Ahmari

Ahmari, a one-year-old wolverine who recently arrived at ZooMontana from Finland, peeks out from behind a log in her night house.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

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World War I veterans. The Disabled American Veterans Billings Chapter 10 honored the 23 Yellowstone County women known to have served in the U.S. Army, Navy or Marine Corps in World War I. A handsome plaque with these long-forgotten veterans’ names has been erected on the courthouse lawn. The women’s war efforts have been recognized thanks to tireless efforts of Ed Saunders, a Laurel veteran, who spent years researching service records to document the names of women who served in the war.

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Tidier landfill. Billings Public Works Director Dave Mumford announced plans to construct a landfill transfer center next year that will be designed to reduce blow-away trash and to increase operational efficiency. Meanwhile, the city and county are working to improve enforcement of laws requiring that loads be secured en route to the landfill south of Billings. These changes should make the region’s biggest landfill a better neighbor.

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Right veto. The U.S. and Montana Constitutions are the laws of our land and there no need to enact another law repeating that fact. Gov. Steve Bullock is right to veto Senate Bill 97, which many supporters testified would protect Montana from Muslim religious law.

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Wolverines return. ZooMontana welcomed two European wolverines to a new habitat constructed with a $50,000 grant from Phillips 66 and donations from Yellowstone Electric, Hardy Construction and other businesses. The wolverines will be on public exhibit within a few weeks in the Night House designed for these fierce, nocturnal critters.

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