Montana Highlights

Watercraft inspectors in Montana have found aquatic mussels on 21 boats so far this year. All watercraft including non-motorized boats must be inspected when coming into Montana. Inspectors found 35 boats with aquatic mussels in 2020. Adult mussels can attach themselves to the bottom of boats and survive out of water for up to 30 days.

Glacier Rail Park in Kalispell, which  opened in 2018, is full ahead of schedule with the decision by Northern Plastics decision to expand from its current Montana Highway 35 location into the last rail park lots. Northern Plastics manufactures polymer molds in its 10,000-square-foot facility. At the new rail park location Northern Plastics will more than double its size.

Yellowstone National Park has reported that visitation at last month increased by 40% compared to 2019. This was an increase of approximately 19,000 people and a record for the month. The previous high visitation for the month of April was in 2016 when more than 59,000 people visited the park.

Grand Teton National Park experienced record numbers of visitors in April with more than a 48% increase compared to the same month in 2019. The 2021 numbers set a record for April in the park of 87,700. The previous high in April was 60,500 set in 2018.

According to the Montana News Bureau the state is advertising for a business attractions manager. The position will pay $125,000 a year. The job entails traveling the United States promoting Montana as good place to start or expand a business. New tax laws and a $500,000 budget for the position are hoped to help foster interest by businesses in the State.

Glacier National Park recorded more than 53,000 visitors in April 2021, about 50% more than in 2019, but it did not set a new record.

Madison River Equity LLC will seek a special use permit from the Butte-Silver Bow Zoning Board to install a 1,600-acre solar array on June 17. The project known as the Basin Creek Solar Project is on private ranchland in south Butte. Project will include 700,000 solar panels which will produce nearly 300 megawatts annually.

Montana Zipline Adventures opened on May 21, 2021. The business located in Anaconda near North Cable Road has passed the required inspection by the Association for Challenge Course Technology. The owners of the business are Andre and Mianne Graa. The cost is $89 a person.  There will be a $10 discount for people who live in surrounding counties and for veterans. The course has age and weight ...

From Northern  Ag Network

The Producer Partnership has announced plans to open the first non-profit, federally inspected livestock processing facility in Montana.  It will be located 12 miles east of Livingston and able to process up to 300 animals per month when operating at full capacity.  The Producer Partnership was organized in April 2020 with the mission of farmers and ranchers workin...

Montana State University and Montana Department of Transportation are collaborating in the development of a specialized concrete that is 20 times stronger than regular concrete. It will be used for the first time this summer to form parts of two 60-foot long bridges over Trail Creek near Wisdom.

MSU has been developing this unique concrete for over five years. It is special because it can c...

The Center Square

As economic figures cast doubt on a post-COVID economic boom, the latest polling data show Americans lack confidence in the economy under President Joe Biden.

New polling data released by Gallup  shows Americans are not confident in the economy and are largely unhappy with the nation’s current trajectory.

The poll found only 36% of Americans are “satisfied with the w...

The outstanding success of the Ennis-area O’Dell Creek Restoration Project, which began 17 years ago, is recognized with a NorthWestern Energy-commissioned painting by renowned Montana artist Monte Dolack.

The original artwork “Restoring Our Waters” is on display at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds from the sale of prints of the work will be donated to Madison Farm to Fork, which...

Watercraft inspectors in Montana have found aquatic mussels on 21 boats so far this year. All watercraft including non-motorized boats must be inspected when coming into Montana. Inspectors found 35 boats with aquatic mussels in 2020. Adult mussels can attach themselves to the bottom of boats and survive out of water for up to 30 days.

Glacier Rail Park in Kalispell, which  opened in 2018, ...

Vogel Joins Wealth Management

John Vogel recently joined Stockman Wealth Management as a Junior Portfolio Manager in Billings. His responsibilities include financial planning, investment account management, economic analysis, and business development. Vogel brings over three years of financial industry experience to the p...