2009 Year in Review
The year that wound up the first decade of the 21st century started deep in the economic doldrums and finished on a hopeful note that the worst of a severe recession is behind us.
The year is ending with signs that the country is emerging from a recession that has left one in 10 Americans unemployed and an equal number depending on federal food assistance.
After years of waiting, planning and negotiating, two major Billings roadways are torn up and reconstructed in 2009.
In January, Ballantine dog breeder Linda Kapsa is charged with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and four related misdemeanor charges after two raids at her property.
Montana was the 44th state to get H1N1 influenza when a Yellowstone County man tested positive for the virus in May.
Although Billings and Montana are not hit as hard as some areas of the country by the recession, the dip in the economy makes its mark here.
In a saga that draws national attention, “Capt.” Michael Hilton takes Hardin on a rollercoaster ride this fall when he appears in town claiming he represents the American Police Force.
Here’s a look at some of the big news of 2009 in The Billings Gazette’s circulation area:
Montana and Wyoming authors wrote their way onto the national and international scene in 2009.
Here are some stories making news in Northern Wyoming in 2009:
U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., and four others are injured in a late-night boating accident on Flathead Lake on Aug. 26.
Some years seem longer than others.
CHEYENNE — Wyoming’s souring economy and the enduring saga over gray wolves in the state were the top Wyoming news stories of 2009, according to an annual ranking by Wyoming Associated Press members.