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Alta Littlelight works in Prison Paws.

Alta Littlelight works in Prison Paws.

Alta Littlelight is training her eighth dog in the Prison Paws program at Montana Women’s Prison.

July 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Yellowstone Kelly's grave site

Yellowstone Kelly's grave site

The view from Luther S. Kelly's grave site takes in much of Billings. The wreath placed by the Billings Area Chamber of Commerce is similar to the berry and pine wreaths Kelly's widow, May Kelly, sent annually until her death. 

July 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Pat Bellinghausen: 8th-graders show community how to feed hungry teens

Pat Bellinghausen: 8th-graders show community how to feed hungry teens

More than 220 pounds of food has been distributed to more than a dozen needy families since March 12, and a new pantry is stocked to help more. The Lewis & Clark Teen Pantry is the brainchild of eighth-graders Paloma and Sophia Whitaker.

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Black bears

Black bears

Black bear hunting season opens April 15 in Montana.

March 10, 2014 11:30 amLoading…
Pat Bellinghausen: New faces on Gazette editorial board

Pat Bellinghausen: New faces on Gazette editorial board

For the past 12 years, The Billings Gazette editorial board has been privileged to have a community member.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Bison feeds in Winter snow

Bison feeds in Winter snow

A Yellowstone National Park bison feeds in winter snow.

January 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Bison feeds in Winter snow

Bison feeds in Winter snow

A Yellowstone National Park bison feeds in winter snow. Three bison were shot and killed within the park's boundary last week. 

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Pat Bellinghausen: Saying good-bye to great board member, seeking another

Pat Bellinghausen: Saying good-bye to great board member, seeking another

One year ago, Kurt Alme joined The Gazette editorial board as our community member. For the past 12 months, Kurt has been a terrific volunteer, sharing his knowledge, experience and valuable time with us.

January 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Lunch at Montana Rescue Mission

Lunch at Montana Rescue Mission

Volunteer Doug Iams serves lunch at the Montana Rescue Mission Men's Shelter on Dec. 4 when 80 meals were served. 

December 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
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Seated in a room outfitted for a new health clinic, Ed Zabrocki talks about the services of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

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What I learned in middle school before lunch

What I learned in middle school before lunch

Four degrees. I trudged through several inches of slippery snow on Lewis Avenue toward my Thursday morning appointment in the principal’s office. A young man sporting black shorts strode through the middle school doors behind me.

November 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Lewis & Clark Middle School

Lewis & Clark Middle School

Rebecca Jackman helps her orchestra students tune up last week at Lewis & Clark Middle School. 

November 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Shoulder season in Yellowstone, Grand Teton offers quieter experience

Shoulder season in Yellowstone, Grand Teton offers quieter experience

Most of Yellowstone National Park’s 3 million annual visitors miss out on its best season. July and August draw throngs of vacationers and trigger “no vacancy” signs in border communities.

October 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Old Faithful crowd

Old Faithful crowd

These visitors were among the crowd at Old Faithful Saturday. The federal shutdown forced visitors to leave all national parks Tuesday.

October 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. Tuesday July 9, 2013.

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Bison in snow

Bison in snow

A bison stands in snow and sagebrush last week in Yellowstone Park's Lamar Valley.  

March 13, 2013 12:00 am
OrchardGEOMETRY

OrchardGEOMETRY

A student in Alissa Gray's class uses the interactive whiteboard for a geometry lesson. 2013

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OrchardMIC

OrchardMIC

Cole uses the Mimio mic to answer a question in Alissa Gray's class at Orchard.  

February 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Orchard2students

Orchard2students

Fourth-graders Troylynn and Paul work on a group project with an iPad, one of two their teacher obtained through a foundation grant.  

February 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Board changes: Welcome to Alme, thanks to Johnson

Board changes: Welcome to Alme, thanks to Johnson

The Billings Gazette editorial board welcomes a new community member this week. Kurt Alme has agreed to join staff board members in studying and discussing public issues that are the subjects of Gazette opinions.

