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Summit aims to help make Billings a more diverse and inclusive city

Summit aims to help make Billings a more diverse and inclusive city

The 30 or so people who attended Not In Our Town’s Summit on Hate on Saturday learned that everyone is biased — and it’s OK.

November 15, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
Council authorizes refinancing the bonds that built Dehler Park

Council authorizes refinancing the bonds that built Dehler Park

Homeowners sometimes save themselves a few thousand dollars by refinancing their homes to lower their interest payments.

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Columbus Day holiday pushes back city council meeting a day

Thanks to Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the New World, the Billings City Council gets an extra day off this week before tackling another meeting agenda.

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After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

The NDO acronym could take on a new form. Call it the “never dies ordinance.”

August 12, 2014 6:02 pm Photos

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Nondiscrimination ordinance good for business, crowd told Tuesday

Nondiscrimination ordinance good for business, crowd told Tuesday

Nondiscrimination ordinances can be as good for business as they are for the people whose civil rights they protect.

July 15, 2014 9:04 pm Photos

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Council OKs property sale, waives compensation fee against staff recommendations

Council OKs property sale, waives compensation fee against staff recommendations

Before taking up the public safety levy Monday night, the Billings City Council took two actions that diverged from staff recommendations.

July 15, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Open meeting law applies to nondiscrimination ‘initiative’

With the draft nondiscrimination ordinance as the last item on its agenda tonight, the Billings City Council can expect to hear again from many passionate proponents and opponents. The meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. is a work session where no formal votes will be taken.

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Billings City Council seeks attorney general's opinion on NDO

Billings City Council seeks attorney general's opinion on NDO

Even as city staff continues using City Council input to revise language in Billings’ proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, the council voted 6-5 Monday to seek an opinion from Attorney General Tim Fox’s office on whether it’s legal for Billings to enact such an ordinance.

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Gazette opinion: Stand up for equal rights, City Council members

Over the past few months dozens of people in Billings and beyond have commented on our Opinion pages about the consideration of a nondiscrimination ordinance for our city. Some letter-to-the-editor writers have complained that they are unable to find a copy of this NDO.

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Billings City Council nixes pedestrian bridge plan

Billings City Council nixes pedestrian bridge plan

Citing costs about twice what was expected, the Billings City Council turned down a plan on Tuesday to move an old pedestrian bridge from Joliet to 25th Street.

May 29, 2014 1:15 pmLoading…
Council tables nondiscrimination ordinance in 12:30 a.m. vote

Council tables nondiscrimination ordinance in 12:30 a.m. vote

More than six hours after commencing its Tuesday night meeting, a divided Billings City Council voted to order city staff to suspend work on the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.

May 28, 2014 4:30 pmLoading…
City turns on the spigot for higher water, wastewater rates

City turns on the spigot for higher water, wastewater rates

Most Billings residents will see increases in their water and wastewater rates beginning July 1. Most increases will be modest, but a few will be more substantial.

May 27, 2014 10:28 pmLoading…
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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Billings City Council approves pedestrian bridge over train tracks

Billings City Council approves pedestrian bridge over train tracks

By the slimmest of margins — 5-4, with 1 abstention and one council member absent — the Billings City Council on Monday approved a construction and maintenance agreement that will lead to the building of a pedestrian bridge connecting Minnesota Avenue to Montana Avenue at North 25th Street.

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Not in Our Town proposal brings mixed council reaction

Not in Our Town proposal brings mixed council reaction

A $25,000 funding request by a Not in Our Town steering committee — asking Billings taxpayers to help pay for a national gathering in Billings in June — is being met with mixed reaction by City Council members.

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Billings City Council votes not to return water park letter of credit

Billings City Council votes not to return water park letter of credit

After more than a dozen people had spoken respectfully and yet passionately about whether the city should return a $100,000 letter of credit to the Oasis Water Park, Mayor Tom Hanel had this to say to those who gathered to see how the Billings City Council would vote Monday: “Ladies and gent…

March 10, 2014 10:14 pmLoading…
Billings will experiment with residential plowing, beginning today

Billings will experiment with residential plowing, beginning today

Beginning Tuesday, snow plow drivers will — for the first time — be plowing residential streets in Billings.

February 25, 2014 8:30 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Restore economic opportunity with corporate tax reform

Over the past month, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., have been traveling to different American cities to promote their efforts to overhaul the U.S. tax code. As the chairmen of the two tax-writing committees in Congress, Baucus and Camp will play major roles in the tax debate.

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Billings City Council OKs $500,000 settlement with insurer

Billings City Council OKs $500,000 settlement with insurer

Six years after a jury awarded a Billings police officer $1.3 million in his suit against the city, the City Council voted Monday night to settle with its insurer over the claim.

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Faith leaders speak out on immigration reform bill

Faith leaders speak out on immigration reform bill

A group of faith leaders spent an hour Wednesday night talking about the importance of a new immigration reform bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate.

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