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Gazette opinion: More treatment, less drinking on downtown Billings streets

Gazette opinion: More treatment, less drinking on downtown Billings streets

Seems like fewer people have been drinking and loitering on downtown streets lately. In fact, some longtime regulars have chosen to leave the streets and try addiction treatment.

April 27, 2015 7:00 am(4)
Billings residents will see water, garbage rate increases

Billings residents will see water, garbage rate increases

Billings ratepayers will generally see some hikes in their water, wastewater and garbage rates over the next two years.

April 21, 2015 6:00 am(5)

City Council says no to tow trucks in Billings neighborhoods

The Billings City Council voted 8-1 Monday to table indefinitely a proposal to allow tow trucks to park in residential neighborhoods.

March 24, 2015 6:00 am(2)
Councilman questions Ethics Board legality under state law

Councilman questions Ethics Board legality under state law

The Billings City Council approved an initiative Monday instructing its city attorney to research whether the city’s Code of Ethics and Billings’ Ethics Board are legal under state law.

February 10, 2015 6:00 am(0)
Ethics Board votes to postpone hearings on 3 city officials

Ethics Board votes to postpone hearings on 3 city officials

The Billings Ethics Board decided Thursday that it needs more time before evaluating ethics complaints against two City Council members and the city administrator.

January 29, 2015 7:45 pm Photos

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Judge orders city officials to turn over most documents in landfill case

Judge orders city officials to turn over most documents in landfill case

District Court Judge Michael G. Moses has ruled that Billings city officials must turn over to The Billings Gazette most of the documents detailing alleged mishandling, misappropriation or misuse of public funds by landfill workers.

January 27, 2015 12:20 pm Photos

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Ethics board decides to press on in complaint against City Councilmember

Ethics board decides to press on in complaint against City Councilmember

The Billings ethics board decided unanimously Wednesday there are “reasonable grounds” to further investigate an ethics complaint filed last fall against Billings City Councilwoman Becky Bird.

January 21, 2015 7:00 pm Photos

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Real steps being taken on behalf of Billings' homeless, transient residents

Real steps being taken on behalf of Billings' homeless, transient residents

Committees working to find solutions to aid Billings’ downtown transient and homeless populations made announcements Wednesday that could prove to be game-changers.

January 07, 2015 7:15 pm(0)
Lawsuit seeks damages in 2013 officer-involved shooting

Lawsuit seeks damages in 2013 officer-involved shooting

The wife of a man killed in an officer-involved shooting two years ago has filed a wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit against the city of Billings and one of its police officers.

January 05, 2015 4:50 pm Photos

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City of Billings takes aggressive stance when it comes to lawsuits

The city of Billings is defending itself in 19 lawsuits filed in District Court, and is the plaintiff in two other cases — one of which involves the Billings Gazette.

December 24, 2014 6:00 am(0)
Council authorizes refinancing the bonds that built Dehler Park

Council authorizes refinancing the bonds that built Dehler Park

Homeowners sometimes save themselves a few thousand dollars by refinancing their homes to lower their interest payments.

November 11, 2014 6:00 am(0)

New sidewalk policy will help eliminate 'trippers'

Billings could soon become a safer place for pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and people in wheelchairs.

November 04, 2014 6:00 am(0)
Day 2 of the homeless summit given to brainstorming what might work

Day 2 of the homeless summit given to brainstorming what might work

Attendees and organizers alike left day two of the Community Innovations Summit clamoring for more.

October 30, 2014 2:10 pm(0)
Gazette opinion: Council should vote for equal protection under the law

Gazette opinion: Council should vote for equal protection under the law

Is it OK for a good worker to be fired because her employer learned she is lesbian?

August 10, 2014 12:00 am(0)
Gazette responds to city's lawsuit in an effort to see documents

Gazette responds to city's lawsuit in an effort to see documents

The City of Billings and The Billings Gazette are headed to court in a dispute over documents related to a possible mishandling, misuse or misappropriation in the city’s Solid Waste Division.

August 06, 2014 10:00 pm(0)
Council OKs property sale, waives compensation fee against staff recommendations

Council OKs property sale, waives compensation fee against staff recommendations

Before taking up the public safety levy Monday night, the Billings City Council took two actions that diverged from staff recommendations.

July 15, 2014 3:30 pm(0)
Billings City Council hears more public comments on proposed ordinance

Billings City Council hears more public comments on proposed ordinance

Once again Monday, the Billings City Council heard from a long line of residents commenting on a baker’s dozen of proposed changes to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

July 07, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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City to craft 3rd draft of nondiscrimination ordinance after hours of testimony

City to craft 3rd draft of nondiscrimination ordinance after hours of testimony

The Billings City Council wrapped up at 12:07 a.m. on Tuesday after hearing from a long line of residents commenting on 13 proposed changes to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

July 07, 2014 10:00 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.

July 07, 2014 12:00 am(0)
Gazette opinion: Move forward on Billings nondiscrimination law

Gazette opinion: Move forward on Billings nondiscrimination law

Last Monday, the first time the council took a look at a draft nondiscrimination ordinance, all sorts of delay tactics were dragged out: Have voters decide, have the attorney general decide, refer it to a committee.

June 22, 2014 12:00 am(0)

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