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Jan. 8, 2003: Valley Album: By hands unknown

Ed Kemmick wrote a series of features called "Valley Album" in the early 2000s. 

December 29, 2013 7:17 am

Aug. 3, 2000: You want ADVENTURE?: Instead of battles with wildlife, try a botched, boring river float with family and friends

This story by Ed Kemmick was published in the Outdoors section of The Gazette on Aug. 3, 2000.

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WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

Veterans gather for a photo session at the WWII Memorial on Monday.

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Ken Robison

Ken Robison

Ken Robison lives in Great Falls but spends several days a week in Fort Benton, where he is a historian at the Overholser Historical Research Center.

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Ceremonies commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

Ceremonies commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of equality, nonviolence and love rang out again and again during a morning celebration of the civil rights leader at Montana State University Billings on Monday.

January 21, 2013 11:30 am Photos

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1,500-acre fire burning east of Lockwood; 1 house lost

1,500-acre fire burning east of Lockwood; 1 house lost

A fire that had burned 60 to 80 acres when it was reported about 3 p.m. east of Lockwood had grown to more than 1,500 acres by 8:30 p.m. Monday.

August 20, 2012 4:25 pm Photos

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Council sails through agenda, calls for report on Shiloh Road

A spirit of unanimity prevailed at a meeting of the Billings City Council Monday night.

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Council to consider zone changes, casino plans, bank reimbursement

A special review for a proposed casino, three zone-change requests and a development agreement with the new downtown branch of Stockman Bank will be considered by the Billings City Council on Monday night.

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City Lights: Timely debate could make hash of lunch

Should Mitt Romney release his tax returns? Is Newt Gingrich a swinger? Is North Korea’s Kim Jong un a twit or a tyrant?

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Street people, agencies improvise when the weather turns nasty

Street people, agencies improvise when the weather turns nasty

Stephon Hallam had been staying at a $300-a-week hotel until that got too expensive, so he spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sleeping on a pad on the floor of the Montana Rescue Mission chapel.

January 19, 2012 5:30 pm Photos

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Winter finally kicks in, 3 car-snowplow accidents reported

Winter finally kicks in, 3 car-snowplow accidents reported

A collision between a minivan and a state snowplow on Interstate 94 sent four members of a Plentywood family to Billings hospitals Wednesday.

January 18, 2012 6:00 pm Photos

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Many water main valves buried on Shiloh Road

Many water main valves buried on Shiloh Road

Dave Mumford, public works director for the city of Billings, is hesitant to start digging up Shiloh Road.

January 18, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Important piece of trail system dedicated

Important piece of trail system dedicated

A relatively short but important segment of the Billings bike-pedestrian trail system was dedicated Tuesday afternoon.

January 17, 2012 5:30 pm Photos

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King remembered above all as a good Samaritan

King remembered above all as a good Samaritan

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered today as a civil rights leader, a visionary, a hero and an orator whose words moved millions.

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City Lights: Montana 1, corporate 'person' 0, but game's not over

In its well-intentioned fight against political corruption, Montana has won a battle but looks likely to lose the war.

January 14, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Former Councilwoman Stevens sues city over ethics complaints

Former Councilwoman Stevens sues city over ethics complaints

Former City Councilwoman Joy Stevens has filed a suit against the city of Billings, asking to be reimbursed for the money she spent defending herself from ethics complaints in 2008.

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After 3 years' decline, Billings airport boardings up in 2011

After 3 years' decline, Billings airport boardings up in 2011

Boardings were up substantially at Billings Logan International Airport in 2011, but the number was still well behind the record year of 2007.

January 12, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Expansion plans at school, restaurant win council approval

Expansion plans for a West End school and a West End restaurant won the unanimous approval of the Billings City Council on Monday night.

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Billings Christian Schools seeks approval of building proposal

Billings Christian Schools seeks approval of building proposal

Billings Christian Schools will go before the City Council on Monday night to seek approval of a special review that would allow for expansion of its West End campus.

January 09, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Restaurant expansion also on council agenda

The Asian Sea Grill, having recently acquired a relatively cheap all-beverage liquor license, is hoping to expand.

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City Lights: Here's hoping for more squirrels, fewer politicians in 2012

Dear Ed: I noticed that you wrote about some of the craziest happenings of 2011 in your column last week.

January 07, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Developers sought for parking garage projects

Developers sought for parking garage projects

The Downtown Billings Partnership is looking for a developer interested in buying into a city of Billings parking garage that will be built on Montana Avenue.

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City Lights: Looking back on a soggy, sorry year

From the balmy perspective of the present, let's look back at a year that was memorable mainly for deluges of snow and rain.

December 31, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…
Gaming industry excited about rollout of new 'line games'

Gaming industry excited about rollout of new 'line games'

Midnight Saturday, the dawn of the new year, will also ring in the first new form of video gambling in Montana since poker and keno machines were legalized 26 years ago.

December 31, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Lawsuit accuses popular St. Labre priest of sexual assault

Lawsuit accuses popular St. Labre priest of sexual assault

A Northern Cheyenne woman in her 60s filed a lawsuit Friday in which she says she was repeatedly molested and raped as a young girl by the Rev. Emmett Hoffmann, a revered and popular priest at the St. Labre Mission School in Ashland.

