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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 amLoading…
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 pmLoading…
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 pmLoading…
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 amLoading…
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.

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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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'It's a problem': Meeting aims at addressing public intoxication, transience

'It's a problem': Meeting aims at addressing public intoxication, transience

A married couple who are considering closing their antique business of 30-plus years because they’re tired of dealing with belligerent drunks. A businessman whose clients feel unsafe coming to his downtown office. Transients who came to Billings specifically to “party” for a week or two. 

May 29, 2014 12:00 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.

May 13, 2014 9:51 pmLoading…

A vote to decide how we'll govern ourselves

Every 10 years, Billings voters have the opportunity to cast a ballot on what they think of the city’s charter form of government.

February 18, 2014 10:01 pmLoading…
City's insurer to pay $900,000 in Rose Park pool death

City's insurer to pay $900,000 in Rose Park pool death

The insurer for the city of Billings has agreed to pay $900,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died of a heart attack at Rose Park pool in 2011.

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City Council to weigh options in streetlight complaint

The Billings City Council will consider intervening in a Montana Public Service Commission case involving street-lighting charges when the council meets Monday.

October 27, 2013 6:00 pmLoading…
Complaint over Billings street lights to go before Public Service Commission

Complaint over Billings street lights to go before Public Service Commission

More than three years after several Billings residents filed a complaint arguing that they were being grossly overcharged for street-lighting services by NorthWestern Energy, the Montana Public Service Commission is preparing to consider the case.

October 17, 2013 4:45 pmLoading…
Billings City Council to vote on $500,000 settlement to end years-old lawsuit

Billings City Council to vote on $500,000 settlement to end years-old lawsuit

A longstanding dispute between the city of Billings and its insurance carrier could be resolved if the City Council votes Monday to approve a $500,000 settlement.

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Ice-rink lease complicates future of coveted West End park

Ice-rink lease complicates future of coveted West End park

Plans to develop a large, mostly empty city park on the West End may finally be getting off the ground.

March 16, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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Judge orders city to release documents in disciplinary cases

Judge orders city to release documents in disciplinary cases

A Yellowstone County District Court judge has ordered the city of Billings to release all the information sought by The Billings Gazette in regard to city workers suspended for inappropriate computer use at work.

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Gazette opinion: Why sue public officials for public information?

Since springtime, the city of Billings has disciplined at least 11 employees by suspending them for a week without pay.

October 19, 2012 12:05 amLoading…
Gazette sues city for records of employee discipline for Internet abuse

Gazette sues city for records of employee discipline for Internet abuse

The Billings Gazette filed a lawsuit against the city of Billings on Thursday, asking for the release of public records dealing with city workers who were disciplined for viewing inappropriate websites on the job.

October 11, 2012 10:20 am Related Loading…

5 city workers suspended last spring for 'inappropriate' Internet viewing

Five city of Billings employees were suspended without pay for five days last spring for visiting inappropriate websites on their work computers.

August 29, 2012 10:15 pmLoading…

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