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Warm through Saturday, then snow possible

Warm temperatures will continue through Saturday in the Billings area before colder weather moves in on Sunday, bringing a chance of snow.

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Two women sentenced in Bakken meth ring

Two women sentenced in Bakken meth ring

Two women who admitted distributing nearly pure meth for the leader of a large distribution ring that brought the drug from Washington to the Bakken oil fields of Eastern Montana and North Dakota will spend time in federal prison.

December 10, 2014 3:38 pmLoading…

Billings woman admits lying to get Social Security benefits

A Billings woman admitted she received more than $26,000 in federal Social Security Administration benefits after lying about the presence of her husband in her household.

December 09, 2014 4:30 pmLoading…
Man pleads guilty to stabbing juvenile female in October 2013

Man pleads guilty to stabbing juvenile female in October 2013

A Crow Agency man on Tuesday admitted he stabbed a juvenile female during a confrontation in October 2013.

December 09, 2014 2:28 pmLoading…
Yellowstone County to begin search to replace retiring finance director

Yellowstone County to begin search to replace retiring finance director

Yellowstone County’s Finance Director Scott Turner will leave big shoes to fill when he retires in May after 28 years with the county — shoes so big the county probably will add a new full-time position to help do the job.

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Rollover injures Pryor woman

Rollover injures Pryor woman

A rollover crash Friday morning on black ice at Bender and Blue Creek roads sent a Pryor woman to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

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Beartooth Electric Co-op contracts with Lower Valley Energy for management services

The Beartooth Electric Cooperative last week signed a three-year contract with Lower Valley Energy of Afton, Wyo., to provide management services for the Red Lodge-based rural power organization.

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Billings meth dealer gets 5 years in prison

Billings meth dealer gets 5 years in prison

A woman who distributed methamphetamine in Billings and the Fort Peck Reservation to support her pain pill addiction will spend five years in federal prison.

December 04, 2014 2:11 pmLoading…
Billings woman admits spray painting rocks in Zimmerman Park

Billings woman admits spray painting rocks in Zimmerman Park

A Billings woman accused of spray painting rocks in Zimmerman Park this past summer admitted criminal mischief charges on Thursday.

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Sidney man sentenced for Bakken meth distribution

Sidney man sentenced for Bakken meth distribution

A Sidney man will spend five years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine he got from the leader of large trafficking operation that brought the drug from Washington to the Bakken oil fields.

December 03, 2014 4:15 pmLoading…
Yellowstone County jail openings hard to fill

Yellowstone County jail openings hard to fill

Looking for full-time work that starts at $17.72 an hour and offers health insurance? Are you non-judgmental, people-oriented and diplomatic? Do you have a sense of humor? Can you handle stress and don’t mind an element of personal danger?

December 03, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Two Billings residents deny spray painting Zimmerman Park

Two Billings residents deny spray painting Zimmerman Park

Two Billings residents suspected of vandalizing Zimmerman Park by spray-painting sandstone rocks with obscenities and phallic symbols denied misdemeanor charges Tuesday.

December 02, 2014 3:54 pmLoading…
County adjusts Phillips 66’s tax bill after settlement

County adjusts Phillips 66’s tax bill after settlement

Yellowstone County will be disbursing about $3.3 million in protested taxes from the Phillips 66 oil refinery in Billings after the company and the Montana Department of Revenue settled a tax dispute.

December 02, 2014 2:36 pmLoading…
Ninth Circuit to stream ceremony for new Chief Judge Sidney Thomas

Ninth Circuit to stream ceremony for new Chief Judge Sidney Thomas

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will stream online Friday’s gavel-passing ceremony for its new chief judge — Sidney Thomas of Billings.

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Commissioners set schedule for HD56 interviews

Commissioners set schedule for HD56 interviews

The Yellowstone County commissioners will hold interviews Dec. 9 for candidates seeking to fill the House District 56 legislative seat.

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Clerk of Court, County Attorney butt heads over same-sex marriage licenses

Clerk of Court, County Attorney butt heads over same-sex marriage licenses

Yellowstone County Clerk of Court Kristie Boelter clashed with County Attorney Scott Twito and a commissioner Monday over a religious exemption from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

December 01, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Lame Deer pair denies meth distribution charges

Two Lame Deer residents accused of distributing methamphetamine in a place where minor children were present denied federal charges on Wednesday.

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County backs plan for industrial taxing district in Lockwood

The Yellowstone County Commission took the first step on Tuesday toward creating a new rural taxing district to encourage industrial development in Lockwood.

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Judge Sidney Thomas praised by friends, colleagues

Judge Sidney Thomas praised by friends, colleagues

Even as a teenager growing up in Billings, Steve Corning knew that Sid Thomas, a Bozeman kid he met at Boys State, was destined for big things.

November 23, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Montana’s 9th Circuit Judge Sid Thomas to become next chief judge

Montana’s 9th Circuit Judge Sid Thomas to become next chief judge

On Dec. 1, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sidney R. Thomas of Billings will become the circuit’s new chief judge.

November 23, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Former Billings car dealer gets prison for bank fraud

The former owner of Payless Auto Sales, a failed Billings dealership, apologized Thursday in federal court for hurting friends and family in a large scheme that defrauded banks and others of nearly $400,000.

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Mild, sunny skies and windy for Friday

Skies will be mostly sunny on Friday in the Billings area while temperatures will be mild, with a high of about 46 degrees, the National Weather Service said. Southwesterly winds will be about 16 mph. The low will be about 28 degrees.

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Washington men sentenced for transporting 2 pounds of nearly pure meth

Washington men sentenced for transporting 2 pounds of nearly pure meth

Two Washington men caught in Montana with two pounds of nearly pure methamphetamine destined for Minnesota will spend at least 10 years in federal prison before facing deportment.

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Twito airs concerns on jail diversion; county assigns full report on plan

Twito airs concerns on jail diversion; county assigns full report on plan

A proposal to relieve Yellowstone County jail crowding by screening inmates for release will get closer scrutiny before commissioners decide on the plan.

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Baker man charged with illegal hazardous materials transportation

A Baker man accused of illegally transporting hazardous materials from North Dakota to Eastern Montana denied federal charges in Billings on Wednesday.

November 19, 2014 4:19 pmLoading…

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