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After 40 forums on safety levy, voters get final say

After 40 forums on safety levy, voters get final say

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.

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Public safety levy 101: Here's everything you need to know

Public safety levy 101: Here's everything you need to know

What’s being asked of taxpayers?

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A functional oasis: Shiloh Conservation area opens on West End

A functional oasis: Shiloh Conservation area opens on West End

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.

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Public making their vote count on Highway 3 plans

Public making their vote count on Highway 3 plans

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.

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Temporary solution: Library parking lot will be gravel through the winter

Temporary solution: Library parking lot will be gravel through the winter

The fact that Bill Cochran and Debi Meling both earn paychecks from the city of Billings doesn’t mean that Cochran, the library director, receives special treatment from Meling, the city engineer.

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Billings Home Center kicks off campaign in hopes of raising $375k

Billings Home Center kicks off campaign in hopes of raising $375k

Even before organizers began seeking donations to build the Billings Home Center, they found checks for $52,500 in their shirt pocket.

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Billings City Council requires just 35 minutes to dispense with its agenda

Setting a near record for brevity, the Billings City Council completed its meeting Tuesday in a mere 35 minutes.

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Meet the pioneers who helped Montana women gain the right to vote

Meet the pioneers who helped Montana women gain the right to vote

A century ago, a group of brave women — some men, too — helped bring the vote to Montana women.

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Every baby gets a book: Billings club wants to expand its program statewide

Every baby gets a book: Billings club wants to expand its program statewide

Thanks to women like Gayle Carter and Linda Altwine — and maybe four dozen friends and colleagues in the Billings Junior Woman’s Club — Billings’ newest moms and dads are given a touch-and-feel board book upon the birth of their child.

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Columbus Day holiday pushes back city council meeting a day

Thanks to Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the New World, the Billings City Council gets an extra day off this week before tackling another meeting agenda.

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A historic day for casting ballots at Crow Agency

A historic day for casting ballots at Crow Agency

CROW AGENCY— Crow Tribal Chairman Darrin Old Coyote received the honor Wednesday morning of casting the first ballot at one of Montana’s two alternate voting sites, this one set up in a corner room at the tribal administration building here.

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Work on Billings' two big street projects to wind down soon

Work on Billings' two big street projects to wind down soon

Grand Avenue soon will be grand again.

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Sprucing up the Gateway: East Billings industrial district getting makeover

Sprucing up the Gateway: East Billings industrial district getting makeover

A gateway into Billings may well get a long-awaited makeover.

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Smarter traffic signals, safer traveling public

Billings traffic signals are set for major upgrades over the next three years that should help traffic flow more smoothly — even at signals near train tracks.

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'Our teachers really help us': Gift helps Billings Educational Academy expand

'Our teachers really help us': Gift helps Billings Educational Academy expand

Tiny Billings Educational Academy is poised to grow, and the private, nonprofit school at 1212 Central Ave. has Sir Jim to thank.

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Montana Meth Project hosts panel today on meth use in Billings

An update and panel discussion on the status of methamphetamine in Billings is set for 4 p.m. today at the Billings Public Library.

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Monday's the deadline for voters to register by mail; plenty of time to get absentee ballot

Monday's the deadline for voters to register by mail; plenty of time to get absentee ballot

Yellowstone County elections workers stuffed and stamped about 50,000 ballots last week, ballots that will go out today ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

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Council to have a look at Community Conversation feedback

The Billings City Council will not only hear a presentation on the proposed public safety levy Monday, it will get up to speed on how previous public presentations have gone.

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Western Native Voice aims to get out American Indian vote

Western Native Voice aims to get out American Indian vote

By the time Election Day rolls around next month, Marci McLean has a pair of lofty goals in mind: She wants to see 55 percent participation rates among Native American voters living in targeted precincts, and she wants to register 2,000 new Native American voters.

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Madagascar preacher brings tale of religious, political struggle to U.S.

