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County Receives Tentative Approval For Federal Funding For Ranch Creek Road Improvements

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(Broadus) Powder River County recently applied for and received approval for programming through the 2014 Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) in the amount of $7.2 million. With support from Bureau of Land Management and Montana Department of Transportation personnel, Powder River County Road Supervisor, Ty Gee and SEMDC Grant Administrator, Julie E. Korkow, teamed up to submit an application to pave a portion of Ranch Creek Rd near Biddle, MT.  The Montana Department of Transportation also pledged matching funds of over $1 Million to the project.  The portion of Ranch Creek Road that will be improved would start at Highway 59 and travel east for 4.5 miles.  The majority of work will include minor culvert and drainage work, over excavation of soft spots, shoulder work, stabilization of subgrade, new base coarse and paving meeting specifications of a standard secondary state highway.

 

The legislation Congress passed that implements the Federal Lands Access Program only authorizes the program for the fiscal years 2013 and 2014.  Therefore, funds from the Access Program for this project are not guaranteed.  Funding is dependent on the availability of appropriations from Congress.

 

The next step in the process is for the Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFLHD) to develop funding agreements with the state and local agency partners.  The funding agreement will indicate the year that funds may be available for the project.

 

According to the grant application submitted Ranch Creek Road (Route 544) needs to be reconstructed and paved due to the heavy amount of oil field traffic deteriorating the current road conditions.   Powder River County is responsible for maintenance but does not have the budget to fix this road because gravel and other materials are not readily available in this area.  Paving this route would make it an all-weather road and make it safe for all to use.  During inclement weather the surface turns to muddy slurry that is almost impossible to navigate and at dry times dust clouds the entire valley.

 

Ranch Creek Road (Route 544) serves the oil field at Belle Creek, local ranchers, recreationalists accessing BLM land, and traffic traveling from Biddle to Boyes, Mt. The Belle Creek oil field employs hundreds of workers and subcontractors that use this route for access.

 

Present road conditions restrict the ability of Denbury Resources, Inc. getting equipment, materials, and personnel to the site in wet conditions.   The dust created from the road in dry conditions creates concerns for the health and safety of local residents and area ranchers trying to prevent dust pneumonia in livestock.  Dust treatments have been applied to this area in the past with little benefit since the current quality of the road topping material does not accept the treatment to prevent dust and stabilize the road.

 

The past four (4) years of heavy oil field traffic has substantially increase the County’s maintenance requirements on Ranch Creek Road extracting equipment and resources from other parts of the county.

 

For additional information, please contact the Powder River Commissioners at 406-436-2657.

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Eastern Montana Impact Coalition Launches Energy Impact Study

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Helena, MT, Feb. 11, 2013 – The Eastern Montana Impact Coalition (Coalition) last week announced  via meetings with eastern Montana legislators and government stakeholders that it has launched a  study to identify how and when eastern Montana communities will be impacted by accelerating energy  development. The study’s goal is to help local communities understand the timing and magnitude of  these impacts and determine the priority issues to be addressed and investments required to benefit  from energy development and build the foundation for sustainable growth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Agencies Holding Meetings to Gather Public Comment on Otter Creek Coal Mine Project

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HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) will hold public scoping meetings to accept comments on the proposed Otter Creek Coal, LLC – Otter Creek Coal Mine project located approximately five miles southeast of Ashland, Montana.  Read the rest of this entry »

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MCC Energy Summit March 15th and 16th

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Miles Community College is hosting an Energy Summit on Thursday, March 15-16 titled “Solutions for Eastern, MT.”  The summit will be on the MCC campus and includes discussion on topics such as community change, economic forecast, legislation, workforce training, and industry impacts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Court Hands Setback to Southeastern Montana Coal Railroad

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Matt Volz, Associated Press

Helena, MT – A federal appeals court has handed a new setback to developers of a proposed $550 million railroad that would link southeastern Montana’s untapped coal reserves to Midwestern and overseas markets. Read the rest of this entry »

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Small Business Workshop For Women

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Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is focusing on women in business during his eighth Small Business Opportunity Workshop in Billings on Friday.

“We wanted to get a women’s perspective of what’s going on in the business world,” he said. “I think we’ve got a pretty top-notch group of Montana success stories.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Entrepreneurship in the New Rural America

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By Myers Reece, Flathead Beacon

In her recently published book, “TheNewRural.Com,” Whitefish resident Diane Smith writes that, “in our challenging 21st century economy, the experts appear to agree that entrepreneurship is more important than ever.”

So what does that mean for rural America? Smith believes it means good things, since, in her view, rural America’s landscape is filled with entrepreneurs. She’s one of them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cheyenne Website Being Developed

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From A Cheyenne Voice

We are working on a website.  With the help of two great ladies (Emily and Julie) from Southeastern Montana Development Corporation, Colstrip, this will be possible!  It will take them awhile to get it created and then probably longer to get the publisher up to speed, but within six weeks we’ll be in cyberspace!  This will allow us to reach more people and the Internet subscriptions will be cheaper, cuz there’s no envelopes to address, stamps to lick, etc.  Stay tuned, or logged in.  Whatever.  Ain’t that exciting?

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More Businesses Are Outsourcing – To Rural and Small Town USA

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Is your small business dealing with an increased workload and more demand from clients and customers? That’s a good thing. But with the economy still uncertain, many of us are leery about taking on full-time employees to help with the workload—even when we’re overwhelmed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Workshop

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This entertaining, highly interactive day will focus on how to harness the power of marketing to guide and shape your organization’s strategic thinking, marketing and communications, bringing about the results you desire. You’ll learn how to embrace the power of marketing by learning the essentials of purpose, process and content. Plus, learn how to differentiate and leverage marketing, Read the rest of this entry »

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