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Crash Fatality Identified
The Gazette reports the Yellowstone County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who died Saturday night in Billings after the car he was driving crashed into a power pole. 36-year-old August Siek died after sustaining multiple blunt force injuries, according to Deputy Coroner R...
Bullock Won’t Deploy Guardsman on a Whim
The Billings Gazette reports that Gov. Steve Bullock will never deploy Montana National Guard troops “based simply on the whim of the President’s morning Twitter habit.” The Democratic governor and possible contender for his party’s presi…
Gianforte at Fossil Fuel Summit in Billings
Q2 reports that leaders from Montana’s fossil fuel industry met with Congressman Greg Gianforte Thursday in Billings to discuss the future of the industry and help navigate federal regulations.
The discussion focused on what changes can be made to federal permitting at a round table d…
Bullock Rejects CoreCivic
Gov. Steve Bullock rejected an offer from CoreCivic to extend its contract to manage Montana’s only private prison, because the company asked for a 15 percent increase in payments.
Bullock told MTN News that “It doesn’t make sense for Montanans...
Superintendent Selection Next Week
The Billings School District 2 Board of Trustees will reportedly select a new superintendent next weekend.
In closed meeting, the Board officially voted to approve the three finalists. They are; Freehold New Jersey superintendent Ross Kasun; Greg Upham, the assistant superintendent in Helena; and chi…
Mining Co. Considering Bankruptcy
The Billings Gazette reports that Westmoreland Coal Company stock fell to 26 cents a share on Tuesday after the company– which owns three Montana mines– indicated it would consider bankruptcy.
The Colorado-based company, which feeds the Colstrip power plant from the Rosebud Mine, and whose Absaloka M…
Skyview Going Solar
Q2 reports that solar panels will be installed over the summer on the Skyview High School campus. The total cost of the project is $148,000. Skyview– the largest energy consumer in School District 2 — secured a $50,000 grant from NorthWestern Energy to install the system...
3rd Snowiest Winter
The Gazette reports that Billings has seen 94 inches of snow this season, making this the third-snowiest winter on record, according to the National Weather Service.
Snow continued falling through Monday, with about 6 to 8 inches of accumulation, and a cold front quickly dropped temperatures into the…
Native March in Billings
Native American activists marched through downtown Billings during a snowstorm to bring awareness to drug abuse and domestic violence — two issues that disproportionately affect their communities.
It’s been 40 years since the original Longest Walk, which spanned from San Francis…

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