When Northwestern Energy announced plans to repurchase Montana hydroelectric dams for $900 million, it sounded like a logical move.
There are some encouraging results in the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey but also areas of significant concern.
The state of Montana — and all of Indian Country — has a lost an influential leader.
At the start of the new year, The Billings Gazette editorial board invites our readers to look ahead with us. The board annually compiles a community agenda of several public issues that it believes will be especially important to Billings and Montana in 2011. We believe that the new year pr…
Montana prosecutors need better tools to convict drunken drivers. Judges need more options for sentencing and supervising them.
Mackenzie Reffalt should have been a seventh grader at Shepherd Public Schools this Christmas. She should be barrel racing in youth rodeos, playing soccer and basketball with her friends.
Thirty-one states, including Alaska, Colorado, South Dakota, Washington and Oregon, have laws requiring teens to stay in school till age 17 or 18.
I was invited earlier this year to lecture at the law school at Bashkir State University in Ufa, Russia — two time zones East of Moscow near the Ural mountains. The ninth largest city in Russia, it has over a million people. It is a large oil and gas center.
Rolf Groseth, who was appointed Montana State University Billings chancellor last Friday by the Montana Board of Regents, was at work before 7 a.m. Monday, greeting a dozen Yellowstone County legislators and representative-elect Joanne Blyton of Joliet. The lawmakers turned out on a subzero …
For the past two years, the Montana Supreme Court has been reviewing public-information provisions of its lawyer disciplinary rules. The long-awaited revision takes effect Jan. 1. It goes further than the old one to state that disciplinary proceedings and records are open to the public. Howe…
When Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson released a draft plan last week for bringing the nation's budget deficit under control for the long term, few politicians embraced their ideas. Making the magnitude of spending cuts and tax increases suggested by that bipartisan duo would mean sacrifice o…
Do Montanans have a right to know who is spending money to influence public elections in their state?
Ups and Downs gives a quick take on the news of the week.
There's just one street that carries traffic to and from Skyview High School, Harvest Church and all of the homes in subdivisions on that northwestern edge of Billings Heights. For many years, Heights residents have pleaded for another route — for public safety, improved traffic flow and eco…
If you are among the Montanans who will be going to the polls Tuesday, chances are your mailbox is still collecting political advertising. (Early voters report a reduction in political mailings after their ballots were returned.) Some of the mailings tout a candidate or ballot issue’s virtue…
The Nov. 2 General Election is really a school election, too.
Montana voters helped insure the state’s children against some of the worst effects of the Great Recession. As a result, while health care costs and unemployment rates have risen, the number of children covered by state health programs has increased.
Billings has a virtual community library to serve people on the West End.
In 1972, when Montanans last rewrote their state constitution, they replaced a document written when copper was king and women couldn’t vote.
Ups and Downs gives a quick take on news of the week.