Status quo isn’t good enough for Billings public safety services. Montana’s largest city must improve its police, fire and emergency dispatch services to meet growing demands from residents and visitors.
The Billings City Council will get its third crack at evaluating the language of the proposed nondiscrimination ordinanceduring a work session Monday.
The cleanup continued at City Hall Wednesday morning after water flowed downstairs from a plugged third-floor restroom pipe Monday night.
Collaboration between the Yellowstone County jail and the Community Crisis Center helped connect seriously mentally ill and addicted inmates to treatment services in the community, services that continued upon release from jail.
Sheila Kolar, right, takes an oath Thursday with U.S. District Judge Susan Watters to continue her work as Municipal Court judge in Billings.
The Yellowstone County Elections Office sent out ballots for the Nov. 5 general election on Friday. Voters in Billings, Lockwood, Broadview and Laurel should have started receiving them Saturday.
In addition to introducing themselves to voters on the campaign trail, Billings City Council candidates have been offered other venues to make their views known this year.
Attending a buffalo hunt on the Crow Reservation is a sacred experience for tribal members and a rare privilege for nonmembers. For 10 Billings people, last weekend’s hunt was also a time to affirm their commitment to sobriety and to strengthen new friendships based on shared drug-free lifestyles.
Billings voters elect just one full-time city official: the municipal judge. In November, Sheila Kolar will be the only judicial candidate on the city ballot, just as she was the sole candidate four years ago.
MISSOULA — A former Municipal Court judge who sued the city of Missoula for wrongful firing had been told to “improve her performance,” but she was not terminated from her appointment as assistant judge as she alleged, according to a court document.
The Billings City Council will be asked Monday night to approve a budget of nearly $260 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
New Billings police officers, from left, Matthew Edwards, Robert Miller, Matthew Widdekind and Spencer Snelling are sworn in by Municipal Court Judge Sheila Kolar on Monday.
New Billings police officers' badges before a swearing in ceremony in Billings Municipal Court on Monday.
Last month, DUI suspects tested by Billings police had an average blood alcohol content reading of 0.169 percent on breath tests. That’s more than double the legal level of intoxication for driving, according to the laws of all 50 states.
After interviewing four candidates to replace outgoing Municipal Court Judge Mary Jane Knisely, a City Council panel has narrowly recommended that part-time judge Colette Davies be appointed to the position. The panel approved that recommendation on a 3-2 vote.
The city of Billings is looking to hire a new Municipal Court judge after the sitting judge was elected this month to an open seat in District Court.
New rules go into effect today that decriminalize most minor traffic violations and other city infractions.
The city of Billings is proposing a "code court" to begin in 2010 that would decriminalize most traffic violations, which might mean no points lost on a driver's license and no hit on an insurance premium.
The appeal of a Billings man convicted in Municipal Court for an errant gunshot that wounded a neighbor should be dismissed because the defendant failed to reserve his right to appeal, a city prosecutor says.