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President Trump Event Guide From MetraPark In Billings

President Donald Trump’s visit to MetraPark in Billings, for a rally Thursday, for Matt Rosendale, has some logistical challenges, that I was able to hear about, from sales and marketing manager Ray Massie. Although tickets were made available via a website, there were more than the site can handle. Ray tells me, the fire marshal will decide, when enough is enough, and no more people will be permitted, at that time. About 800 parking positions usually available will be eliminated for security reasons, so parking in nearby neighborhoods will need to happen. When waiting in line, after the doors open at 4, water will be on sale and portable toilets will be available for use too. Ray says not to live dangerously and leave knives or firearms at home, because they will not get approved, and lines will be long, due to increased security. The one elevator in the Rimrock Auto Arena, will not be accessible either. President Trump is expected to speak around 8 o’clock, after an hour’s worth of speeches, from others, involved in the rally.

What To Do When Your President Wants To Drop In For A Visit?

Preparations are underway, for next week’s visit, by President Donald Trump, to Billings Metrapark.        He visited the magic city, in 2016, as citizen Trump, and this time, it’s expected, he’ll be drawing, a much bigger crowd. As luck would have it, Thursday was an open date, so there was no problem, in renting the arena, which will hold around 10,000 people. A visit, from a sitting president, is a different animal, than even the biggest concerts, and an advance team, will be planning, all the details. Before Vice President Mike Pence arrived, in Billings, July 24th, to stump for Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Matt Rosendale, as President Trump will do, an advance team of 12 staffers visited. For Billings,                          it will be the sixth time, a sitting president, has come to town.

RY Timber Gets Sabotaged

Last Week, RY Timber, out of Livingston, was given the green light, by the Forest Service, to begin operations, on the North Hegben forestry project, near West Yellowstone, which would help reduce wildfire risks, in nearby communities. Less than one day later, the Forest Service notified RY, that due to a preliminary injunction filed against them, they were forced to shut down, and move out. It is one of 21 current injunctions, against forest restoration projects, in Montana and Idaho, alone. To make matters worse, the next day, a lowboy transport arrived, at the site, to move the Feller Buncher, when the operator noticed someone had broken in, and cut every single wire they could. They must have known what they were doing too, as Resource Manager of RY, Edward Regan said, they cut the wires to a point where the machine couldn’t be put back together without calling in a specialized mechanic. The vandalism and sabotage of the logger’s equipment will cost the contractor at least $10,000, and a weeks worth of work. The investigation is ongoing.

Habitat For Humanity Teams Up With State Farm Insurance

State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a program that awards $25,000 grants to 40 charitable causes across the country. The application process for the Neighborhood Assist program is lengthy and competitive, with State Farm dwindling down 2,000 applications to 200. But in the end, the public votes to select 40 causes out of the 200 to each receive a $25,000 grant. This year, Habitat for Humanity of Missoula applied for the Neighborhood Assist program and after beating out 1,800 other applicants, Habitat is now the only applicant from Montana to be competing for a winning top 40 spot and $25,000. But now it is up to all of us to come together and vote for HfHM to ensure that $25,000 is put into the Missoula community and used for local Montanan families.

Beer, Wine, Spirits All Taxed By Montana

Montana collects special excise taxes, on the sale of all types of alcohol, subdivided into specific taxes, on wine, beer, and liquor (hard alcohol other than wine and beer). Alcohol taxes, are sometimes collectively referred to, as “sin taxes,” which also include excise taxes, on cigarettes, gambling, drugs, and certain other items. The IRS also collects federal excise taxes, on alcoholic beverages, which are included separately, from Montana’s alcohol taxes, in the final purchase price.

The Montana excise tax, on beer, is $0.14 per gallon, lower than 78%, of the other 50 states. Montana beer excise tax, is ranked #39, out of the 50 states. The Montana excise tax, on wine, is $1.06, per gallon, higher than 62%, of the other 50 states, ranking #19, out of the 50 states. Montana’s excise tax, on Spirits, is ranked #11, out of the 50 states. All liquor stores, in Montana, are state-owned.

Still No Snowmobiles Allowed In Bitterroot Forest, But Bike Ban Needs Review, Judge Rules

Both sides declared victory in a federal lawsuit challenging the Bitterroot National Forest’s travel ban on bikes and motorized vehicles in remote areas. A ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen on Friday upheld most of the Forest Service’s plan to preserve the Blue Joint and Sapphire Wilderness Study Areas in the primitive conditions that existed in 1977.


Five Workers In Butte, 100 In Moses Lake Lose REC Silicon Jobs

Five people are being laid off from the Butte REC Silicon plant Monday while 100 workers at the Moses Lake, Washington, plant are losing their jobs, said one company official. Francine Sullivan, REC Silicon vice president of business development, said Monday that the average pay of the workers being laid off is $100,000.

Wings Of Freedom Tour Lets Helenans See, Touch, Ride In World War II Aircraft

The low drone of massive engines are emanating from Helena this week, as four of the most famous World War II bomber and fighter aircraft are in town for a visit. Relics from the past that still live in the modern day, rivets and all, the four planes landed at Helena Regional Airport Monday as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour.

Bozeman Data Security Firm Scores $3.5 Million Amid Venture Capital Growth

A data security company based out of Boulder and Bozeman announced it raised $1.5 million in venture capital, bringing its total fundraising to $3 million in over the past 18 months. Founded in 2015 by CEO Patrick Walsh and Bob Wall, both formerly of RightNow Technologies, IronCore Labs is a cloud privacy platform technology that allows for stronger controls over potentially sensitive data transmitted through apps and websites.

Space Ship Or Water Tower? New Structure On Gore Hill Draws Attention

It’s hard to miss the new structure going up on Gore Hill next to the Flying J Truck Stop. Motorists passing by on Interstate 15 might confuse it for some type of interstellar space port, but in reality it’s Great Falls’ newest effort to ensure neighborhoods in the area have reliable access to clean drinking water. The old red and white water tower that still stands next to the Great Falls International Airport was built in 1962.

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