John & Courtney McKee have been selected by the Montana Ambassadors and Governor Steve Bullock as the 2013 Montana Entrepreneurs of the Year.
They were chosen for demonstrating leadership and innovation in the field of beverage alcohol distillation.
“We've worked our hearts out and we're very proud of what we do. On behalf of all of our employees we thank the Governor and the Montana Ambassadors for this honor,” says John McKee.
John Bohlinger is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.
During his address to the Burros Wednesday, he noted that the appointment of his primary rival, John Walsh, to the Senate, was a great setback to Bohlinger's campaign. Bohlinger argued that as the incumbent, Walsh had a great fund raising advantage. The Burros is Butte-Silver Bow's club for Democrats. Mr. Bohlinger served as Montana's Lt. Governor under Governor Brian Schweitzer. Bohlinger was then a Republican.
By Robin Jordan (Butte Weekly)
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this post was dated 3014. We have returned to the present.
Congratulations to Butte resident Amy Voorhees, who won the Showcase Showdown on the TV game show “The Price is Right.” The episode was shown locally at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Amy showed her Mining City pride by wearing a “Butte America” tee shirt, to the delight of her fans here at home. Amy was lucky enough to win a car and several additional prizes, including cash.
Butte School Board trustees voted unanimously last week to extend Superintendent Judy Jonart’s contract another two years. Jonart said she was excited because she has several important goals for the district, including implementing Montana’s Common Core standards, meeting Graduation Matters goals of the Montana Office of Public Instruction and finalizing high-speed fiber optic connections. This is good news. Jonart has worked diligently for many years for the school district and has done a great job as its superintendent.
Bus service resumed last week between Butte and Great Falls. Utah-based Salt Lake Express signed a contract with the Montana Department of Transportation to operate the service using federal subsidies. The company operated the route last summer, but ended the service due to a lack of ridership. With the federal money, communities along Interstate 15 between Great Falls and Butte will once again have bus service north and south and Butte will once again be a major hub, also offering connections east and west for passengers.
An excavator being used in the demolition of the Brincks and Deluxe buildings tipped into a hole earlier in the week. According to Butte Weekly Editor Robin Jordan, a smaller excavator pulled the tipped machine from the hole. On-site observers said that the smaller machine nearly tipped itself as it struggled to remove the larger.
Photo by Robin Jordan (Butte Weekly)
By Robin Jordan (Butte Weekly) 2-19-14
A JC Penney executive sent a letter to Butte officials last week saying the store cannot reverse its decision to close its Butte store.
JC Penney CEO Myron “Mike” Ulman III sent a letter dated Feb. 3 to Chief Executive Matt Vincent, the Butte Local Development Corporation and the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce saying while he realized the impact closing the local store would have on the community and its sales associates, the decision had been made based on the company’s due diligence and would not be reversed.
Jim Smitham, Executive Director of the BLDC will be working with the Butte Plaza Mall owners and management in seeking to recruit a new department store tenant to take JC Penney’s place. The store is scheduled to close in early May 2014.
Butte-Silver Bow Finance and Budget Director has resigned to take a position with a local non-profit organization. We now learn that Steve Descharme, Assistant Finance and Budget Director will take over his duties in the interim until a new director is hired and completes training, probably sometime in May.