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Gazette opinion: Another chapter in Billings Public Library delays

The south side of the new Billings Public Library appeared last week as the skeleton of the old library disappeared.

September 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Let the demolition begin — soon

Let the demolition begin — soon

Billings Public Library Director Bill Cochran is laying 50-50 odds that the parking lot will indeed be constructed on the site of the old Parmly Billings Library before cold temperatures this fall preclude the laying of asphalt.

August 15, 2014 9:00 pmLoading…
Library's asbestos removal costs mount

Library's asbestos removal costs mount

The cost of removing asbestos from the old Parmly Library before demolishing it keeps growing, and Library Director Bill Cochran hopes the price tag doesn’t reach — as it could — seven figures.

August 01, 2014 5:49 pmLoading…

Demolition begins on idle Wyoming plant

LARAMIE, Wyo. — A project to demolish and clean up a former oil refinery and chemical plant is underway in west Laramie.

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Library demolition

Library demolition

Demolition of the old Billings library building is expected to resume this month after asbestos-contaminated debris is removed.

July 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Protect taxpayers from library demolition mess

Gazette opinion: Protect taxpayers from library demolition mess

When the new Billings Public Library opened in January, the grand opening for its main entrance, courtyard and parking garden was set for June 30.

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Old library demolition continues to be stalled by asbestos

Old library demolition continues to be stalled by asbestos

In addition to a dispute between the demolition contractor and a subcontractor hired to tear down Billings’ old library, the city confirmed asbestos has been discovered in more areas, leading to oversight and testing by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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Asbestos delays demolition of old Billings library

Asbestos delays demolition of old Billings library

Like most Billings residents, Bill Cochran thought he’d be seeing the old Parmly Billings Library coming down by now, making way for a 100-space parking lot, new entrance for the library and considerable landscaping just outside the library’s Community Room.

April 08, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Corette power plant employees return as cleanup continues

Corette power plant employees return as cleanup continues

Employees of PPL Montana’s Corette power plant in Billings returned to work Wednesday as asbestos cleanup continues following the Feb. 3 rupture of a steam tube on the boiler.

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Battin building's new owner visits Billings, meets with community leaders

Battin building's new owner visits Billings, meets with community leaders

The new owners of the old James F. Battin Federal Building visited Billings earlier this week and met with city officials and business leaders, answering questions and spreading the word that they have plenty of office space ready to lease.

February 18, 2014 8:11 pm Photos

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Corette power plant shuts down after asbestos leak

Corette power plant shuts down after asbestos leak

PPL Montana recently shut down its J.E. Corette power plant in Billings and sent workers home after a steam tube failed on the boiler and damaged asbestos-containing insulation. A subsequent windstorm also whipped up materials.

February 18, 2014 5:04 pmLoading…
For Libby residents harmed by asbestos, Baucus has delivered — again and again

For Libby residents harmed by asbestos, Baucus has delivered — again and again

HELENA — For residents of Libby ravaged by asbestos-related diseases, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus has delivered on health care — including special government coverage like nowhere else in America.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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W.R. Grace emerges from bankruptcy

W.R. Grace emerges from bankruptcy

BALTIMORE — W.R. Grace, the Maryland-based chemical company forced into bankruptcy because of asbestos-related lawsuits, has emerged from Chapter 11 protection.

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Health program for asbestos victims expanded

LIBBY — A pilot program that provides medical and other services to victims of asbestos exposure has been expanded to include 18 additional counties in Montana, Idaho and Washington.

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No takers yet on Battin office space

No takers yet on Battin office space

The James F. Battin Federal Building is still vacant.

January 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Cancer patient refuses to accept death sentence, encourages others to follow suit

Cancer patient refuses to accept death sentence, encourages others to follow suit

On July 1, Ken Smith was issued a death sentence.

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For rent: Office space in former federal courthouse

For rent: Office space in former federal courthouse

Colorado Tire Corp., which bought at auction the former federal courthouse in downtown Billings, says the five-story building is ready for immediate occupancy for up to 2,000 people.

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Former courthouse will be rented out for commercial use

Former courthouse will be rented out for commercial use

The company that now owns the empty James F. Battin Federal Building in downtown Billings intends to lease it out for commercial office space.

August 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Radiologists study Libby asbestos victims exposed as children

Radiologists study Libby asbestos victims exposed as children

LIBBY – Three new doctors have joined the Libby Epidemiology Research Program, bringing expertise that will help better understand lung disease in people exposed to amphibole fibers from vermiculite mining in Libby.

July 21, 2013 2:00 pmLoading…
Asbestos Town Wood Chips

Asbestos Town Wood Chips

FILE - In this file photo taken Feb. 17, 2010, the town of Libby, Mont., is shown.Test results from huge piles of woodchips that were being sold from a Montana Superfund site for use in landscaping show they contain minimal levels of asbestos, according to a report Friday Jan. 13, 2012.The f…

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