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Billings lobbyist directed to support Medicaid, monitor Bullock's pre-K plan

The Billings City Council approved its 2015 Montana legislative priorities by an 8-3 vote Monday, but not without substantial debate.

December 08, 2014 10:08 pmLoading…

Council votes to pay extra garage costs

By an 8-3 count Monday, the Billings City Council approved compensating the contractor on the Empire Parking Garage project with $764,268.32 for costs generated by delays and the resulting extra work encountered during last winter’s brutal weather.

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Helena-manufactured fly boxes featured on cover of Orvis catalog

Helena-manufactured fly boxes featured on cover of Orvis catalog

HELENA — There may be no middle ground from designing in a friend’s garage in Helena to appearing on a catalog cover for the biggest company in an industry, but Al Swanson said it must just be a sign that his shop is doing something right.

November 05, 2014 2:40 pmLoading…
After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

The NDO acronym could take on a new form. Call it the “never dies ordinance.”

August 12, 2014 6:02 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Open meeting law applies to nondiscrimination ‘initiative’

With the draft nondiscrimination ordinance as the last item on its agenda tonight, the Billings City Council can expect to hear again from many passionate proponents and opponents. The meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. is a work session where no formal votes will be taken.

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Billings City Council seeks attorney general's opinion on NDO

Billings City Council seeks attorney general's opinion on NDO

Even as city staff continues using City Council input to revise language in Billings’ proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, the council voted 6-5 Monday to seek an opinion from Attorney General Tim Fox’s office on whether it’s legal for Billings to enact such an ordinance.

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Gazette opinion: Stand up for equal rights, City Council members

Over the past few months dozens of people in Billings and beyond have commented on our Opinion pages about the consideration of a nondiscrimination ordinance for our city. Some letter-to-the-editor writers have complained that they are unable to find a copy of this NDO.

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Billings City Council nixes pedestrian bridge plan

Billings City Council nixes pedestrian bridge plan

Citing costs about twice what was expected, the Billings City Council turned down a plan on Tuesday to move an old pedestrian bridge from Joliet to 25th Street.

May 29, 2014 1:15 pmLoading…
Council tables nondiscrimination ordinance in 12:30 a.m. vote

Council tables nondiscrimination ordinance in 12:30 a.m. vote

More than six hours after commencing its Tuesday night meeting, a divided Billings City Council voted to order city staff to suspend work on the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.

May 28, 2014 4:30 pmLoading…
City turns on the spigot for higher water, wastewater rates

City turns on the spigot for higher water, wastewater rates

Most Billings residents will see increases in their water and wastewater rates beginning July 1. Most increases will be modest, but a few will be more substantial.

May 27, 2014 10:28 pmLoading…
Billings may be pushing its boundary out

Billings may be pushing its boundary out

The Billings City Council laid the groundwork Monday to potentially expand the city limits in the coming years.

April 28, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…
Billings City Council approves pedestrian bridge over train tracks

Billings City Council approves pedestrian bridge over train tracks

By the slimmest of margins — 5-4, with 1 abstention and one council member absent — the Billings City Council on Monday approved a construction and maintenance agreement that will lead to the building of a pedestrian bridge connecting Minnesota Avenue to Montana Avenue at North 25th Street.

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Billings City Council votes not to return water park letter of credit

Billings City Council votes not to return water park letter of credit

After more than a dozen people had spoken respectfully and yet passionately about whether the city should return a $100,000 letter of credit to the Oasis Water Park, Mayor Tom Hanel had this to say to those who gathered to see how the Billings City Council would vote Monday: “Ladies and gent…

March 10, 2014 10:14 pmLoading…

Council to request to buy new police, fire radios: 10-4

A balky radio in the hands of a police officer or firefighter can put first responders and the public at risk.

February 10, 2014 9:42 pmLoading…
Billings City Council learns details on proposed public safety levy

Billings City Council learns details on proposed public safety levy

According to the formula ((((NxY)x3)/3,650)xA/F)=X, Billings needs to add 31 police officers.

January 22, 2014 9:49 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Thanks to city’s elected representatives

When Ed Ulledalen, Jim Ronquillo and Mark Astle first joined the Billings City Council, the city had fewer than 100,000 residents.

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City council to take a hard look at downtown parking

Once three new members of the Billings City Council are sworn in Monday along with Mayor Tom Hanel and two returning members, the council will take a close, hard look at downtown parking.

January 05, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Hanel coasts to re-election; council has 3 new faces

Hanel coasts to re-election; council has 3 new faces

Billings Mayor Tom Hanel won an overwhelming re-election victory in Tuesday’s municipal election, according to final but unofficial results.

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School bond will support Billings' future

You might say I am an education wonk.

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Gazette opinion: Swanson, Brown top Ward 4, Ward 5 fields

Gazette opinion: Swanson, Brown top Ward 4, Ward 5 fields

The voters of Ward 4 in northwest Billings are fortunate this fall to have four good candidates seeking to represent them.

October 17, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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