A legal dispute with state regulators, will impact the approval by Federal officials of the first phase of a silver/copper mine in northwestern Montana wilderness area, The proposal remains uncertain due to Kootenai National Forest officials announcing their approval of plans by Hecla Mining Co. The Idaho-based company would initially mine on 20 acres to determine the feasibility of a full-scale mine. Montana regulators have asked a judge to block Hecla CEO Phillips Baker, Jr. from exploring or opening any new mines in the state. The state alleges he’s in violation of the state’s “bad actor” law.
According to information from the US Government, Flathead County and Kalispell are receiving $200,000. Lincoln County will get $150,000, while Lake and Glacier counties will each receive $100,000. All are receiving the funds to help in border security. These grants are issued to local governments and federally recognized tribal governments to defend the country’s borders from terrorism, intercept illegal drugs, and combat human trafficking. The Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, secured Operation Stonegarden grants worth over $1.5 million to communities across Montana.
Contractors in the Flathead Valley have more work than workers can handle. The impacts on the industry are being felt through rising wages for skilled laborers, more employees transferring between companies for better pay and benefits.
Bert & Ernie’s Restaurant downtown Great Falls has closed with no explanation, The business has operated for 40 years in Great Falls,
A downtown Bozeman food truck, Mo’Bowls, has announced plans to open a brick and mortar location in October. The new location will feature all of their existing dishes with six or seven new ones added in.
While Williston, ND has fired the contractor that was constructing Taxiway A because officials said the company was not keeping up with the planned schedule, that doesn’t mean the overall airport project isn’t still on track, according to city officials, While the airport’s construction schedule is challenging given the situation, it doesn’t mean the city cannot complete the project in time for the planned Oct. 2019 opening. While any of the 30 different projects may experience a setback due to weather, equipment or other factors, there is some flexibility which can be worked through to keep to the scheduled Oct. 10, 2019 opening,
Manufacturing Day in Montana is officially October 5.
MDU Resources Group, Inc. announced that David M. Sparby has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. Sparby retired in December 2014 from his position as senior vice president, Revenue Group, at Xcel Energy Inc. and president and CEO of its subsidiary Northern States Power-Minnesota. The board of directors of MDU Resources Group, Inc. declared a quarterly dividend on the company’s common stock of 19.75 cents per share, unchanged from the previous quarter.
McKenzie County, North Dakota officials are trying to get a radar warning system installed in west North Dakota to better warn of tornados or other impending bad weather. They want to lower the radar level at Minot so that it will be more effective. That could take a year and cost between $100,000 and $150,000 .
After 10 years of successful business in Idaho, SOVRN Creative is expanding its operations into Montana. In 2008, three friends left the security of a successful marketing agency and started SOVRN, an independent, design-build creative marketing company focusing on brand development and implementation over several media platforms. The company’s first Montana employee, will be Brian Elliott, a Helena-born entrepreneur. Joe Rice, Executive Director of SOVRN, explained the move saying, “Montana is quickly becoming a global hotspot for new startup operations from tech and finance, as well as the ever-growing $400 billion a year outdoor industry — which is quickly surpassing some of Montana’s largest traditional exports. As a multi-disciplined creative team that delivers practical strategies and meaningful creative solutions, SOVRN plans to provide a local resource for private, public, and state based agencies that currently outsource their needs to larger markets.” Starting in September, SOVRN will be setting up shop in Downtown Helena, utilizing ‘The SideCar,’ a local co-working space on Last Chance Gulch.