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Pho 888 Vietnamese restaurant has opened in Kalispell. Owners are Thomas and Shannon Trinh. Pho —pronounced “fuh” — is a traditional Vietnamese soup. Their menu mainly features pho and two other popular Vietnamese dishes: bun vermicelli and grilled lemongrass stir-fry. The new restaurant is located at 2385 Unit 4, U.S. 93 N. in Mountain View Plaza.

 

A micro hotel is opening in downtown Belgrade. The Outpost, on 33 W. Main St., will open on September 1.With 14 rooms, developers behind the project aim to bring a form of lodging less common in the area, where either large chain or downtown Bozeman luxury hotels dominate.

 

Tax records show the number of mobile homes in Gallatin County has declined. According to data recently released from the Gallatin County Treasurer 167 fewer mobile homes have been on the tax records of the county from 2011 to 2019.

 

The Bakken production continues to drive Continental Resources engine, despite lack of North Dakota gas infrastructure. America’s oil champion, Continental Resources says, that the oil market is broken and this has prompted a buyback program that has already mopped up $92 million dollars worth of its own undervalued shares. It’s an aggressive strategy, but one that is fully warranted by Continental’s performance in the shale fields of America. In Continental’s second quarter earnings call, the company not only announced higher than expected production, but lower than expected costs.

 

Part of the Montana’s $400 million infrastructure investment package, passed by the state legislature and signed by the Governor, included $21.5 million for communities and schools negatively impacted by the decline of natural resource development. It’s called Delivering Local Assistance, and communities and school districts may apply before Sept. 30, for funding applicable to a range of infrastructure projects including water, sewer, bridge, public safety, government administration and schools. Awards will be announced this fall.

 

Enplanements at Sloulin Field International Airport (ISN) in Williston were up again in July. The latest numbers report 8,420 enplanements in 2019 compared to 6,639 in 2018. The first plane is scheduled to arrive at the new XWA on October 10, 2019.

 

After 40 years of business in Bozeman, Perkins Restaurant has closed. Owner Ray Ueland, who is retiring, attributed the closure primarily to a workforce shortage. He said that they needed about 50 employees to stay open 24 hours, and they only had about 25.

 

Airfares from Missoula remained the lowest in Montana through the first quarter of 2019 and continued to close on the national average price for a ticket, according to federal statistics. The Missoula airport has set record passenger counts in each of the last several years, including last year’s increase of nearly 15 percent. The average fare from Missoula fell to $386.89. That’s below other Montana cities, including Bozeman at $440.73; Helena at $482.58; and Butte at $533.37.  Billings’ average fare is $428.18. The national average is $352.

 

The Montana Department of Transportation is planning to replace bridges over the Judith River, Warm Springs Creek, and Irrigation Canal on Montana Highway 81 near Denton.    This project will be delivered using the Design-Build method and is scheduled for construction in 2020. 

 

Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT), Belgrade, was recently awarded a contract to deliver a full suite of counter drone vehicles to the U.S. Air Force. This unique capability, known as the eXpeditionary Mobile Air Defense Integrated System or X-MADIS, was selected by the Air Force after 18 months of testing, trials and evaluation across multiple military services and operational spectrums. The total contract value exceeds US$23mm and deliveries will begin later this year.

 

Natrona County and Casper, Wyoming are looking economically healthy, according to state economists. Natrona County finished the fiscal year $14 million ahead in sales and use tax revenue from the previous year — a 19 percent year-over-year increase. Business-cycle indexes also indicate statewide economic growth. Oil and gas are the probable reason. From this time last year, oil production is up between 15 and 16 percent. The increase comes from increased efficiency. Casper home values are up 1.4 percent from last year. Cheyenne’s improved 3.8 percent.

 

While Amazon has delayed building a giant fulfillment center in Nampa, it’s set to open a smaller delivery station in Boise. A delivery station serves as the final point between an Amazon fulfillment center and a fleet of company delivery vans that rush packages to homes and businesses., Amazon plans a much larger regional fulfillment center in Nampa, Idaho, in another year. It is expected to have 3,000 employees in a building with 2.6 million square feet, the size of 15 Walmart Supercenters. It’s expected to cost $130 million.