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Arizona attorney tells large crowd why NDO is not needed

Arizona attorney tells large crowd why NDO is not needed

Days before Monday’s Billings City Council meeting that will decide the future of the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, about 175 residents turned out to hear why the council ought to vote it down.

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Yellowstone County election results

YELLOWSTONE COUNTY, MT PRIMARY ELECTION JUNE 3, 2014 Unofficial Final VOTES PERCENT REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL . . . . . 94,416 BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL. . . . . . . 34,169 BALLOTS CAST - DEMOCRAT. . . . . . 11,425    33.44 BALLOTS CAST - REPUBLICAN . . . . . 22,744    66.56 VOTER TURNOUT - T…

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New voting setup is easier on voters and volunteers

New voting setup is easier on voters and volunteers

In past primaries, long lines causing big headaches have been enough to deter some Billings residents from casting a ballot. 

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Nondiscrimination ordinance still tops agenda for Billings City Council

The Billings City Council spent a little time Monday discussing the 2014-15 budget and a lot of time hearing from residents who still want to talk to them about the nondiscrimination ordinance.

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Billings City Council nixes pedestrian bridge plan

Billings City Council nixes pedestrian bridge plan

Citing costs about twice what was expected, the Billings City Council turned down a plan on Tuesday to move an old pedestrian bridge from Joliet to 25th Street.

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Council tables nondiscrimination ordinance in 12:30 a.m. vote

Council tables nondiscrimination ordinance in 12:30 a.m. vote

More than six hours after commencing its Tuesday night meeting, a divided Billings City Council voted to order city staff to suspend work on the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.

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Billings City Council resumes budget hearings Wednesday

Aviation and Transit, Public Works and administration/administrative services budgets will be presented during the Billings City Council work session Wednesday.

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City turns on the spigot for higher water, wastewater rates

City turns on the spigot for higher water, wastewater rates

Most Billings residents will see increases in their water and wastewater rates beginning July 1. Most increases will be modest, but a few will be more substantial.

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Billings City Council mulls fee increases and development charges Tuesday

Hearings on proposed fee increases for planning services as well as water and wastewater rate hikes are on the agenda for Tuesday’s Billings City Council meeting.

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Police Department comp time cost more than $308,000 in 2012-13

Police Department comp time cost more than $308,000 in 2012-13

Answering nearly 80,000 calls for service annually has resulted in a lot of pay in lieu of compensatory time for Billings police officers — and a bit of a headache for their chief, Rich St. John.

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Police, fire department budgets up next for Billings City Council

Police, fire department budgets up next for Billings City Council

The Billings City Council will hear presentations on what makes up two of the biggest slices of the 2014-15 budget pie chart during its Monday budget work session.

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Safety, family and fun at the heart of parks improvements

Safety, family and fun at the heart of parks improvements

The board that oversees Billings’ 2,580 acres of parkland checked out some of the results of the $2 million-per-year citywide park district this week.

May 16, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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City budget talk gives glimpse of coming year

One can often tell what a government agency will be up to during the coming year by looking at its budget proposal.

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Billings residents lobby for, against still-unwritten nondiscrimination ordinance

On the night the Bozeman City Commission unanimously approved first reading of a nondiscrimination ordinance, people on both sides got a head start testifying before the Billings City Council on Monday.

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Billings may be pushing its boundary out

Billings may be pushing its boundary out

The Billings City Council laid the groundwork Monday to potentially expand the city limits in the coming years.

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Billings City Council will be all ears Monday evening

Monday’s Billings City Council meeting could include as much listening on the part of council members as talking.

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Not in Our Town hosts meeting to discuss hate in the community

Not in Our Town hosts meeting to discuss hate in the community

More than 80 people packed the Billings Public Library community room Wednesday for what Liz Welch called “the beginning of a conversation” to end discrimination in Billings.

April 23, 2014 8:45 pm Photos

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Water, wastewater rates will climb under proposal

Water and wastewater rates will go up under a plan discussed by the Billings City Council Monday.

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Mayor upbeat, but addresses upcoming challenges for Billings

Mayor upbeat, but addresses upcoming challenges for Billings

Billings Mayor Tom Hanel painted a picture of a dynamic, bustling city for the Downtown Rotary Club Monday, but also noted that public safety concerns — and the money needed to keep the public safe — could challenge residents and city officials in the months and years to come.

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Deputies will see 5% raise under tentative contract deal

Deputies will see 5% raise under tentative contract deal

Negotiators have agreed on a three-year deal for Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputies that will include a 5.13 percent wage increase for the current year.

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County studies stormwater problems in Alkali Creek subdivision; plans repairs

County studies stormwater problems in Alkali Creek subdivision; plans repairs

Helping residents of the Sun Valley Subdivision deal with stormwater runoff during heavy rains was the main order of business during Tuesday’s meeting of the Yellowstone County Board of Commissioners.

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Zimmerman Trail, Bench connector on list of proposed projects

Zimmerman Trail, Bench connector on list of proposed projects

Transportation and elected officials from the local to the federal level gathered at the Yellowstone County Courthouse during the lunch hour Tuesday to discuss upcoming transportation projects in and around Billings.

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Garbage fees will rise beginning July 1

Garbage fees will rise beginning July 1

When it came time to hike garbage pickup and landfill fees Monday, the Billings City Council chose an option with a smaller initial increase over one that would have increased the charge $2.01 per month beginning July 1.

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Disc golfers, off-roaders may both get their pieces of High Sierra Park

Disc golfers, off-roaders may both get their pieces of High Sierra Park

Billings may indeed take a flier on constructing a new disc golf course at High Sierra Park in the Heights, but probably not during the upcoming fiscal year.

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Not In Our Town withdraws $25,000 funding request

Not In Our Town withdraws $25,000 funding request

The steering committee raising money for the Not In Our Town national leadership gathering in June has withdrawn the $25,000 funding request it made to the Billings City Council last month.

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