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  • BILLINGS, Mont.— The jailed founder of a Montana club for the ultrarich said he won't answer a judge's demands to reveal what happened to hundreds of millions of dollars in assets he drained from the resort prior to its bankruptcy. Yellowstone Club founder Timothy Blixseth invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination in a...

  • WASHINGTON— An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent of the ethane detected...

  • The analysis by the Washington Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County found that greenhouse gas emissions— from facility operations to when the coal is burned in Asia— would increase by 2.5 million metric tons each year when the project is fully running. Other concerns include increased vessel traffic as 840 ships a year are added, and a potential for train...

  • WASHINGTON— Once jurors return their verdict and the judge thanks them and sends them on their way, their job is done. That's the question that turned a minor traffic accident in Montana into a Supreme Court case on Tuesday. The amount was supposed to be something more than the $10,000 the parties had previously agreed to.

  • BILLINGS, Mont. _ First Interstate BancSystem Inc. on Monday reported first-quarter earnings of $20.1 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 51 cents per share. First Interstate BancSystem shares have increased slightly since the beginning of the year.

  • SEATTLE— For centuries, Lummi tribal fishermen have harvested, dug up clams and fished for salmon in the tidelands and waters of northwest Washington state. The Gateway Pacific Terminal, a venture between SSA Marine and Cloud Peak Energy, would handle up to 54 million metric tons of dry bulk commodities, mostly coal, at a deep water port at Cherry Point.

  • KALISPELL, Mont. _ Glacier Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $28.7 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 39 cents per share. Glacier Bancorp shares have dropped 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The order for the first time requires Tim Blixseth to file a complete inventory of assets his legal adversaries have been chasing since 2008, when the Yellowstone Club near Big Sky, Montana, went bankrupt. Courts have previously ruled that Blixseth fraudulently transferred $286 million for his personal use from a 2005 Credit Suisse loan intended for the club.

  • A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday charged FX Drilling Co. and field supervisor Quay Geza Torok with negligent discharge of oil into waters of the United States and failure to immediately notify federal authorities of the spill. Torok and an attorney for the company entered not guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on Tuesday.

  • GREAT FALLS, Mont.— About 3,100 pigs were killed in a barn fire at a religious community in Montana. The fire was reported about 5:45 p.m. Monday in the Milford Colony, Augusta volunteer firefighter Brad McBratney told the Great Falls Tribune. Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com.

  • HELENA, Mont.— Montana's Public Service Commission hopes to come up with a rail safety plan within six months after a report criticized the agency for having never written one, even as the train traffic carrying volatile crude from the Bakken oil patch has increased. PSC spokesman Eric Sell said the commissioners' vote Tuesday authorized the agency to replace...

  • HELENA, Mont.— A Kalispell attorney put a lien on a client's property for nonpayment of fees, pursued foreclosure and then anonymously bought the property for well below market value at a sheriff's auction, the state's Office of Disciplinary Counsel said. The foreclosure suit ended in May 2013 with a $34,000 judgment against Tennant's client.

  • HELENA, Mont.— The first time Jason Ebert needed an air ambulance, it saved his life. Both times, Montana doctors ordered Ebert flown 150 miles from Bozeman to Billings for treatment. Last year, North Dakota lawmakers passed legislation that required air ambulance services to be participating providers with insurance companies that cover at least 75 percent of...

  • April 12- Gains on Wall Street were driven by a surge in oil on Tuesday, even as Alcoa's lackluster results marked a shaky start to the U.S. corporate earnings season. Crude rose about 2 percent, with Brent above $43 per barrel, on hopes that major producers would reach an agreement to curb a persistent global oversupply. "It's really just a pause in front of the full...

  • On Monday, he will host a symposium at his bank in downtown Minneapolis entitled "Ending Too Big To Fail," giving fierce critics of Wall Street's behemoths a platform to present their views. Becoming the Fed's bad cop is the latest ambitious move in a high-flying career that has taken Kashkari from Goldman Sachs Group Inc, to the Treasury Department at the height of...

  • March 31- Peabody Energy Corp, the largest U.S. coal producer, said it would lay off about 235 employees at a mine in the Powder River basin, two weeks after the company flagged bankruptcy risk. The reductions affect about 15 percent of the workforce at the North Antelope Rochelle mine in the basin straddling Montana and Wyoming, the company said on Thursday.

  • March 31- Peabody Energy Corp, the largest U.S. coal producer, said it would lay off about 235 employees at a mine in the Powder River basin, two weeks after the company flagged bankruptcy risk. The reductions affect about 15 percent of the workforce at the North Antelope Rochelle mine in the basin which straddles Montana and Wyoming, the company said on Thursday.

  • *Brent crude up above $40 per barrel. *Biotechs fall on test program to lower Medicare drug costs. "It's the same three culprits that have been driving the first two months of the year and that is- central bank policy, China and oil," said Bill Northey, chief investment officer of the private client group at U.S. Bank. in Helena, Montana.

  • *Brent crude up above $40 per barrel. *Biotechs fall on test program to lower Medicare drug costs. "It's the same three culprits that have been driving the first two months of the year and that is- central bank policy, China and oil," said Bill Northey, chief investment officer of the private client group at U.S. Bank. in Helena, Montana.

  • HOUSTON, March 4- Texas reached a deal with fantasy sports firm FanDuel by which it will halt paid operations on May 2, the state's top prosecutor said on Friday, two months after saying such online operations are illegal gambling. FanDuel will continue to operate its free games in Texas, but will stop accepting paid contest entries on May 2. "I commend FanDuel for...