The Yellowstone County jail was built to hold 286 inmates. It has been overcrowded for years, and recently inmate totals have hovered between 450 and 500.
Carolyn Hardin of the National Drug Court Institute holds a plaque presented to the Billings Municipal Drug Court and Judge Sheila Kolar, background, as the court was recognized as a national mentor court Wednesday.
One can often tell what a government agency will be up to during the coming year by looking at its budget proposal.
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.
Two sets of numbers help explain the dramatic changes Billings Municipal Judge Sheila Kolar applauded in the six men standing before the bench at noon Wednesday:
When Ed Ulledalen, Jim Ronquillo and Mark Astle first joined the Billings City Council, the city had fewer than 100,000 residents.
Recounting their time together prosecuting sex abuse cases in the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office, Melodee Hanes said her friend, Sheila Kolar, often went above and beyond what was expected.
Sheila Kolar, right, takes an oath Thursday with U.S. District Judge Susan Watters to continue her work as Municipal Court judge in Billings.
Overwhelmed by a bad day at work, Edward Renfro swallowed 30 valium pills, washed them down with a 12-pack of Bud Light and got behind the wheel of his 1991 minivan, hell bent on killing himself.
Billings Mayor Tom Hanel won an overwhelming re-election victory in Tuesday’s municipal election, according to final but unofficial results.
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.
Standing in front of a crowd of family, friends and new colleagues, six men swore oaths to support and protect the law before officially joining the Billings Police Department during a Tuesday morning ceremony.
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.
A last-week flurry of filings has given Billings voters choices of candidates for the Nov. 5 city elections. That’s good news for our growing city. When more of us participate in our government, more perspectives are heard, public issues are debated and better informed decisions are made.
The Billings City Council race is suddenly looking rather crowded.
Three more candidates have filed to run in the Billings City Council election, which now has three contested races.
Angelo Bianco has withdrawn from the race for a Ward 1 seat on the Billings City Council.
More than a month after filing opened for city elections, Billings and Laurel are still in need of good candidates to give voters choices.