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County commissioners give OK for more food vendors at MetraPark

County commissioners give OK for more food vendors at MetraPark

Billings Wolves fans who come to MetraPark to watch indoor football also may get to sample a bigger variety of food.

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Gun theft from police officer sends Billings man to federal prison

Gun theft from police officer sends Billings man to federal prison

Breaking into a Billings police officer's personal vehicle and stealing a department-issued firearm and other items sent a man to federal prison for more than three years.

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Roundup couple admits meth, money laundering charges

Roundup couple admits meth, money laundering charges

A Roundup couple accused in a large methamphetamine scheme that brought the drug from California to Montana for distribution in the Bakken oil fields admitted federal charges on Thursday.

January 23, 2015 10:16 am Photos

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Warm temperatures, winds in forecast

Warm temperatures will continue through the weekend in the Billings area while strong winds are expected in the Big Timber area.

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Crowd turns out for 9th Circuit hearings; 1st in Billings since Thomas named chief judge

Crowd turns out for 9th Circuit hearings; 1st in Billings since Thomas named chief judge

A special sitting of a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Billings on Thursday also was a homecoming celebration for Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas.

January 22, 2015 4:50 pm Video Photos

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Washington man admits gun charge in Wal-Mart theft

Washington man admits gun charge in Wal-Mart theft

A Washington man admitted federal gun violations after he held a knife to a Wal-Mart clerk in Billings and stole a semi-automatic rifle and ammunition last year.

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Judge rejects plea agreement in Bakken meth conspiracy

Judge rejects plea agreement in Bakken meth conspiracy

A federal judge Wednesday rejected a plea deal for a Fairview man convicted in a large methamphetamine conspiracy in the Bakken oil fields, saying the agreement didn’t reflect the crime or the defendant’s record.

January 21, 2015 3:29 pmLoading…

Billings man admits causing injuries while driving drunk

A Billings man admitted he was driving drunk last year when he wrecked his vehicle on Blue Creek Road, seriously injuring three young children who were passengers.

January 21, 2015 1:21 pmLoading…
Billings Wolves seek more food vendors for games at MetraPark

Billings Wolves seek more food vendors for games at MetraPark

When fans come to watch the Billings Wolves play indoor football at MetraPark, Marc Burr, the Wolves’ general manager, wants it to be a total experience, food included.

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County to host meeting over stormwater concerns

County to host meeting over stormwater concerns

Yellowstone County will host a meeting for city of Billings and Montana Department of Transportation officials along with residents of the Alkali Creek area to discuss concerns over stormwater runoff.

January 20, 2015 4:15 pmLoading…

California man gets new trial in 2006 cocaine conspiracy case

A California man originally sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for convictions in a large cocaine conspiracy in Billings will get a new trial.

January 16, 2015 2:49 pmLoading…
Billings Federal Credit Union investigates bomb threat

Billings Federal Credit Union investigates bomb threat

The Billings Federal Credit Union temporarily closed all three of its branches Friday morning to investigate a bomb threat, which turned out to be unfounded.

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Explosives theft in Red Lodge area nets prison term for Wyoming man

Explosives theft in Red Lodge area nets prison term for Wyoming man

A Wyoming man who admitted stealing 688 pounds of explosives from a U.S. Forest Service bunker near Red Lodge in 2013 apologized at sentencing Thursday, saying he never intended to panic area residents or scare anyone.

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Billings man admits meth conspiracy

Billings man admits meth conspiracy

Admitting his role in a drug conspiracy, a Billings man said Wednesday he drove his legally blind ex-brother-in-law on four trips to pick up methamphetamine.

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Billings man charged in meth conspiracy

Billings man charged in meth conspiracy

A Billings man arrested last Friday is facing federal methamphetamine charges.

January 13, 2015 2:57 pmLoading…
County hears pitch for proposed industrial park in Lockwood

County hears pitch for proposed industrial park in Lockwood

A proposal by economic development officials for an industrial park in Lockwood drew questions from Yellowstone County commissioners during a presentation Monday.

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Officer found justified in shooting also cleared in illegal search claim; other officer cleared separate lawsuit

Officer found justified in shooting also cleared in illegal search claim; other officer cleared separate lawsuit

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the city of Billings and police officers accused in two separate lawsuits of civil rights violations.

