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Police lieutenant formally announces write-in campaign for sheriff

Police lieutenant formally announces write-in campaign for sheriff

Billings Police Lt. Mark Cady launched his write-in campaign for Yellowstone County Sheriff on Friday, saying he decided on the race just this week after being approached by friends after church Sunday.

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Lewis Avenue residents divided over new bike lanes

Lewis Avenue residents divided over new bike lanes

Thin stripes of white paint might foreshadow wider problems down the road, according to a Billings resident concerned about new bike lanes along a small section of Lewis Avenue near Lewis and Clark Middle School.

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A dozen opportunities to tell the Billings City Council what's on your mind

If the public has a mind to, residents could keep the members of the Billings City Council up well past their bedtime Monday.

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An evening constitutional: Rocky Mountain College scholar helps celebrate Constitution Day

An evening constitutional: Rocky Mountain College scholar helps celebrate Constitution Day

The fight to shore constitutional protections, including free speech and freedom of religion, has been waged in many states, including Montana.

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Property tax bills could go down slightly in reappraisal cycle

Property tax bills could go down slightly in reappraisal cycle

While officials with the Montana Department of Revenue threw a lot of numbers around during a presentation on the state’s upcoming reappraisal cycle Tuesday morning, one preliminary figure will be of interest to local homeowners: Next year property tax bills could go down by about 1.5 percent.

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Billings City Council discusses paving material on city roads

Billings Public Works Director Dave Mumford tried to put the wraps on a street surface known as RAP on Monday.

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Open house set for trail feasibility study

The city of Billings and Yellowstone County will hold an interactive open house on the nearly completed trail feasibility study that examines various alignments to connect ZooMontana to Riverfront Park.

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Is Montana a ‘red’ or ‘blue’ state? Lots of both, actually – and very much divided

Is Montana a ‘red’ or ‘blue’ state? Lots of both, actually – and very much divided

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-day series on the divided political landscape in Montana, which is neither “red” nor “blue,” but somewhere in between. 

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Officials argue public safety levy would cover rising cost of police, fire protection

Officials argue public safety levy would cover rising cost of police, fire protection

City and business leaders began the conversation Tuesday that will lead to a November vote by Billings residents whether to increase their property taxes to pay for additional police, fire and other services that would cover anticipated growth over the next decade.

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Billings lawmakers plan to reform forfeiture law

Billings lawmakers plan to reform forfeiture law

A pair of freshman state lawmakers from Billings — a Democrat and a Republican — are proposing changes to the state’s civil asset forfeiture law and expect to bring legislation forward during the next legislative session.

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Council hopes to clear train crossing backup at busy intersection

Council hopes to clear train crossing backup at busy intersection

What started out as a simple request — finding out how to update the computer system that runs stoplights that control traffic at one of Billings’ busiest train crossings, at N. 27th Street and Montana Avenue — apparently isn’t as simple as it seems.

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Council wants to hear from the public on 'unusual annexation'

Council wants to hear from the public on 'unusual annexation'

A public hearing on what’s being billed as an “unusual annexation” will be the first of five hearings scheduled when the Billings City Council meets Monday evening.

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City official: Counting downtown pedestrians can help keep them safe

City official: Counting downtown pedestrians can help keep them safe

Billings officials and volunteers will be counting downtown pedestrians later this month in an effort to help cut down on the number of crashes involving pedestrians.

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Divided county commission OKs budget with money for jail expansion

Divided county commission OKs budget with money for jail expansion

By a 2-1 vote, the Yellowstone County commissioners approved the 2015 budget Tuesday morning, with money available if the county decides to expand the jail.

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Transferring federal lands to Montana: Political theater or a viable option?

Transferring federal lands to Montana: Political theater or a viable option?

HELENA — Whether debated over a steaming cup of coffee in a café or deliberated in the chambers of the Montana Capitol, the transfer of federal lands to state or private ownership has become a divisive political issue from Eureka to Ekalaka.

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Fielder: Get rid of the absentee landlord

Fielder: Get rid of the absentee landlord

THOMPSON FALLS — To Jennifer Fielder, most problems on Montana’s landscape would be fixed by getting rid of an absentee landlord.

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City leaders set to discuss public safety levy

The proposed public safety mill levy will be at the heart of upcoming Billings City Council Community Conversations to be held next month.

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Parks board asks to trim proposed projects; council OKs liquor license for new bar

Parks board asks to trim proposed projects; council OKs liquor license for new bar

Go back to the drawing board. In effect, that’s what the Billings City Council told the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board on Monday. The board had proposed spending about $2.3 million in Park District 1 funds during 2014-15.

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Billings City Council plans hearing on mill levy rates

The public will have the chance to tell the Billings City Council what it thinks about paying a smaller city tax bill this year.

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NDO supporters rally downtown

NDO supporters rally downtown

Nearly 250 people rallied in downtown Billings on Monday evening to show their support for continuing efforts to pass an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, which the Billings City Council defeated on Aug. 13.

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After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

The NDO acronym could take on a new form. Call it the “never dies ordinance.”

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Council defeats NDO by 6-5 count

Council defeats NDO by 6-5 count

Saying he doesn’t believe Billings is ready for a nondiscrimination ordinance, Mayor Tom Hanel cast the decisive vote just past 3 a.m. Tuesday to defeat the long-debated measure.

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Before it votes on the NDO, Billings City Council must dispense with a plump agenda

Before it votes on the NDO, Billings City Council must dispense with a plump agenda

Monday’s Billings City Council meeting could well be a long one even before council members arrive at the main event.

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Expert panel shares ideas about downtown parking

Expert panel shares ideas about downtown parking

With a new downtown parking structure about to open and the fresh eyes of a brand new parking manager, Tracy Scott, Billings is at what one parking expert called “a watershed moment.”

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