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Billings Gazette restructures newsroom, eliminating management, adding reporter

The Billings Gazette announced changes to its editorial operation Wednesday. Read more


Dos Machos to close in Billings

After 40 years in Billings, the Mexican food restaurant Dos Machos will be closing.  Read more


Colstrip details under wraps for now, Montana PSC rules

The Montana Public Service Commission has agreed to keep from public view Colstrip Power Plant details that the state’s larg… Read more


Actor Gary Farmer inspires other artists, speaks on the power of media

Actor Gary farmer spoke during the Rocky Mountain College Presidential Lecture Series “A 20th Century Indian: Perspectives on Life and Art” at Prescott Hall on Tuesday night and explained the impacts of media on people and the Earth. Read more

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State & Regional

Smuggled elk poses a mystery for Montana wildlife officials

Genetic testing revealed that the young bull is of an exotic sub-species, and that it came from a herd more than 600 miles from where it was shot. Read more

Crime & Courts

3 arrested in killing of 12-year-old boy near West Yellowstone

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office arrested three people Wednesday in the killing of a 12-year-old boy outside of West Yel… Read more

Crime & Courts

Grandparents, teen uncle tortured, killed 12-year-old, court docs say

The grandparents and uncle arrested Wednesday for the death of a 12-year-old boy near West Yellowstone have been accused of … Read more

Crime & Courts

78 pounds of meth seized in Stillwater County, 1 arrested

A Florida man who was pulled over on Interstate 90 near Columbus for driving 6 miles above the speed limit was arrested on T… Read more

Crime & Courts

Huntley man accused of responding to ad selling sex with 14-year-old

A 38-year-old is accused of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old whom the man believed was being sold for… Read more

Local News

14-year-old driver charged with attempted deliberate homicide after hitting Billings officer with car

A 14-year-old Billings boy who struck a Billings police officer Saturday morning with the car he was driving has been charged with attempted deliberate homicide. Read more

Crime & Courts

Man admits role in decapitation case after attorneys rework plea deal

One of two men accused of decapitating a winning casino patron at a makeshift West End transient campsite in 2017 has pleade… Read more

State & Regional

Fourth person charged in fatal beating of 12-year-old West Yellowstone boy

Authorities have arrested a fourth person accused of being involved in the fatal beating of a 12-year-old boy at his home in West Yellowstone. Read more

40 Under Forty

Connor Lorenz: One word — momentum

Age: 22 Read more

Local News

Laurel police investigate 'unattended death'

Police officers in Laurel are investigating what the department has called an "unattended death." Read more

This week's Photo Galleries

Photos: Scenes from the Battle of Iwo Jima, which started 75 years ago

Wednesday, Feb. 19, marks the 75th anniversary of the start of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima in Japan. The 1945 battle is best rememb… Read more

Celebrity Birthdays: Feb. 19

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Amy Tan, Benicio Del Toro, Jeff Daniels, Millie Bobby Brown, Smo… Read more