Originally published in the 10/20/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News
BILLINGS — Billings mayoral candidates Bill Cole and Jeff Essmann squared off for a final debate before ballots went out by mail on Wednesday for the Nov. 7 election.
A quick and lively, back and forth conversation, during the one-hour debate that was sponsored by Yellowstone County News and KULR 8 Television, underscored that voters have two distinctive choices. The debate was on Tuesday evening at Petro Hall at MSU Billings.
Billings attorney Bill Cole offered a vision for a future dynamic Billings that, while requiring public investment now, could promise a prosperous and competitive community, which would draw young people. Cole believes Billings is in competition with other communities and needs amenities like parks, trails and a convention center to attract millennials, who will be needed to fill a projected 30,000 jobs over the next few years.
Former state Rep. Jeff Essmann, also an attorney and local businessman, seeks to complete city government promises of the past, while remaining fiscally restrained and respectful of impacts on taxpayers, which he says could offer just as much to future growth and community dynamics. Specifically, he identified projects such as the more rapid building of the read more
BILLINGS — Yellowstone County News will host and sponsor the final debate between the Billings candidates for mayor on Oct. 17. The candidate forum and debate, co-sponsored by KULR-8 Television, begins at 7 p.m. in Petro Theater at Montana State … read more
Originally published in the print edition of the Yellowstone County News. BILLINGS — One of the most significant differences in positions between the two candidates running for mayor of Billings is their support for a proposed local option tax. A … read more
Originally published in the 9/15/17 print edition of the Yellowstone County News. BILLINGS — Mayoral candidates Bill Cole and Jeff Essmann will advance to the general election after receiving the most votes in Tuesday’s primary. Cole received 7,826 votes, or … 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
Just published in the 8/18/17 special print section of the Yellowstone County News, Here is what was published for the Mayor and City Council publication this week. The 2017 primary election for the City of Billings is now upon us. … read more
HELENA — Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale announced Monday that he plans to campaign for the U.S. Senate seat in 2018. A Republican, Rosendale would seek to unseat current Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, of Big Sandy. “Montanans are fed … read more
Originally published in the 6/30/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News. BILLINGS — Yellowstone County District Judge Russ Fagg, who recently announced his retirement from the bench, has formed an exploratory committee to consider a Senate race in 2018. Fagg … read more
Originally published in the 6/30/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News. In April, Sen. Jon Tester joined an unsuccessful partisan effort to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. To justify his actions, Tester said at the time, … 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
With one day before Montana decides who will replace former US Congressman Ryan Zinke in the United States House of Representatives, an audio recording of candidate Greg Gianforte was released of Greg apparently in a scuffle with a Guardian reporter … read more
United States Vice President Mike Pence announced that he will be visiting Montana this week in support of Greg Gianforte’s Campaign run for US Representative. The campaign announced that the Vice President will be in Billings on May 12 at … read more
Editors note: This article has been updated from its original to reflect party representatives stating that all paperwork is up to date and Mark Wicks is a legitimate candidate. Montana Libertarian Party Chairman Ron Vandevender has resigned. He said … read more
Originally published in the print 5/5/17 edition of Yellowstone County News. By: Senate and House Majority Leadership (Senate: President Scott Sales, Majority Leader Fred Thomas, Pro Tem Bob Keenan; House: Speaker Austin Knudsen, Majority Leader Ron Ehli, Pro Tem Greg … read more
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 … 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