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Videos helped crack Wyoming kidnapping, assault case

Videos helped crack Wyoming kidnapping, assault case

In a notorious case involving the kidnapping and rape of a young girl in Cody, Wyo., video surveillance cameras played a "huge role" in bringing the perpetrator to justice.

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Candid cameras: Video cameras an increasingly useful law enforcement tool

Candid cameras: Video cameras an increasingly useful law enforcement tool

On June 6, 2012, a woman called 911 to report that she was following a driver who appeared to be drunk.

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Stunning new library to open Monday

Stunning new library to open Monday

The new Billings Public Library, which will throw open its doors for the first time Monday, probably wouldn't have been built without the jump-start of a $2 million donation.

January 05, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Jan. 12, 2003: City Lights: Aliens have alibis for Two Moon Park activity

The mysteries of Two Moon Park have been solved ... more or less.

December 29, 2013 7:39 am

Jan. 8, 2003: Valley Album: By hands unknown

Ed Kemmick wrote a series of features called "Valley Album" in the early 2000s. 

December 29, 2013 7:17 am

Aug. 3, 2000: You want ADVENTURE?: Instead of battles with wildlife, try a botched, boring river float with family and friends

This story by Ed Kemmick was published in the Outdoors section of The Gazette on Aug. 3, 2000.

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City Lights, June 17, 2007: Remember: Writers write, unfortunately

Everywhere I go, young people come up to me and ask, "Ed, how do I break into the reporting business?"

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His own advocate: Billings man with rare maladies fighting toward health

His own advocate: Billings man with rare maladies fighting toward health

In mid-November, Jeff Hansen knew he’d reached an important milestone. He got the hiccups.

December 25, 2013 6:30 am Photos

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Reporter's Notebook: One last hurrah for the old library

Reporter's Notebook: One last hurrah for the old library

Now that the old library is closed, but before it is demolished, can I say a few words in defense of the much-maligned, unlovely concrete monolith?

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Billings crews still catching up with last week's storms

Billings crews still catching up with last week's storms

Even as a fresh winter storm blew into town Tuesday afternoon, Bill Kemp was talking about cleaning up after the freezing rain, heavy snows and high winds of last week.

December 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Developer's adaptability speeds approval of project

A developer's plans to build two four-plexes at Boulder Avenue and Rehberg Lane -- expected to be met with neighborhood opposition -- sailed through the Billings City Council on a unanimous vote Monday night.

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Billings City Council to meet for last time in 2013

For its last meeting of 2013, the Billings City Council has a fairly long agenda.

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Billings looks to island lease to expand trail system

Billings looks to island lease to expand trail system

The city of Billings is considering leasing a 71-acre parcel of land along the Yellowstone River from the state of Montana.

December 09, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Library, ready for move, has one last auction

Library, ready for move, has one last auction

As the Billings Public Library — formerly known as Parmly Billings Library — prepares to move into its new building, it is auctioning off the last of its old furniture, furnishings and hardware.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Billings YMCA sued over playground injury

Billings YMCA sued over playground injury

An 18-year-old Billings woman who said she suffered serious brain injuries during a YMCA outing as a young girl is suing the Billings Family YMCA.

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Separation anxiety: Conservation groups split over use of riverfront center

Separation anxiety: Conservation groups split over use of riverfront center

Two conservation groups that have worked together for years in Billings may be parting ways.

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State seeks new sentence in teacher-student rape case

State seeks new sentence in teacher-student rape case

The Montana Attorney General's Office has asked the state Supreme Court to vacate the 31-day sentence imposed on a Billings teacher who admitted raping one of his students and send the case back to District Court for resentencing.

November 29, 2013 7:00 pm Photos

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Billings attorney to be publicly censured by state high court

Billings attorney to be publicly censured by state high court

A Billings attorney accused of making threats against another attorney will be publicly censured by the Montana Supreme Court and placed on probation for a year.

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Red Lodge Boys and Girls Club earns LEED Platinum rating

Red Lodge Boys and Girls Club earns LEED Platinum rating

The renovated and expanded building occupied by the Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County recently became the first LEED Platinum-certified building in Red Lodge.

November 23, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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For widow, no rejoicing over settlement — just vindication

For widow, no rejoicing over settlement — just vindication

Therese Bieber recently ended her lawsuit against the city of Billings, after the city's insurer agreed to a $900,000 settlement.

November 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Council OKs raises for Teamsters, non-union workers

The Billings City Council approved its third and final contract with city workers Monday night, then voted to give non-union employees the same cost-of-living increase granted to union workers.

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Teamster contract on council's agenda Monday

The last of three contracts with city workers will be considered Monday night by the Billings City Council.

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Organizers 'ready to roll on' West End dog park

Organizers 'ready to roll on' West End dog park

Plans are coming together to build a new dog park on the far West End — an expansive 22-acre park that would meander along both sides of Canyon Creek.

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Billings fire chief denies ex-assistant's claims

Billings fire chief denies ex-assistant's claims

Billings Fire Chief Paul Dextras said the reasons his assistant chief gave for resigning earlier this week were not true.

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Claiming harassment, Billings assistant fire chief resigns

Claiming harassment, Billings assistant fire chief resigns

A year after he was disciplined for insubordination, Assistant Billings Fire Chief Frank Odermann has resigned, saying Chief Paul Dextras placed him in “an atmosphere of intolerable, harassing, retaliatory, and hostile work conditions.”

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Billings City Council to vote on firefighter contract

After months of delay, the Billings City Council is finally scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a contract with the city's firefighters union.

