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In Sidney, hometown boy makes good — beer, that is


SIDNEY — Travis Peterson’s career as a civil engineer lasted five years. A native of Sidney, Peterson graduated from Sidney High School in 2001 and went on to earn a civil engineering degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Then he headed to the West Coast, where he worked as a marine contractor. He enjoyed working on bridges, piers and other projects, and he was good at at it, but he had other interests as well. (more…) Continue Reading →

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A swan song, maybe, for an artist’s whimsical pieces


Kevin Rose, who manages the Western Art Forum gallery in downtown Billings, says Jerry Cornelia will be the featured artist during the Feb. 3 Winter ArtWalk for two reasons. One is that gallery owner and painter Kira Fercho is a big fan of the Sidney artist. “He’s like a superstar,” Rose said. “Kira calls him her first art crush, when she was 16 years old.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Another lawsuit filed over oil tank inspection death


Last Best News has learned of another lawsuit filed on behalf of a Montana man who died while inspecting oil storage tanks in the Bakken oilfield of North Dakota. The lawsuit was filed last February in District Court in Sidney by Nicole Buckles, of Glasgow, on behalf of her son, 20-year-old Zachary Buckles, who died on April 28, 2014, while manually gauging crude-oil production tanks near Alexander, N.D. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana, home of the entrepreneur

The New York Times is reporting today that Montana “leads the nation in business creation.” The Times attributes all the business-creation activity to the Bakken effect: so much money has been flowing out of the oil patch, and so many people have been flooding into the region, that new businesses are being founded to meet new demands. The same study quoted by the Times lists Wyoming as second and North Dakota as third in start-up activity. What the story does not note, for some reason, though the study itself does, is that Montana was first last year as well, and North Dakota was, as it is this year, third. Only Wyoming’s status changed, jumping from sixth place to second. Continue Reading →

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