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Lockwood firefighters extinguish grass fire Saturday afternoon | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 15, 2018
Members of the Lockwood Fire Department put out a grass fire just south of the Montana Rail Link tracks, adjacent to Lockwood Road, Saturday afternoon.
State superintendent proposes ban on teacher-student sex in wake of case involving 18-year-old | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 15, 2018
In November, Montana's Board of Public Education revoked the license of a former Ronan middle school teacher who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a high school student who was 18.
Billings high school students set up in Rimrock Mall this weekend for real-world sales experience | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 15, 2018
All weekend, high school students from the Billings Career Center will be at Rimrock Mall selling creations from companies they invented as part of a class on entrepreneurship.
Multiple firefighting agencies respond to grass fire north of Billings | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 15, 2018
Multiple firefighting agencies responded to a wind-driven grass fire that began burning Friday night north of Billings.
Habitat's ReStore likely closed until next spring due to smoke damage from November fire | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 15, 2018
Two weeks after a fire torched a large industrial building in East Billings and forced Habitat for Humanity’s building supply store to temporarily close, customers keep coming.
Yellowstone National Cemetery to host Wreaths Across America ceremony | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 15, 2018
The Friends of the Yellowstone National Cemetery will host a Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel, at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Car clips two construction workers on Billings' West End | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 15, 2018
Two members of a road construction painting crew escaped with minor injuries and one driver was taken to a hospital Friday afternoon after a white SUV crashed through an intersection at 38th Street West and Central Avenue.
Billings Gazette | December 15, 2018
The Junior League of Billings will host the Montana Women’s Leadership Conference at Montana State University Billings on Jan. 19.
Work on Stillwater parking garage in downtown Billings slows down for the season | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 14, 2018
The parking garage going up just east of the Stillwater Building on North 26th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue North will have to wait a few more months before opening.
St. Vincent unveils new mobile 3D mammography coach | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 14, 2018
3D mammograms will no longer be limited to just St. Vincent Healthcare patients who visit the Breast Center at the Billings hospital.
No injuries after crash leaves SUV tipped over in ditch near Hesper Road intersection | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 14, 2018
No one was injured after a two-vehicle crash Thursday night left an SUV tipped over on its side in a ditch off the intersection of Hesper Road and South 56th Street West.
Billings Gazette | December 14, 2018
The Billings Police Department was among numerous organizations targeted Thursday with an email threatening to blow up their building should they fail to pay someone in cryptocurrency.
Montana summer free lunch programs serving more meals | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 13, 2018
Schools served more free meals last summer than ever as part of a federal program aimed at combating childhood hunger.
Company cancels meeting on gravel pit proposal, citing possible groundwater issues | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 13, 2018
A planned informational meeting on the effects of a proposed gravel mine alongside Oscar's Park has been canceled after developers discovered "potential problems" in the groundwater, a spokesman for the company said Wednesday.
Billings man accused of firing rifle on I-90 during road rage incident | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 13, 2018
A Billings man has pleaded not guilty to four felonies in Stillwater County District Court, after he allegedly fired a rifle from inside a vehicle on Interstate 90 during an apparent road-rage incident last month.
Photos: Rollover snarls traffic on Lewis Avenue | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 13, 2018
No one was injured Wednesday afternoon after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Lewis Avenue and First Street West caused an SUV to rollover and come to a stop with its wheels in the air.
Photo: Strong winds whip up dust in Billings | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 13, 2018
Dust blows around the Western Sugar Co-Op as the wind gusts to 40 mph in Billings on Wednesday afternoon. Wind speeds of 80 mph were reached overnight in Livingston.
Schaers honored with YMCA Fortin Humanitarian Award | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 13, 2018
Mike and Cara Schaer were the recipients of the 2018 Philip N. Fortin Humanitarian Award.
Billings Gazette | December 13, 2018
After years of supporting nonprofit organizations in Billings and throughout the Yellowstone Valley region, the Myhre Foundation board will turn over assets to the Billings Community Foundation, to continue the Myhre family’s focus on local philanthropic giving.
Yellowstone County to commemorate Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 12, 2018
RiverStone Health Healthcare for the Homeless invites the community to a candlelight vigil to remember homeless individuals who have died, a ceremony that is now in its 25th year.
Decision on proposed gravel mine near Oscar's Park postponed following public opposition | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 12, 2018
A Yellowstone County Zoning Commission hearing to consider a request to allow a portion of agricultural land near Oscar's Park to be included in a gravel mine planned for the property was postponed by a month at the commission's meeting…
Gas leak leads to partial closure of Main Street in the Billings Heights | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 12, 2018
A major gas leak caused the partial closure of Main Street in the Billings Heights Tuesday evening, according to the Montana Department of Transportation.
