Ups and Downs:

2014-07-13T00:00:00Z Ups and Downs: The Billings Gazette
July 13, 2014 12:00 am

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Main Street hero. Billings Patrolman Shane Weinreis was quick to investigate when he heard shots ring out on July 6 on Main Street. No one was seriously injured, thanks to Weinreis who returned the gunman’s fire and subdued him until more officers arrived.

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STEM studies. Science, technology, engineering and math education in Billings Public Schools received a big boost when Phillips 66 awarded a grant of $750,000 to help launch Project Lead the Way in elementary schools. This is the largest gift so far to the STEM initiative, scheduled to start with a pilot project in five schools this fall.

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Bucket biologists. The recent discovery of northern pike in Lake Mary Ronan is the latest of many cases in which vandals have attempted to ruin Montana fisheries with predatory, non-native species. Montana Trout Unlimited is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to apprehension and conviction of those responsible for the illegal fish stocking at Mary Ronan or other significant bucket biology in Montana. To be eligible for the reward, report illegal fish stocking to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks at 800-TIP-MONT or to Trout Unlimited at 406-543-0054.

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Interest savings. The state of Montana refinanced bonds issued in 2005 and 2007 for construction at City College in Billings, Gaines Hall in Bozeman and several other projects statewide. The refinancing at lower interest rates will save Montana taxpayers $1.6 million in interest, according to Dan Villa, budget director for Gov. Steve Bullock.

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