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A month into her ministry at First English Lutheran Church in Billings, the Rev. Stacey Siebrasse hopes to help move the congregation in a direction it was already headed — as a church “with an authentic way of being in our community and in our world.”
As many as four deputies in the Yellowstone County Clerk of District Court’s office have indicated their unwillingness to issue wedding licenses for same-sex couples, and for now they won’t have to.
Two gay couples hoping to be the first in Yellowstone County to tie the knot Wednesday afternoon were done in by the state’s computer system.
Charter Communications customers who woke up without a picture on their television Tuesday morning seemed to know just how to get it back.
Once the Montana Legislature gets down to business Jan. 5, 2015, Ed Bartlett will be the Billings City Council’s eyes, ears — and mouthpiece, too — at the state capitol.
Billings resident Kevin Scharfe loves playing board games, but there are two things about them for which he doesn’t much care.
If the Billings City Council moves swiftly enough, the city can avoid paying civil penalties to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for late reporting on past bond issues.
As his busy time ramps up, Santa Claus apparently accepts help anywhere he can find it.
The 30 or so people who attended Not In Our Town’s Summit on Hate on Saturday learned that everyone is biased — and it’s OK.
Organizer Rick Roddam of Townsquare Media had a modest goal for Billings’ first Bacon Fest, held Saturday at the Montana Convention Center and attended by more than 1,000 lovers of all things porcine.
Yellowstone County District Court Judge Michael G. Moses said Thursday he needs more information before he can rule on whether and in what form the city of Billings must turn over documents to The Billings Gazette related to potential financial irregularities at the city landfill.
Creating a place for intoxicated people to sober up could be a key part of addressing downtown Billings’ homeless and transient problems.
At least two dogs died Wednesday morning in a fire that tore through a West End home, sending homeowner Bonnie Willis running barefoot into the frigid streets for safety.
Admissions personnel at Billings Clinic have begun taking their patients’ names in vein.
A legal dispute about whether the city of Billings must turn over documents to The Billings Gazette that might detail possible employee misconduct at the city’s landfill is headed for Yellowstone County District Court.
About 75 people — most of them veterans — gathered at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark for a Veterans Day celebration Tuesday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember and honor those who have served or are serving in the nation’s armed forces.
Homeowners sometimes save themselves a few thousand dollars by refinancing their homes to lower their interest payments.
A hearing on a proposed annexation, another on the proposed removal of what’s known as a slope easement and a bond refund are the three main pieces of business before the Billings City Council Monday.
It’s ingrained in military culture never to leave a fellow warrior behind. Mentors paired with offenders in the Yellowstone County Veterans Treatment Court have carried that imperative throughout their adult lives, decades after their own military service.
As the wife of a Coast Guard reservist who previously served eight years in active duty, Erica Zutz understands the challenges of military families: modest pay, busy schedules and the hassle of finding — and affording — quality child care.
The doll designer who would grow up to make spot-on tiny tributes to such beauties as Elizabeth Taylor got his start making a Humpty-Dumpty doll after he couldn’t find one in Billings.
HARDIN — National Park Service officials believe it’ll take constructing a new visitor center at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument before nearly 185,000 artifacts now being stored in Arizona can be returned and displayed.
Officials expressed some surprise and plenty of disappointment that voters narrowly turned down the Billings public safety levy Tuesday.
On the heels of property tax bills that were mailed to homeowners last week, the Montana Budget and Policy Center has published a seven-page document explaining Montana’s property tax system.
The Billings public safety levy was defeated 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent in Tuesday's election, according to unofficial final results from the Yellowstone County Elections Office as of 1 a.m.
Billings could soon become a safer place for pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and people in wheelchairs.
Owing to the Election Day holiday for city and state crews and their road projects, a Billings contractor has the time Tuesday morning to perform guardrail repair work along Zimmerman Trail.
It may seem like every other driver in Billings is speaking on a cellphone.
A Rocky Mountain College associate chemistry professor and three of his students proved on Halloween that anyone can enjoy better living through chemistry — provided they don’t mind being frightened a little.
Attendees and organizers alike left day two of the Community Innovations Summit clamoring for more.
Officials at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument are seeking ideas from the public to address what Superintendent Denice Swanke called in a news release “management problems posed by the outdated visitor center.”
Billings has the pieces in place to stem its transient and homeless problems, a panel of experts from San Antonio and San Diego said during a press conference preceding the Community Innovations Summit Wednesday afternoon.
It may not be so apparent for those people waiting in what are sometimes hourlong lines at the Billings landfill, but the number of monthly visits has gone down from its summer peak.
With an eye toward offering city employees choice in who provides their medical care, the Billings City Council will be taking a look at how health care provider contracts are devised and agreed upon.
Mayor Tom Hanel and the Billings City Council have a number of openings to fill on city boards and commissions — including an even dozen positions on the Mayor’s Homelessness Committee.
If Monday’s Billings City Council consent agenda is any indication, the Magic City will continue to grow.
LAUREL — The corrosive effects of chlorine — and the natural decay that occurs over nearly eight decades of community use — are readily visible at the Laurel city pool at Thompson Park.
It was part civics lesson, part how-to and can-do training Saturday morning as a group of nearly 20 residents learned how they can form a Citizens Climate Lobby.
Folks on foot over the lunch hour Friday were invited by 20-somethings wearing green T-shirts to write all over a downtown building.
If nothing else, next week’s two-day Community Innovations Summit could benefit tens of thousands of people who work or live in Billings by devising better, more coordinated ways to deal with the 14 percent of Billings’ 600-700 homeless people who are considered chronically homeless.
It was the men who took center stage during the opening of a two-day conference on ending sexual and domestic violence Wednesday morning.
More than 100 people — an equal mix of American Indians and others from around the state — are in Billings on Wednesday and Thursday to attend the “Standing in Solidarity to End Sexual and Domestic Violence” conference.
The months of work to replace water and sewer lines beneath Grand Avenue may be an inconvenience for drivers, but for some business owners and their employees, it’s been a slightly more than that — depending on what’s being sold and where the selling is occurring.
The Billings City Council will ponder during a future meeting whether to allow parking of tow trucks in residential neighborhoods in an effort to speed the time wreckers can respond to accidents.
Nine years ago, Al Garver ran for mayor of Billings, losing by about eight percentage points to former Billings Police Chief Ron Tussing.
The Billings City Council on Monday will discuss a proposal to allow commercial tow trucks serving the needs of the Montana Highway Patrol and Billings police to park in residential neighborhoods for improved emergency response.
Todd Buchanan, the main advocate for the public safety levy that will be decided by Billings voters Nov. 4, has helped lead about 40 presentations designed to bring voters up to speed on what proponents view as a clear need to boost public safety funding.
What’s being asked of taxpayers?
Just a few yards from the ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially opened the Shiloh Conservation Area on Thursday afternoon, Gavin and Gabby Schwend of Billings were pulling rainbow trout out of one of the stormwater retention ponds.
The 30 or so people who attended a meeting Wednesday on proposed improvements to a five-mile stretch of Highway 3 literally held the highway’s future in the palm of their hand.