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Tioga Alco to close

The fate of the Alco store near Tioga has been sealed. It will close along with 197 other stores operated in 23 states, according to an announcement last week. Alco Stores announced the action Thursday, as a result of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last month. The company began conducting “going out of business” sales Friday at all outlets nationwide.

Posted 11/25/14 (Tue) read more »

Filter sock fine negotiated down from $800,000 to $20,795

Filter sock fine negotiated down from $800,000 to $20,795

A deal struck last week to settle a portion of a case in which radioactive filter socks were dumped in a Noonan building has some local officials fuming. “The county and the city of Noonan really got hosed on this,” said Divide County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Schroeder, one of the county officials who first discovered the filter socks. Meanwhile, Lynn Helms, director of the state’s Industrial Commission, Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division (OGD), said, “This is a long ways from over.”

Posted 11/25/14 (Tue) read more »

Call it ‘Bakken deja vu’ -- Texas play eerily similar

Call it ‘Bakken deja vu’ -- Texas play eerily similar

Robert Stoddard says the problems are interconnected. Area businesses are having a hard time filling open positions. First the oil boom brought workers from all over, which ate up the housing stock. Now rental prices are becoming much less affordable. So, anyone recruited from outside the area may not find a place to live or may be unable to afford it. This is especially hard for schools and hospitals.

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