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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.

July 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

June 23, 2014 11:00 pm Related Loading…
4th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference set for Billings

4th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference set for Billings

Myriad efforts are under way throughout Montana to combat the state’s runaway suicide rate, all of which are aimed at raising awareness and equipping more people to identify those who are suicidal.

June 22, 2014 12:15 amLoading…

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.

June 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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…

Citizens should take a look at city charter

As a community, we have the opportunity to vote for or against a review of our city charter. What is the city charter? Feel free to look up and read about our charter at cityofbillings.org, then go to "Your Government" and scroll down to city clerk and then tab over to city charter.

May 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Hundreds expected to march against drugs, violence

What began with only a dozen children and a handful of adults has mushroomed into one of the longest running and largest one-day drug abuse- and violence-prevention programs in the state. And this year, it is expected to attract more than 300 participants.

May 02, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
Disc golfers, off-roaders may both get their pieces of High Sierra Park

Disc golfers, off-roaders may both get their pieces of High Sierra Park

Billings may indeed take a flier on constructing a new disc golf course at High Sierra Park in the Heights, but probably not during the upcoming fiscal year.

April 07, 2014 9:40 pmLoading…

Kudos to Uken, Gazette for suicide stories

In the years of working with suicide prevention, we have met many people committed to this serious social issue. The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yellowstone Valley is truly grateful for the hard work and insightful stories that Cindy Uken composed on the topic of suicide. Our hats go off…

April 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

March 24, 2014 10:09 pm Related Loading…
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…

A vote to decide how we'll govern ourselves

Every 10 years, Billings voters have the opportunity to cast a ballot on what they think of the city’s charter form of government.

February 18, 2014 10:01 pmLoading…

Thank you, Billings, for a great MLK Jr. Day

Thank you, Billings, for a great MLK Jr. Day(s) celebration.

February 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Observe MLK holiday with community service

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday will be a regular work day for most Montanans. Banks and government offices will close, and Billings Public School students will have a day off. For the rest of us, the holiday will be a regular Monday, like Presidents Day will be next month.

January 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Thanks to city’s elected representatives

When Ed Ulledalen, Jim Ronquillo and Mark Astle first joined the Billings City Council, the city had fewer than 100,000 residents.

January 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

City council to take a hard look at downtown parking

Once three new members of the Billings City Council are sworn in Monday along with Mayor Tom Hanel and two returning members, the council will take a close, hard look at downtown parking.

January 05, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…

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