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Billings lodging options expand with opening of La Quinta Inn

Billings lodging options expand with opening of La Quinta Inn

The hotel boom in Billings continued last week with the opening of La Quinta Inn and Suites on the West End, and lodging experts say the boom should continue through the rest of the year.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Great Falls-area brothers bring their Bayou Grill to Billings

Great Falls-area brothers bring their Bayou Grill to Billings

Harold and Larry Goode have added some Southern spice to the Billings South Side, and that’s not so bad for business at the Vegas Hotel.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Billings City Council hears final budget presentations

While city leaders are talking about pressing upcoming financial needs, including a potential public safety levy, they might do well to look at the financial health of the transit system, too.

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'It just shines': Special Olympics summer games ready for final year in Billings

'It just shines': Special Olympics summer games ready for final year in Billings

Year one was all about getting established and figuring out how to run things. Year two brought the chance to refine operations, improve on successes and address any issues.

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Steve Wahlrich

Steve Wahlrich

Steve Wahrlich, of Billings, who once employed Barry Beach, speaks in support of Beach to the Board of Pardons and Parole, as the board considers Beach's clemency request, in Deer Lodge on Tuesday. Beach was sentenced to 100 years in prison without parole in the 1979 beating death of a high …

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A crowd listens

A crowd listens

A crowd listens during the Billings Area Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau annual meeting Wednesday. Steve Wahrlich, center, from the Best Western Plus Clocktower Inn, listens to keynote speaker Larry Swanson, a Missoula economist.

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Steve Wahrlich

Steve Wahrlich

Steve Wahrlich, chairman of the Tourism Business Improvement District and manager of the Best Western Clocktower Inn, wants to fund a study about building a modern convention center in Billings.

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Hoteliers debate building another convention center

Hoteliers debate building another convention center

MetraPark, the city’s behemoth convention center, is fine for concerts, rodeos, fairs, sporting events, graduations, trade shows and some conventions.

August 18, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Wahrlich named Tourism Person of the Year

Wahrlich named Tourism Person of the Year

Steve Wahrlich, owner of the Best Western Clocktower Inn in Billings, was named Tourism Person of the Year at the 2013 Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation in Helena. Tourism award winners are selected for their outstanding contributions to Montana’s tourism industry.

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Special Olympics state summer games draw to a close

Special Olympics state summer games draw to a close

It took 20 minutes of coaxing, but Donna Meyer, of Billings, got her daughter, Lindsay Stahl, to pose while she took her photograph by the Special Olympics cauldron in the middle of the gym floor at Laurel School at closing ceremonies Friday morning.

May 17, 2013 10:54 am Photos

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RiverStone Health Foundation 2013 board announced

RiverStone Health Foundation 2013 board announced

RiverStone Health Foundation has announced its board of directors for 2013. They are Bruce Parker (chair), senior vice president of First Interstate Bank; Steve Wahrlich (vice-chair), owner of Best Western ClockTower Inn; Mary Hernandez (treasurer), owner of Invisage Consulting, and Rob Hunt…

May 05, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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The new Northern: 'It will be the finest hotel in Montana'

The new Northern: 'It will be the finest hotel in Montana'

As a yearslong dream to remodel and reopen the Northern Hotel in downtown Billings becomes reality, Mike Nelson said he’s feeling like a kid again, waiting for his 1 p.m. birthday party to start.

March 10, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Conventions, sports events bring thousands here this year

Conventions, sports events bring thousands here this year

Conventions, sporting events and meetings are filling up the calendar, as well as hotel and motel rooms in Billings for 2013.

February 19, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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'Bakken bump' in tourism felt across region

Every aspect of Eastern Montana’s economy feels the force of the Bakken energy boom, including the hospitality and tourism industry.

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With 5 hotels in the works, Billings boosts regional draw

With 5 hotels in the works, Billings boosts regional draw

Billings may stage a repeat performance this year of its last hotel building spree in 2006 when at least six hotels were started.

February 03, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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Tourism researcher: Billings travel industry booming due to better marketing

Tourism researcher: Billings travel industry booming due to better marketing

Every day during the first nine months of this year, at least 77 percent of the 4,000 hotel rooms in Billings were booked. That’s a healthy 22 percent increase in hotel occupancy from three years ago.

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New board announced for BID

New board announced for BID

The Business Improvement District has announced its board of directors for fiscal year 2013. They are: Michael Gray of G&G Advertising, board chairman; Mike Schaer of Computers Unlimited, vice chair (two-year term); Norman Miller of the Miller Building, secretary/treasurer (one-year term…

November 04, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Steve Wahrlich

Steve Wahrlich

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Tourism in the region off to a good start this summer

Tourism in the region off to a good start this summer

Just how well is Montana’s tourism industry doing in the middle of a year replete with economic uncertainty?

July 29, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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