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A chance to pig out: Long lines at first-ever Bacon Fest

A chance to pig out: Long lines at first-ever Bacon Fest

Organizer Rick Roddam of Townsquare Media had a modest goal for Billings’ first Bacon Fest, held Saturday at the Montana Convention Center and attended by more than 1,000 lovers of all things porcine.

November 15, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Our warming trend continues

Saturday temperatures in and around Billings are expected not to change much from Friday’s highs and lows, but the thermometer will inch north on Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

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No ruling on Gazette request for landfill-related documents

No ruling on Gazette request for landfill-related documents

Yellowstone County District Court Judge Michael G. Moses said Thursday he needs more information before he can rule on whether and in what form the city of Billings must turn over documents to The Billings Gazette related to potential financial irregularities at the city landfill.

November 13, 2014 1:00 pmLoading…
City administrator to receive her review

City administrator to receive her review

The Billings City Council will conduct its annual evaluation of City Administrator Tina Volek at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the City Hall conference room.

November 12, 2014 5:22 pmLoading…
'Sobering center' suggested to address homeless, transient problem downtown

'Sobering center' suggested to address homeless, transient problem downtown

Creating a place for intoxicated people to sober up could be a key part of addressing downtown Billings’ homeless and transient problems.

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Firefighters have 'terrible time' battling house fire; 5 dogs rescued, but others perished

Firefighters have 'terrible time' battling house fire; 5 dogs rescued, but others perished

At least two dogs died Wednesday morning in a fire that tore through a West End home, sending homeowner Bonnie Willis running barefoot into the frigid streets for safety.

November 12, 2014 9:15 am Photos

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Billings Clinic rolls out vein scanners to securely identify patients

Billings Clinic rolls out vein scanners to securely identify patients

Admissions personnel at Billings Clinic have begun taking their patients’ names in vein.

November 12, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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City, Gazette will square off in court Thursday over landfill documents

City, Gazette will square off in court Thursday over landfill documents

A legal dispute about whether the city of Billings must turn over documents to The Billings Gazette that might detail possible employee misconduct at the city’s landfill is headed for Yellowstone County District Court.

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Remembrance, honor: Caring for veterans and their families is a year-round duty

Remembrance, honor: Caring for veterans and their families is a year-round duty

About 75 people — most of them veterans — gathered at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark for a Veterans Day celebration Tuesday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember and honor those who have served or are serving in the nation’s armed forces.

November 11, 2014 11:26 am Photos

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Council authorizes refinancing the bonds that built Dehler Park

Council authorizes refinancing the bonds that built Dehler Park

Homeowners sometimes save themselves a few thousand dollars by refinancing their homes to lower their interest payments.

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Monday's City Council meeting to discuss Heights land annexation

Monday's City Council meeting to discuss Heights land annexation

A hearing on a proposed annexation, another on the proposed removal of what’s known as a slope easement and a bond refund are the three main pieces of business before the Billings City Council Monday.

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Mentors provide support, structure to people in veterans court

Mentors provide support, structure to people in veterans court

It’s ingrained in military culture never to leave a fellow warrior behind. Mentors paired with offenders in the Yellowstone County Veterans Treatment Court have carried that imperative throughout their adult lives, decades after their own military service.

November 10, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Summit will focus on challenging discrimination

Not in Our Town Billings’ “Summit on Hate 2014: Challenging Discrimination” is set for 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Billings Public Library, 510 N. Broadway.

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Vista volunteer works to ease burdens of military families

Vista volunteer works to ease burdens of military families

As the wife of a Coast Guard reservist who previously served eight years in active duty, Erica Zutz understands the challenges of military families: modest pay, busy schedules and the hassle of finding — and affording — quality child care.

November 07, 2014 7:30 pmLoading…
Billings sculptor has carved out his niche in the doll market

Billings sculptor has carved out his niche in the doll market

The doll designer who would grow up to make spot-on tiny tributes to such beauties as Elizabeth Taylor got his start making a Humpty-Dumpty doll after he couldn’t find one in Billings.

November 06, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…
'It was to be a temporary move': Battlefield superintendent seeks to have artifacts returned

'It was to be a temporary move': Battlefield superintendent seeks to have artifacts returned

HARDIN — National Park Service officials believe it’ll take constructing a new visitor center at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument before nearly 185,000 artifacts now being stored in Arizona can be returned and displayed.

November 06, 2014 3:00 pm Photos

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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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Budget, Policy Center publication details the basics of Montana property taxes

On the heels of property tax bills that were mailed to homeowners last week, the Montana Budget and Policy Center has published a seven-page document explaining Montana’s property tax system.

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Billings voters reject public safety mill levy

Billings voters reject public safety mill levy

The Billings public safety levy was defeated 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent in Tuesday's election, according to unofficial final results from the Yellowstone County Elections Office as of 1 a.m.

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Missing Pryor man found at Billings hospital

Missing Pryor man found at Billings hospital

The Big Horn County sheriff's office says an 83-year-old Pryor man who was reported missing on Monday was located Tuesday at a Billings hospital.

November 04, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…

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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Zimmerman trail closed Tuesday for maintenance work

Zimmerman trail closed Tuesday for maintenance work

Owing to the Election Day holiday for city and state crews and their road projects, a Billings contractor has the time Tuesday morning to perform guardrail repair work along Zimmerman Trail.

November 03, 2014 4:51 pmLoading…
Subcontractor clips gas line at MetraPark

Subcontractor clips gas line at MetraPark

If a subcontractor working to construct the new agriculture building at MetraPark had to clip a gas line, he picked a pretty good day for it — Monday, the day before thousands of voters will be casting their ballots at the Montana Pavilion.

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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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'This is how witches and wizards cook': Kids learn better living through Halloween chemistry

'This is how witches and wizards cook': Kids learn better living through Halloween chemistry

A Rocky Mountain College associate chemistry professor and three of his students proved on Halloween that anyone can enjoy better living through chemistry — provided they don’t mind being frightened a little.

October 31, 2014 12:53 pm Photos

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