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Charter planning to hire 100 new workers in Billings

Charter planning to hire 100 new workers in Billings

Charter Communications is seeking to hire 100 new employees in Billings, primarily in sales and customer retention, company officials announced Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 4:42 pm Photos

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'An exciting day' as Mustangs announce sale to Iowa group

'An exciting day' as Mustangs announce sale to Iowa group

With best wishes from the former ownership, the two new owners of the Billings Mustangs said hello to Dehler Park and the Magic City on Friday afternoon during a press conference held, appropriately enough, in the Mustangs’ clubhouse.

December 05, 2014 3:00 pm Video Photos

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City health care plan has saved taxpayers nearly $3 million

By incentivizing city employees to visit one health care provider over another, taxpayers have saved an estimated $2,875,000 over the past three years — and Billings city workers have saved a like amount in premiums.

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Franklin the pardoned turkey

Franklin the pardoned turkey

Jeff the Nature Guy shows off Franklin, the tom turkey pardoned by the Billings mayor for Thanksgiving.

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Council votes to pay extra garage costs

By an 8-3 count Monday, the Billings City Council approved compensating the contractor on the Empire Parking Garage project with $764,268.32 for costs generated by delays and the resulting extra work encountered during last winter’s brutal weather.

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Remembrance, honor: Caring for veterans and their families is a year-round duty

Remembrance, honor: Caring for veterans and their families is a year-round duty

About 75 people — most of them veterans — gathered at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark for a Veterans Day celebration Tuesday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember and honor those who have served or are serving in the nation’s armed forces.

November 11, 2014 11:26 am Photos

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Council authorizes refinancing the bonds that built Dehler Park

Council authorizes refinancing the bonds that built Dehler Park

Homeowners sometimes save themselves a few thousand dollars by refinancing their homes to lower their interest payments.

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Vista volunteer works to ease burdens of military families

Vista volunteer works to ease burdens of military families

As the wife of a Coast Guard reservist who previously served eight years in active duty, Erica Zutz understands the challenges of military families: modest pay, busy schedules and the hassle of finding — and affording — quality child care.

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New sidewalk policy will help eliminate 'trippers'

Billings could soon become a safer place for pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and people in wheelchairs.

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Billings City Council to explore offering city employees health care choice

With an eye toward offering city employees choice in who provides their medical care, the Billings City Council will be taking a look at how health care provider contracts are devised and agreed upon.

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City needs a lot of help filling boards and commissions

City needs a lot of help filling boards and commissions

Mayor Tom Hanel and the Billings City Council have a number of openings to fill on city boards and commissions — including an even dozen positions on the Mayor’s Homelessness Committee.

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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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A functional oasis: Shiloh Conservation area opens on West End

A functional oasis: Shiloh Conservation area opens on West End

Just a few yards from the ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially opened the Shiloh Conservation Area on Thursday afternoon, Gavin and Gabby Schwend of Billings were pulling rainbow trout out of one of the stormwater retention ponds.

October 16, 2014 5:20 pm Photos

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Billings Home Center kicks off campaign in hopes of raising $375k

Billings Home Center kicks off campaign in hopes of raising $375k

Even before organizers began seeking donations to build the Billings Home Center, they found checks for $52,500 in their shirt pocket.

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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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Parks board asks to trim proposed projects; council OKs liquor license for new bar

Parks board asks to trim proposed projects; council OKs liquor license for new bar

Go back to the drawing board. In effect, that’s what the Billings City Council told the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board on Monday. The board had proposed spending about $2.3 million in Park District 1 funds during 2014-15.

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City Council members tour the new Empire Garage

City Council members tour the new Empire Garage

City Council members view the top parking spaces as they tour the new Empire Parking Garage on Monday afternoon. Bruce McCandless, Billings’ assistant city administrator, said he hopes to have the $10.5 million garage, on the 2700 block of Montana Avenue, open for public use by mid-September…

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Gazette opinion: City fails to protect those in need of help

Gazette opinion: City fails to protect those in need of help

In the very early hours of Tuesday, the city of Billings made history.

August 12, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Your feedback: Billings weighs in on NDO vote

The Billings Gazette asked about the Billings City Council's decision on the non-discrimination ordinance. Here's a selection of responses. 

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After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

The NDO acronym could take on a new form. Call it the “never dies ordinance.”

August 12, 2014 6:02 pm Photos

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