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Couple left homeless after Wednesday fire in freezing temperatures

Couple left homeless after Wednesday fire in freezing temperatures

Bonnie Willis was in her bedroom just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday when she heard a pop.

November 13, 2014 9:45 am Photos

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Firefighters have 'terrible time' battling house fire; 5 dogs rescued, but others perished

Firefighters have 'terrible time' battling house fire; 5 dogs rescued, but others perished

At least two dogs died Wednesday morning in a fire that tore through a West End home, sending homeowner Bonnie Willis running barefoot into the frigid streets for safety.

November 12, 2014 9:15 am Photos

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Leaders regroup after public safety levy fails

Leaders regroup after public safety levy fails

Officials expressed some surprise and plenty of disappointment that voters narrowly turned down the Billings public safety levy Tuesday.

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After 40 forums on safety levy, voters get final say

After 40 forums on safety levy, voters get final say

Todd Buchanan, the main advocate for the public safety levy that will be decided by Billings voters Nov. 4, has helped lead about 40 presentations designed to bring voters up to speed on what proponents view as a clear need to boost public safety funding.

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Smarter traffic signals, safer traveling public

Billings traffic signals are set for major upgrades over the next three years that should help traffic flow more smoothly — even at signals near train tracks.

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Council to have a look at Community Conversation feedback

The Billings City Council will not only hear a presentation on the proposed public safety levy Monday, it will get up to speed on how previous public presentations have gone.

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Officials argue public safety levy would cover rising cost of police, fire protection

Officials argue public safety levy would cover rising cost of police, fire protection

City and business leaders began the conversation Tuesday that will lead to a November vote by Billings residents whether to increase their property taxes to pay for additional police, fire and other services that would cover anticipated growth over the next decade.

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Worker injured at Western Sugar Plant, OSHA investigating

Worker injured at Western Sugar Plant, OSHA investigating

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation has been launched into whether Western Sugar Refinery employees followed protocol after a man was hit by falling sugar while working in a drying cylinder Monday morning in Billings.

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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 levy: 'The public is the driving force'

Safety levy: 'The public is the driving force'

If you’re a member of just about any club, group or church in Billings, you’re about to hear a lot more about the public safety mill levy.

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Council takes 1st step toward levy for police, fire

Council takes 1st step toward levy for police, fire

If the Billings City Council decides to place what’s now being called a Family Safety Levy on the Nov. 4 ballot, it’s going to have to hear from the public and vote on the matter twice before the end of July.

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Police Department comp time cost more than $308,000 in 2012-13

Police Department comp time cost more than $308,000 in 2012-13

Answering nearly 80,000 calls for service annually has resulted in a lot of pay in lieu of compensatory time for Billings police officers — and a bit of a headache for their chief, Rich St. John.

May 19, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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City attorney, library, 3 other departments to present budgets on Tuesday

Five departments will present their proposed 2014-15 budgets during the Billings City Council’s Tuesday work session.

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Lockwood chief Rash hired as Billings' assistant fire chief

Lockwood chief Rash hired as Billings' assistant fire chief

Lockwood Fire Chief Bill Rash has been hired as assistant fire chief of the Billings Fire Department, filling a position vacant since last November.

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Red Cross responds to Sage Tower Fire

Red Cross responds to Sage Tower Fire

Six residents of the Sage Tower Retirement Apartments were unable to return home after a second-floor apartment went up in flames early Wednesday morning, causing smoke and water damage to the floors on which they live.

April 23, 2014 4:44 pm Photos

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Firefighters extinguish blaze at Heights fourplex

Firefighters extinguish blaze at Heights fourplex

Firefighters on Friday morning quickly extinguished a fire in a fourplex at 1643 Kelby Drive in the Heights. The fire was reported at 9:43 a.m.

February 21, 2014 10:12 am Video Photos

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Architect, officials and community members celebrate new library

Architect, officials and community members celebrate new library

A joyous and standing-room-only crowd of more than 150 gathered Saturday afternoon to dedicate a library that its architect called “a pavilion of light and view,” a “colorful building with character, a 21st century pole barn — and so much more.”

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Celebrate Billings’ new library all month long

Gazette opinion: Celebrate Billings’ new library all month long

January and February can be the bleakest months of the year. The big holidays are past and winter has overstayed its welcome, except on ski slopes and snowmobile trails.

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Lockwood's Rash is state's top fire chief

Lockwood's Rash is state's top fire chief

When it came time last week to announce who would be Montana’s fire chief of the year, Lockwood Fire Chief Bill Rash was all set to congratulate the winner.

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Gazette opinion: Cooler heads must prevail at BFD

A new episode of the long-running soap opera at Billings Fire Department was front-page news again last week.

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