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Volume XXIII, Number 12

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lost Horse Quarry proposal changes under scrutiny

By Michael Howell

After some extensive research of her own, County Commissioner Kathleen Driscoll has come out against the controversial proposal by the Ravalli County Road and Bridge Department to reopen the Lost Horse Quarry for production of high quality chip-seal aggregate. In the meantime, Road and Bridge Department Supervisor David Ohnstad has already submitted an amended proposal that would shorten the time frame of the operation from ten years to five and change the product from relatively small sized chip-seal aggregate to larger rocks used for riprap. More...

Governor Brian Schweitzer, gold plated scissors in hand, prepares to cut the ribbon officially opening the new $137 million addition to GlaxoSmithKline's biotechnology production facility north of Hamilton. Also pictured are Hamilton Mayor Jessica Randazzo (second from left) and GSK Industrial Operations Vice President John Picken and the company's Hamilton Site Director Kent Myers. Michael Howell photo.

GSK expansion will bring jobs

By Michael Howell

The ribbon was cut by Governor Brian Schweitzer last Thursday, officially opening the doors to GlaxoSmithKline's newly expanded facility north of Hamilton. The 130,000-square-foot addition will increase the local manufacturing capability of the company and add about 130 new jobs to the local economy. GSK Biologicals primarily produces vaccines and a strong vaccine adjuvant, Monophosphoryl Lipid A, known by its initials MPL. Adjuvants are added to vaccines to enhance their effectiveness. More...

Nobel Prize winner speaks on global warming

By Stan Roden

On October 15 at Stevensville's Chantilly Theatre, Dr. Steven W. Running, who – along with Former Vice President, Al Gore, and many other scientists around the world – was awarded the recent Nobel Peace Prize for 2007, delivered a convincing review of the scientific evidence on why man's fossil fuel burning activities contribute significantly to global warming. More...

State looks at geothermal energy potential

By Michael Howell

Since taking office at the start of the 110th Congress, Montana Senator Jon Tester has been making periodic telephone calls to his home state to keep in touch with the citizens. They take place in the form of conference calls to the state's newspapers. The latest occurred on Tuesday, October 17, with several Northwestern Montana news reporters. More...


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