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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.

October 28, 2014 6:00 amLoading…
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.

October 27, 2014 4:23 pmLoading…

City Council looking to keep up with a growing community

If Monday’s Billings City Council consent agenda is any indication, the Magic City will continue to grow.

October 27, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Neighborhood tow trucks would speed response times, wreckers argue

The Billings City Council will ponder during a future meeting whether to allow parking of tow trucks in residential neighborhoods in an effort to speed the time wreckers can respond to accidents.

October 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

October 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Council to consider new plan for tow truck response

The Billings City Council on Monday will discuss a proposal to allow commercial tow trucks serving the needs of the Montana Highway Patrol and Billings police to park in residential neighborhoods for improved emergency response.

October 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: A new city park and much more west of Shiloh Road

It’s a rare and wonderful city project that enhances flood prevention, water quality, fishing and trails. Such are the benefits of the Shiloh Conservation Area.

October 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Billings City Council requires just 35 minutes to dispense with its agenda

Setting a near record for brevity, the Billings City Council completed its meeting Tuesday in a mere 35 minutes.

October 14, 2014 9:25 pmLoading…

Columbus Day holiday pushes back city council meeting a day

Thanks to Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the New World, the Billings City Council gets an extra day off this week before tackling another meeting agenda.

October 13, 2014 5:30 amLoading…

Ups and Downs:

SAINTS success. A sellout Tuxedos and Tiaras crowd of 1,000 helped raise more than $1 million for St. Vincent Healthcare’s new Medical Surgical Center of Excellence. The 36th annual SAINTS fundraiser, organized by St. Vincent Foundation volunteers, set a record high.

October 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
John Ostlund

John Ostlund

John Ostlund

October 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Ostlund best choice for county commission

Gazette opinion: Ostlund best choice for county commission

Every two years, Yellowstone County voters choose one commissioner to serve a six-year term on the three-member commission. Being commissioner in Montana’s most populous county is a big job with a relatively long term and the power of being one of three decision makers.

October 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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.

October 07, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Council to have a look at Community Conversation feedback

The Billings City Council will not only hear a presentation on the proposed public safety levy Monday, it will get up to speed on how previous public presentations have gone.

October 06, 2014 5:45 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: City made a good faith effort, now it's time for the community support

Gazette opinion: City made a good faith effort, now it's time for the community support

How many times have we heard the phrase "public-private partnership?"

September 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Remember all the Billings headlines

Gazette opinion: Remember all the Billings headlines

Last week, one of the most read and

September 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Lewis Avenue residents divided over new bike lanes

Lewis Avenue residents divided over new bike lanes

Thin stripes of white paint might foreshadow wider problems down the road, according to a Billings resident concerned about new bike lanes along a small section of Lewis Avenue near Lewis and Clark Middle School.

September 23, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

Scaled-back park maintenance district projects to move forward

The Billings City Council voted 9-1 on a scaled-back plan for 2014-15 park maintenance district projects.

September 22, 2014 10:14 pmLoading…

A dozen opportunities to tell the Billings City Council what's on your mind

If the public has a mind to, residents could keep the members of the Billings City Council up well past their bedtime Monday.

September 22, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Billings City Council discusses paving material on city roads

Billings Public Works Director Dave Mumford tried to put the wraps on a street surface known as RAP on Monday.

September 15, 2014 10:37 pmLoading…
Yellowstone Kelly's gravestone hit with orange fluorescent paint

Yellowstone Kelly's gravestone hit with orange fluorescent paint

If Yellowstone Kelly is turning over in his grave, it’s likely he now has an orange backside.

September 10, 2014 5:20 pm Photos

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Council hopes to clear train crossing backup at busy intersection

Council hopes to clear train crossing backup at busy intersection

What started out as a simple request — finding out how to update the computer system that runs stoplights that control traffic at one of Billings’ busiest train crossings, at N. 27th Street and Montana Avenue — apparently isn’t as simple as it seems.

September 09, 2014 6:30 amLoading…
Council wants to hear from the public on 'unusual annexation'

Council wants to hear from the public on 'unusual annexation'

A public hearing on what’s being billed as an “unusual annexation” will be the first of five hearings scheduled when the Billings City Council meets Monday evening.

September 08, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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High Sierra disc golf tourney to raise cash for new course

High Sierra disc golf tourney to raise cash for new course

Billings Parks and Recreation will host a disc golf tournament on Sept. 13, to raise awareness and funds for the High Sierra Disc Golf Course.

September 01, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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