Originally published in print edition of YCN on 4/21/17.
BILLINGS — The upcoming race to select a new Billings mayor has already attracted three candidates.
The official filing period opens Thursday, April 20 for the mayoral campaign with final date to submit a filing to run by June 19th at 5pm. Current Billings Mayor Tom Hanel is barred from seeking re-election because of term limits. He has served two terms.
Candidates must live within the Billings city limits to be elected mayor or city councilor. City Administrator Tina Volek has announced she will retire later this year, so the city will also have a new administrator.
Jeff Essmann, longtime Billings small businessman and state legislator since 2005, announced last week that he read more
Originally published in the print edition on 4/21/17. LOCKWOOD — Plans are in the works by ExxonMobil Billings Refinery to build two new buildings this summer, as well as to begin construction of a sewer line that will connect the facility … read more
Originally published in the print edition 4/21/17. WASHINGTON – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by … read more
Originally published in the 4/14/17 print edition What the heck are sanctuary cities? I was recently asked about sanctuary cities — what they are and how they fit into America’s immigration policy and our criminal justice system? I thought it … read more
Originally published in the Print edition on 4/14/17. LOCKWOOD — The Lockwood Fire Board is looking for candidates to fill the position recently vacated by the resignation of Robert Guenther. Applications may be acquired at the office of county commissioners … read more
Originally published in the print edition of Yellowstone County News on 3/31/17 HELENA — Lockwood and East Helena residents are still waiting to see whether they may consider building high schools as Senate Bill 139 advances through the Legislature. The … read more
Worden, MT-Huntley Project’s High School Principal Mark Wandle has accepted the Superintendent position last night at the Huntley Project School Board meeting. He will be replacing retiring Superintendent Wes Coy, who announced he will be leaving at the end of … read more
Originally published in the print edition of Yellowstone County News. BILLINGS — It’s not without its critics. The tax abatement program that Yellowstone County and the City of Billings use to incentivize business growth, expansion and recruitment is often viewed … read more
Originally published in the print edition of Yellowstone County News. BILLINGS — As business at MetraPark continues to grow, milestones are being reached and surpassed. This past week, as one of the venue’s top event promoters, Rimrock Promotions, made their … read more
Magic bullet for the outdoors? The U.S. Army looking for a biodegradable bullet to cut down on current rounds that can corrode and pollute soil and water. Stipulation is new ammo contain seeds that produce food for animals without any ill … read more
LOCKWOOD — The rest of the sidewalk along Highway 87 in Lockwood, up to Old Hardin Road, will soon be completed. The Lockwood Pedestrian Safety Committee awarded the bid to CMG for $98,340, which is under the engineer’s estimated cost … read more
WORDEN — Nine people have applied to become the new superintendent of Huntley Project Schools. A superintendent search committee was to meet Wednesday night to begin the screening process and form a timeline to select a replacement for Wes Coy, … read more
Originally published in the print edition of Yellowstone County News. BILLINGS — Preliminary approval was given for an agreement with GE regarding the termination of its lease with Big Sky Economic Development (BSED) by BSED’s joint boards at a special … read more
BILLINGS — Two groups of demonstrators supporting and opposing local DJ Paul Mushaben met Saturday in front of the downtown building that houses radio station KCTR. Radio station officials suspended Mushaben indefinitely last month after he posted what some call … read more
Conservative radio DJ Paul Mushaben of Cat Country Radio Station was suspended last week when he authored a blog post on the Cat Country website blog on Tuesday Feb. 21 that some say was racist. This evening, a group of … read more
Originally published in the Yellowstone County News print edition and on newsstands today 2/23/17. BILLINGS — Ed Walker, 46, of Billings, a former Montana state legislator, is throwing his hat in the ring for the election to fill the U.S. … read more
HELENA — The Senate bill that would give the Lockwood community a chance to build a high school is awaiting action in the Montana House of Representatives. The Senate passed the bill 49-0 on third and final reading on Thursday, … read more
Originally published in the print edition of Yellowstone County News. HELENA — A Senate committee on Wednesday afternoon voted unanimously to advance Senate Bill 139 for a full vote of the Montana Senate. The Senate Education and Cultural Resources Committee … read more
Originally published in the print edition of the Yellowstone County News. SHEPHERD — Scott M. Carter will be the new superintendent of the Shepherd School District. Carter, a superintendent in the Queets-Clearwater School District in Washington state, is scheduled to … read more
Originally published in the print edition of Yellowstone County News WORDEN — Wes Coy is retiring as superintendent at Huntley Project Schools but will remain in education. Coy announced his intent to retire on June 30 at special meeting of … read more