February 01, 2013 10:00 am Photos

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Great Barrier Reef reveals spectacular seascapes, responsibility to protect it

Great Barrier Reef reveals spectacular seascapes, responsibility to protect it

The clear, turquoise water of the Coral Sea bathes one of the seven wonders of the world. Stretching 1,800 miles along the east coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef.

January 27, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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Movie magic, sheep farm combine to create hobbit home

Movie magic, sheep farm combine to create hobbit home

The gravel road to Middle Earth was blocked by black Angus calves on a cool, sunny fall morning. The tour bus stopped for the calves to slowly move on.

December 09, 2012 12:05 am Video Photos

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New Zealand’s thermal features put Yellowstone in perspective

New Zealand’s thermal features put Yellowstone in perspective

Yellowstone National Park has the world’s largest concentration of geysers — more than half of all geysers on the planet.

November 04, 2012 12:05 am Photos

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Luther students eat lunch

Luther students eat lunch

Luther first graders enjoying lunch are, from left, Angelina Podaonjak, Livy Heimer, Aya Moore and Sierra Boggio.  

May 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Luther menu

Luther menu

The celebration lunch menu at Luther School Friday.  

May 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Luther students and staff with their award

Luther students and staff with their award

Luther School cook Amy Russell, second from left, poses Friday with the entire student body and staff after deputy state school superintendent Dennis Parman, far left, presented the school with the healthier school award.

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Billings Mayor Tom Hanel

Billings Mayor Tom Hanel

John Laney, left, of the Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce, talks at a regional meeting in Glendive while Billings Mayor Tom Hanel listens on March 21.

March 26, 2012 12:00 am
Billings Glendive meeting

Billings Glendive meeting

Debbie Singer and Nick Haag listen to other participants during a meeting in Glendive on Wednesday to discuss impacts of the Bakken oil boom. Singer is an economic development specialist with NorthWestern Energy and a member of the Big Sky Economic Development board. Haag is district manager…

March 22, 2012 4:45 pm
CollegeNow initiative

CollegeNow initiative

From left, John Cech, deputy commissioner for two-year education; MSUB Chancellor Rolf Groseth; and Student Regent Joe Thiel discuss the CollegeNow initiative Thursday in Bozeman.  

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Dinner, theater fundraiser will help abused Billings kids

Dinner, theater fundraiser will help abused Billings kids

The number of child abuse and neglect cases reported in Montana has been rising. In Yellowstone County alone, more than 250 children are in out-of-home placements because of parental abuse or neglect.

December 05, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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FSN family Thanksgiving

FSN family Thanksgiving

Brandon Otis and Tiffany Keller are thankful for Family Support Network. Their son, Jordan, is doing well in kindergarten. Tiffany holds a photo of their infant daughter, Abby, who died last December.

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Senior High Anatomy

Senior High Anatomy

Brooke Ellis and John Daubert use bungee cord and a computerized device to measure muscle strength during Dan Bartsch’s human anatomy class at Senior High. Students often take this class because they are considering health care careers.

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Arrowhead kids define knowledge, character, community

Arrowhead kids define knowledge, character, community

Most of Arrowhead Elementary School's 484 students arrive between 8 and 8:15 a.m. About 200 ride buses and the rest come in cars, on bikes or on foot. Principal Robin Bedford stands on the sidewalk among the throng of children, exchanging greetings with students who crowd around her. Then th…

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Simple phone call signals start of Summer of Fires

Simple phone call signals start of Summer of Fires

BOB ZELLAR/Gazette Staff

May 02, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Kas Ione Golden Apple

Kas Ione Golden Apple

Surrounded by Skyview students in the weight room, teacher Kas Ione listens as a Golden Apple volunteer reads the award announcement Tuesday.

