Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurs and other great events going on in Montana!

Dusan Smetana; Guest Photographer - Upland bird hunter and dog in eastern Montana

1. Alaska Airlines to Launch Daily Nonstop Service from Missoula to LAX

On Wednesday, Alaska Airlines announced plans to extend its service across the Pacific Northwest with eight new flights out of Missoula.

One of the new flights will be a daily nonstop flight from Missoula to Los Angeles. The fight is set to begin on March 19. According to the Missoula Current, LAX represents the fourth largest market for Missoula travels, but it has lacked nonstop, year-round service until now.

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Tim Sheehy
Photo by: Daniel Brunell

As part of his Navy SEAL training, Tim Sheehy came to Montana for mountain training before he went to Afghanistan. Sheehy, a Minnesota native, found many similarities between his home state and Montana. So when he wanted to start his company, Bozeman fit the bill.

“I love the area and I’m a big skier so I like being near skiing,” he said. “Bozeman was specifically chosen mainly because of the fertile business community and because of MSU; laser optics and photonics industry that have arisen from those two factors convinced me that sooner or later that environment would be critical to our growth.”

Now almost five years later, Sheehy and his two companies have grown beyond the borders of Montana.

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