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Gazette opinion: Jail diversion saves dollars, makes sense

Gazette opinion: Jail diversion saves dollars, makes sense

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.

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Carolyn Hardin of the National Drug Court Institute

Carolyn Hardin of the National Drug Court Institute

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.

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City budget talk gives glimpse of coming year

One can often tell what a government agency will be up to during the coming year by looking at its budget proposal.

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Gazette opinion: Grants won’t solve county’s ongoing problem

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.

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Gazette opinion: Court steers DUI offenders to sobriety

Gazette opinion: Court steers DUI offenders to sobriety

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:

January 31, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

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Kolar sworn in for 4 more years on Municipal Court bench

Kolar sworn in for 4 more years on Municipal Court bench

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.

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Sheila Kolar takes an oath to become a Municipal Court judge

Sheila Kolar takes an oath to become a Municipal Court judge

Sheila Kolar, right, takes an oath Thursday with U.S. District Judge Susan Watters to continue her work as Municipal Court judge in Billings.

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'Going to jail is not the right answer for some of these individuals,' judge says

'Going to jail is not the right answer for some of these individuals,' judge says

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.

November 23, 2013 12:15 am Video Photos

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Hanel coasts to re-election; council has 3 new faces

Hanel coasts to re-election; council has 3 new faces

Billings Mayor Tom Hanel won an overwhelming re-election victory in Tuesday’s municipal election, according to final but unofficial results.

November 05, 2013 11:40 pm Related Loading…

Several groups grill, endorse Billings City Council candidates

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.

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Gazette opinion: Choosing sobriety: Treatment courts warrant support

Gazette opinion: Choosing sobriety: Treatment courts warrant support

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.

September 04, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Six new Billings police officers sworn in

Six new Billings police officers sworn in

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.

September 03, 2013 2:00 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Busy solo judge runs court, not campaign

Gazette opinion: Busy solo judge runs court, not campaign

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.

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Gazette opinion: Contested city races empower Billings voters

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.

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13 in the running for mayor, council; no primary needed

The Billings City Council race is suddenly looking rather crowded.

June 27, 2013 5:39 pmLoading…

3 new Billings City Council candidates join race; filing deadline is Thursday

Three more candidates have filed to run in the Billings City Council election, which now has three contested races.

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Bianco withdraws from Billings City Council race

Angelo Bianco has withdrawn from the race for a Ward 1 seat on the Billings City Council.

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Gazette opinion: Billings, Laurel need more good city candidates

More than a month after filing opened for city elections, Billings and Laurel are still in need of good candidates to give voters choices.

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