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Disc golf courses taking shape at Pioneer Park

Disc golf courses taking shape at Pioneer Park

There are now two disc golf courses in Pioneer Park, but backers are confident that the courses will leave less of a mark than the old course.

May 05, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Deputy sheriff settles cases with Yellowstone County for $400,000

Deputy sheriff settles cases with Yellowstone County for $400,000

A Yellowstone County sheriff's deputy who repeatedly clashed with his former superiors has agreed to settle all claims against the county in exchange for $400,000 and a series of policy changes in the Sheriff's Department.

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U.S. courthouse project on time, on budget

U.S. courthouse project on time, on budget

By the middle of May, the steel structure of the new federal courthouse in downtown Billings will be finished and the walls should be going up.

April 29, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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County picks 6 finalists for clerk job

Yellowstone County commissioners on Wednesday picked six finalists for the clerk and recorder position that will be vacant by the end of May.

April 27, 2011 1:30 pmLoading…

Council approves neighborhood park

After listening to nearly 30 people speak for about two hours, the Billings City Council on Monday night approved building a 4.6-acre park in the Yellowstone Club Estates subdivision on the West End.

April 25, 2011 10:45 pmLoading…
Celebrate Community: Keeping it beautiful

Celebrate Community: Keeping it beautiful

Bright n’ Beautiful’s website may explain best why volunteers are needed for the Great American Cleanup this weekend.

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Council faces lengthy, complicated agenda

The City Council will consider a series of zone changes and other planning items in its meeting Monday night.

April 24, 2011 4:30 pmLoading…

Woman charged with stealing from Harley dealership

A 32-year-old Billings woman was charged Friday with felony embezzlement after prosecutors said she stole from her employer.

April 22, 2011 4:15 pmLoading…

Land deal coming together for proposed new library

By mid-May, the city should own all the downtown land that it needs to build a new library, even if the proposed library isn’t a done deal yet.

April 18, 2011 9:45 pmLoading…

Changes coming for Bresnan subscribers

Changes are coming for Bresnan cable television subscribers.

April 14, 2011 5:30 pmLoading…

School districts, local government worry about tax protests

If Scott Turner's projections are correct, tax protests in Yellowstone County will approach $44 million by mid-2013.

April 12, 2011 4:45 pmLoading…

City Council takes steps toward new parking garage

The Billings City Council on Monday night took the first steps toward a new parking garage in downtown Billings.

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Rimrock withdraws name change proposal

Rimrock Auto Group has withdrawn its proposal to change the name of MetraPark to Rimrock Auto Park.

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Council takes first steps toward new downtown parking garage

The Billings City Council on Monday night took the first steps toward a new parking garage in downtown Billings.

April 11, 2011 10:45 pmLoading…
City releases report into fire chief's confrontation at restaurant

City releases report into fire chief's confrontation at restaurant

Billings Fire Chief Paul Dextras broke city policy when he confronted a group of five active and retired firefighters at a restaurant in December.

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Commissioners hear comments on MetraPark name change

Commissioners hear comments on MetraPark name change

An owner of the Rimrock Auto Group said the car dealership wants to rename MetraPark because media outlets don’t call the arena by its official name.

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Council considers complicated garage deal

The City Council on Monday night will take up plans to build a new parking garage near the intersection of North 27th Street and Montana Avenue.

April 10, 2011 10:30 pmLoading…
Proposed library architectural drawings unveiled

Proposed library architectural drawings unveiled

The new Parmly Billings Library design unveiled Thursday might look austere, but so do most books before they're opened.

April 07, 2011 1:10 pm Photos

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Rimrock Auto wants to rename MetraPark for $15,000 a year

Rimrock Auto wants to rename MetraPark for $15,000 a year

If Steve Zabawa gets his way, MetraPark will change its name to Rimrock Auto Park.

April 06, 2011 10:15 pm Related Loading…

Costly tunnel for Zimmerman Trail unlikely

It’s an engineer’s dream project, but there’s almost no chance that the city will build a tunnel on Zimmerman Trail.

April 04, 2011 9:30 pmLoading…
10 months later, a new arena ready to shine

10 months later, a new arena ready to shine

Not long after a tornado smashed the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark, Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy got a phone call.

April 03, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Council approves capital spending plan, Inner Belt Loop

Council approves capital spending plan, Inner Belt Loop

The Billings City Council on Monday night approved a five-year capital improvement plan that includes the first phase of the Inner Belt Loop road.

March 28, 2011 9:45 pmLoading…
Council looks at 5-year spending plan

Council looks at 5-year spending plan

The City Council will vote on the city's five-year capital improvement plan at its meeting Monday night.

March 27, 2011 8:30 pmLoading…
Fire Department tagged with labor violation

Fire Department tagged with labor violation

A state hearings officer ruled Tuesday that the Billings Fire Department committed an unfair labor practice when fire commanders interviewed a firefighter without explaining the charges against him or letting him discuss the charges with a union representative.

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County enacts 60-day email policy

Yellowstone County commissioners on Tuesday approved a new email policy, but some are concerned that the rule clashes with the state’s open records law.

