by the governor to serve on the Montana Information Security Advisory Council. The mission of the 2017 Security Advisory Council is to enhance cybersecurity information sharing, outreach and risk awareness to help cost effectively protect information systems across the state.

 

Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, a franchise company, is bringing its All-American, retro-themed diner to Montana. The new restaurant opened in Helena on June 17, and will add 60 jobs to the local community.  Hwy 55 features fresh, never-frozen burgers. Timothy Jittu, the master franchise owner with his wife Brenda, together have more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry.