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Leaders regroup after public safety levy fails

Leaders regroup after public safety levy fails

Officials expressed some surprise and plenty of disappointment that voters narrowly turned down the Billings public safety levy Tuesday.

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By mid-afternoon, 1,310 people registered to vote at the polls today

By mid-afternoon, 1,310 people registered to vote at the polls today

HELENA — More than four in five Montana residents who requested absentee ballots had returned them by mid-afternoon Tuesday.

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New sidewalk policy will help eliminate 'trippers'

Billings could soon become a safer place for pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and people in wheelchairs.

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Report: Fewer residents are chatting, texting while driving

Report: Fewer residents are chatting, texting while driving

It may seem like every other driver in Billings is speaking on a cellphone.

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House candidates Zinke, Lewis in stretch run

House candidates Zinke, Lewis in stretch run

HELENA — Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke are crisscrossing Montana in the final days before the election Tuesday in their race for an open seat in the House.

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Day 2 of the homeless summit given to brainstorming what might work

Day 2 of the homeless summit given to brainstorming what might work

Attendees and organizers alike left day two of the Community Innovations Summit clamoring for more.

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Billings City Council to explore offering city employees health care choice

With an eye toward offering city employees choice in who provides their medical care, the Billings City Council will be taking a look at how health care provider contracts are devised and agreed upon.

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City needs a lot of help filling boards and commissions

City needs a lot of help filling boards and commissions

Mayor Tom Hanel and the Billings City Council have a number of openings to fill on city boards and commissions — including an even dozen positions on the Mayor’s Homelessness Committee.

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City Council looking to keep up with a growing community

If Monday’s Billings City Council consent agenda is any indication, the Magic City will continue to grow.

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Neighborhood tow trucks would speed response times, wreckers argue

The Billings City Council will ponder during a future meeting whether to allow parking of tow trucks in residential neighborhoods in an effort to speed the time wreckers can respond to accidents.

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One-time Billings mayoral candidate now advising generals in the nation's capital

One-time Billings mayoral candidate now advising generals in the nation's capital

Nine years ago, Al Garver ran for mayor of Billings, losing by about eight percentage points to former Billings Police Chief Ron Tussing.

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Council to consider new plan for tow truck response

The Billings City Council on Monday will discuss a proposal to allow commercial tow trucks serving the needs of the Montana Highway Patrol and Billings police to park in residential neighborhoods for improved emergency response.

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After 40 forums on safety levy, voters get final say

After 40 forums on safety levy, voters get final say

Todd Buchanan, the main advocate for the public safety levy that will be decided by Billings voters Nov. 4, has helped lead about 40 presentations designed to bring voters up to speed on what proponents view as a clear need to boost public safety funding.

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Public safety levy 101: Here's everything you need to know

Public safety levy 101: Here's everything you need to know

What’s being asked of taxpayers?

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A functional oasis: Shiloh Conservation area opens on West End

A functional oasis: Shiloh Conservation area opens on West End

Just a few yards from the ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially opened the Shiloh Conservation Area on Thursday afternoon, Gavin and Gabby Schwend of Billings were pulling rainbow trout out of one of the stormwater retention ponds.

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Billings City Council requires just 35 minutes to dispense with its agenda

Setting a near record for brevity, the Billings City Council completed its meeting Tuesday in a mere 35 minutes.

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Columbus Day holiday pushes back city council meeting a day

Thanks to Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the New World, the Billings City Council gets an extra day off this week before tackling another meeting agenda.

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Candidate’s donkey symbol draws complaint

HELENA — An Independent legislative candidate from Missoula said his Democratic opponent’s mailers display an image of a bucking horse, instead of a donkey as required by law.

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A historic day for casting ballots at Crow Agency

A historic day for casting ballots at Crow Agency

CROW AGENCY— Crow Tribal Chairman Darrin Old Coyote received the honor Wednesday morning of casting the first ballot at one of Montana’s two alternate voting sites, this one set up in a corner room at the tribal administration building here.

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Sprucing up the Gateway: East Billings industrial district getting makeover

Sprucing up the Gateway: East Billings industrial district getting makeover

A gateway into Billings may well get a long-awaited makeover.

October 08, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Smarter traffic signals, safer traveling public

Billings traffic signals are set for major upgrades over the next three years that should help traffic flow more smoothly — even at signals near train tracks.

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Monday's the deadline for voters to register by mail; plenty of time to get absentee ballot

Monday's the deadline for voters to register by mail; plenty of time to get absentee ballot

Yellowstone County elections workers stuffed and stamped about 50,000 ballots last week, ballots that will go out today ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

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Council to have a look at Community Conversation feedback

The Billings City Council will not only hear a presentation on the proposed public safety levy Monday, it will get up to speed on how previous public presentations have gone.

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Lewis, Zinke debate federal budget, health care, global warming

Lewis, Zinke debate federal budget, health care, global warming

HELENA — U.S. House candidates John Lewis and Ryan disagreed sharply over balancing the federal budget, the Affordable Care Act and global warming in a debate in Bozeman on Saturday night.

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Former prosecutor, former transport officer running for justice of the peace

Former prosecutor, former transport officer running for justice of the peace

Editor’s note: This is part of the Gazette’s coverage on contested Yellowstone County races in the Nov. 4 election.

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