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 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 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
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
by Evelyn Pyburn-originally published in the Yellowstone County News print edition on 11/18/16. BILLINGS — Plans for a major subdivision received final approval from Yellowstone County Commissioners on Tuesday. Bar 11 Subdivision engulfs 206 acres in an area about one … read more
Originally published in the print edition of Yellowstone County News on 10/14/16 – by Evelyn Pyburn LOCKWOOD — The trustees from Lockwood School Billings School District 2 held a joint meeting Monday evening at Lockwood Middle School, to determine whether … read more
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump campaign has released the date and time for his visit to Billings, MT on Thursday May 26, 2016. The campaign website released the information that the event will be held at the Rimrock Auto Arena. For … read more
In a press conference today at Montana State University in Billings, Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy was named as the new President and CEO of the MSUB Foundation. Kennedy will step down and retire from the Yellowstone County Commissioners position … read more
by Evelyn Pyburn-Originally published in the weekly edition of the Yellowstone County News on 3/4/16. BILLINGS — Construction to complete the modernization of Bench Boulevard began this week, reports Knife River of Billings, the general contractor for the project. Utility … read more
by Evelyn Pyburn-originally published in the weekly print edition 2-12-16 of the Yellowstone County News. BILLINGS — Yellowstone County Commissioners have set a hearing for Feb. 23 to gather public comment on a Resolution of Intent to place a request … read more
by Evelyn Pyburn-Originally published in the Yellowstone County News. LOCKWOOD — Proposed designs for roundabouts at the Johnson Lane Interchange and how they could impact Lockwood’s truck traffic was the primary topic of discussion at the Lockwood Business Group (LBG) meeting … read more
Interstate 90/94 was shut down for about 30 minutes at the Yellowstone River bridge connecting Billings to Lockwood Wednesday due to a 3 vehicle wreck that occurred on the Yellowstone River bridge. Danny Kramer (41) of Billings, was in his 1968 F-100 pickup truck traveling … read more
Billings – The former director of the Yellowstone County Museum has pleaded guilty to felony theft in Yellowstone County District Court. Charles “Chas” Weldon was the museum’s director from 2008 to 2013. In a plea agreement negotiated between prosecutors and … read more
Billings – The significance of MetraPark co-promoting events was clarified by Sue DeVries, MetraPark’s assistant manager, during the meeting of the MetraPark Advisory Board. Following kudos for “hitting a real home run” with the landing of Motley Crue, (appearing July … read more
Ballantine, MT – Adam Vogel of Ballantine had his black bear skull officially measured by a Boone and Crockett representative and confirmed that the black bear that was shot and killed two months ago is officially the state record by … read more