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PAYS dirt: Public Auction Yards a mainstay of Montana's livestock industry

PAYS dirt: Public Auction Yards a mainstay of Montana's livestock industry

It’s Wednesday at the iconic Public Auction Yards of Billings. There are 350 head of mostly Angus cattle standing in the maze of pens outside, and several dozen cowboys are chewing the fat in the auction house lobby where an old cow dog has dozed off in the middle of the floor.

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An icy situation: Oil spill cleanup success hinges on frozen surface

An icy situation: Oil spill cleanup success hinges on frozen surface

The Coast Guard crew had carved a massive slit in the thick Yellowstone River ice in preparation for trapping oil flowing from a 39,000 gallon spill upstream. Then the ice began to pop, and all bets were off.

January 25, 2015 6:00 am Video Photos

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Wyoming company eyes plan for pipeline replacement

Wyoming company eyes plan for pipeline replacement

UPDATE 5:34 p.m.: Some Glendive residents have reported dark material coming out of taps as the flush their pipes. The Environmental Protection Agency has studied the gritty particles and the concluded the material is not related to the oil spill but rather is naturally occurring sediment th…

January 23, 2015 9:57 am Photos

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Shifting ice on Yellowstone River complicates oil recovery

Shifting ice on Yellowstone River complicates oil recovery

Constantly changing ice conditions on the Yellowstone River are complicating attempts to retrieve the 40,000 gallons of oil that leaked into the river near Glendive on Jan. 17. Officials say ice capping the river for several miles is dictating what cleanup can be done.

January 22, 2015 4:15 pm Video Photos

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Oil pipeline break is under Yellowstone River

Oil pipeline break is under Yellowstone River

The pipeline break that released an estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River is beneath the riverbed, a federal official said Tuesday.

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Crews to clean up oil spilled into Yellowstone River from Montana pipeline

Crews to clean up oil spilled into Yellowstone River from Montana pipeline

At least 42,000 gallons of oil has leaked into the Yellowstone River from a broken pipeline, leaving the Glendive city water supply smelling and tasting like petroleum.

January 19, 2015 9:04 am Photos

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Ben Steele honored with Congressional Record tribute

Ben Steele honored with Congressional Record tribute

Bataan Death March survivor Ben Steele picked up another honor Friday when U.S. Sen. Jon Tester stopped by the Billings veteran’s home.

January 17, 2015 7:00 am Photos

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Montana congressmen balk at Air Force bomber training plans

Montana congressmen balk at Air Force bomber training plans

Calling the Air Force unwise for moving ahead with a bomber training complex over parts of the Bakken, U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines said they would fight the proposal.

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Northern Cheyenne complete 400-mile relay honoring ancestors

Northern Cheyenne complete 400-mile relay honoring ancestors

LAME DEER — The cold burn of winter stung the knuckles of Davinia Rodriguez’ right hand as she clutched the Morning Star flag and raced for a highway reflector some 20 yards ahead.

January 14, 2015 7:00 pm Photos

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Big crane brought in for refinery work

Big crane brought in for refinery work

A 200-foot crane has towered over the Lockwood skyline for several weeks as ExxonMobil Refinery works on safety equipment and removes some old infrastructure.

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DIRECTV letter to Sen. Steve Daines

DIRECTV letter to Sen. Steve Daines

DIRECTV letter to Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.

January 09, 2015 6:08 pm
Sen. Steve Daines' letter to end CBS blackout

Sen. Steve Daines' letter to end CBS blackout

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., wrote DIRECTV and Montana CBS station owner Cordillera Communications asking the parties to end the week-long blackout of CBS programming on DIRECTV. Cordillera wants to raise the fee charged to DIRECTV to transmit CBS programming from Montana stations. DIRECTV ha…

January 09, 2015 6:12 pm
Daines calls on station owner, DirecTV to return CBS to Montanans

Daines calls on station owner, DirecTV to return CBS to Montanans

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is asking DirecTV and the owner of Montana’s CBS affiliate stations to get the network back on satellite after a weeklong absence.

