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Pest prep: Parks department plans for arrival of emerald ash borer

Pest prep: Parks department plans for arrival of emerald ash borer

City leaders should take heed of a small but deadly pest that could well be on its way to destroying millions of dollars worth of ash trees in Billings.

August 05, 2014 2:00 amLoading…

Council set to hear from public on Family Safety Levy

A public hearing followed by a council vote on placing the proposed Family Safety Levy on the Nov. 4 ballot is the final piece of business on Monday’s Billings City Council agenda.

July 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Enough dirt being moved to hold two million gallons of water

Enough dirt being moved to hold two million gallons of water

Completing a giant concrete reservoir expansion first requires moving tons of dirt.

June 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Billings City Council hears final budget presentations

While city leaders are talking about pressing upcoming financial needs, including a potential public safety levy, they might do well to look at the financial health of the transit system, too.

May 28, 2014 10:04 pmLoading…

Billings City Council mulls fee increases and development charges Tuesday

Hearings on proposed fee increases for planning services as well as water and wastewater rate hikes are on the agenda for Tuesday’s Billings City Council meeting.

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Blast!: 'Monkey Face' clings to Rims despite explosions, other efforts

Blast!: 'Monkey Face' clings to Rims despite explosions, other efforts

Like a loose tooth that refuses to come out, "Monkey Face" and an adjacent large rock known as "Shark Tooth" clung to the Rims on Friday afternoon despite a pair of explosions and inflatable devices trying to bring them down.

May 23, 2014 5:00 pm Video Photos

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City gears up for construction on Grand, North 27th Street

City gears up for construction on Grand, North 27th Street

Two large water line replacement projects — and the pavement overlays that will seal the deal in both cases — will dominate spring and summer construction on city streets in Billings, City Engineer Debi Meling said Friday.

April 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Zimmerman Trail work awaits more thorough evaluation

Zimmerman Trail work awaits more thorough evaluation

Billings public works officials await a more thorough evaluation of the geology of some of the precarious rocks above Zimmerman Trail before making the repairs necessary to reopen the closed portion of the roadway.

March 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Zimmerman Trail won't reopen anytime soon, officials say

Zimmerman Trail won't reopen anytime soon, officials say

A portion of Zimmerman Trail remains closed and will stay closed for the foreseeable future after a rockside Tuesday, Billings Public Works Director Dave Mumford said Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 12:32 pm Photos

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Where your gas tax dollars go in Billings

Asked during a Billings City Council work session Monday how the city’s $1.7 million annual gas tax allocation is spent, Public Works Director Dave Mumford had an answer in time for the council’s Friday packet.

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An unwanted guest makes an appearance — potholes

As the snow continues to melt and Billings roads begin to dry, street crews will be out in the coming weeks taking care of one of spring’s most unwelcome afflictions: potholes.

March 08, 2014 7:09 pmLoading…
Putting the plow to a strip 200 feet wide and two miles long

Putting the plow to a strip 200 feet wide and two miles long

While it’s been quite the effort this winter for crews to keep the main runway plowed at Billings Logan International Airport, Kevin Ploehn isn’t too worried about how he’s going to pay for it all.

March 04, 2014 9:32 pmLoading…

Police identify man who died after colliding with snow removal equipment

A Billings man who died when his vehicle struck a city snow removal auger early Tuesday has been identified as 47-year-old Mark Hamilton.

March 04, 2014 6:12 pmLoading…

Proposal would hike residential trash pickup by $2 per month

The Billings City Council is considering increasing residential garbage collection rates by more than $2 per month beginning July 1.

March 03, 2014 10:06 pmLoading…
Gazette opinion: City plows ahead with worthwhile ‘experiment’

Gazette opinion: City plows ahead with worthwhile ‘experiment’

Spring fever is rampant as Billings slips and slides through its snowiest February in the midst of one of the biggest snow seasons ever.

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Billings 'burning through' its snowplowing budget

Billings 'burning through' its snowplowing budget

At approximately winter’s midpoint, the city’s annual snowplowing budget — about $850,000 — is about two-thirds spent.

February 08, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Billings crews still catching up with last week's storms

Billings crews still catching up with last week's storms

Even as a fresh winter storm blew into town Tuesday afternoon, Bill Kemp was talking about cleaning up after the freezing rain, heavy snows and high winds of last week.

December 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Disciplined landfill workers say firefighters' scavenging went unpunished

Disciplined landfill workers say firefighters' scavenging went unpunished

Three city employees who were disciplined last year for taking goods from the landfill are complaining that the city refused to punish firefighters engaged in similar activities.

November 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: City street closures a dead-end issue

The Billings city administration’s quest to limit street closures in downtown seems like a solution in search of a problem.

October 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

City to study street closures, give events 2-year breather

Organizers of events that have traditionally been held on temporarily closed city streets can breathe easy, at least for a couple of years.

October 25, 2013 5:09 pmLoading…

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