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Bill Cochran

Thanks to all who helped honor High Plains authors

The High Plains Book Awards Committee thanks everyone who supported the eighth annual High Plains Book Awards banquet. Hundreds of readers, judges, committee members and volunteers produced an event which brought 200 readers, writers and publishers from throughout the Western United States a…

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Gazette opinion: Overdue library project grinds on toward winter

Gazette opinion: Overdue library project grinds on toward winter

Intrepid readers heading for the Billings Public Library have been undaunted by many obstacles since the new building opened January. October may be their biggest test yet of patience and perseverance.

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Temporary solution: Library parking lot will be gravel through the winter

Temporary solution: Library parking lot will be gravel through the winter

The fact that Bill Cochran and Debi Meling both earn paychecks from the city of Billings doesn’t mean that Cochran, the library director, receives special treatment from Meling, the city engineer.

October 15, 2014 3:16 pm Photos

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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.

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This time, the Parmly Billings Library is coming down for good

This time, the Parmly Billings Library is coming down for good

The Billings Public Library’s parking garden will be constructed before Nov. 1 — well, most of it, anyway.

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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.

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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.

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Demolition of old library encounters another hang-up

Demolition of old library encounters another hang-up

The half-demolished Billings Parmly Library will stand a few more weeks as crews wait for equipment to access the building’s basement.

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Library security guard pepper sprays brawler

A security guard who works at the Billings Public Library had to use pepper spray Thursday afternoon on a person fighting in a parking lot leased by the library.

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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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Crews get to work on asbestos cleanup at old library

Crews get to work on asbestos cleanup at old library

Asbestos removal at the old Parmly Billings Library could take a week or it could take three weeks, but the action marks the beginning of the end for the erstwhile brick building.

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Demolition of old library delayed again

Demolition of old library delayed again

The building that once housed the Billings Public Library is coming down slowly, almost as if brick by brick.

June 06, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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City budget talk gives glimpse of coming year

One can often tell what a government agency will be up to during the coming year by looking at its budget proposal.

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Behavior problems at library present new challenges

Behavior problems at library present new challenges

As the Billings Public Library serves more and more new customers, librarians have detected new and sometimes unforeseen problems from people who they say are among the newest library card carriers.

April 24, 2014 12:30 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Wild times in children’s library section

Gazette opinion: Wild times in children’s library section

For anyone who thinks librarians spend their time shooshing chatty patrons, last week’s Library Board meeting would have been shock.

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Library, School District 2 win top honors from state library group

Library, School District 2 win top honors from state library group

The Billings Public Library and School District 2 were among the winners Thursday during the Montana Library Association’s annual conference at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

April 10, 2014 1:55 pm Photos

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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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From the editor: Time's a wastin'

As I promised in an earlier column, we would be printing the suggestions of folks who submitted ideas for a time capsule which will be suspended (instead of buried) in the new, impressive Billings Public Library.

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Gazette opinion: Help grow library’s children’s collection

Gazette opinion: Help grow library’s children’s collection

Since the new Billings Public Library opened in January, Billings has been reading more, researching more and generally using its library more than ever before.

March 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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