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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.

September 01, 2014 5:15 am Photos

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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.

August 29, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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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.

August 26, 2014 5:06 pmLoading…
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.

August 25, 2014 10:31 pmLoading…

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.

August 15, 2014 9:00 pmLoading…
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.

August 15, 2014 1:36 pm Photos

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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.

August 14, 2014 9:31 pm Photos

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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.”

August 12, 2014 6:02 pm Photos

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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.

August 12, 2014 4:00 am Photos

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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.

August 09, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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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.

August 08, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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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.

August 07, 2014 4:50 pm Photos

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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.

August 07, 2014 1:30 am Photos

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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.

August 05, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
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.

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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.

August 04, 2014 6:00 pm Video Photos

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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.

August 04, 2014 5:05 pmLoading…
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.

August 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

August 02, 2014 3:44 pm Photos

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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.

July 28, 2014 9:51 pmLoading…

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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120 Appaloosa riders retrace the Nez Perce trail

120 Appaloosa riders retrace the Nez Perce trail

Taprisha Seifert, a storyteller from New Forest, England, will return home with a few new stories — stories she often tells to English children inside the comfortable confines of a tepee.

July 25, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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For sale: Most of the town of Luther. Inquire in Red Lodge

For sale: Most of the town of Luther. Inquire in Red Lodge

Dan Scilley’s grandmother, Buelah Scilley, was once postmaster of unincorporated Luther, a place about 15 miles from Red Lodge. His grandfather, Bill, worked for Carbon County for many years.

July 24, 2014 5:20 pmLoading…
Tesla Motors installs charging station for electric cars in Billings

Tesla Motors installs charging station for electric cars in Billings

If you drive a Tesla electric sedan — or you’re thinking about purchasing one — you’ll have no trouble quickly juicing it up locally for a cross-country trip.

July 23, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…
Billings Clinic meets neighbors wondering about the future of 80 acres on the West End

Billings Clinic meets neighbors wondering about the future of 80 acres on the West End

An 80-acre parcel owned by Billings Clinic and located at the southwest corner of Shiloh Road and Broadwater Avenue is going to be — well, something, someday.

July 22, 2014 9:09 pmLoading…
City Council hears more heated discussion over NDO

City Council hears more heated discussion over NDO

Once more, into the fray that has become the extended and often heated public debate over the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, dozens of speakers told the Billings City Council Monday what they thought of the document’s third and final draft.

July 21, 2014 9:37 pm Photos

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$4.2 million CyberKnife will decrease patients' recovery time

$4.2 million CyberKnife will decrease patients' recovery time

A new $4.2 million cancer-treating radiation tool at St. Vincent Healthcare’s Frontier Cancer Center will save patients time, tissue and travel — and, no doubt, some lives too.

July 21, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Gaining enlightenment at America's ballparks

Gaining enlightenment at America's ballparks

John Reimer, who calls himself the “Baseball Buddha” and has been seeking enlightenment by visiting every American ballpark he can this year, arrived at Dehler Park on Sunday to take in an American Legion doubleheader between the Medicine Hat Moose Monarchs and the Billings Scarlets.

July 21, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Former Chevron scientist talks climate change solutions

Former Chevron scientist talks climate change solutions

Linda Dismore “Diz” Swift, a former Chevron scientist and executive, told the League of Women Voters of Billings on Friday that they can lend a hand to help limit the effects of climate change.

July 18, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Council gets its third go-around with the NDO on Monday

Council gets its third go-around with the NDO on Monday

The Billings City Council will get its third crack at evaluating the language of the proposed nondiscrimination ordinanceduring a work session Monday.

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Safety levy: 'The public is the driving force'

Safety levy: 'The public is the driving force'

If you’re a member of just about any club, group or church in Billings, you’re about to hear a lot more about the public safety mill levy.

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Crews begin round-the-clock work on Grand Avenue

Crews begin round-the-clock work on Grand Avenue

Round-the-clock work to replace water and waste water lines beneath Grand Avenue continued Wednesday — and the work will continue even as baseball fans are tuning into the World Series this fall.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Nondiscrimination ordinance good for business, crowd told Tuesday

Nondiscrimination ordinance good for business, crowd told Tuesday

Nondiscrimination ordinances can be as good for business as they are for the people whose civil rights they protect.

July 15, 2014 9:04 pm Photos

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Council OKs property sale, waives compensation fee against staff recommendations

Council OKs property sale, waives compensation fee against staff recommendations

Before taking up the public safety levy Monday night, the Billings City Council took two actions that diverged from staff recommendations.

July 15, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…

Police hunting man who shot at woman near Rocky Mountain College

Billings Police responded Tuesday afternoon to shots fired on Rimrock Road near Rocky Mountain College.

July 15, 2014 2:27 pmLoading…
Billings residents to vote on public safety levy

Billings residents to vote on public safety levy

After hearing a presentation from City Administrator Tina Volek and also hearing from the public, the Billings City Council voted unanimously Monday on an ordinance to ask voters to decide on a levy to cover public safety needs caused by the community’s anticipated growth over the next 10 years.

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Billings firefighters battle apartment fire

Billings firefighters battle apartment fire

Billings firefighters responded late Monday afternoon to an apartment fire at the Cliff House Apartments, 3306 Third Ave. N.

July 14, 2014 5:57 pmLoading…

Council set to hear from public on Family Safety Levy

A public hearing followed by a council vote on placing the proposed Family Safety Levy on the Nov. 4 ballot is the final piece of business on Monday’s Billings City Council agenda.

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