Madagascar preacher brings tale of religious, political struggle to U.S.

It’s only a coincidence that the Rev. Lala Rasendrahasina shares a first name — only spelled differently — with a children’s television icon: one of the Teletubbies popular among young viewers during the 1990s.

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Comedy duo teaches personal finance to Hardin middle school kids

Comedy duo teaches personal finance to Hardin middle school kids

HARDIN — The best way to fatten a child’s wallet may be by tickling his or her funny bone.

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Right at home: Organizers aim to offer housing resources under 1 roof

Right at home: Organizers aim to offer housing resources under 1 roof

In the coming weeks, Ryan Auer hopes to secure $375,000 in pledges to begin providing a service he and others believe is important to homeowners and renters alike — the Billings Home Center.

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'It’ll be kind of hard to smile': Friends mourn death of 'Creeky the Clown' at 98

'It’ll be kind of hard to smile': Friends mourn death of 'Creeky the Clown' at 98

Floyd V. Creekmore, better known as Creeky the Clown, died last weekend after decades of making people laugh and helping sick children feel better.

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Former museum director accused of stealing more than $30,000

Former museum director accused of stealing more than $30,000

Charles Louis “Chas” Weldon, the former executive director of the Yellowstone County Museum, entered a not guilty plea in Yellowstone County District Court on Tuesday on a felony theft charge.

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Billings Clinic, nurses reach tentative contract accord

Billings Clinic, nurses reach tentative contract accord

Billings Clinic and the Montana Nurses Association reached a tentative agreement Monday night on a new contract for the 575 union-represented nurses who work at Billings Clinic.

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Tribal judge releases acting Lodge Grass mayor

Tribal judge releases acting Lodge Grass mayor

A Crow Tribal judge freed the acting mayor of Lodge Grass on Monday afternoon, two days after she turned herself in for allegedly violating a court order.

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The missing link: Planners offer 4 ways to connect ZooMontana, Riverfront Park trails

The missing link: Planners offer 4 ways to connect ZooMontana, Riverfront Park trails

City and county planners have four ideas for connecting Billings’ largest park with the city’s only zoo. And they’d like the public to help them make their decision.

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A pillar of the region

A pillar of the region

Linda Farnes fondly remembers the days when Don Foote, who with his wife, Stella, once owned Pompeys Pillar, would trade Wonderland Amusement Park tickets for cookies baked by her mother, Ruthann.

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Police lieutenant formally announces write-in campaign for sheriff

Police lieutenant formally announces write-in campaign for sheriff

Billings Police Lt. Mark Cady launched his write-in campaign for Yellowstone County Sheriff on Friday, saying he decided on the race just this week after being approached by friends after church Sunday.

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After many delays, Empire Parking Garage is open

After many delays, Empire Parking Garage is open

The 540-space Empire Parking Garage is receiving rave reviews from the people who’re using it the most for now — guests at the Northern Hotel.

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Lewis Avenue residents divided over new bike lanes

Lewis Avenue residents divided over new bike lanes

Thin stripes of white paint might foreshadow wider problems down the road, according to a Billings resident concerned about new bike lanes along a small section of Lewis Avenue near Lewis and Clark Middle School.

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Scaled-back park maintenance district projects to move forward

The Billings City Council voted 9-1 on a scaled-back plan for 2014-15 park maintenance district projects.

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A dozen opportunities to tell the Billings City Council what's on your mind

If the public has a mind to, residents could keep the members of the Billings City Council up well past their bedtime Monday.

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Mentoring program will aid youth at the Billings Library TECH Lab

Mentoring program will aid youth at the Billings Library TECH Lab

An experienced mentor herself, Kersey Voss knows how much one-on-one attention can help a teenager.

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Billings Clinic's 105 patient financial services employees have a new home downtown

Billings Clinic's 105 patient financial services employees have a new home downtown

The 105 Billings Clinic employees who submit bills to insurance companies on patients’ behalf didn’t miss a beat after they moved recently into their new quarters close to the hospital’s downtown campus.