Billings man identified as victim in fatal Highway 3 crash | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 12, 2018
A Yellowstone County man killed in a single-vehicle crash Friday night has been identified as Travis Mumma.
Billings Gazette | December 12, 2018
Humanities Montana encourages students throughout the state to submit letters about life-changing books for cash prizes.
Western Heritage Center will host High Noon Lecture | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 11, 2018
The Western Heritage Center’s next High Noon Lecture, “Visualizing Conflict: Memory and the Great War,” by Dr. Jen Lynn will take place at noon Dec. 20 at the center.
Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill hosting Yellowstone Valley Beekeeper's first
Billings Gazette | December 11, 2018
More than 24 pounds of honey could be available for tasting Tuesday night at Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill, the location of the Yellowstone Valley BeeKeepers association's first annual "Taste of Honey" contest.
Assault trial begins in case where man suffered severe brain injury, remains unconscious | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 11, 2018
A 35-year-old Billings man is on trial after prosecutors say he threw a punch that landed the victim in the hospital, unconscious. They described the victim as being in a “vegetative state” and say that seven months later, he’s still…
Man gets 25 years in prison for sexual assault, Rims standoff with police | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 11, 2018
A man who sexually assaulted a minor and then 18 months later engaged police in a standoff on the Rims was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.
Billings Clinic kicks off fundraising push for psychiatry residency with $250K gift | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 11, 2018
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana on Monday donated $250,000 to the Billings Clinic Foundation's push to create the state's first psychiatry residency program — an initiative aimed at combating Montana's lack of mental health care and high suicide…
Gravel mine proposed for land surrounding Oscar's Park | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 11, 2018
A gravel mine is being proposed for the property surrounding Oscar’s Park next to the Yellowstone River, and has raised some concerns among residents that the project could imperil water quality and increase truck traffic and noise in the rural…
Billings synagogue celebrates Hanukkah, 25th anniversary of Not In Our Town movement | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 11, 2018
Twenty-five years after a spate of anti-Semitic violence shook the city of Billings, Jewish community members and their supporters gathered Sunday night at a local synagogue to celebrate the final day of Hanukkah, while urging those in attendance to keep…
Woman hospitalized in single-vehicle rollover | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 11, 2018
A 45-year-old Billings woman was hospitalized Sunday evening after a single-vehicle rollover crash on Monad Road, according to Billings police.
Billings Gazette | December 11, 2018
The Institute for Peace Studies invites the community to its 2019 Women's Conference, taking place on Jan. 26.
The nation celebrated Billings' response to antisemitism 25 years ago, but the fight's not over | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 09, 2018
Sunday evening, student Rabbi Erik Uriarte will light the nine candles on the menorah at Billings' Congregation Beth Aaron to commemorate the last night of Hanukkah.
Pet of the week: Chico | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 09, 2018
Chico is an 11-month-old, male lab/border collie mix available for adoption at Billings Animal Rescue Care.
Las Posadas take participants on journey of immigration | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 09, 2018
Las Posadas, Spanish for “the lodgings,” re-enacts the night when weary travelers Mary and Joseph attempted to find a place to stay and give birth to baby Jesus.
West End arson suspect arrested Saturday morning in downtown Billings | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 09, 2018
A 23-year-old man police believe set a vehicle on fire Saturday morning on the West End was arrested in downtown Billings a short while later.
Man dies in single-vehicle crash Friday night on Highway 3 | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 09, 2018
One person died Friday night in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 3 in Billings, about two miles west of Zimmerman Trail.
Young Billings cellists raise money to get Christmas cookies to the hungry | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 08, 2018
The struggles and hunger of Billings' less privileged residents made an impression on Lewis and Clark Middle School student Hannah Thompson last summer.
Photo: 900 young students in Billings, Laurel, Lockwood, Shepherd given books for the holidays | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 08, 2018
Almost 900 students in Billings and Shepherd schools received age-appropriate books Friday.
Stapleton Gallery explores prized possessions in 'Trophy Room' | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 08, 2018
If You GoThe Stapleton Gallery is open by appointment or for special events, and will reopen "The Trophy Room: The Hunt For Art" show during the Holiday ArtWalk from 5 - 9 p.m. on Friday. The gallery is located on…
'Undocumented' explores immigration, internment, land access at Billings South Side gallery | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | December 08, 2018
Japanese-American artist Michael Takeo Magruder’s connections to Billings have unfolded in a new artistic installation, one that weaves the history of his grandparents’ internment during World War II with the plight of migrants seeking asylum at the U.S. border.
Billings Gazette | December 08, 2018
A Billings woman was sentenced to a year in federal prison for stealing nearly $400,000 from her former employer.
Billings Gazette | December 08, 2018
The community is invited to the South Side Senior Center's annual Breakfast with Santa, taking place at the center, located at 901 S. 30th St., on Sunday.