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New Stockman Bank branch plans Thursday opening

New Stockman Bank branch plans Thursday opening

Last July, Stockman Bank CEO Bill Coffee told a Gazette reporter that he hoped the company's new downtown branch bank would open "right close to the end of 2011."

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Heights business donates $30,000 to aquatic project

Heights business donates $30,000 to aquatic project

A Heights business has made a $30,000 donation to the "Pool Together" campaign to fund an aquatic center being built on Aronson Avenue.

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City Lights: 'Social mediators' among hot jobs overlooked by experts

It’s hard to know what to make of Montana Department of Labor projections, published last week, regarding the hottest jobs on the horizon.

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Humane Society wants people to borrow critter cameras

Humane Society wants people to borrow critter cameras

If you've got a mystery critter inhabiting your attic, or if you live in a place frequented by wildlife, Dave Pauli has a proposition for you.

December 24, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Council has lots of details to sort out following park district vote

One of the most important items of business for the Billings City Council in 2012 will be tying up loose ends on one of the most contentious issues of 2011.

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After 3 1/2 hours of testimony, council OKs park maintenance district

The Billings City Council approved creation of a citywide park district Monday night, deferring until next year decisions on the nuts and bolts of the plan.

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City Council to vote on park district Monday

The Billings City Council has only one item on its regular agenda Monday night, but it could be a long meeting anyway.

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City Lights: Deep knowledge of past helped Clark plan for future

They say you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.

December 17, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Protests fall far short of number needed to kill park district proposal

Written protests against a proposed citywide park district came in far short of the number needed to automatically kill the idea.

December 16, 2011 6:30 pmLoading…
Fight over streetlight charges goes before state Supreme Court

Fight over streetlight charges goes before state Supreme Court

A Billings attorney has taken his fight against alleged price gouging by NorthWestern Energy to the Montana Supreme Court.

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Council hears more from park district supporters

With a vote on creation of a citywide park district a few days away, Billings City Council members are hearing more from supporters of the district, after having heard almost exclusively from opponents initially.

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Fire destroys barn, vehicles west of Billings

Fire destroys barn, vehicles west of Billings

A large pole barn and several vehicles were destroyed Monday night in a fire about 10 miles northwest of Billings.

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Council OKs infill policy, West End deannexation

The Billings City Council breezed through a short agenda Monday night, approving an infill development policy and honoring a landowner’s request to have some of his property de-annexed.

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Billings City Council to consider infill development policy

The Billings City Council will hold a public hearing on an infill development policy and then consider adopting it when it meets Monday night.

December 11, 2011 4:00 pmLoading…

City Lights: A radiant sage gives his burdened brain a break

Walking through downtown Billings a few days ago, when the whole world seem to be a shade of gray, I saw something dazzling several blocks away.

December 10, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…
Demolition, utilities relocation next steps for library project

Demolition, utilities relocation next steps for library project

Parmly Billings Library Director Bill Cochran said the city is moving ahead with plans for a new library, focusing on demolishing the old Underriner Motors building behind the library and relocating utilities in the alley.

December 08, 2011 4:55 pmLoading…

City Lights: Park district plan shines light on broken system

Let me apologize in advance for getting all serious on you. But, sometimes, if you want to understand the daily news, you need to hear a little history.

December 03, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…
City picks St. Vincent as care provider for health insurance plan

City picks St. Vincent as care provider for health insurance plan

To prevent huge increases in premiums, the city of Billings health insurance plan is switching to a single-provider network.

December 01, 2011 5:40 pm Photos

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Parks Board hears concerns, hones presentation on park district

Members of the Billings Parks Board had something of a dress rehearsal at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon.

November 30, 2011 4:35 pmLoading…
Hearing outcry, City Council leans toward public vote on park district

Hearing outcry, City Council leans toward public vote on park district

An outpouring of reaction against plans to create a special citywide park district appears to have persuaded a majority of City Council members that the issue should be put to a public vote.

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City Lights: Feeling optimistic? Thanks, but no thanks

This soon after Thanksgiving, a person wants to be optimistic, hopeful and full of good cheer.

November 26, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…
Billings exploring use of city landfill by other towns, counties

Billings exploring use of city landfill by other towns, counties

It may not be an attraction you’ll ever see advertised by the Chamber of Commerce, but cities and counties elsewhere in Montana and in Wyoming are looking to Billings as a possible destination for their garbage.

November 22, 2011 6:00 pm Photos

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Lost in the music: 'Piano man' plays soothing tunes for hospital visitors

Lost in the music: 'Piano man' plays soothing tunes for hospital visitors

In the center of the Billings Clinic Commons, a big, airy lobby with a three-story bank of floor-to-ceiling windows, Reno Robinson is playing a soothing melody on a baby grand piano.

November 22, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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City Council takes backyard chickens off the table

Why did the chicken cross the road?

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City Lights: Suspicious 'news' stories come over the electronic transom

One of the strangest newspaper scandals I've ever heard of is playing out in Utah.

November 19, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

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