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MVP’s presentation to Tribal Council includes info about possible rate hike

LAKE COUNTY — Mission Valley Power gave an annual report to Tribal Council that week that included information about a possible rate hike that would help the power company manage rising costs of materials needed to help keep the lights on for the Flathead Reservation.  According to General Manager Jean Matt the rate hike would occur in tiers.  “We’ve found that our costs have increased exponentially,” Matt said. “Looking at a snapshot of it, looking at material last year, in some places it quadrupled.”  Delivery times on some equipment the company needs have increased from 1 year to 2 years, so the company has gone from reactive to...

Medical centers work to vaccinate employees by March 15 deadline

LAKE COUNTY — Two local medical centers, St. Luke Community Healthcare in Ronan and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, are renewing efforts to get staff and contractors fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by March 15, the date set by a federal vaccine mandate recently upheld by the Supreme C...

New program launches to help Montana businesses

News from the Office of the Governor HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte announced that Montana entrepreneurs have a new tool to grow their businesses. Approved by the governor in December, the Montana Down Payment Assistance Program is a public-private partnership between the State of Montana and Mo...

Business equipment reporting requirement undergoes changes

News from the Montana Department of Revenue HELENA — The 2021 Legislature passed House Bill 303, changing how Montana taxes business equipment. The new law increases the business equipment tax exemption from $100,000 to $300,000 for Tax Year 2022. Businesses whose statewide market value of equi...

Two business owners collaborate to open medical spa in Polson Two business owners collaborate to open medical spa in Polson

POLSON — On Feb. 10, a new medical spa will have its grand opening in Polson.  Located inside Bella Vita Salon, the joint companies of Skin Beautiful and Skintegrity406 were established by two women brought together by chance. Julie Yonker had moved to the area from her home in Scottsdale, A...

Commissions seeks public comment on CenturyLink

News from the MPSC HELENA — The Montana Public Service Commission has opened an investigation into the adequacy of legacy telephone systems owned and operated by CenturyLink Communications, LLC, and its affiliated Montana carriers. Many rural Montanans rely on these legacy systems for phone servic...

Montana manufacturing poised to bounce back from pandemic

News from Paddy Fleming MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Despite struggling with worker shortages, disrupted supply chains and increased shipping costs, Montana manufacturers fared relatively well during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic and could see a return to pre-pandemic activity this year...

Study shows nursing labor market tightened, wages rose

From MSU News Service BOZEMAN — A new study from a Montana State University researcher and his colleagues provides evidence that the labor market tightened for the nursing workforce throughout the first 15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a period marked by falling employment and rising wages acro...

Head Over Heels reopens after pandemic shutdown Head Over Heels reopens after pandemic shutdown

POLSON — A local gymnastics gym, Head Over Heels, has reopened after being shut down due to the pandemic.  What began as a few private classes at the Mission Valley Christian Academy in the summer of 2010 by owners Jessica and Jason Edwards and their four children, grew to a full-fledged busine...

Entrepreneur opens new meat processing facility in St. Ignatius Entrepreneur opens new meat processing facility in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS – Nestled beneath the picturesque peaks of the Mission Mountains, just off US Highway 93 in St. Ignatius, Mission Valley entrepreneur Donald Pierce recently launched a full-service meat processing facility. Since its grand opening back in October, D& J Meats has been inundated with ...

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