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County officials roll out welcome mat for proposed Bakken refinery

County officials roll out welcome mat for proposed Bakken refinery

Yellowstone county officials are rolling out the welcome mat for the developers of a proposed $500 million oil refinery being considered for the Billings area.

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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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County awards bid for new MetraPark agricultural building

The Yellowstone County commission on Tuesday awarded a contract to build a new multipurpose agricultural building at MetraPark to DPS Co., of Boyd.

August 05, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…

County gets bids for new MetraPark agricultural building

Yellowstone County received several bids Tuesday for a proposed new multipurpose agricultural building at MetraPark, but all of them exceeded the budget.

July 22, 2014 4:30 pmLoading…
Commissioners approve 2.5 percent raise for elected officials

Commissioners approve 2.5 percent raise for elected officials

As expected, the Yellowstone County commission Tuesday approved a 2.5 percent raise for elected officials for the 2015 budget year.

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Yellowstone County elected officials may see 2.5% pay raise

Yellowstone County elected officials may see 2.5% pay raise

A panel of mostly Yellowstone County elected officials is considering giving elected officials a 2.5 percent increase to their base wages for fiscal year 2015.

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MetraPark workers will see pay raise under new contract

The Teamsters Local 190 and Yellowstone County have settled negotiations for MetraPark workers in a deal that calls for a five-year contract.

June 05, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…
Tumbleweed cuts the ribbon on 2 new homes for youth

Tumbleweed cuts the ribbon on 2 new homes for youth

Tumbleweed's Executive Director Sheri Boelter and some 50 others, including the mayor, gathered in front of one of the organization's two newly opened homes Friday for a ceremonial ribbon cutting and an open house. 

May 30, 2014 5:21 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Raising beer prices at MetraPark the first step in the right direction

Gazette opinion: Raising beer prices at MetraPark the first step in the right direction

As much as no one likes the idea of the price of beer getting more expensive, this might be one case where not as many people will mind.

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County approves beer price increase at MetraPark

County approves beer price increase at MetraPark

The price of beer sold at MetraPark events will increase by $1 to help raise money to co-promote events.

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County to consider beer price increase at MetraPark

County to consider beer price increase at MetraPark

The cost of a beer at MetraPark could increase by $1 to help attract more entertainment under a proposal offered by MetraPark’s advisory board.

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Gazette opinion: Grants won’t solve county’s ongoing problem

Collaboration between the Yellowstone County jail and the Community Crisis Center helped connect seriously mentally ill and addicted inmates to treatment services in the community, services that continued upon release from jail.

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MetraPark to bid tourneys with business support

MetraPark to bid tourneys with business support

MetraPark will be bidding on two tournaments for 2016 with financial support from local business to cover lost capital improvement fees.

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Sheriff’s deputies reject latest contract offer

Sheriff’s deputies reject latest contract offer

Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputies have rejected the latest contract offer from the county, surprising county officials who thought they were close to an agreement after months of talks.

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Gazette opinion: Contested races challenge voters to be well informed

It’s good to have choices.

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No questions at meeting on bargaining agreement

Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputies had no questions Tuesday evening on the updated proposed collective-bargaining agreement presented to them earlier in the day.

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County presses sheriff’s deputies union on agreement

With no major breakthrough in eight months of contract talks between Yellowstone County and the sheriff’s deputies union, the Yellowstone County Commission on Thursday sent a letter to the union outlining its plan for action.

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Deputy plans to run for sheriff; ex-councilman Ronquillo running for commisssion

Deputy plans to run for sheriff; ex-councilman Ronquillo running for commisssion

Former Billings City Councilman Jim Ronquillo filed Thursday to run for Yellowstone County commissioner.

March 06, 2014 11:27 am Photos

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MetraPark’s new paid parking lot opens this weekend

MetraPark’s new paid parking lot opens this weekend

MetraPark’s new paid parking lot will debut this weekend, in time for a wrestling tournament and a concert on Sunday night.

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Tumbleweed leases county house for youth

Homeless youth in the community will have a safe place to sleep and live under a deal with the Tumbleweed Program that Yellowstone County officials approved Tuesday.

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