Even though it’s often one of the hottest, driest times of the year in Billings, the annual Big Sky State Games will kick off this year on a refreshingly cool, wet note.
There hasn’t been much downtime in the past few days for the Billings-based Special Olympics Montana basketball squad competing against teams from around the nation in this week’s Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in Princeton, N.J.
LAUREL — The third and final day of the final year for the Special Olympics Montana State Summer Games' three-year stop in Billings brought mixed emotions for the thousands of people who organized, volunteered at and competed in them.
Kandace Faller and Kady Griffith stood on a busy thoroughfare on the grass of the Rocky Mountain College practices fields, holding out their hands to dozens of passers-by.
Year one was all about getting established and figuring out how to run things. Year two brought the chance to refine operations, improve on successes and address any issues.
Haley Watts, 16, lined her toes up at the starting line at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium and squatted a few times, warming up her legs while getting ready for her third and final shot at the standing long jump.
With the first year about getting the ball rolling and the second focusing on improving on an already-successful formula, the third and final year of Billings' stint hosting the Special Olympics Montana State Summer Games will be about leaving a lasting impression on the athletes and the community.
You don't really notice how quiet a dog show is until somebody points it out.
The annual Miss Montana program and competition will take place through Saturday in Glendive, with the winner representing the state at the Miss America pageant in September.
The sounds of chatter and cheering bounced off the walls at the Montana State University Billings swimming pool Thursday, amplifying as they echoed around the room.
Taylor Klanke, from Miles City, spent about 30 minutes chatting happily with other Special Olympics Montana athletes Wednesday morning while he waited for the awards ceremony to begin on a lawn at Rocky Mountain College.
As the unusually warm May sun toasted a Heights parking lot, the Havre Blue Ponies rolled in, hungry after after a five-hour bus ride and excited for the next few days.
The 35th annual Peaks to Prairie Adventure Race begins on Sunday morning and those still waiting to register have until midnight on Wednesday to sign up.
For the third consecutive year, Amend Park in Billings on Aug. 3-4 will be the site for regional competition for the men's RE-MAX World Long Drive Championships.
For three straight days through Sunday, the weather forecast added an extra, ornery competitor to the Big Sky State Games: the heat.
If support and encouragement are the foundation of a strong team, Team GavMad showed about as solid a base as possible on Thursday.
RED LODGE -- Rocky Mountain College's nationally ranked men's and women's ski-racing teams will open their season this weekend by competing in the 2012 Stano Cup Race at Red Lodge Mountain.
Shelby Jo Long-Hammond, center, recently took members of the Rocky Mountain College debate team, including Anne Ayre, left, and Toryn Rogers, to Slovenia, where they competed in an international debate tournament.
Vern Gagnon, automotive technology instructor at the Montana State University Billings College of Technology, stands with student Miles Waltner with the new alternative-fuel car at the COT. Waltner won first place in a statewide skills competition.
Fifteen minutes was all Miles Waltner needed recently to diagnose and plan repairs for a brake system malfunction. In another 15 minutes, he was able to figure out an engine rebuild.