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The Wyoming Business Council voted unanimously Thursday to declare Washakie, Fremont and Big Horn counties disaster areas. This came in response to last year’s weather that resulted in major crop loss, economically affecting about 60 families that are represented by the Wyoming Sugar Company.

Sugar beets are third largest agricultural revenue driver for Wyoming, and when months of rain muddied farms last winter – followed by a two-week deep freeze, many crops were devastated.

The Montana Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday they awarded a $400,000 grant to Garfield County Health Center in Jordan, Montana.

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The Silver in Missoula began demolition Tuesday after the roof collapsed under heavy snow Feb. 4.

The Missoulian reports, officials with the Missoula Foundation say that they do not believe the Silver Theater will be rebuilt after it is demolished.

The 14th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow, had been scheduled to host screenings at the community center for theater, music, and arts. An updated schedule online reflects venue changes.

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport set another record for passengers last year. And this year has the potential to be another banner year.

The Bozeman airport saw more than an 8.4 % spike in the number of travelers in and out of Bozeman in 2016, the airport’s seventh consecutive year of record breaking passenger traffic.

Brian Sprenger, Airport Director, Gallatin Airport Authority, said there are several factors for the growth.

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Washington state is refusing to allow its aquatic lands to be used for a major coal-export terminal along the Columbia River.

Outgoing Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark announced Tuesday that he has rejected a request from Northwest Alloys to sublease the state’s aquatic lands to Millennium Bulk Terminals for the coal-export terminal

The denial of the land sublease is a critical blow to the proposed coal port in Longview, Washington, which would mean 16 additional mile-and-a-half-long coal trains per day rolling through Montana and Wyoming on their way to the coast.


One of the first things homesteaders did after moving west was to plant fruit trees– apples, pears, apricots, plums and cherries. If they didn't grow it, they didn't eat it. 

As commercial produce became more available, many trees were neglected.  But remnants of these bygone orchards dot the state.

As Sarah Kanter Brown reports, interest in these accidental survivors is on the rise.


Powerful Pulses

Oct 17, 2016

The region’s next big ag project may have nothing to do with wheat or cattle. 

It all about pulses:  dried beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas.  Montana’s farmers have been seeding pulses like crazy in recent years.  Now, a group wants to build a manufacturing plant in Great Falls to further capitalize on the wonder crop.   

“We are ripe for a pea fractionation facility,” said Jolene Schalper, director of business development at the Great Falls Development Authority.

Jackie Yamanaka

Yellowstone County’s economic development arm is investing $50,000 in several healthcare education and provider projects in Billings. 

Big Sky Economic Development donated the largest amount, $20,000, to Billings Clinic for medical education. The money will go toward its Helmsley Simulation Laboratory and Medical Education Center. The center is for individuals in its internal medicine residency program and for practitioners across the region.

Jackie Yamanaka

Driving the Billings economy through innovation in healthcare is the topic of a two-day summit sponsored by Big Sky Economic Development.

Governor Steve Bullock says Billings poised to address the challenges facing the entire state. 

The Governor’s Local Food and Agriculture Summit will be held later this month in Bozeman.  It’s been nearly a decade since former Governor Brian Schweitzer convened the last Summit, a sort of pop-up food think tank, and in that time the state’s local food scene has changed. 

“Nationwide, this focus on local foods has grown dramatically,” said Annie Heuscher, director of the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition

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