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Small Ekalaka museum has some big aspirations

Small Ekalaka museum has some big aspirations

EKALAKA — By the time Kirsten Johnson and her colleagues finish cutting, shaping and painting the 120-plus vertebrae of the Mosasaur model taking shape in the Carter County Museum warehouse, the backbone of the giant sea reptile will be 30 to 35 feet long.

July 21, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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White Swan

White Swan

White Swan, one of Custer’s Crow scouts, lived 28 years after he was crippled by injuries inflicted in the 1876 campaign.

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Curley

Curley

Curley, youngest of Custer’s scouts, is buried at Little Bighorn Battlefield.

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White Man Runs Him

White Man Runs Him

Whiteman Runs Him was one of four of Custer’s Crow scouts buried at Little Bighorn Battlefield.

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Marvin Dawes

Marvin Dawes

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Goes Ahead

Goes Ahead

Crow scout Goes Ahead was buried at Little Bighorn Battlefield in 1919.

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Mixed opinions on Obama decision to deny Keystone XL pipeline permit

President Obama's decision to deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline drew mixed reviews in Montana on Wednesday. 

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PBS to air new Custer biography

PBS to air new Custer biography

On Tuesday at 7 p.m., Montana viewers will get a first look at a new biography of Lt. Col. George A. Custer on “American Experience,” an acclaimed history series produced for PBS.

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Teaching moments: 8th-graders show what trust, time and money can do

Teaching moments: 8th-graders show what trust, time and money can do

Lewis and Clark Middle School teacher Jamie Jarvis puts trust, time and money on the line to show community-minded eighth-graders that they can make a difference.

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Custer Country to change name

It’s time for the name “Custer Country” to go the way of the 7th Cavalry commander, a five-member committee of the southeast Montana tourism region has concluded.

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2012 starts much warmer than normal

2012 starts much warmer than normal

All over Montana, the first week in January has produced temperatures 10 degrees or higher — sometimes much higher — than normal.

January 09, 2012 7:00 pm Photos

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Back injury leads to homelessness

Stephan Larsen hates not being able to work.

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Woman stranded in Billings on path back from homelessness

Woman stranded in Billings on path back from homelessness

Vicki Petty's world fractured two years ago.

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Tragedy leads to homelessness

Tom Finn tried to drink away the horror of a semitrailer speeding toward his wife on the road behind his house in their Minnesota hometown.

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Man finds home after living under bridge

Chris Suko used to live under a bridge on the east side of town.

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Word 'homeless' objectionable to some

Word 'homeless' objectionable to some

Allen bristles when someone refers to him as homeless, although he is.

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Vehicle sales up in Billings area in 2011

Auto sales were up in the Billings area in 2011, following the national trend.

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Bad start, worse choices lead to homelessness

Bad start, worse choices lead to homelessness

Laura Belcourt never had much of a chance.

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Lost job, mental illness put Jay Miller on the streets

When the economy started to sink, Jay Miller found himself at the bottom of the company totem pole.

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Waiting lists for housing in Billings are long

Billings has more resources than many communities to help end homelessness, but there is always a shortage of available shelter.

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Number of homeless at about 600 in Billings

Number of homeless at about 600 in Billings

On any day, roughly 600 people are homeless in Billings. Included in that number are about 80 families.

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Blustery December: Howling gusts made for 2nd-windiest month since records have been kept

Blustery December: Howling gusts made for 2nd-windiest month since records have been kept

Winds howling out of the west-southwest last month blew December 2011 into National Weather Service record books.

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2011 saw ominous amounts of snow, devastating flooding when it all melted

Montana in 2011 saw record snows, record floods and an all-too-short summer.

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Christmas 1911 lacked snow, but jail residents felt blessings of the season

Christmas 1911 lacked snow, but jail residents felt blessings of the season

Inmate Harry Barry struck up his mandolin for a round of carols in the city jail on Christmas Eve 1911.

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Hub celebrates Christmas

Hub celebrates Christmas

Hundreds of poor, homeless and formerly homeless Billings residents celebrated Christmas at The Hub on Thursday during "Home for the Holidays 2011."

