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On a camping and glamping trip out West (Idaho and Utah), luxury can be so rough

“Camping is about getting back to nature, testing yourself and not always being comfortable. It’s about being part of the environment,” said Kelly Davis, director of research at the Outdoor Industry Association. “With glamping, you are paying to extract the discomfort from the outdoors. You might have a nice hike and sit by the campfire, but you will sleep in a queen-size bed and maybe give up TV. Maybe.”

The US Army will have a portable nuclear reactor ready by 2024. Here is how it works

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Capabilities Office has awarded a $300 million contract to BWXT Technologies Inc. to build a portable nuclear reactor at Idaho National Laboratory.

The Western Land Rush

Today’s run on land out west is spreading not American power but five-star living dressed up as frontiersmanship. Welcome to the home of end-table antlers and Escalades.

Join The Pew Charitable Trusts on June 21-22: Broadband Access Summit virtual webcast

Affordable, reliable internet is no longer a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have. Unfortunately, the low-bar policy goals of the past have left millions of Americans still unable to access or afford this essential service. Unprecedented federal…

MEDA News

Thank you for a great showing at our Spring Conference. We had a full house with great speakers, networking opportunities, and discussions. Presentation materials will be posted to our website shortly. Please contact us if you’d like a copy of the materials beforehand.

Rural Journalism Summit: The Challenges Facing Local News Organizations Reflect the Communities They Serve

A national gathering last week examined the state of rural journalism. Along with significant economic and social challenges in the small-town news industry, bright spots and optimism remain.

Montana Disadvantaged Business Enterprise – Minority Business Development Agency Seeking Nominations for 2022 National Minority Enterprise …

The MDT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program encourages and supports the participation of companies owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in transportation contracts.

Workforce Development Programs To Get The Job Done at The Montana Department of Commerce

Frederick Van Den Abbeel, Business Attraction Manager with the Montana Department of Commerce, noted the state has a number of flagship programs that provide training for both existing and new employees and businesses including:

Missoula County urges Lolo National Forest to think beyond forest thinning

“What we’re pointing out is that reducing the fuels and doing thinning projects aren’t necessarily indicative of protecting structures.”

Montana’s Indian Country Economic Development Programs

These programs allow the Indian Country Programs to continue to articulate measurable success for investing in business and economic development activities on reservations in partnership with tribal governments for the benefit of tribal communities and members.

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