January 09, 2015 11:14 am Photos

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Businesses asked to weigh in on tight workforce

Businesses asked to weigh in on tight workforce

Short on qualified workers, Billings businesses have launched a survey to determine what labor skills are most needed.

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Montana, Wyoming sugar economy should benefit from dispute settlement

Montana, Wyoming sugar economy should benefit from dispute settlement

Montana and Wyoming sugar beet farmers should benefit from a newly resolved trade dispute between the United States and Mexico, according to an industry official.

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Montana's CBS stations still off DIRECTV

Montana's CBS stations still off DIRECTV

With a big NFL playoff game slated for CBS on Sunday, DIRECTV customers in Montana still don’t know if they’ll get the network.

January 07, 2015 4:53 pmLoading…
Grain trains not likely to benefit from Bakken slowdown

Grain trains not likely to benefit from Bakken slowdown

A decline in Bakken oil trains isn’t likely to spell good things for Montana grain farmers, according to rail observers.

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37 fewer highway fatalities in 2014, MHP reports

37 fewer highway fatalities in 2014, MHP reports

Fewer people died on Montana roads in 2014 than did a year earlier, according to Highway Patrol data released Monday.

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No Montana CBS stations for DirecTV customers

No Montana CBS stations for DirecTV customers

DirecTV customers across Montana lost their CBS channel on New Year’s Day and have yet to get it back.

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Local TV networks negotiate access on cable, satellite as time expires

Local TV networks negotiate access on cable, satellite as time expires

With 2014 down to its final hours, two Billings television stations were negotiating for spots on either major cable or satellite TV providers.

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Police chase with stolen truck ends after off-road crash

Police chase with stolen truck ends after off-road crash

A man suspected of stealing a pickup truck in Billings and later crashing after going off-road during a police pursuit has been arrested.

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Forecast: high winds expected as temperatures warm

Warmer temperatures are on the way, but weather forecasters are warning of drifting snow through Tuesday.

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Heights lawmaker wins complaint against Democratic Party

Heights lawmaker wins complaint against Democratic Party

A Billings Republican legislator has won a partial victory in his political practices complaint against the Montana Democratic Party.

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Gift returns aplenty the day after Christmas; and more shopping, too

Gift returns aplenty the day after Christmas; and more shopping, too

It was the day after Christmas, not even 10 a.m., and already the return bins at the customer service counter of Target on Central Avenue were brimming with boomerang merchandise.

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Woman's yearlong fight with cancer ends before Christmas

Woman's yearlong fight with cancer ends before Christmas

Miriam Couture discovered a lump in her chest shortly after Thanksgiving a year ago, but she wasn’t going to let it spoil Christmas for her family.

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Man jailed on dropped charges settles lawsuit against Roosevelt County

A man jailed for more than a year and charged in a rape case that prosecutors later dropped has settled a civil lawsuit against Roosevelt County.

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Falling oil prices bad for Bakken, good for Montana consumers

Falling oil prices bad for Bakken, good for Montana consumers

Declining oil prices will hurt the Bakken, but most likely benefit Montana as gas prices fall, economists say.

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Livestock board cuts jobs, approves furloughs

Livestock board cuts jobs, approves furloughs

The state Board of Livestock voted Thursday to terminate five jobs and furlough other workers to cope with a substantial shortfall in the Livestock Department.

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Major wind farm breaks ground near Bridger

Major wind farm breaks ground near Bridger

Construction of a 120-turbine wind farm is underway in Carbon County as developers scramble to benefit from a last-minute federal tax credit passed this week.

December 18, 2014 4:20 pmLoading…

Veterinary program's future on the table at 2015 Legislature

Everything one needs to know about veterinarians can be gleaned from the back of a convention hall when veterinarians meet.

