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Billings was hopping for holiday 100 years ago

Billings was hopping for holiday 100 years ago

Three days before Christmas 1913, Anna Held, one of the most famous actresses of her day, stepped out of her special train in Billings and began hawking The Billings Gazette.

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50 years ago this week, John F. Kennedy visited Billings; less than 2 months later he was dead

50 years ago this week, John F. Kennedy visited Billings; less than 2 months later he was dead

Fifty years ago, Billings Mayor Willard Fraser was not happy.

September 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Researchers document details of 1873 Northern Pacific survey

Researchers document details of 1873 Northern Pacific survey

The 1873 Expedition to survey a path along the Yellowstone River for the Northern Pacific Railroad did not get off to an auspicious start.

July 27, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Top experts talk at Dino Shindig

EKALAKA — For more than 100 years, paleontologists from the country’s most renowned institutions have been culling the fertile geologic formations of Carter County, uncovering some of the world’s most prized fossils.

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Worden 4-H'er readies for Montana Fair

Worden 4-H'er readies for Montana Fair

Riley Dalke, 18, admits he was nervous when he led his pigs Sammy and Sadie before judges nine years ago in his first showing in the 4-H ring at MontanaFair.

July 15, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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NP Railroad history buffs to meet in Billings

NP Railroad history buffs to meet in Billings

The Northern Pacific Railroad has been a part of Montana history since the first surveyors arrived seeking a route through the still wild country along the Yellowstone.

July 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Fundraising underway for restoration of Yellowstone Kelly grave

Fundraising underway for restoration of Yellowstone Kelly grave

It started three years ago in an email sent by a disgruntled visitor from California.

July 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Yellowstone Kelly spent his youth exploring Montana

Yellowstone Kelly spent his youth exploring Montana

Fresh out of the Army in 1868, Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly embarked on a 12-year journey through the northern Plains that made him a legend in his own time.

July 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ekalaka firefighter among the dead in Arizona

Ekalaka firefighter among the dead in Arizona

As soon as he turned 18, Dustin Deford volunteered for the Carter County Rural Fire Department in Ekalaka, embarking on a career that ended Sunday in an Arizona inferno.

July 01, 2013 7:55 pm Photos

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June hotter, drier than average

June hotter, drier than average

June weather didn’t break any records in Billings, but it was hotter and drier than the 79-year average.

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Battlefield's Indian Memorial to get final touches

Battlefield's Indian Memorial to get final touches

Ten years after the Indian Memorial at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument was constructed, the final phase of the project is nearly complete.

June 23, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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Park Service observes battle anniversary

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument will commemorate the 137th anniversary of the most famous battle of the Indian Wars with special events and programs that begin Friday.

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Veterans recall names, faces, tales from World War II

Veterans recall names, faces, tales from World War II

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rosetta Strecker, 88, searched for the Texas pillar at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., conjuring the names and faces of the desperately ill returned prisoners of war she helped treat in a stateside Army hospital in 1945.

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Honor Flight veterans recall fear--and fun--in world's greatest war

Honor Flight veterans recall fear--and fun--in world's greatest war

WASHINGTON — Sometime in the mid 1940s, on a dare, Kathryn Zurbuchen, of Billings, sat on Abraham Lincoln’s gigantic lap at the Great Emancipator’s towering monument in Washington, D.C.

June 16, 2013 7:30 pm Photos

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Drought recedes -- for now

Between the end of April and the first week in June, south-central Montana has moved two steps out of the “extreme” drought category into the “moderate” drought category on the Climate Prediction Center’s Palmer Drought Index.

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Custer scout ledger art featured at Cody gallery opening

Custer scout ledger art featured at Cody gallery opening

White Swan, a Crow scout who rode with Custer to the valley of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876, was deaf.

June 09, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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Arizona collector Dyck preserved Plains Indian history

Arizona collector Dyck preserved Plains Indian history

CODY, Wyo. — Paul Dyck, the man from Rimrock, Ariz., who put together the largest private collection of Plains Indian art and artifacts in the world, decided in his final months that the Buffalo Bill Historical Center here was the best place to preserve and protect his legacy.

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Old house yields historic treasures

Old house yields historic treasures

Memorabilia collected by a prominent early Billings family lay hidden for decades behind a second-floor linen closet in a historic home at 1002 N. 30th St.

June 01, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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WW II naval hero, admiral grew up in house on N. 30th Street

WW II naval hero, admiral grew up in house on N. 30th Street

Just under the surface in a narrow gulf off the coast of Luzon, World War II submarine commander Lt. Wreford Goss “Moon” Chapple stood for an hour staring through the eyepiece of his periscope as his sub slowly approached a wall of Japanese transport ships.

June 01, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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France honors Billings veterans of World War II

France honors Billings veterans of World War II

When the French government recently designated Willard “Bud” LaCounte a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, the Billings World War II veteran had one regret.

May 27, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Harlowton celebrates railroad heritage

Harlowton celebrates railroad heritage

In 1980 — a few months after the last freight train left the Milwaukee Road switching yard at Harlowton — a contractor moved in with a crew to tear up the tracks.

May 24, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Battlefield Memorial Day program set

The Memorial Day program at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument begins at 11 a.m. Monday

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Snow melting early, rivers rising

Snow melting early, rivers rising

A week of very warm temperatures has melted more than half of winter snowpack in some areas of Montana, and if the trend continues snowpack could disappear by the end of the month — four weeks earlier than normal.

