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Billings' health care system a significant part of the local economy, study shows

Billings' health care system a significant part of the local economy, study shows

A new report from a University of Montana economist predicts that health care — already the largest piece of Billings’ economy — will grow even more dominant in the coming years.

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Yellowstone County to begin search to replace retiring finance director

Yellowstone County to begin search to replace retiring finance director

Yellowstone County’s Finance Director Scott Turner will leave big shoes to fill when he retires in May after 28 years with the county — shoes so big the county probably will add a new full-time position to help do the job.

December 08, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: The youngest outcasts in Billings

One in every 30 U.S. children was homeless at some time last year, according to a new report from the National Center on Family Homelessness.

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14 Republicans express interest in McNiven's HD56 seat

14 Republicans express interest in McNiven's HD56 seat

The legislative seat abruptly vacated by Rep. Jonathan McNiven has attracted interest from 15 would-be replacements, Republicans said Monday.

December 01, 2014 6:57 pmLoading…
Clerk with religious objection can keep job, says county attorney

Clerk with religious objection can keep job, says county attorney

The Yellowstone County Commissioners and Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito will meet Monday afternoon to discuss religious exemption in the Yellowstone County Clerk of District Court's office.

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Gazette opinion: Court clerks can’t opt out of filing legal documents

Gazette opinion: Court clerks can’t opt out of filing legal documents

A marriage equality celebration commenced on the seventh floor of the Yellowstone County Courthouse Thursday where 15 same-sex couples obtained marriage licenses in a single day.

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Little time to find replacement for resigning lawmaker

Little time to find replacement for resigning lawmaker

Short on time, Republicans and Yellowstone County commissioners will have to hustle to replace Rep. Jonathan McNiven, who recently resigned, before the 2015 Legislature begins.

November 22, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
Health officials, emergency responders prepare in event of Ebola

Health officials, emergency responders prepare in event of Ebola

A person who may have Ebola has been identified and is being monitored in the community. Now what?

November 20, 2014 5:25 pm Photos

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Two gay couples turned away at the courthouse by balky computers

Two gay couples turned away at the courthouse by balky computers

Two gay couples hoping to be the first in Yellowstone County to tie the knot Wednesday afternoon were done in by the state’s computer system.

November 19, 2014 4:37 pm Photos

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Options for home health care services expand in Yellowstone County

Options for home health care services expand in Yellowstone County

Yellowstone County residents who rely on health care services in their homes have a new Medicare-certified option — Senior Independence of Montana.

November 12, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: A prescription for U.S. veterans’ urgent care

When Yellowstone County residents gather this morning to celebrate Veterans Day in the warm indoor ceremony at MetraPark, they will remember Montanans and other Americans who have served in past and present wars. A bell will ring at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, commemorat…

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Roofing boom puts pinch on local contractors seeking laborers

Roofing boom puts pinch on local contractors seeking laborers

Nick Zyliak was happy with his summer job but was surprised one day to find his services in demand.

November 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Statewide victory for Montana voters

Gazette opinion: Statewide victory for Montana voters

On Tuesday, 441 Yellowstone County residents registered and voted in the General Election, according to preliminary data.

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Statewide legislative races favor incumbents

Statewide legislative races favor incumbents

Editor's note: Two errors were corrected in this story at 8:08 a.m., Wednesday, Nov.5.

November 04, 2014 8:25 pmLoading…
Police searching for Passages walkaway

Police searching for Passages walkaway

Police are searching for a 32-year-old woman who walked away from the Passages prerelease center, 1001 South 27th St., early Tuesday.

November 04, 2014 3:27 pmLoading…
Voters get registered, cast ballots at Metra, Lockwood polling places

Voters get registered, cast ballots at Metra, Lockwood polling places

A line of voters had already formed at the polls in the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark when it opened at 7 a.m., but the crowd filing in did not worry 10-year-veteran poll worker Lesley Martin.

November 04, 2014 10:45 am Photos

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Guest opinion: GOP needs to support funding for better public health

Health issues were big news in The Billings Gazette recently, even before the Ebola and enterovirus D68 outbreaks. In October a front page headline announced: “Poverty hinders Montana’s access to health care.” The lead article on Sept. 30 stated: “Feds give $14.9M to Montana for health care …

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Half of Yellowstone County's absentee ballots should be in this week

Half of Yellowstone County's absentee ballots should be in this week

Officially, the record shows that 20,000 Yellowstone County residents had already voted by Tuesday. But County Elections Administrator Bret Rutherford knows the number was a few thousand ballots off.

October 21, 2014 6:45 pmLoading…
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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Master Gardeners recognized for outstanding service

Master Gardeners recognized for outstanding service

Even though Montana’s Master Gardener of The Year Sharon Wetsch lives in Forsyth, she’s racked up about 300 volunteer hours in Billings this year.

October 20, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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