As Christmas shopping officially begins, the manager at Butte Plaza Mall in Montana has a positive attitude about this season.

Don't call it 'Black Friday.' It's 'Golden Friday' at one mall in Montana

Nov 23, 2015
The Butte Plaza Mall is focusing on small businesses for the holidays.
Posted In: montana, shopping malls, Black Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas
 A view of downtown Detroit.

American Futures from Detroit to Fresno

Sep 21, 2015
The Fallows have been on a road trip across the country to learn what it's like in small towns.
Posted In: american futures, James Fallows, Detroit, Fresno, great plains, montana

After J.C. Penny closure, retail 'flatline' in Montana

Oct 13, 2014
Five months after a J.C. Penny store closed in Butte, retail trucks on, slowly.
Posted In: JC Penney, montana

A Montana tribe encourages coal mining, for its own well-being

Dec 17, 2013
The Crow tribe in the Powder River Basin has one coal mine on its reservation, but poverty among tribal members remains high. The tribe would like more mining.
Posted In: coal, montana, coal mining

Dinosaur bones for sale, at auction

Aug 6, 2013
Auction house plans to sell the bones of two fighting dinosaurs.
Posted In: dinosaur, montana

100 years ago, a boom and bust fed by hope and greed

Jun 13, 2013
Railroads lured homesteaders to Montana with ads that made the dry plains look like lush English countryside. Banks offered easy money, the settlers loaded up with loans -- and drought set in.
Posted In: montana, housing market

Real estate boom and bust in 1910 and 2000: A comparison

Jun 13, 2013
Check out our side-by-side comparison of these two booms and busts nearly a hundred years apart... make your own comparisons.
Posted In: montana, housing market, housing crisis

High school grads head straight for jobs in Montana

Dec 28, 2012
We've told you about the energy boom unfolding in the Northern plains states. Centered in North Dakota, the industry is quickly spilling over into Montana.
Posted In: montana, Oil, Jobs

Firefighters mad at Rep. Denny Rehberg over lawsuit

Oct 9, 2012
Ads remind voters of Rehberg's legal attacks on city, fire department
Posted In: 2012 election, super PACs, montana

A kinder, gentler Carlyle Group?

May 30, 2012
The private equity firm reaches out, especially to Montana environmentalists.
Posted In: Wealth and Poverty, environmentalists, sustainability, montana, elections