January 12, 2015 3:06 pm Photos

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Billings man admits trafficking meth

A Billings man nabbed near Bozeman with about a pound of nearly pure methamphetamine in his vehicle admitted federal charges on Friday.

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Investigation continues into Yellowstone County deputy-involved shooting

Investigation continues into Yellowstone County deputy-involved shooting

Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder on Friday named the two deputies involved in the shooting of a man driving a stolen vehicle south of Huntley on Thursday evening.

January 09, 2015 9:15 am Photos

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Wind chills to cause dangerous conditions on Friday

Wind chills to cause dangerous conditions on Friday

Temperatures will warm up in the Billings area on Friday but dangerous wind chills are possible through the morning in southeastern Montana, the National Weather Service said.

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California woman admits meth conspiracy charges

A California woman told a federal judge Thursday that she shipped two packages of drugs she suspected was methamphetamine to Montana for distribution.

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Billings man admits meth conspiracy; co-defendant sentenced

Billings man admits meth conspiracy; co-defendant sentenced

A Billings man admitted Wednesday he helped distribute methamphetamine for a California drug dealer and deposited proceeds into the man’s bank account as part of a large drug operation.

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California man admits meth trafficking

A California man charged in a large methamphetamine trafficking case that brought the drug to Montana and South Dakota admitted conspiracy charges on Tuesday.

January 06, 2015 3:57 pmLoading…
Billings man convicted in civil rights case admits illegal gun possession

Billings man convicted in civil rights case admits illegal gun possession

A Billings man previously convicted of civil rights violations stemming from a 2000 white supremacist attack on minorities in Pioneer Park admitted Tuesday to illegally possessing firearms.

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County to discuss stormwater project with Alkali Creek Road area residents

County to discuss stormwater project with Alkali Creek Road area residents

Yellowstone County officials will meet next week with Alkali Creek Road area residents to discuss plans to address problems with stormwater.

January 05, 2015 3:06 pmLoading…

Warmer on Friday but snow, colder temps for weekend

Temperatures will be warmer in the Billings area on Friday, but strong winds are possible in the Big Timber and Nye areas and snow is forecast for the weekend and into next week.

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Families welcome New Year’s Day babies

Families welcome New Year’s Day babies

One baby arrived a few days late and one baby came a little early, but both were the first babies of 2015 at Billings’ two hospitals.

January 01, 2015 2:29 pm Photos

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Windy with blowing snow

Widespread blowing and drifting snow is expected throughout much of the region Wednesday morning as westerly winds continue, the National Weather Service said. Winds reached 30 to 50 mph for most of Tuesday night, causing blowing snow.

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Yellowstone County elected officials sworn into office

Yellowstone County elected officials sworn into office

Six newly elected and re-elected Yellowstone County officials took their oaths of office Tuesday morning as 2014 drew to a close. The new terms begin Friday.

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Audit: $13M in costs questioned in Rocky Boy’s pipeline project

Audit: $13M in costs questioned in Rocky Boy’s pipeline project

A U.S. Department of Interior audit of a massive water pipeline project for the Rocky Boy’s Reservation and north-central Montana questions how a Chippewa Cree company created by the tribe to run the project used nearly $13 million in government money.

December 23, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Sacrifice Cliff: The legend and the rock

Sacrifice Cliff: The legend and the rock

Ask almost any Billings resident to point out Sacrifice Cliff, and you’ll be directed to a prominent sandstone outcrop on the south bank of the Yellowstone River, where the river narrows and curves around the base of the cliff as it flows past the city.

December 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Downtown robbery attempt nets 5-year sentence

Downtown robbery attempt nets 5-year sentence

A man convicted of trying to rob a woman while she waited in a downtown Burger King drive-through last year will spend three years with the Montana Department of Corrections.

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Ex-University of Great Falls student sentenced to prison for student aid fraud

A former University of Great Falls student will spend six months in federal prison for his role in a fraud involving his parents to get student aid.