March 22, 2011 7:00 pmLoading…

City considers plan to plow residential streets for $11 a year

Under a plan floated Monday night, Billings property owners would see their streets plowed clean of snow for just $11 a year.

March 21, 2011 9:30 pmLoading…
'Played ball!': New group wants to build baseball museum at Dehler Park

'Played ball!': New group wants to build baseball museum at Dehler Park

Just as Dehler Park loses its new-stadium smell, a group of baseball fans wants to bring back a whole bunch of old stuff.The Billings Baseball Preservation Society, a group founded in 2009, hopes to build a 7,000-square-foot baseball museum near the north entrance to Dehler Park. The museum …

March 20, 2011 8:00 pm Photos

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Marijuana raids built on years of investigation, yield millions from bank accounts

Marijuana raids built on years of investigation, yield millions from bank accounts

A day after federal agents executed 30 search warrants in 13 Montana cities, the U.S. Attorney's Office said that the medical-marijuana businesses raided were involved in large-scale marijuana trafficking and tax evasion.

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Commissioners table decay ordinance for a week

A colorful crowd testified for more than two hours Tuesday morning on changes to the Yellowstone County community decay ordinance.

March 15, 2011 4:15 pmLoading…
Raids target medical marijuana business

Raids target medical marijuana business

Federal agents raided at least 10 medical marijuana businesses across Montana on Monday, including some in Billings.

March 14, 2011 1:51 pm Photos

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Council considers Moore Lane project

With the construction season approaching, the City Council on Monday night will take up several projects slated to begin this year.

March 13, 2011 4:30 pmLoading…

County commissioners consider change to decay ordinance

Yellowstone County commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday to discuss changes to the county’s community decay ordinance.

March 13, 2011 4:00 pmLoading…
Potholes chucking drivers into a funk

Potholes chucking drivers into a funk

As temperatures finally warm and the snow melts, drivers are playing plenty of "avoid the pothole" on city streets.

March 10, 2011 3:30 pm Photos

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Vandal-resistant toilet installed at skate park

Vandal-resistant toilet installed at skate park

This toilet won’t melt, crack, tip over or be set ablaze.

March 10, 2011 12:15 pm Related Loading…

Plenty of vacancies on city's boards, commissions

A recent City Council agenda included 21 appointments to the city’s various boards and commissions.

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Police chief fields questions over coffee

Police chief fields questions over coffee

Hoping to drum up discussion away from City Hall, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John held the first of three public chats on Monday afternoon. He will repeat the effort from 8 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday and noon to 2 p.m. on Friday at Off the Leaf Coffee Bar, 819 Grand Ave.

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City staff proposes new route for inner belt loop

City engineers proposed a new route on Monday night for the Inner Belt Loop, a long-planned backdoor road out of the Heights.

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Police chief fields questions over coffee

Police chief fields questions over coffee

Hoping to drum up discussion away from City Hall, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John held the first of three public chats on Monday afternoon. He will repeat the effort from 8 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday and noon to 2 p.m. on Friday at Off the Leaf Coffee Bar, 819 Grand Ave.

March 07, 2011 10:45 pm Related Loading…

City staff proposes new route for inner belt loop

City engineers proposed a new route on Monday night for the Inner Belt Loop, a long-planned backdoor road out of the Heights.

March 07, 2011 9:30 pmLoading…
Heights council members frustrated by delay of road projects

Heights council members frustrated by delay of road projects

City Councilman Denis Pitman doesn’t understand why, but he senses a growing rift between Heights council members and others on the council.

March 07, 2011 12:05 am Photos

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Celebrate community: Comfort and healing

Celebrate community: Comfort and healing

In Native American culture, a blanket is more than just a blanket. It’s a symbol of comfort and healing, especially for those who have been hurt.

March 06, 2011 5:00 pm Photos

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Council approves bonds for Rocky

Without much discussion, the City Council breezed through a short agenda Monday night.

February 28, 2011 8:59 pmLoading…

Council considers bond sale for Rocky

The City Council on Monday night will consider a deal with Rocky Mountain College to issue revenue bonds for an energy efficiency project at the college.

February 27, 2011 4:30 pmLoading…
26 take part in ceremony, become U.S. citizens

26 take part in ceremony, become U.S. citizens

For the unlikeliest of reasons, Father Willie D'Souza had his name scratched from voter lists in his native India, but now he can cast his ballot in Montana as an American citizen.

February 24, 2011 2:45 pm Photos

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Canadian company to do work for federal courthouse

Canadian company to do work for federal courthouse

A Canadian company will build many of the cabinets, wainscoting, benches and other wood features for the new federal courthouse in downtown Billings.

February 16, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Tax protests worry county budget managers

Two major tax protests are giving county budget masters heartburn at the midpoint of the fiscal year.

February 15, 2011 12:30 pmLoading…

Council votes to remove rock from house

After rejecting the same plan last month, the City Council voted on Monday night to remove a giant rock that has come to rest inside a home just underneath the Rimrocks.

February 14, 2011 10:15 pmLoading…

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