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Northern Cheyenne restoring burned forests

Northern Cheyenne restoring burned forests

On the slopes of 4,200-foot Garfield Peak, Robert Yellow Fox III can gaze down at the charred landscape of the Ashland Divide stretching to the horizon in every direction.

May 13, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Family living cramped in FEMA trailer after fire destroyed home

Family living cramped in FEMA trailer after fire destroyed home

Eleven months after the Ash Creek fire destroyed her Ashland home, and nine months after moving in to a 14-by-60-foot trailer, Twilla Speelman is feeling a little cramped.

May 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ekalaka museum attracts visitors to southeast Montana

Ekalaka museum attracts visitors to southeast Montana

Looking for a road trip worthy of a few hours in a car to one of the farthest corners of Montana?

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Little Bighorn commemorated in June

Little Bighorn commemorated in June

Custer rides again every year in Big Horn County on the weekend nearest the anniversary of his June 25, 1876, defeat at Little Bighorn.

May 12, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Expansive Plains Indian collection goes on display at Cody museum

Expansive Plains Indian collection goes on display at Cody museum

CODY, Wyo. — At first, Anna Marie Shriver didn’t know what to make of the headdress with trailing buffalo-hair dreadlocks she had just unpacked in the scrupulously clean basement of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center here.

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Rivers' rise delayed but average stream flows expected in most Montana basins

Rivers' rise delayed but average stream flows expected in most Montana basins

Although mountain snowmelt is a couple of weeks late getting started, stream flows across Montana should be near average through July.

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Billings woman dedicated to helping others

Billings woman dedicated to helping others

Of all the benefits that manager Kileen Jones has organized at the FOE Eagles Lodge in the Heights, the one that sticks with her is the first.

May 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Methamphetamine makes a comeback

Methamphetamine makes a comeback

Methamphetamine is making a comeback — purer than ever and at the peak of its brain-altering, teeth-rotting, crime-riddled menace.

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'There are always children' in meth cases

'There are always children' in meth cases

The saddest thing Yellowstone County drug prosecutor Victoria Callender has noticed about a recent upsurge in methamphetamine arrests is that “there are always children.”

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Meth can cause permanent brain damage

Meth can cause permanent brain damage

Of the smorgasbord of illegal drugs floating around Montana, “methamphetamine is the worst,” said Billings Clinic neurologist Dr. Mary Gaddy.

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Meth spike means more children in foster care

At the end of March, Yellowstone County had 108 more children in foster care than it did at the same time last year — 386 compared with 278.

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Court-appointed advocates helping more families

Court-appointed advocates helping more families

The first thing out of a child’s mouth after being removed from a parent’s care is “I want to go home.”

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April was a cold one

April was a cold one

April was one very cold month — not the coldest Billings has ever seen, but close enough.

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3 sentenced in Crow fraud investigation

3 sentenced in Crow fraud investigation

Probationary sentences and orders to pay thousands of dollars in restitution were handed down Wednesday to three men caught in an investigation into fraud at the Crow Tribe Historic Preservation Office.

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Snows improve water outlook

Snows improve water outlook

Mountain snowfall during the last week has put Montana in a markedly better position for adequate spring runoff.

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Firearms defendant to represent himself

Firearms defendant to represent himself

A 35-year-old defendant facing numerous counts in a federal indictment charging him with firearms offenses and theft of firearms will be allowed to represent himself at trial.

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Billings sets new record low Wednesday

Billings sets new record low Wednesday

The wintry spring of 2013 got a little colder Wednesday with a new record-low temperature for the day.

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Emergency sirens tested Wednesday

Weather permitting, Yellowstone County's emergency outdoor sirens will be tested at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Depression survivor wants to help others

Depression survivor wants to help others

After 60 tragic years, Jeannie Walter of Grass Range wants to find some peace — some normalcy — before her life is over.

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Bellinghausen named CASA volunteer of year

Bellinghausen named CASA volunteer of year

Raising five kids is not for the faint-hearted, especially if you’ve not done it before -- and Bill hadn’t.

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Drug enforcer sent back to prison

Drug enforcer sent back to prison

Wayne Wells, an infamous drug enforcer and debt collector in Billings in the '90s, can’t stay away from methamphetamine long enough to complete the terms of his federal supervised release.

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Snowfall helps spring outlook a little

Snowfall helps spring outlook a little

A snowy, wet streak this week in south-central and southeast Montana broke a prolonged dry spell and renewed hope for a wetter spring.

April 08, 2013 4:15 pm Photos

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YWCA to end disabilities support program

YWCA Billings has announced that it will end its support program for 43 developmentally disabled adults on June 30 to focus on its core mission of assisting victims of domestic and sexual violence.

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Preservation group records pictographs, petroglyphs

Preservation group records pictographs, petroglyphs

An ancient face looks out from the Rims just above Sixth Avenue North near MetraPark. Thousands of oblivious motorists drive by without an upward glance.

April 02, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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March does little to ease drought

March does little to ease drought

Billings remains the epicenter of Montana’s ongoing drought, and March did nothing to improve matters.

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Red Cross ready for disasters large and small

Red Cross ready for disasters large and small

Last summer as fire swallowed dozens of homes in a wide swath across southern Montana, Billings Red Cross volunteer Jill Washburn spent 91 days in the field.

April 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Cody museum prepares to unveil Plains Indian collection

Cody museum prepares to unveil Plains Indian collection

CODY, Wyo. — Six years after the Buffalo Bill Historical Center acquired the largest, most representative private collection of Plains Indian artifacts known to exist, museum staff and volunteers here are preparing to introduce it to the public.

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