NorthWestern Energy to Share Property Tax Refund with Customers

NorthWestern Corporation d/b/a NorthWestern Energy announced today that it has resolved its dispute with the Montana Department of Revenue over property tax assessments related to the years 2005 through 2008.

As a result of this settlement, NorthWestern has agreed to withdraw the protest and receive a refund of approximately $4.7 million of the previously paid property taxes. As a result of the settlement, the State of Montana will release the previously protested property taxes to the schools and municipalities.

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Raising the Bar and Setting New Standards for Workforce Safety

Two Billings companies took top honors in the Governor’s Safety and Health Awards Program for 2008. Transbas Inc., a liquid herbicide production plant, located in Lockwood, won the “small private” category and Conoco-Phillips Billings Refinery received the award in the category for “large private” category. This tremendous accomplishment for both companies shows the commitment they have made to safety and health. Their award winning practices not only improves the lives of their employees, but positively impacts the local community and state. 

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Oil Sands Crude Flows South

Keep going far enough north of the Montana border and the vast open rolling spaces, sweep past the metropolitan city of Calgary and become boreal forest. 

Every bit as vast and extensive as the prairie, the boreal forest, flecked with lakes and ponds, stretches in every direction as far as one can see, as one peers from the window of an airplane. At this time of year, the primordial forest is mottled with the yellow patches of aspen trees amid the dark green of larch and jack pine, with a brilliant blue sky for back drop. Any one from Montana would feel comfortable here.

As one soon learns, in this neck of the woods, part of this great vastness are the oil sands. They stretch for 54,000 square miles (more than a third of Montana) and we are landing right in the middle of it. But for all that, the mineable oil sands comprise only about four percent, about 1330 square miles of the total oil sands and only 0.1 percent of the boreal forest.

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All In The Family

From toddlers to oldsters pushing the centennial mark, family members of five of the state’s most outstanding businesses packed the banquet room at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman, to receive what one family member said was “the closest to a grammy as we will ever get.”

The businesses were recognized at the annual 2008 Montana State University College of Business State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, on Sept. 26. Awards were presented to businesses from Ronan, Bozeman, Billings and Chinook, each in a separate category of the 2008 Montana Family Business Awards.

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Scott Sanders Joins Stockman Bank

Scott Sanders has joined Stockman Bank as senior vice president, commercial lending of Stockman Bank Downtown. His responsibilities include overseeing the commercial loan department at the downtown location, developing and servicing commercial loans, and assisting clients with their lending and credit needs when the downtown bank opens in December.

Sanders brings over 32 years of banking experience to the position, which includes commercial real estate lending, residential lending and business development. He most recently served as the vice president of commercial real estate and residential real estate for a regional bank in Billings. His past banking experience will be an asset to Stockman Bank and help expand our presence in the downtown area.

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Arthur L. Geiger Recognized

Arthur L. Geiger, president and CEO of Montana-based Avitus Group, was recognized by the National Association of Professional Employer Organization’s Michaeline A. Doyle award for his leadership and business practices in the growing $63 billion PEO (professional employer organization) industry.

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