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COLUMBUS — Wives of Stillwater union miners protested in front of company offices downtown Monday afternoon, and residents here are nervously …

  • JAMES WOODCOCK/Gazette Staff

Lynn Robinson, owner of the Stillwater Gym, says about 10 percent of her customers are miners from the Stillwater Mine.

  • JAMES WOODCOCK/Gazette Staff

Gary Woltermann, mayor of Columbus, cuts grass at the town’s airport.Woltermann says the mine helps keep Columbus sheltered from national econ…

  • JAMES WOODCOCK/Gazette Staff photos

Kady Whitlock, the wife of a miner, protests in Columbus with other miners’ wives over the prospect of a looming wage cut from the Stillwater Mine.

  • By LINDA HALSTEAD-ACHARYA For the Gazette

COLUMBUS — Columbus Mayor Gary Woltermann has spent more than 70 years in this Stillwater County seat, and he remembers when a train passing t…

  • DAVID GRUBBS/Gazette Staff

A construction worker stands on an interior wall to steady a large beam Thursday at the new home of Harrison and Darlene Fagg. The Fagg reside…

  • DAVID GRUBBS/Gazette Staff

Harrison and Darlene Fagg are rebuilding their house five months after the Granite Avenue home of Gary Woltermann, just below theirs, was dest…

  • By ED KEMMICK Of The Gazette Staff

Nearly five months after a natural-gas explosion leveled a house at 1411 Granite Ave., the neighborhood around the site was jumping this week.

  • By CHELSEA KROTZER Of The Gazette Staff

The official investigation into an explosion that leveled a West End home and damaged several others a week ago has wrapped up as private inve…

Bolted to the Rimrocks above the neighborhood that snakes around Granite Avenue is a small, metal sculpture of an angel looking down on the houses below.

  • DAVID GRUBBS/Gazette Staff

Ossie Abrams looks down at the rubble in front of her home on Granite Avenue on Friday. The windows are boarded up and her property is littere…

  • DAVID GRUBBS/Gazette Staff

Ossie Abrams was busy Friday cleaning up in and around her home on Granite Avenue.

  • DAVID GRUBBS/Gazette Staff

Debris litters the front yard of a home at 1412 Granite Ave. after it burned from the explosion on Wednesday that leveled a home across the street.

  • DAVID GRUBBS/Gazette Staff

NorthWestern Energy linemen finish installing new power poles Friday on Granite Avenue. Two poles were broken off in the explosion Wednesday.

  • DAVID GRUBBS/Gazette Staff

Billings Fire Marshal Mike Spini holds a news conference Thursday afternoon regarding the explosion at a home on Granite Avenue.

  • Story By ED KEMMICK

    Photos By DAVID GRUBBS

    Of The Gazette Staff‌

Investigators sifting through the remains of a Billings home obliterated by an explosion Wednesday have ruled out an intentionally caused inc…

  • DAVID GRUBBS/Gazette Staff

A pink flag marks what looks like a gas line Thursday as ATF investigators comb through the rubble where an explosion occurred Wednesday at Ga…

  • DAVID GRUBBS/Gazette Staff

A crime scene van is parked near the scene of an explosion that occurred Wednesday on Granite Avenue in Billings.

  • DAVID GRUBBS/Gazette Staff

An investigator from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was among those combing through the rubble where an explosion occ…

  • DAVID GRUBBS/Gazette Staff

Investigators comb the remains of a home that exploded Wednesday on Granite Avenue in Billings.