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Commissioners consider jail expansion at mid-year budget review

Commissioners consider jail expansion at mid-year budget review

At mid-year, Yellowstone County’s budget is on track and benefiting from an unusual, one-time distribution of protested taxes, said Scott Turner, finance director, during a review with commissioners on Tuesday.

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County commissioners give OK for more food vendors at MetraPark

County commissioners give OK for more food vendors at MetraPark

Billings Wolves fans who come to MetraPark to watch indoor football also may get to sample a bigger variety of food.

January 26, 2015 3:14 pm Photos

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Speaker tells stories of injustice after march honoring civil rights leader

Speaker tells stories of injustice after march honoring civil rights leader

Vernon Johnson, a Billings physician and keynoter for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, said he decided to speak from the heart to a crowd of about 50 people at the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts.

January 20, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: 2% isn’t a solution for community mental health

Gazette opinion: 2% isn’t a solution for community mental health

The Mental Health Center that serves 11 counties of south central Montana lost about $200,000 on operations in the first 11 months of 2014. The governor’s executive budget proposal won’t bring the MHC out of the red over the next two years – unless changes are made.

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Clerk of court defends position over warning letter from commissioners

Clerk of court defends position over warning letter from commissioners

Yellowstone County Clerk of Court Kristie Boelter fired back Tuesday over a warning letter from the county commissioners advising her to follow the law regarding accommodating an employee objecting to issuing same-sex marriage licenses or face potential personal legal liability.

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Wreaths honor veterans' sacrifices

Wreaths honor veterans' sacrifices

At 10 a.m. Saturday, precisely the same moment in cemeteries around the United States, wreaths were placed on the graves of military veterans.

December 13, 2014 3:15 pm Photos

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Volunteers collecting toys near Metra for 24 hours straight

Volunteers are collecting toys for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign from 3 p.m. on Friday through 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Fourth Avenue North entrance to MetraPark. 

December 12, 2014 4:32 pmLoading…

County backs plan for industrial taxing district in Lockwood

The Yellowstone County Commission took the first step on Tuesday toward creating a new rural taxing district to encourage industrial development in Lockwood.

November 25, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…
MetraPark Advisory Board gets new members

MetraPark Advisory Board gets new members

The Yellowstone County commission appointed four new members and reappointed a fifth to the MetraPark Advisory Board on Tuesday, but not without some controversy.

October 28, 2014 3:36 pmLoading…
Gazette opinion: Jail diversion saves dollars, makes sense

Gazette opinion: Jail diversion saves dollars, makes sense

The Yellowstone County jail was built to hold 286 inmates. It has been overcrowded for years, and recently inmate totals have hovered between 450 and 500.

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County rescinds blood draw surcharge after unions object

A proposed surcharge on Yellowstone County employees who failed to participate in a health fair blood draw backfired this week after two unions objected.

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Lockwood safety committee selects engineering firm

Interstate Engineering of Billings will be working with the Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District Advisory Board as its consultant on safety projects, such as sidewalks, for the community.

October 07, 2014 4:15 pmLoading…
Yellowstone County commissioners look at rural taxing district for development

Yellowstone County commissioners look at rural taxing district for development

Billings-area business leaders are pushing Yellowstone County commissioners for a new rural taxing district to boost industrial development.

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County officials roll out welcome mat for proposed Bakken refinery

County officials roll out welcome mat for proposed Bakken refinery

Yellowstone county officials are rolling out the welcome mat for the developers of a proposed $500 million oil refinery being considered for the Billings area.

August 19, 2014 12:06 pm Photos

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County finds a way to pay for new jail, but can't nail down money to operate it

County finds a way to pay for new jail, but can't nail down money to operate it

With a combination of protested tax distributions and county funds, Yellowstone County can scrape together the estimated $7 million it needs to expand to add 100 new beds to relieve crowding at the jail.

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County awards bid for new MetraPark agricultural building

The Yellowstone County commission on Tuesday awarded a contract to build a new multipurpose agricultural building at MetraPark to DPS Co., of Boyd.

August 05, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Veteran's cemetery dedicated as national cemetery on Memorial Day

Veteran's cemetery dedicated as national cemetery on Memorial Day

LAUREL — Even with Monday's historic dedication of the veteran's cemetery here as a national cemetery — bringing to a close a decade of work by area citizens, veterans and local, state and federal officials — the purpose of the Memorial Day ceremony wasn't lost on the hundreds of people in a…

May 26, 2014 2:25 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: National honor for Yellowstone County’s commitment

Gazette opinion: National honor for Yellowstone County’s commitment

When the Yellowstone National Cemetery is dedicated today, Yellowstone County residents should take pride in knowing that they created this honorable resting place for American heroes.

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Yellowstone County transfers cemetery to VA; dedication Monday

Yellowstone County transfers cemetery to VA; dedication Monday

After years of work, Yellowstone County is in the home stretch for the transfer and dedication of its veterans cemetery as a national cemetery for veterans.

May 20, 2014 12:20 pm Photos

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As aging veterans fly to D.C., team of medical professionals make the trip a success

As aging veterans fly to D.C., team of medical professionals make the trip a success

WASHINGTON, D.C. — They grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression and went on to fight in World War II, bearing witness to some of the bloodiest, most protracted battles in American history.

April 27, 2014 3:17 pm Photos

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