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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.

September 10, 2014 5:20 pm Photos

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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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Council wants to hear from the public on 'unusual annexation'

Council wants to hear from the public on 'unusual annexation'

A public hearing on what’s being billed as an “unusual annexation” will be the first of five hearings scheduled when the Billings City Council meets Monday evening.

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Artist makes the journey from Laurel to Times Square, via Missoula

Artist makes the journey from Laurel to Times Square, via Missoula

Hundreds of thousands of New York visitors and residents have seen Laurel-born artist Jessie McGee’s work “Reaching for Truth” — not as she concocted it, but in true Big Apple style, supersized and up in lights for an hour one day last month in Times Square.

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Associate 1 of 3 in the U.S. working to help prevent lead poisoning

Associate 1 of 3 in the U.S. working to help prevent lead poisoning

There are only two other people in the nation like Hannah Silveus, and Billings children could well be healthier with her working on their behalf for the next two years.

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Billings looks to Reno for ideas to address homeless, transient issues

Billings looks to Reno for ideas to address homeless, transient issues

Lynda Woods, project coordinator for the city of Billings’ Community Development Department, believes Billings is at a tipping point over its homeless and transient population.

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Intimidating scam artists take $2,400 from Billings woman

Nearly a week after being victimized by a scam that cost her $2,440.25, Billings resident Julia Standish is healing from the pain of being taken in by telling the world about it.

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Crow Tribe crowns its royalty during colorful, joy-filled coronation

Crow Tribe crowns its royalty during colorful, joy-filled coronation

CROW AGENCY – The Crow Tribe crowned and installed nine girls as Crow Fair Royalty for 2015 during a ceremony Wednesday marked by sage words of advice from tribal elders and colorful, intricately constructed costumes worn by the princesses themselves.

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This time, the Parmly Billings Library is coming down for good

This time, the Parmly Billings Library is coming down for good

The Billings Public Library’s parking garden will be constructed before Nov. 1 — well, most of it, anyway.

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Groundbreaking for new Lockwood fire station set for Wednesday

Groundbreaking for new Lockwood fire station set for Wednesday

The Lockwood Fire District Board and Lockwood firefighters will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the community’s new fire station.

September 02, 2014 11:24 am Video Photos

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Grant-funded remodel improves man's quality of life 'exponentially'

Grant-funded remodel improves man's quality of life 'exponentially'

The quality of Gary Hauck’s life is way, way up — “exponentially” is his word — thanks to a slew of recent home improvements.

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Habitat home rolls to its permanent location in Heights

Habitat home rolls to its permanent location in Heights

It’s taken a village to construct a new home for Ken and Heydi Powers and their two children, and it took a small army Friday to move the home to its new location.

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Trail at Swords Park may be short, but it's sweet for bicyclists, strollers, pedestrians

Trail at Swords Park may be short, but it's sweet for bicyclists, strollers, pedestrians

The Aronson Bypass Trail at Swords Park may be short, but for bicyclists, babies in strollers and pedestrians alike, it’ll be sweet.

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Downtown Billings Alliance seeks suggestions on next projects

Downtown Billings Alliance seeks suggestions on next projects

Calling himself “real big on benchmarks,” Greg Krueger of the Downtown Billings Alliance is looking for some suggestions to guide where the organization he serves hopes to go over the next decade.

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City leaders set to discuss public safety levy

The proposed public safety mill levy will be at the heart of upcoming Billings City Council Community Conversations to be held next month.

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Parks board asks to trim proposed projects; council OKs liquor license for new bar

Parks board asks to trim proposed projects; council OKs liquor license for new bar

Go back to the drawing board. In effect, that’s what the Billings City Council told the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board on Monday. The board had proposed spending about $2.3 million in Park District 1 funds during 2014-15.

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Billings City Council plans hearing on mill levy rates

The public will have the chance to tell the Billings City Council what it thinks about paying a smaller city tax bill this year.

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Reading is not only fun, it's delicious

Reading is not only fun, it's delicious

For Kaylee Hackley, reading can be an out-of-body experience.

August 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Let the demolition begin — soon

Let the demolition begin — soon

Billings Public Library Director Bill Cochran is laying 50-50 odds that the parking lot will indeed be constructed on the site of the old Parmly Billings Library before cold temperatures this fall preclude the laying of asphalt.

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Property owners talk academics at conference

Property owners talk academics at conference

When they feel wronged by the government or by a utility, academics don’t get mad. They get even — by writing a paper about it.

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First-ever Montana property rights conference underway at Northern Hotel

First-ever Montana property rights conference underway at Northern Hotel

A pair of litigators working to strengthen property rights kicked off the inaugural Montana Property Rights Conference at the Northern Hotel Thursday.

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Walsh holds hearing on Alzheimer's: 'Sooner or later, we will all be affected'

Walsh holds hearing on Alzheimer's: 'Sooner or later, we will all be affected'

Kathleen Burke’s voice broke as she told U.S. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., the story of how Alzheimer’s disease has changed her life as a caregiver and the lives of both her parents.

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After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

The NDO acronym could take on a new form. Call it the “never dies ordinance.”