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Ceremony honors homeless who died

Ceremony honors homeless who died

On the first day of winter, with the temperature at 35 degrees and a chill breeze biting noses and fingers, about 100 people gathered on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn to honor homeless people who died in Montana this year.

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Custer Country tourism group considers name change

Custer may once again be fighting a losing battle.

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Army ranger disabled in Iraq has no regrets

Army ranger disabled in Iraq has no regrets

At sunrise every morning since his medical discharge from the elite Army Rangers seven years ago, Iraq war veteran Matt Drinkwalter has stood in front of the American flag and saluted.

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Son, brother killed in Iraq always family's hero

Son, brother killed in Iraq always family's hero

Victoria Bloem, 19, smiles when she remembers her big brother, Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas W.B. Bloem.

December 11, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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November winds near record

Wind howled up one side of November and down the other, producing one of the most blustery months on record for Billings.

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Billings Girl Scouts give gift of warmth

Billings Girl Scouts give gift of warmth

When Jeffery Holsinger, president and CEO of the Northern Rockies Volunteers of America, walked into Independence Hall in the Billings Heights recently, he was blown away by a stack of colorful fleece blankets in an office.

November 28, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Travel conditions good for the holiday

One of the things Montanans will be thankful for this Thanksgiving is good travel conditions.

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Quilters make Christmas brighter for Meals on Wheels clients

Quilters make Christmas brighter for Meals on Wheels clients

Gorillas may hang out in the mists of Africa, but some unsuspecting Billings senior may find a pair of them staring back from an expertly quilted place mat this holiday season.

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Billings veteran remembers Navy career

Billings veteran remembers Navy career

Somewhere above the jungles of North Vietnam, Navy Lt. Commander Lew Kosich saw the telltale red flare of a Surface-to-Air (SAM) missile hurtling toward his F-4 Phantom at 1,000 mph.

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'Don't let them take me': A ghost story

'Don't let them take me': A ghost story

Each Halloween, I roam the Internet looking for new Montana ghost stories. And every year I'm disappointed with the quality and quantity of our population of phantoms. Jay and Grant, heroes of "Ghost Hunters," one of my favorite television shows, haven't even mentioned Montana as a possible …

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Infrastructure damage widespread

Infrastructure damage widespread

Because of a presidential disaster declaration, most counties in Montana are eligible for both public-sector and individual assistance programs through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Roundup rising, despite flooding

Roundup rising, despite flooding

ROUNDUP — A steady stream of customers browsed the Western-style merchandise in Rowdy’s Ropin’ and Repair on Main Street one quiet weekday morning.

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Flood repairs adding up to tens of millions

Flood repairs adding up to tens of millions

Money was the last thing on his mind as Joe Lovato worked through the night on May 21 building a berm to protect the Lodge Grass water system from the Little Bighorn River.

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Balmy stretch comes to an end

The 30 days before a cold front moved in late Monday was one of the warmest periods on record in Billings for late September and the first 23 days of October.

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Montana tourism industry hopes to raise its profile

When the Montana Legislature meets every two years, the tourism industry girds for battle.

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Another late, short fire season

Another late, short fire season

Fire season 2011 was twice as busy as last year, but less than half as active as the 10-year average.

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Initial attack, mutual aid key to fire season

Initial attack, mutual aid key to fire season

A bolt of lightning thrown from a storm on Aug. 29 sparked tall grass nurtured by one of the wettest springs on record and dried to tinder in the heat of August.

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Against the odds, Montana has good tourist season

It almost defies logic.

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Former U.S. attorney receives State Bar of Montana's highest honor

Former U.S. attorney receives State Bar of Montana's highest honor

With a list of accolades that span most of her 32-year legal career, Billings attorney Sherry Scheel Matteucci capped it all with the State Bar of Montana’s highest honor, the William J. Jameson Award.

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9th Circuit rules for public access in case stemming from museum raids

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a Montana case that in most instances, materials filed in support of search warrant applications should be available to the public once an investigation is terminated.

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Sidney man sentenced for tax evasion

A Sidney man charged with failing to report more than $400,000 in business income on his 2006 tax return was sentenced Wednesday to six months in federal custody.

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Warm, dry September extended summer

September’s spectacular weather almost made up for a disappointing June.

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