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Clerk of court defends position over warning letter from commissioners

Clerk of court defends position over warning letter from commissioners

Yellowstone County Clerk of Court Kristie Boelter fired back Tuesday over a warning letter from the county commissioners advising her to follow the law regarding accommodating an employee objecting to issuing same-sex marriage licenses or face potential personal legal liability.

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Commission weighs warning letter to clerk of court over gay marriage licenses

Commission weighs warning letter to clerk of court over gay marriage licenses

The Yellowstone County commission is expected to give Clerk of Court Kristie Boelter a warning: either follow the law regarding accommodating employee exemptions or go it alone in court if the county gets sued.

December 15, 2014 3:35 pmLoading…
DEQ seeking information from public on Yellowstone River oil spill cleanup

DEQ seeking information from public on Yellowstone River oil spill cleanup

If crude oil from a 2011 pipeline break in the Yellowstone River near Laurel is still contaminating soil or sediment, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality wants to know about it.

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Two women sentenced in Bakken meth ring

Two women sentenced in Bakken meth ring

Two women who admitted distributing nearly pure meth for the leader of a large distribution ring that brought the drug from Washington to the Bakken oil fields of Eastern Montana and North Dakota will spend time in federal prison.

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Billings woman admits lying to get Social Security benefits

A Billings woman admitted she received more than $26,000 in federal Social Security Administration benefits after lying about the presence of her husband in her household.

December 09, 2014 4:30 pmLoading…
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.

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Beartooth Electric Co-op contracts with Lower Valley Energy for management services

The Beartooth Electric Cooperative last week signed a three-year contract with Lower Valley Energy of Afton, Wyo., to provide management services for the Red Lodge-based rural power organization.

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Billings meth dealer gets 5 years in prison

Billings meth dealer gets 5 years in prison

A woman who distributed methamphetamine in Billings and the Fort Peck Reservation to support her pain pill addiction will spend five years in federal prison.

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Billings woman admits spray painting rocks in Zimmerman Park

Billings woman admits spray painting rocks in Zimmerman Park

A Billings woman accused of spray painting rocks in Zimmerman Park this past summer admitted criminal mischief charges on Thursday.

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Sidney man sentenced for Bakken meth distribution

Sidney man sentenced for Bakken meth distribution

A Sidney man will spend five years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine he got from the leader of large trafficking operation that brought the drug from Washington to the Bakken oil fields.

December 03, 2014 4:15 pmLoading…
Yellowstone County jail openings hard to fill

Yellowstone County jail openings hard to fill

Looking for full-time work that starts at $17.72 an hour and offers health insurance? Are you non-judgmental, people-oriented and diplomatic? Do you have a sense of humor? Can you handle stress and don’t mind an element of personal danger?

December 03, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Two Billings residents deny spray painting Zimmerman Park

Two Billings residents deny spray painting Zimmerman Park

Two Billings residents suspected of vandalizing Zimmerman Park by spray-painting sandstone rocks with obscenities and phallic symbols denied misdemeanor charges Tuesday.

December 02, 2014 3:54 pmLoading…
Commissioners set schedule for HD56 interviews

Commissioners set schedule for HD56 interviews

The Yellowstone County commissioners will hold interviews Dec. 9 for candidates seeking to fill the House District 56 legislative seat.

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Clerk of Court, County Attorney butt heads over same-sex marriage licenses

Clerk of Court, County Attorney butt heads over same-sex marriage licenses

Yellowstone County Clerk of Court Kristie Boelter clashed with County Attorney Scott Twito and a commissioner Monday over a religious exemption from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

December 01, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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County backs plan for industrial taxing district in Lockwood

The Yellowstone County Commission took the first step on Tuesday toward creating a new rural taxing district to encourage industrial development in Lockwood.

November 25, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…
Judge Sidney Thomas praised by friends, colleagues

Judge Sidney Thomas praised by friends, colleagues

Even as a teenager growing up in Billings, Steve Corning knew that Sid Thomas, a Bozeman kid he met at Boys State, was destined for big things.

November 23, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Montana’s 9th Circuit Judge Sid Thomas to become next chief judge

Montana’s 9th Circuit Judge Sid Thomas to become next chief judge

On Dec. 1, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sidney R. Thomas of Billings will become the circuit’s new chief judge.

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