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Honor well deserved for Johnson’s longtime service

Royal Johnson has served his adopted hometown of Billings and his native state of Montana in countless public and community service roles for half a century. On Saturday, he's scheduled to be honored by his alma mater, the University of Montana.

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Hawaii holds an abundance of aviary and ocean-going wildlife

Hawaii holds an abundance of aviary and ocean-going wildlife

The great outdoors of Kauai offers myriad free or low-cost activities that take families close to the rare and colorful wildlife found on this northern Hawaiian island.

April 08, 2009 11:00 pm Photos

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Monk seals rest on the beach at Poipu, Kauai. The seals are endangered and spend days resting on the beach where signs and rope barriers are set up for their protection.

April 08, 2009 6:00 pm
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wildlife

Monk seals rest on the beach at Poipu, Kauai. The seals are endangered and spend days resting on the beach where signs and rope barriers are set up for their protection.

April 08, 2009 6:00 pm
wildlife

wildlife

Monk seals rest on the beach at Poipu, Kauai. The seals are endangered and spend days resting on the beach where signs and rope barriers are set up for their protection.

April 08, 2009 6:00 pm

Changing faces on opinion page, editorial board

The largest number of contributors to The Gazette's opinion pages live in Montana and Wyoming. They are letter writers who use the Voice of the Reader forum to tell The Gazette and the entire two-state region what's on their minds.

July 28, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Gazette Opinion: Tours change, but park's still a blast

Gazette Opinion: Tours change, but park's still a blast

Ghost trees looming like white-clad sentinels. Ice fog mixing with geyser steam. Old Faithful exploding into a crystal-blue sky. Elk munching bright green grass on the edge of a thermal pool. Waterfalls frozen into blue-green spires. Walking around a bison bull lying on the ski trail. Riding…

March 10, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Gazette Opinion: Johnson newest addition to board

The Gazette editorial board includes seven Gazette staff members. Today I welcome the new eighth board member, who joins us from outside the newspaper organization. Royal C. Johnson, a longtime Billings resident, has graciously agreed to become our community board member.

September 02, 2006 11:00 pmLoading…
Taking a dive: Underwater wonderland awaits off shores of Hawaii

Taking a dive: Underwater wonderland awaits off shores of Hawaii

KAUAI, Hawaii - To see the most amazing Hawaiian scenery, look under water. Sure, the land is gorgeous with beaches, palm trees, hibiscus, poinsettias, orchids and plumeria. The surf rides an impossibly blue ocean surface. But below the surface is a world of creatures colorful and marvelous.…

May 04, 2005 11:00 pmLoading…

Readers choose top stories of 2002

The ballots have been counted for the readers' choice poll. The Gazette offered readers the opportunity to vote on the same top news stories of the year ballots that the Associated Press sends to its newspapers for compiling year-end top news lists. Here's what readers picked. You can see ho…

December 28, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

School spending all over the map

How much does it cost to educate a Montana public school student?

June 21, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Letter wins first Golden Pen Award

Among the many letters to the editor that arrive at The Gazette each week, we find commentaries and complaints about issues of local interest and issues of global importance. Our letter writers share their gripes, their thanks, their problems and their solutions.

March 23, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Opinion: Taking prevention message personally

Back from a visit to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Gail Gray's first speech was a welcome for staff and American Cancer Society representatives who will be leading development of a new statewide cancer prevention plan. Gray, director of the state Department of Public Health and Hum…

March 08, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Gazette wants to hear about region’s best teachers

The air is heavy with lilacs and lawn mowers roar into the evening. Summer’s almost here. This is the season of field trips, class picnics and final exams. It’s also a time to thank the people who’ve made this school year a time of learning and growth for our children. Do you know a teacher …

May 20, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

Gazette wants to hear about region’s best teachers

The air is heavy with lilacs and lawn mowers roar into the evening. Summer’s almost here. This is the season of field trips, class picnics and final exams. It’s also a time to thank the people who’ve made this school year a time of learning and growth for our children. Do you know a teacher …

May 19, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

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