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Clair Johnson

MontanaFair slightly off record pace

Heading into rodeo on the last days of MontanaFair, total revenue so far for the nine-day event at MetraPark is only slightly off from a record set last year.

August 14, 2014 4:45 pmLoading…
Wyoming man admits stealing Forest Service’s explosives

Wyoming man admits stealing Forest Service’s explosives

A Wyoming man admitted Thursday to stealing more than 500 pounds of explosives that belonged to the U.S. Forest Service after finding a bunker near Red Lodge while looking for a place to camp.

August 14, 2014 4:45 pmLoading…
County finds a way to pay for new jail, but can't nail down money to operate it

County finds a way to pay for new jail, but can't nail down money to operate it

With a combination of protested tax distributions and county funds, Yellowstone County can scrape together the estimated $7 million it needs to expand to add 100 new beds to relieve crowding at the jail.

August 13, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

County’s coal taxes increase from Signal Peak Energy

More underground coal mining in Yellowstone County last year by Signal Peak Energy, which operates the Bull Mountain Mine south of Roundup, will mean more tax dollars for the county.

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MontanaFair numbers dip a little

MontanaFair numbers dip a little

MontanaFair revenue through Monday fell a bit off pace from last year’s figures, but officials continue to be pleased with the event and are expecting a strong finish by the end of the week. Fair revenue through Monday totaled $927,245, which is $128,482 less than $1.05 million in 2014, said…

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Man involved in home invasion admits to federal drug, gun charges

Man involved in home invasion admits to federal drug, gun charges

A Great Falls man shot during a Billings home invasion earlier this year admitted federal drug and gun charges on Monday.Christopher James Michelotti, 30, pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine for distribution and to brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime dur…

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Lame Deer residents accused of meth trafficking; exposing children to drug

Two Lame Deer residents on Monday denied federal charges of methamphetamine trafficking in a residence here children were present.

August 11, 2014 4:45 pmLoading…
YelCo 52: Yellowstone River a workhorse for industry, economy

YelCo 52: Yellowstone River a workhorse for industry, economy

What makes the Yellowstone River so special? Perhaps it's because the Yellowstone is the longest free-flowing river in the continental United States.

August 09, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Billings bicyclist hit by vehicle

Billings bicyclist hit by vehicle

A Billings man who was hit by a van Friday afternoon on the South Side suffered minor injuries, said Police Sgt. Justin Jagers.

August 08, 2014 2:51 pmLoading…

Jury convicts Washington men of trafficking more than 2 pounds of meth

A federal jury in Billings this week convicted two Washington men of methamphetamine trafficking charges after law enforcement agents stopped their vehicle in Montana in 2012 and found more than two pounds of meth hidden inside.

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Washington woman dies after motorcycle hits deer in Sweet Grass County

A Washington woman died Thursday night when the motorcycle she was riding hit a deer in Sweet Grass County.

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4-year-old girl dies in ATV crash in Sheridan County

A 4-year-old girl died Thursday night in Sheridan County in an all-terrain vehicle crash.

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Cooler for the weekend

The Billings area will be hot and mostly sunny on Friday, but temperatures will be a little cooler for the weekend.

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Aiming high: MontanaFair begins Friday, crowds anticipated at 250,000 over week

Aiming high: MontanaFair begins Friday, crowds anticipated at 250,000 over week

Concerts, carnival rides, cotton candy and corn dogs — all the things that go into a fair — plus rodeo, barbecue, beer and more can be found at MontanaFair, which begins its nine-day run Friday at MetraPark in Billings.

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Vandals spray paint rocks at Zimmerman Park

Vandals spray paint rocks at Zimmerman Park

Vandals recently struck Zimmerman Park, a natural area atop the Rimrocks, spray painting sandstone rocks and cliffs with obscenities and phallic symbols.

August 06, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Laurel man denies charges in Chippewa Cree corruption investigation

A Laurel man already facing federal fraud charges recently denied new charges linked to a large corruption investigation involving the Chippewa Cree Tribe on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation.

August 06, 2014 2:53 pmLoading…

West Yellowstone fires police chief

After months of controversy surrounding its police department, the West Yellowstone town council fired its longtime police chief during a special meeting Monday night.

August 05, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

County awards bid for new MetraPark agricultural building

The Yellowstone County commission on Tuesday awarded a contract to build a new multipurpose agricultural building at MetraPark to DPS Co., of Boyd.

August 05, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…

Yellowstone County distributes protested taxes

With the settlement of several major tax disputes, millions of dollars in protested taxes have been distributed throughout Yellowstone County in one-time payments.

August 05, 2014 4:30 pmLoading…

Hot temperatures to continue through weekend

Hot temperatures with a slight chance of thunderstorms will continue through the weekend in the Billings area.

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Man injured in sword stabbing

Man injured in sword stabbing

A Billings man suffered a stab wound to his arm early Friday morning when a neighbor became upset over a fire pit and assaulted him with a sword, said the Billings Police Department.

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Man charged with accidentally shooting girlfriend in chin

Man charged with accidentally shooting girlfriend in chin

A man arrested on suspicion of accidentally shooting his girlfriend in the chin made an initial court appearance Thursday on a charge of criminal endangerment.

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Billings man admits possessing machine gun

A Billings man accused of converting a rifle to a machine gun and selling it admitted to a federal firearms charge on Thursday.

July 31, 2014 3:52 pmLoading…

Billings man admits firearms violation

A Billings man admitted he illegally possessed a firearm after a sheriff’s deputy responded to a call at the Huntley Diversion Dam of men firing guns. Deputies seized numerous guns, including a sawed-off shotgun.

July 31, 2014 3:25 pmLoading…

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