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Commission weighs warning letter to clerk of court over gay marriage licenses

Commission weighs warning letter to clerk of court over gay marriage licenses

The Yellowstone County commission is expected to give Clerk of Court Kristie Boelter a warning: either follow the law regarding accommodating employee exemptions or go it alone in court if the county gets sued.

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recount for the legislative race

recount for the legislative race

Yellowstone County election administrator Bret Rutherford hands county commissioner Jim Reno a stack of ballots as the recount for the tight race between Tony O’Donnell and Margie MacDonald began Wednesday morning in the courthouse.

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Commissioners set schedule for HD56 interviews

Commissioners set schedule for HD56 interviews

The Yellowstone County commissioners will hold interviews Dec. 9 for candidates seeking to fill the House District 56 legislative seat.

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Clerk of Court, County Attorney butt heads over same-sex marriage licenses

Clerk of Court, County Attorney butt heads over same-sex marriage licenses

Yellowstone County Clerk of Court Kristie Boelter clashed with County Attorney Scott Twito and a commissioner Monday over a religious exemption from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

December 01, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Mission possible: Volunteers serve Thanksgiving meals to 800 people at the Montana Rescue Mission

Mission possible: Volunteers serve Thanksgiving meals to 800 people at the Montana Rescue Mission

New Billings residents Rob and Kristina Thomas weren’t sure how they’d be celebrating Thanksgiving with their two children, William, 2, and Lacy, who’s 9 weeks old.

November 27, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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County backs plan for industrial taxing district in Lockwood

The Yellowstone County Commission took the first step on Tuesday toward creating a new rural taxing district to encourage industrial development in Lockwood.

November 25, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…

Commissioners seek more details on jail diversion plan

Yellowstone County commissioners indicated support for a pilot proposal to relieve jail crowding by diverting inmates, but told proponents on Monday they wanted more information.

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County commissioners consider plan to reduce inmates at jail

County commissioners consider plan to reduce inmates at jail

Yellowstone County commissioners will review a plan to ease jail crowding and explore possible funding with the county’s finance director and sheriff at their Nov. 10 discussion meeting.

November 06, 2014 7:30 pmLoading…
Gazette opinion: Jail diversion saves dollars, makes sense

Gazette opinion: Jail diversion saves dollars, makes sense

The Yellowstone County jail was built to hold 286 inmates. It has been overcrowded for years, and recently inmate totals have hovered between 450 and 500.

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County rescinds blood draw surcharge after unions object

A proposed surcharge on Yellowstone County employees who failed to participate in a health fair blood draw backfired this week after two unions objected.

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Lockwood safety committee selects engineering firm

Interstate Engineering of Billings will be working with the Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District Advisory Board as its consultant on safety projects, such as sidewalks, for the community.

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MetraPark crowd helps celebrate coal's role in Montana economy

MetraPark crowd helps celebrate coal's role in Montana economy

“We are not going to power our nation,” congressional candidate Ryan Zinke told the 700 or so people attending Saturday’s Coal Appreciation Day, “on pixie dust and hope.”

September 13, 2014 8:19 pm Photos

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County finds a way to pay for new jail, but can't nail down money to operate it

County finds a way to pay for new jail, but can't nail down money to operate it

With a combination of protested tax distributions and county funds, Yellowstone County can scrape together the estimated $7 million it needs to expand to add 100 new beds to relieve crowding at the jail.

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Homeowners with multiple hail claims lose insurance

Homeowners with multiple hail claims lose insurance

After the May 18 hailstorm pummeled her Billings Heights property, Carol Metzler got word her insurance company was dumping her.

July 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Marine Corps League leader: 'A lot of people don't realize we're out here'

Marine Corps League leader: 'A lot of people don't realize we're out here'

They have touched a lot of lives in our community, even if most people don’t see them at work.

July 14, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Go west for Rims route, Billings belt loop

Gazette opinion: Go west for Rims route, Billings belt loop

A long-overdue conversation on Billings transportation needs took place recently when the committee representing city, county and state decision makers confronted the need for another route up the Rims.

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County commission considers MetraPark budget

Yellowstone County commissioners took up the proposed 2015 budget for MetraPark on Thursday, making few changes but urging staff to begin planning for resurfacing parking lots, something that’s been discussed for about 10 years.

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Chamber announces new boards

Chamber announces new boards

The Billings Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2014-2015 board of directors, effective July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Jim Reno

Jim Reno

Jim Reno

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Veteran's cemetery dedicated as national cemetery on Memorial Day

Veteran's cemetery dedicated as national cemetery on Memorial Day

LAUREL — Even with Monday's historic dedication of the veteran's cemetery here as a national cemetery — bringing to a close a decade of work by area citizens, veterans and local, state and federal officials — the purpose of the Memorial Day ceremony wasn't lost on the hundreds of people in a…

May 26, 2014 2:25 pm Photos

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