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June hotter, drier than average

June hotter, drier than average

June weather didn’t break any records in Billings, but it was hotter and drier than the 79-year average.

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Battlefield's Indian Memorial to get final touches

Battlefield's Indian Memorial to get final touches

Ten years after the Indian Memorial at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument was constructed, the final phase of the project is nearly complete.

June 23, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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Yellowstone Kelly honored Saturday

Legendary scout and soldier Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly will be honored Saturday at the site of his grave atop the Billings Rimrocks.

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Park Service observes battle anniversary

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument will commemorate the 137th anniversary of the most famous battle of the Indian Wars with special events and programs that begin Friday.

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Veterans recall names, faces, tales from World War II

Veterans recall names, faces, tales from World War II

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rosetta Strecker, 88, searched for the Texas pillar at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., conjuring the names and faces of the desperately ill returned prisoners of war she helped treat in a stateside Army hospital in 1945.

June 17, 2013 8:00 pm Photos

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Honor Flight veterans recall fear--and fun--in world's greatest war

Honor Flight veterans recall fear--and fun--in world's greatest war

WASHINGTON — Sometime in the mid 1940s, on a dare, Kathryn Zurbuchen, of Billings, sat on Abraham Lincoln’s gigantic lap at the Great Emancipator’s towering monument in Washington, D.C.

June 16, 2013 7:30 pm Photos

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Drought recedes -- for now

Between the end of April and the first week in June, south-central Montana has moved two steps out of the “extreme” drought category into the “moderate” drought category on the Climate Prediction Center’s Palmer Drought Index.

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Custer scout ledger art featured at Cody gallery opening

Custer scout ledger art featured at Cody gallery opening

White Swan, a Crow scout who rode with Custer to the valley of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876, was deaf.

June 09, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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Arizona collector Dyck preserved Plains Indian history

Arizona collector Dyck preserved Plains Indian history

CODY, Wyo. — Paul Dyck, the man from Rimrock, Ariz., who put together the largest private collection of Plains Indian art and artifacts in the world, decided in his final months that the Buffalo Bill Historical Center here was the best place to preserve and protect his legacy.

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Old house yields historic treasures

Old house yields historic treasures

Memorabilia collected by a prominent early Billings family lay hidden for decades behind a second-floor linen closet in a historic home at 1002 N. 30th St.

June 01, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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WW II naval hero, admiral grew up in house on N. 30th Street

WW II naval hero, admiral grew up in house on N. 30th Street

Just under the surface in a narrow gulf off the coast of Luzon, World War II submarine commander Lt. Wreford Goss “Moon” Chapple stood for an hour staring through the eyepiece of his periscope as his sub slowly approached a wall of Japanese transport ships.

June 01, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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France honors Billings veterans of World War II

France honors Billings veterans of World War II

When the French government recently designated Willard “Bud” LaCounte a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, the Billings World War II veteran had one regret.

May 27, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Harlowton celebrates railroad heritage

Harlowton celebrates railroad heritage

In 1980 — a few months after the last freight train left the Milwaukee Road switching yard at Harlowton — a contractor moved in with a crew to tear up the tracks.

May 24, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Battlefield Memorial Day program set

The Memorial Day program at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument begins at 11 a.m. Monday

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Snow melting early, rivers rising

Snow melting early, rivers rising

A week of very warm temperatures has melted more than half of winter snowpack in some areas of Montana, and if the trend continues snowpack could disappear by the end of the month — four weeks earlier than normal.

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Northern Cheyenne restoring burned forests

Northern Cheyenne restoring burned forests

On the slopes of 4,200-foot Garfield Peak, Robert Yellow Fox III can gaze down at the charred landscape of the Ashland Divide stretching to the horizon in every direction.

May 13, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Family living cramped in FEMA trailer after fire destroyed home

Family living cramped in FEMA trailer after fire destroyed home

Eleven months after the Ash Creek fire destroyed her Ashland home, and nine months after moving in to a 14-by-60-foot trailer, Twilla Speelman is feeling a little cramped.

May 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ekalaka museum attracts visitors to southeast Montana

Ekalaka museum attracts visitors to southeast Montana

Looking for a road trip worthy of a few hours in a car to one of the farthest corners of Montana?

May 12, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Little Bighorn commemorated in June

Little Bighorn commemorated in June

Custer rides again every year in Big Horn County on the weekend nearest the anniversary of his June 25, 1876, defeat at Little Bighorn.

May 12, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Rivers' rise delayed but average stream flows expected in most Montana basins

Rivers' rise delayed but average stream flows expected in most Montana basins

Although mountain snowmelt is a couple of weeks late getting started, stream flows across Montana should be near average through July.

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Billings woman dedicated to helping others

Billings woman dedicated to helping others

Of all the benefits that manager Kileen Jones has organized at the FOE Eagles Lodge in the Heights, the one that sticks with her is the first.

May 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Methamphetamine makes a comeback

Methamphetamine makes a comeback

Methamphetamine is making a comeback — purer than ever and at the peak of its brain-altering, teeth-rotting, crime-riddled menace.

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'There are always children' in meth cases

'There are always children' in meth cases

The saddest thing Yellowstone County drug prosecutor Victoria Callender has noticed about a recent upsurge in methamphetamine arrests is that “there are always children.”

May 05, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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Meth can cause permanent brain damage

Meth can cause permanent brain damage

Of the smorgasbord of illegal drugs floating around Montana, “methamphetamine is the worst,” said Billings Clinic neurologist Dr. Mary Gaddy.

May 05, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Meth spike means more children in foster care

At the end of March, Yellowstone County had 108 more children in foster care than it did at the same time last year — 386 compared with 278.

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