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Let the demolition begin — soon

Let the demolition begin — soon

Billings Public Library Director Bill Cochran is laying 50-50 odds that the parking lot will indeed be constructed on the site of the old Parmly Billings Library before cold temperatures this fall preclude the laying of asphalt.

August 15, 2014 9:00 pmLoading…
Property owners talk academics at conference

Property owners talk academics at conference

When they feel wronged by the government or by a utility, academics don’t get mad. They get even — by writing a paper about it.

August 15, 2014 1:36 pm Photos

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First-ever Montana property rights conference underway at Northern Hotel

First-ever Montana property rights conference underway at Northern Hotel

A pair of litigators working to strengthen property rights kicked off the inaugural Montana Property Rights Conference at the Northern Hotel Thursday.

August 14, 2014 9:31 pm Photos

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Pets killed during Thursday afternoon blaze

Several pets were lost in a structure fire at 2122 Wingate Lane on Thursday afternoon, but no humans were injured.

August 14, 2014 8:05 pmLoading…
Walsh holds hearing on Alzheimer's: 'Sooner or later, we will all be affected'

Walsh holds hearing on Alzheimer's: 'Sooner or later, we will all be affected'

Kathleen Burke’s voice broke as she told U.S. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., the story of how Alzheimer’s disease has changed her life as a caregiver and the lives of both her parents.

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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.”

August 12, 2014 6:02 pm Photos

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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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Witness to history: Huntley man was with Secret Service at Nixon resignation

Witness to history: Huntley man was with Secret Service at Nixon resignation

More than most people, John Howard remembers the day Richard Nixon resigned the presidency 40 years ago Friday — Aug. 8, 1974.

August 08, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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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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Speaker: Compulsory voting boosts turnout, but not likely in U.S.

Speaker: Compulsory voting boosts turnout, but not likely in U.S.

Increasing voter participation rates may be as simple as fining eligible voters for not showing up at the polls.

August 07, 2014 4:50 pm Photos

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Experts, public join to craft a downtown parking plan

Experts, public join to craft a downtown parking plan

New ideas and old challenges were on display Wednesday morning as a visiting panel of parking experts engaged with downtown merchants; advocates for people with disabilities; and workers, shoppers and diners who regularly use downtown parking.

August 07, 2014 1:30 am Photos

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Gazette responds to city's lawsuit in an effort to see documents

Gazette responds to city's lawsuit in an effort to see documents

The City of Billings and The Billings Gazette are headed to court in a dispute over documents related to a possible mishandling, misuse or misappropriation in the city’s Solid Waste Division.

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With a little help from her friend, woman averts scam

With a little help from her friend, woman averts scam

Marlene Kehler Davis may have been taken in for a few minutes, but in the end she wasn’t about to fall for a scam in which the caller threatened her with arrest for skipping out on jury duty.

August 05, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
State, federal officials announce Billings Bypass choice

State, federal officials announce Billings Bypass choice

State and federal transportation officials have determined that the Mary Street Option 2 — the preferred alternative for the Billings Bypass — is the selected alternative.

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Pest prep: Parks department plans for arrival of emerald ash borer

Pest prep: Parks department plans for arrival of emerald ash borer

City leaders should take heed of a small but deadly pest that could well be on its way to destroying millions of dollars worth of ash trees in Billings.

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Voting expert to speak on Thursday

Peter Miller will speak on “How Can We Increase Voter Turnout?” before the League of Women Voters of Billings at noon Thursday at the Elks Club, 934 Lewis Ave.

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Teens, architects team up to study design in 3 dimensions

Teens, architects team up to study design in 3 dimensions

With the help of the Billings library TECH Center and a pair of Billings architects — one of them in training, the other practicing — a group of 10 Billings area teenagers learned last week how to design, render and print everyday items in three dimensions.

August 04, 2014 6:00 pm Video Photos

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City staff recommends approving the NDO, but delaying enforcement

City staff recommends approving the NDO, but delaying enforcement

City staff is recommending the Billings City Council approve the nondiscrimination ordinance during its Aug. 11 meeting — but delay its enforcement.

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City prepares for tree-killing pest

City prepares for tree-killing pest

Monday’s Billings City Council work session will include at least one unwelcome topic of discussion — what might be the inevitable arrival of the emerald ash borer.

August 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Cowboys and cowgirls drive cattle at Pompeys Pillar during Clark Days

Cowboys and cowgirls drive cattle at Pompeys Pillar during Clark Days

POMPEYS PILLAR — If you squint your eyes and take a whiff or two, Ken and Daphne Kuhlmann will have you convinced you’re witnessing a cattle drive from 150 years ago.

August 02, 2014 3:44 pm Photos

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Library's asbestos removal costs mount

Library's asbestos removal costs mount

The cost of removing asbestos from the old Parmly Library before demolishing it keeps growing, and Library Director Bill Cochran hopes the price tag doesn’t reach — as it could — seven figures.

August 01, 2014 5:49 pmLoading…
Stillwater Mining earnings report improves; additional shift planned

Stillwater Mining earnings report improves; additional shift planned

Billings-based Stillwater Mining Co. on Thursday reported quarterly profits up 18 cents per diluted share for the quarter ending June 30, as compared to a 4 cents per diluted share loss during the second quarter of 2013.

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Billings, service providers seek solutions to homeless, transient issue

Billings, service providers seek solutions to homeless, transient issue

City leaders and social service providers are hoping that a summit planned for this fall on dealing with Billings’ homeless and transient population can be informed by success stories in other communities, including San Antonio, Texas, and Reno, Nev.

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Billings City Council gives assisted living a big assist

The Billings City Council unanimously gave the go-ahead Monday to allow a nearly 100-unit assisted-living facility at the southeast corner of S. 44th Street West and Monad Road in the Lenhardt Square Planned Development.

July 28, 2014 9:51 pmLoading…

Billings City Council to mull land swap, assisted living facility approval

Its work complete on finalizing the language of the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, the Billings City Council will turn its attention Monday to a pair of public hearings and a consent agenda absent of the NDO, the three-letter issue that has packed council chambers in recent weeks.

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