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Many Billings drivers stopped, only half cited, for cellphone use

Many Billings drivers stopped, only half cited, for cellphone use

So far this year in Billings, police officers have issued 342 citations to people caught using a cellphone while operating a motor vehicle.

November 11, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Huntley Project School planning big Veterans Day tribute

Huntley Project School planning big Veterans Day tribute

WORDEN — Fifth- and sixth-graders at Huntley Project Elementary School are pulling out all the stops for this year's Veterans Day celebration in Worden.

November 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Hanel coasts to re-election; council has 3 new faces

Hanel coasts to re-election; council has 3 new faces

Billings Mayor Tom Hanel won an overwhelming re-election victory in Tuesday’s municipal election, according to final but unofficial results.

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New library on track to open Jan. 6

New library on track to open Jan. 6

The City Council heard an optimistic report on the status of the new Billings Public Library Monday night.

November 04, 2013 8:39 pmLoading…
BLM names suspect in Pompeys Pillar vandalism

BLM names suspect in Pompeys Pillar vandalism

The Bureau of Land Management has identified Cole Randall as the man suspected of carving his name and the date at Pompeys Pillar National Monument last month.

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Historian weaves tales of Montana Territory and Civil War

Historian weaves tales of Montana Territory and Civil War

In his latest book, Great Falls historian Ken Robison attempts to answer a straightforward question: “How did the Civil War affect Montana?”

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Disciplined landfill workers say firefighters' scavenging went unpunished

Disciplined landfill workers say firefighters' scavenging went unpunished

Three city employees who were disciplined last year for taking goods from the landfill are complaining that the city refused to punish firefighters engaged in similar activities.

November 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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City's insurer to pay $900,000 in Rose Park pool death

City's insurer to pay $900,000 in Rose Park pool death

The insurer for the city of Billings has agreed to pay $900,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died of a heart attack at Rose Park pool in 2011.

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Pedestrian signal on Fourth Avenue still confusing but doing its job

Pedestrian signal on Fourth Avenue still confusing but doing its job

Six months after an experimental crosswalk signal was installed on Fourth Avenue North, motorists apparently are still getting used to it.

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City to write letter of support in street-light dispute

The Billings City Council will write a letter of support for a complaint over alleged price-gouging by NorthWestern Energy but will not formally intervene in the case.

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City Council to weigh options in streetlight complaint

The Billings City Council will consider intervening in a Montana Public Service Commission case involving street-lighting charges when the council meets Monday.

October 27, 2013 6:00 pmLoading…
Robin Hanel apologizes for statement about mayoral candidate McFadden

Robin Hanel apologizes for statement about mayoral candidate McFadden

Robin Hanel publicly apologized Friday for comments she made a week earlier about her husband's electoral opponent.

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Work on 1st phase of 'Inner Belt Loop' to start soon

Work on 1st phase of 'Inner Belt Loop' to start soon

Construction of the first 5,000 feet of a proposed connecting road between the Heights and the West End is expected to begin in the first half of November.

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City to study street closures, give events 2-year breather

Organizers of events that have traditionally been held on temporarily closed city streets can breathe easy, at least for a couple of years.

October 25, 2013 5:09 pmLoading…
Mayoral candidate accuses incumbent's wife of slander

Mayoral candidate accuses incumbent's wife of slander

Billings mayoral candidate John McFadden said he is considering taking legal action against the wife of Mayor Tom Hanel, saying she slandered him at a public forum.

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Housing nonprofit hoping to raze problem housing complex

Housing nonprofit hoping to raze problem housing complex

Eric Basye is normally in the business of building houses for needy families, but at the moment he’d love to be able to tear a few rental units down.

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Traffic signal planned at site of frequent crashes

Traffic signal planned at site of frequent crashes

Driving home from classes at Montana State University Billings on Oct. 11, Corey Buchan arrived to find two wrecked cars on his front lawn.

October 19, 2013 4:15 am Photos

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Complaint over Billings street lights to go before Public Service Commission

Complaint over Billings street lights to go before Public Service Commission

More than three years after several Billings residents filed a complaint arguing that they were being grossly overcharged for street-lighting services by NorthWestern Energy, the Montana Public Service Commission is preparing to consider the case.

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Hotel restorers to receive historic-preservation award

Hotel restorers to receive historic-preservation award

The winners of the 2013 Historic Preservation Excellence Awards will be honored Oct. 24 when the Montana Preservation Alliance holds its annual meeting at the Northern Hotel in downtown Billings.

October 15, 2013 5:25 pmLoading…
WWII vets return home from successful Honor Flight

WWII vets return home from successful Honor Flight

With the blare of bagpipes and the pounding of marching band percussion filling the Billings airport lobby, veterans on the latest Big Sky Honor Flight returned to town into a sea of cheering supporters. 

October 14, 2013 9:06 pm Photos

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Protesters call for end to government shutdown

Protesters call for end to government shutdown

A group of protesters gathered at the Billings office of U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Monday, urging him to “shut down the shutdown.”

October 14, 2013 5:40 pm Photos

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'Dark days': Speakers talk about living with, controlling mental illness

'Dark days': Speakers talk about living with, controlling mental illness

Standing before a room full of strangers Monday morning, Sheryl Scheafer talked about her “dark days.”

September 30, 2013 2:56 pmLoading…
Some City Council races quiet, others 'hotly contested'

Some City Council races quiet, others 'hotly contested'

Depending on which ward you live in, races for the Billings City Council this fall will be either quite lively or almost nonexistent.

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