When Yellowstone County employees go for a smoke break, they go outside and often head for “the cave,” a protected cubby hole on the southwest corner of the building.
Yellowstone County’s Extension Service will be leaving its downtown courthouse offices for a temporary location while waiting for construction of a new building at MetraPark. But the move won’t be far.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill transferring the Clifford P. Hansen Courthouse to Teton County has won approval in the U.S. Senate.
LARAMIE, Wyo. — A district judge in Albany County says security remains an issue at the county courthouse in Laramie.
Beginning Jan. 1, the public will not be allowed to enter the Townsend Justice Center carrying cellular phones.
Nancy Schwend, center, rallies with a group of supporters Saturday morning on the west side of the Yellowstone County Courthouse to press for the release of Barry Beach from Montana State Prison.
Sue Searcy, of Billings, helped organize a Saturday rally to garner public support for a campaign to get Barry Beach released from Montana State Prison.
Bidder 3, who offered $3.275 million in the online auction of the old James F. Battin Federal Building in downtown Billings, paid 10 percent of the sales price by Monday’s deadline as required.
Sold! For $3,275,000.
Bidding closed with bidder 3 offer for $3.275 million.
3:28 p.m.: Bidder 3 holds the top bid of 2.58 million made at 2:59 p.m.
2:55 p.m. Bidder 6 regained the top bid spot with an offer of $2,405,000 at 2:54 p.m.
8:15 a.m.: Bidder 3 entered a new bid Saturday at 8:02 a.m. The $2,130,000 offer is now tops in the online auction for the old federal building. The auction began April 22.
4 p.m. Bidder 6 has the high bid after placing an offer of $2,055,000 at 3:32 p.m. Thursday.
8:50 a.m. An offer by Bidder 5 after 8 a.m. pushed the latest high offer to $725,800 for the old federal courthouse. The online auction closing time has been reset to 8:21 a.m. Saturday unless there are more bids.
With about two hours left before the auction was to close, the courthouse received two more bids with the newest offer being $150,509.
Beginning Friday, Yellowstone County employees and visitors to the courthouse will see a security guard in the lobby.
For 47 years, the boxy white building at 316 N. 26th St. was home to the federal court system in Billings. Asbestos problems that surfaced almost 20 years ago eventually led to the construction of a new, $80 million courthouse that opened in August.
For a few moments Monday evening, Carrie Carpenter got to play judge.
The new $80 million federal courthouse in downtown Billings will open officially next week with the public invited to an open house on Monday evening.
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