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Experts: Empathy key to reducing suicide rate

Experts: Empathy key to reducing suicide rate

Rather than just putting people at risk for suicide on watch with a surveillance camera, the best strategy for stemming Montana’s highest-in-the-nation suicide rate may be found through what John Cutcliffe calls “warm, care-based, human-to-human contact.”

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Sioux Falls arts leader shares experiences with Billings counterparts

Western Heritage Center Executive Director Julie Dial is fond of this homespun wisdom: You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.

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An evening constitutional: Rocky Mountain College scholar helps celebrate Constitution Day

An evening constitutional: Rocky Mountain College scholar helps celebrate Constitution Day

The fight to shore constitutional protections, including free speech and freedom of religion, has been waged in many states, including Montana.

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New car fitting reward for cancer survivor who co-chaired annual fundraiser

New car fitting reward for cancer survivor who co-chaired annual fundraiser

Rod Wilson seems like the perfect person to go home in a 2014 Chevy Spark given away after July’s Relay for Life. Wilson survived a battle with skin cancer. And seven years ago, he co-chaired the Relay, an all-night event full of friendship, food and fun that typically raises more than $500,…

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Property tax bills could go down slightly in reappraisal cycle

Property tax bills could go down slightly in reappraisal cycle

While officials with the Montana Department of Revenue threw a lot of numbers around during a presentation on the state’s upcoming reappraisal cycle Tuesday morning, one preliminary figure will be of interest to local homeowners: Next year property tax bills could go down by about 1.5 percent.

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Billings City Council discusses paving material on city roads

Billings Public Works Director Dave Mumford tried to put the wraps on a street surface known as RAP on Monday.

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MetraPark crowd helps celebrate coal's role in Montana economy

MetraPark crowd helps celebrate coal's role in Montana economy

“We are not going to power our nation,” congressional candidate Ryan Zinke told the 700 or so people attending Saturday’s Coal Appreciation Day, “on pixie dust and hope.”

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Propane explosion levels house in rural Roberts fire

Propane explosion levels house in rural Roberts fire

ROBERTS — No one was injured Friday night when a rural Roberts home exploded as the result of a suspected propane leak.

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Naturalist, author: 'Like a lot of veterans, I was out of sorts'

Naturalist, author: 'Like a lot of veterans, I was out of sorts'

Naturalist, filmmaker and author Doug Peacock clearly has a heart for young veterans returning home after being deployed in war zones. More than 45 years ago, he was one of them.

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Groups work to update management plan for Nez Perce Trail

Groups work to update management plan for Nez Perce Trail

Sandi McFarland has 1,170 miles of historical significance to attend to — and she’d like the public to give her a hand moving forward.

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Yellowstone Kelly's gravestone hit with orange fluorescent paint

Yellowstone Kelly's gravestone hit with orange fluorescent paint

If Yellowstone Kelly is turning over in his grave, it’s likely he now has an orange backside.

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Officials argue public safety levy would cover rising cost of police, fire protection

Officials argue public safety levy would cover rising cost of police, fire protection

City and business leaders began the conversation Tuesday that will lead to a November vote by Billings residents whether to increase their property taxes to pay for additional police, fire and other services that would cover anticipated growth over the next decade.

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Billings lawmakers plan to reform forfeiture law

Billings lawmakers plan to reform forfeiture law

A pair of freshman state lawmakers from Billings — a Democrat and a Republican — are proposing changes to the state’s civil asset forfeiture law and expect to bring legislation forward during the next legislative session.

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Council hopes to clear train crossing backup at busy intersection

Council hopes to clear train crossing backup at busy intersection

What started out as a simple request — finding out how to update the computer system that runs stoplights that control traffic at one of Billings’ busiest train crossings, at N. 27th Street and Montana Avenue — apparently isn’t as simple as it seems.

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