BILLINGS– Billings voters selected Bill Cole as their next mayor on Tuesday, as the former Chamber of Commerce board president easily defeated former state Rep. Jeff Essmann in the municipal general election.
In unofficial results reported Tuesday shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m., Cole received 15,852 votes, or 63.43 percent of the ballots. Essmann received 8,968 votes, or 35.89 percent.
Voters also cast 170 write-in ballots in the mayor’s race.
Unofficial results showed countywide voter turnout was read more
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock has convened a special session of the Montana Legislature to address a $227 million shortfall in the state budget. Bullock announced on Monday that the special session will begin at noon Tuesday, Nov. 14 at … read more
Published early due to continued crime in the local area. This story also published fully in the Yellowstone County News 10-27-17 print edition. SHEPHERD — Two men are in jail after they allegedly broke into a Huntley area home, crashed … read more
Pre-released online due to time constraints WORDEN — Huntley Project basketball coach Kurt Kautz will be remembered at a celebration of his life on Friday at the high school where he returned a decade after his graduation to help build … read more
Originally published in the print edition of Yellowstone County News. HUNTLEY PROJECT — People whose businesses and homes have been broken into during a recent wave of burglaries are frustrated, anxious and angry about the thefts. No one had been … read more
Originally published in the Yellowstone County News 9/22/17 print edition. HUNTLEY — It has a new name and a new home, but a Huntley group’s mission has not changed: Help local veterans, 100 percent. In its fourth year, the Citizens … read more
Originally published in the Yellowstone County News 9/22/17 print edition. Assault * James Joey Hill, 31, Busby, was arrested Sept. 16 on a warrant from Park County alleging felony assault with a weapon, partner or family member assault, third or … read more
Published in the 9/22/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News. WORDEN — A Worden man has been sentenced to 20 years incarceration with 15 years suspended for sexual assault involving a minor victim. District Judge Mary Jane Knisely sentenced Dallas … read more
Originally published in the Yellowstone County News 8/25/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News. SHEPHERD — Former state legislator Wesley Prouse has been released from jail after pledging to produce court-ordered financial documents in the illegal campaign funding case against him. … read more
Originally published in the 8/25/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News POMPEYS PILLAR — Monday’s solar eclipse wowed people who gazed up at the sky, but on the ground at Pompeys Pillar, ham radio operators from the Yellowstone Radio Club … read more
by Judy Killen-Originally published in the print edition of Yellowstone County News. HUNTLEY — With the “Operation Round Up” program launching this month, YVEC general manager Brandon Wittman would like to remind co-op customers that the program is totally voluntary. … read more
Originally published in the 8/11/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News. WORDEN — Huntley Project High School volleyball coach Iona Stookey officially joined the Montana Coaches Association Hall of Fame last week. Her induction with the Class of 2017 was … read more
Originally published in the 8/4/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News. BILLINGS — Officials from Yellowstone County and the City of Billings on Monday broke ground for a new 911 dispatch center in downtown Billings. The formal groundbreaking marked the … read more
Original published in the 8/4/17 print edition of YCN. WORDEN — A man whose body was pulled from the Yellowstone River near Worden on Monday has been identified as read more
SHEPHERD — A culvert that failed led to a sinkhole 20 feet deep that closed Pinto Drive for several days. Tim Miller, director of the Yellowstone County Department of Public Works, said water flowing though the failed culvert eroded the roadside … read more
YELLOWSTONE COUNTY — Yellowstone County voters turned out to support Greg Gianforte Thursday in his Republican bid for Montana’s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Gianforte won 29,745 votes in Yellowstone County, or 55.84 percent of the county’s … read more
Originally published in the 5/19/17 issue of YCN. HUNTLEY — Yellowstone County officials have settled a lawsuit that stemmed from the January 2015 shooting death of Loren Simpson by two sheriff’s deputies. The settlement calls for the county to pay … read more
Originally published in 5/5/17 print edition of the Yellowstone County News BILLINGS — Billings bagel lovers have a new breakfast and lunch source downtown with the grand opening of Great American Bagel Inc. on Fourth Avenue North. Owner John L. … read more
Originally published in the 5/5/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News. HUNTLEY PROJECT — Three educators from the Huntley Project School District are teaming up to run the New York City Marathon in a few months to raise money for … read more
HUNTLEY PROJECT — Incumbent Steve Erb and challenger Brooke Logan bested a field of seven candidates for two seats on the Huntley Project School Board in Tuesday’s election. In the School District 24 race, Erb received 588 votes. Logan received … read more