A mining company has applied for an operating permit for an underground copper mine north of White Sulphur Springs. Tintina Resources Inc. submitted its application for the Black Butte Copper Project yesterday to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.
The market value of a Pennsylvania company's stake in one of the largest coal plants in the western United States has been slashed by 87 percent over the past two years. The sharp decline in Talen Energy's ownership of Montana's Colstrip power plant reflects how exposed some utilities are to depressed coal markets.
The Montana Public Service Commission has rejected Montana-Dakota Utilities' request for a $10.9 million electricity rate hike. The PSC voted Tuesday against the request, which is part of a larger $11.8 million increase sought by the utility. That would be a 21.1 percent rate increase.
A former officer at the Dawson County Correctional Facility has been found guilty of sexual assault for having an intimate relationship with an inmate.