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Yellowstone Kelly's gravestone hit with orange fluorescent paint

Yellowstone Kelly's gravestone hit with orange fluorescent paint

If Yellowstone Kelly is turning over in his grave, it’s likely he now has an orange backside.

September 10, 2014 5:20 pm Photos

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Pest prep: Parks department plans for arrival of emerald ash borer

Pest prep: Parks department plans for arrival of emerald ash borer

City leaders should take heed of a small but deadly pest that could well be on its way to destroying millions of dollars worth of ash trees in Billings.

August 05, 2014 2:00 am Photos

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Safety, family and fun at the heart of parks improvements

Safety, family and fun at the heart of parks improvements

The board that oversees Billings’ 2,580 acres of parkland checked out some of the results of the $2 million-per-year citywide park district this week.

May 16, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Increasing number of rodents, decreasing options vex Parks Department

Increasing number of rodents, decreasing options vex Parks Department

For the last several years, the population of Richardson’s ground squirrels has gone unchecked.

May 09, 2014 12:30 am Photos

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4th-graders get into trees to study them for Arbor Day

4th-graders get into trees to study them for Arbor Day

Billings fourth-graders discovered on Friday that the best way to learn about trees is to swing from them.

April 25, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Billings will celebrate Arbor Day with the governor April 25

Billings will celebrate Arbor Day with the governor April 25

Billings’ Arbor Day celebration April 25 in Pioneer Park will begin with cleanup and beautification and end with education about trees.

April 17, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Two million reasons why Billings parks are rounding into shape

Two million reasons why Billings parks are rounding into shape

In a city the size of Billings, it turns out that an extra $2 million annually courtesy of the taxpayers can significantly spiff up 2,580 acres worth of city parks.

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Transient camps a growing headache for Billings, Yellowstone County

Transient camps a growing headache for Billings, Yellowstone County

By coincidence, Yellowstone County and the city of Billings undertook major cleanups of transient encampments last month.

August 25, 2013 12:15 am Video Photos

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Sofa removed during sweep

Sofa removed during sweep

A sofa and some blankets were a small part of materials hauled away after a cleanup of transients' campsites under the Rims on July 31. 

August 22, 2013 2:38 pmLoading…
City parks supervisor Mike Pigg checks out a campsite

City parks supervisor Mike Pigg checks out a campsite

City parks supervisor Mike Pigg checks out a campsite used by transients under the Rims above the North Side. Pigg was there Tuesday morning, the day before a second sweep of the area.

August 22, 2013 2:38 pmLoading…
Officers Gerold McComb and Tanner Buechler

Officers Gerold McComb and Tanner Buechler

Billings police officers Gerold McComb, right, and Tanner Buechler look at the remnants of a transient campsite above North 15th Street.

August 21, 2013 10:05 am
Billings police officer Tanner Buechler

Billings police officer Tanner Buechler

As the sun comes up on downtown Billings, police Officer Tanner Buechler looks for transient camps above North 15th Street on Wednesday.

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Billings Parks Department's Nick Christman

Billings Parks Department's Nick Christman

Billings parks maintenance worker Nick Christman watches as police officer Tanner Buechler pats down a man who was found sleeping in a clump of bushes near where the BBWA canal flows through the Rims.

August 21, 2013 10:05 am
Billings seeks information on Pioneer Park vandalism

Billings seeks information on Pioneer Park vandalism

Sometime in the past week, a vandal or vandals destroyed at least 10 young trees in Pioneer Park, according to Jon Thompson, parks supervisor for the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

December 14, 2012 4:45 pm Photos

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A small evergreen tree

A small evergreen tree

A small evergreen tree was among Pioneer Park trees vandalized recently.

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Tree chopped in half

Tree chopped in half

A small tree near the playground in Pioneer Park was chopped in half.

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Small tree vandalized

Small tree vandalized

A vandalized tree in Pioneer Park.

December 14, 2012 4:17 pmLoading…
1 of at least 10 small trees

1 of at least 10 small trees

This is one of at least 10 small trees destroyed by vandals in Pioneer Park. The city is hoping someone will provide information on the vandalism.

December 14, 2012 4:17 pmLoading…
High winds postpone Rims rock removal project

High winds postpone Rims rock removal project

High winds have postponed until Saturday the planned removal of a huge slab of sandstone from the Rimrocks, which had been scheduled for Friday morning.

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