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Normalized relations with Cuba could be a plus for Montana farmers

Normalized relations with Cuba could be a plus for Montana farmers

Montana farmers were watching closely as President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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Belfry oil development halted

Belfry oil development halted

An oil drilling project once considered a harbinger of a Bakken-like boom in the Beartooths has tapped out.

December 15, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
Stockgrowers meet with economic winds at their backs

Stockgrowers meet with economic winds at their backs

It’s a good time to be a cowboy.

December 12, 2014 6:45 pmLoading…
Commissioner: campaign complaint against Billings dismissed

Commissioner: campaign complaint against Billings dismissed

The City of Billings has prevailed in a political complaint filed over its campaign for a public safety mill levy.

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Nelson v City of Billings

Nelson v City of Billings

Nelson v City of Billings

December 11, 2014 5:51 pm
Planned Parenthood Advocates Statement

Planned Parenthood Advocates Statement

Planned Parenthood Advocates statement.

December 11, 2014 5:29 pm
Planned Parenthood Advocates attack ad

Planned Parenthood Advocates attack ad

The Commissioner of Political Practices found Planned Parenthood Advocates violated state law by mailing this flier in the last days of the 2014 Election without informing its target, Billings Republican Tonya Shellnutt

December 11, 2014 5:26 pm
Planned Parenthood violates Montana campaign law

Planned Parenthood violates Montana campaign law

Shellnutt v Planned Parenthood

December 11, 2014 10:15 am
Commissioner: Planned Parenthood Advocates violated Montana campaign laws

Commissioner: Planned Parenthood Advocates violated Montana campaign laws

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana violated state law in its campaign against a Billings Republican in the 2014 elections, the state Commissioner of Political Practices has ruled.

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Montana counties take $20 million hit in spending bill

Montana counties take $20 million hit in spending bill

Montana counties have lost $20 million in the bipartisan spending bill to avoid another government shutdown.

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Tom Richmond appointed to state Legislature

Tom Richmond appointed to state Legislature

Tom Richmond, former director of the Montana Board of Oil and Gas, has been appointed to represent Blue Creek, Huntley and Lockwood in the 2015 Legislature.

December 09, 2014 11:34 am Photos

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Liquor sales surge in December

Liquor sales surge in December

Here’s another twist on the Christmas spirit, or spirits.

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Time is running out for action on federal tax breaks

Time is running out for action on federal tax breaks

Death and taxes are the certain things in life, or so goes the adage. Tax breaks, hung up in an unproductive Congress, haven’t been a sure bet for Montanans depending on them.

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Fuel spill closes Highway 87 near Lewistown

A semi truck hauling fuel has tipped over on Highway 87 east of Lewistown, closing the road for cleanup until at least 4:30 p.m.

December 04, 2014 12:20 pmLoading…
Democrat MacDonald wins recount in South Billings House district

Democrat MacDonald wins recount in South Billings House district

Incumbent Rep. Margie MacDonald has won a recount challenge to her South Billings legislative district.

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14 Republicans express interest in McNiven's HD56 seat

14 Republicans express interest in McNiven's HD56 seat

The legislative seat abruptly vacated by Rep. Jonathan McNiven has attracted interest from 15 would-be replacements, Republicans said Monday.

December 01, 2014 6:57 pmLoading…
Recount for South Billings legislative seat happens Wednesday

Recount for South Billings legislative seat happens Wednesday

A too-close-to-call Billings legislative district will be decided by recount Wednesday.

December 01, 2014 3:53 pm Photos

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Food labeling proponents praise U.S. appeal of trade ruling

Food labeling proponents praise U.S. appeal of trade ruling

The battle to inform American consumers about where their meat comes from is headed for another round after a U.S. notice to appeal was filed Friday.

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Snow, slick roads arrive for Thanksgiving drive

Snow, slick roads arrive for Thanksgiving drive

Wet snow and slick roads are blanketing southcentral Montana just in time for Thanksgiving travel.

November 26, 2014 6:42 am Photos

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