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Archive for month: September, 2021

Talen Energy’s Debt Brings Colstrip’s Future Into Question

Talen Energy, which operates Colstrip Power Plant, is $4 billion in debt and facing negotiations with creditors as its bonds are downgraded to a substantial fundamental credit risk. Bloomberg charts Talen’s bonds on a steep decline since May. This week, Fitch Ratings downgraded the long-term issuer default rating for Talen Energy Supply to CCC...

District Judge Dismisses New Challenge To Appointment Bill

District Court judge Mike McMahon has dismissed a lawsuit by former Democratic Representatives Tom Winter and Barbara Bessette challenging Montana’s new judicial appointment process. The case was the second attempt at taking down Senate Bill 140 passed by the GOP-dominated Legislature and signed by Republican Governor Greg Gianforte to a...

Labor Day Listed As One Of The Holidays With Most DUIs

Many Montanans will turn to road trips local travel and day trips this Labor Day weekend increasing the number of people behind the wheel but it’s important to make smart decisions as it is one of the top five most dangerous holidays in terms of DUI fatalities. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safet...

CWD Testing in Wyoming’s Deer Areas 96 & 97

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is trying something new this year in their ongoing effort to monitor chronic wasting disease in Wyoming. CWD is a fatal disease of the central nervous system in mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. For the first time, Game and Fish is requiring mandatory CWD sample submission on deer harvested from ...

Northwestern Energy Rates To Increase In Upcoming Months

NorthWestern Energy residential rates are expected to rise about $22.20 a year beginning in October as the utility attempts to recover unexpected costs from the previous rate year. This rate increase follows a July rate increase of $26.40 a year for an average residential customer. The 12-month rate increase requested August 31st would take ho...