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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 courthouse smokers will have to move across the street

When Yellowstone County employees go for a smoke break, they go outside and often head for “the cave,” a protected cubby hole on the southwest corner of the building.

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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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Gazette opinion: Ostlund best choice for county commission

Gazette opinion: Ostlund best choice for county commission

Every two years, Yellowstone County voters choose one commissioner to serve a six-year term on the three-member commission. Being commissioner in Montana’s most populous county is a big job with a relatively long term and the power of being one of three decision makers.

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Guest opinion: Good management produces county's enviable fiscal health

Guest opinion: Good management produces county's enviable fiscal health

Most counties would love to be in Yellowstone County's shoes. We have a $100 million budget, a double A+ bond rating, adequate reserves and very little debt. I take great pride in showcasing a well-managed local government. Would it not be great if our federal government could make that clai…

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Ex-councilman challenges incumbent Yellowstone County commissioner

Ex-councilman challenges incumbent Yellowstone County commissioner

In his bid for re-election, Yellowstone County Commissioner John Ostlund, a Republican, ticks off a list of highlights he says showcase a well-managed county — a $100 million budget, little debt and a AA+ bond rating, which is the second highest possible.

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In Lockwood, the road to safe streets is a long one

In Lockwood, the road to safe streets is a long one

On Old Hardin Road, where there have been more children hit by cars than anyone is comfortable with, there are two signs within two miles warning drivers to look out for deer and none about the kids who walk the busy street’s narrow shoulders.

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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 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.

August 19, 2014 12:06 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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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.

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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.

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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.

March 31, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…

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