Matt’s Place, a 1930s-era drive-in, at 2339 Placer Street in Butte is for sale. The business has been in the same family for over 70 years. The asking price for the business and property is $425,000. The restaurant is on the National Register of Historic Places and has won numerous awards.


The Barrick Gold Corp.-owned Golden Sunlight, in Whitehall, received permission recently  to mine the Apex, an underground gold mine about three-quarters of a mile from the former open pit. The new underground mine won’t bring new jobs, however it will extend the life of the approximately 140 positions already at the mining operation.


The new superintendent of Yellowstone National Park said recently he won’t consider capping the number of visitors to Yellowstone National Park, which is on pace to attract more than 4 million visitors for the fourth consecutive year. He did say, however, he would consider testing a shuttle system to reduce traffic between the most-used entrance at West Yellowstone and Old Faithful.


The Bozeman city commission is considering adding two more floors to the Bridger Peak parking garage. The original design of Bridger Park Garage included the potential for another 200 parking spots on top of the 435 spaces already there.


First Interstate Bank is planning a new bank location in Hardin. The new location would be on 11th St. The current total estimated cost for the project is $728,977.50.


The Gallatin Association of Realtors released its residential real estate market statistics for September 2018, revealing increases in pending sales and average sales prices and a tightening inventory of available homes. The number of units sold in the condo/townhouse market jumped, as did the average sale price. The number of new single-family listings increased slightly from 134 in September 2017 to 142 this September. The number of pending sales increased from 122 to 137. The number of units sold decreased 10.6 percent, from 132 last September to 118 this year.


The Montana Public Service Commission voted to grant L & L Site Services permission to haul trash in Missoula County. L & L will now join Republic Services as a garbage hauling company operating in the county. Commissioner Roger Koopman, who represents PSC District 3, voted in favor of L & L. He said, “The law we are required to enforce puts a very heavy burden on any new company wanting to enter a monopolized trash hauler market.  At the same time, regulators must be willing to view such cases through the lens of competition and freedom, and to take seriously the obvious public benefits of competition and choice over one-company protectionism.” L & L Site Services initially applied for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (PCN) to operate in Missoula County on March 1, 2018. Republic Services already protested L & L’s application. The Commission voted on August 14 to deny L & L’s application. On Oct. 23, the PSC voted 3-2 to grant reconsideration and then voted by the same margin to grant a certificate of public convenience to L & L.


Great Floors, LLC has expanded its Northwest footprint with the addition of a new retail and commercial flooring location in Missoula. The Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based company purchased Abbey Carpet & Floor at 407 South Catlin Street according to Great Floors President and CEO Doug Chadderdon.  Abbey Carpet owner was Curt Bowler. The Missoula location is the second Great Floors Montana location, joining Bozeman, which opened earlier this year.


A Glasgow business, Busted Knuckle Brewery, owned by Ben and Connie Boreson, is planning  a second location in Williston, North Dakota. The Boreson’s started their brewery in Ben’s former radiator shop on Main Street in downtown Glasgow. They started the business about 8 years ago using a “Mr. Beer kit.” It took eight months of scrubbing and remodeling to convert the 80-year-old shop into a brewery; but the hard work paid off! The new brew pub pays homage to its past by maintaining a shop-like look and feel; even the names of the ales reflect their history such as Busted Nut Amber, Black Nail Stout, Full Throttle I.P.A. and No Octane Rootbeer Cream Soda.


Montana State University Athletics has received a $2 million commitment from an anonymous donor to support a pair of projects that are part of the first phase of athletics’ master plan for facilities. The pledge will support the Bobcat Athletic Complex, a 37,000-square-foot facility planned for the north end of Bobcat Stadium that will house the football program, and the Academic Excellence Center.


Bozeman Health plans to double the size of its intensive care unit and add an infant ICU. The $15 million project is scheduled for  completion in early 2020. Plans include a three-story, 30,000-square-foot building with administrative departments on the first floor and an ICU on the second. The third floor will be reserved for future medical surgery patient beds.


A vacation rental company has come out with a list of most and least expensive resorts and Big Sky Resort didn’t fare so well. HomeToGo used equipment rental fees, lift ticket, lunch and accommodation prices to determine the total price of staying at 50 ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada, and Big Sky came in at No. 8 for most expensive resorts, costing an estimated average of $304.75 a day.


Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, reported on Oct. 12 that the state pumped out more than 1.291 million barrels of oil a day in August compared to the previous month’s production of more than 1.269 million barrels a day.