If Yellowstone Kelly is turning over in his grave, it’s likely he now has an orange backside.
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.
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.
For the last several years, the population of Richardson’s ground squirrels has gone unchecked.
Billings fourth-graders discovered on Friday that the best way to learn about trees is to swing from them.
Billings’ Arbor Day celebration April 25 in Pioneer Park will begin with cleanup and beautification and end with education about trees.
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.
By coincidence, Yellowstone County and the city of Billings undertook major cleanups of transient encampments last month.
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.
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.
Billings police officers Gerold McComb, right, and Tanner Buechler look at the remnants of a transient campsite above North 15th Street.
As the sun comes up on downtown Billings, police Officer Tanner Buechler looks for transient camps above North 15th Street on Wednesday.
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.
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.
A small evergreen tree was among Pioneer Park trees vandalized recently.
A small tree near the playground in Pioneer Park was chopped in half.
A vandalized tree in Pioneer Park.
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.
When a giant boulder from the Rimrocks crashed into their home on Oct. 9, Jon Lodge and Jane Deschner had no warning.
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.