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Council defeats NDO by 6-5 count

Council defeats NDO by 6-5 count

Saying he doesn’t believe Billings is ready for a nondiscrimination ordinance, Mayor Tom Hanel cast the decisive vote just past 3 a.m. Tuesday to defeat the long-debated measure.

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Residents show up early and prepared for council meeting Monday

Supporters of the nondiscrimination ordinance were busy distributing donated pitas, chips and bottles of water to those waiting to testify Monday afternoon — proponents and opponents alike.

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Before it votes on the NDO, Billings City Council must dispense with a plump agenda

Before it votes on the NDO, Billings City Council must dispense with a plump agenda

Monday’s Billings City Council meeting could well be a long one even before council members arrive at the main event.

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Behind the battle: Historian tells little-known anecdotes of Little Bighorn

Behind the battle: Historian tells little-known anecdotes of Little Bighorn

PRYOR — On Friday evening, Tim Lehman gave voice to some of the lesser-known combatants in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

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Witness to history: Huntley man was with Secret Service at Nixon resignation

Witness to history: Huntley man was with Secret Service at Nixon resignation

More than most people, John Howard remembers the day Richard Nixon resigned the presidency 40 years ago Friday — Aug. 8, 1974.

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Expert panel shares ideas about downtown parking

Expert panel shares ideas about downtown parking

With a new downtown parking structure about to open and the fresh eyes of a brand new parking manager, Tracy Scott, Billings is at what one parking expert called “a watershed moment.”

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Speaker: Compulsory voting boosts turnout, but not likely in U.S.

Speaker: Compulsory voting boosts turnout, but not likely in U.S.

Increasing voter participation rates may be as simple as fining eligible voters for not showing up at the polls.

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Experts, public join to craft a downtown parking plan

Experts, public join to craft a downtown parking plan

New ideas and old challenges were on display Wednesday morning as a visiting panel of parking experts engaged with downtown merchants; advocates for people with disabilities; and workers, shoppers and diners who regularly use downtown parking.

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Gazette responds to city's lawsuit in an effort to see documents

Gazette responds to city's lawsuit in an effort to see documents

The City of Billings and The Billings Gazette are headed to court in a dispute over documents related to a possible mishandling, misuse or misappropriation in the city’s Solid Waste Division.

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With a little help from her friend, woman averts scam

With a little help from her friend, woman averts scam

Marlene Kehler Davis may have been taken in for a few minutes, but in the end she wasn’t about to fall for a scam in which the caller threatened her with arrest for skipping out on jury duty.

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Pest prep: Parks department plans for arrival of emerald ash borer

Pest prep: Parks department plans for arrival of emerald ash borer

City leaders should take heed of a small but deadly pest that could well be on its way to destroying millions of dollars worth of ash trees in Billings.

August 05, 2014 2:00 am Photos

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Teens, architects team up to study design in 3 dimensions

Teens, architects team up to study design in 3 dimensions

With the help of the Billings library TECH Center and a pair of Billings architects — one of them in training, the other practicing — a group of 10 Billings area teenagers learned last week how to design, render and print everyday items in three dimensions.

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City staff recommends approving the NDO, but delaying enforcement

City staff recommends approving the NDO, but delaying enforcement

City staff is recommending the Billings City Council approve the nondiscrimination ordinance during its Aug. 11 meeting — but delay its enforcement.

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City prepares for tree-killing pest

City prepares for tree-killing pest

Monday’s Billings City Council work session will include at least one unwelcome topic of discussion — what might be the inevitable arrival of the emerald ash borer.

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Cowboys and cowgirls drive cattle at Pompeys Pillar during Clark Days

Cowboys and cowgirls drive cattle at Pompeys Pillar during Clark Days

POMPEYS PILLAR — If you squint your eyes and take a whiff or two, Ken and Daphne Kuhlmann will have you convinced you’re witnessing a cattle drive from 150 years ago.

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Library's asbestos removal costs mount

Library's asbestos removal costs mount

The cost of removing asbestos from the old Parmly Library before demolishing it keeps growing, and Library Director Bill Cochran hopes the price tag doesn’t reach — as it could — seven figures.

August 01, 2014 5:49 pmLoading…
Stillwater Mining earnings report improves; additional shift planned

Stillwater Mining earnings report improves; additional shift planned

Billings-based Stillwater Mining Co. on Thursday reported quarterly profits up 18 cents per diluted share for the quarter ending June 30, as compared to a 4 cents per diluted share loss during the second quarter of 2013.

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Billings, service providers seek solutions to homeless, transient issue

Billings, service providers seek solutions to homeless, transient issue

City leaders and social service providers are hoping that a summit planned for this fall on dealing with Billings’ homeless and transient population can be informed by success stories in other communities, including San Antonio, Texas, and Reno, Nev.

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Billings City Council gives assisted living a big assist

The Billings City Council unanimously gave the go-ahead Monday to allow a nearly 100-unit assisted-living facility at the southeast corner of S. 44th Street West and Monad Road in the Lenhardt Square Planned Development.

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Billings City Council to mull land swap, assisted living facility approval

Its work complete on finalizing the language of the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, the Billings City Council will turn its attention Monday to a pair of public hearings and a consent agenda absent of the NDO, the three-letter issue that has packed council chambers in recent weeks.

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