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 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
HELENA — Republicans and Democrats meeting in nominating conventions in Helena have selected their candidates to replace Ryan Zinke in the U.S. House of Representatives. Democrat Rob Quist of Creston and Republican Greg Gianforte of Bozeman will appear on the … 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
Originally published in the print edition of Yellowstone County News in the 2/17/17 issue. If there was a vet school lecture on assessing health by nasal palpations, I slept through it. When a client informs me their dog, cow, cat … read more
Originally published in the print edition of Yellowstone County News on 11/18/16. The dust is now settling on one of the most successful elections for the Montana Republican Party in modern times. I want to report what we accomplished, … read more
Originally published in the Yellowstone County News Print Edition. HUNTLEY — Donald J. Trump easily won Montana’s three Electoral College votes on his way to the national presidential win. National Republican Party officials said their candidate succeeded because he appealed … read more
BILLINGS — Absentee ballots for the upcoming general election will arrive in Yellowstone County mailboxes over the next few days. Bret Rutherford, the county’s elections administrator, is preparing to mail about 58,000 absentee ballots on Friday, Oct. 14. He said … read more
The special edition of the Yellowstone County News Candidate Questionnaire has gone to press this week 9/30/16. However, one candidate’s answers were printed in place of another candidates. Yellowstone County News inadvertently printed Democrat Sue Olson’s responses in place of … read more
Guest Editorial by Evelyn Pyburn-Originally published in the Yellowstone County News print edition If you have missed it, there’s more “to-do” about Gov. Steve Bullock’s misuse of the state plane than what hits the accounting books. His most regular travel … read more
Originally published in the print edition of the Yellowstone County News on 7/29/16. I thought it a fitting time to write about politics since it is the presidential campaign season along with our own local elections. From Trumpmania to our … 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
The 2016 Montana primary election is peaking and all campaigns are or should be in full swing. The absentee ballots in Yellowstone County will be going out in the mail on Friday May 13th. Bret Rutherford, Yellowstone County Election Administrator, … read more
HUNTLEY — Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte met with a number of representatives of the energy industry in Huntley, on Monday, to gather input about how the Clean Power Plan will impact their respective organizations and businesses. A group of … read more
by Judy Killen-originally published in the weekly newspaper Yellowstone County News. LOCKWOOD — Greg Gianforte launched his anticipated campaign for governor on Wednesday, telling 70-plus people gathered for his announcement that he intends to “give Steve Bullock pink slip.” Speaking … read more
Helena, Mont.— Today Governor Steve Bullock appointed former Montana Secretary of State as Montana’s Lieutenant Governor. “Mike has spent the last four decades serving the people of Montana as both a legislator and as a longtime Secretary of State,” Bullock said. … read more
BILLINGS — Rep. Tom Richmond encountered considerable criticism from his audience when he gave his perspective regarding the successes and failures of the 2015 state legislative session, before the Billings Pachyderm Club in Billings on June 11. One woman became … read more
BILLINGS – Yellowstone County Commissioner Jim Reno has announced that he will run for re-election in 2016. A Republican primary contender, Denis Pitman, a Billings City Councilman, has already announced his intention of challenging the three-term incumbent. Reno said that … read more
BILLINGS — The common theme of elected county officials sworn into office on Tuesday morning is that they all have years of public service under their belts. Even the only newly elected treasurer, Sherry Long, has worked many years in … read more