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Shepherd School evacuated after Bomb Threat

by Jonathan McNiven- Yellowstone County News         Shepherd School District was evacuated Monday evening after a bomb threat was reported. Yellowstone county sheriff’s officers ordered that all remaining students and faculty in the school evacuate. Yellowstone County Sheriff’s deputies first … read more

Lockwood sewer ready for new connections

by Evelyn Pyburn-originally published in the weekly Yellowstone County News print edition Some residents in Lockwood will be able to begin connecting to the Lockwood sewer. As part of the Lockwood Phase Two Sewer Project, a two-block area and the lines … read more

Jail funding may seek voter approval

Oringinally published in the weekly Yellowstone County New print edition.   BILLINGS — Yellowstone County may be asking voters on the primary ballot on June 7 permission to borrow the funding needed to build a 148-bed addition to the jail. The … read more

Jury: Deputies not criminally liable in Simpson’s death

by Judy Killen-originally published in the weekly Yellowstone County News BILLINGS — Loren Simpson was driving a stolen SUV, had a near-lethal blood level of methamphetamines and a bottle of whiskey in his coat sleeve when he was shot and … read more

It’s official: Greg Gianforte runs for governor

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

Pat Goggins remembered as business pioneer, generous friend

SHEPHERD — People across Yellowstone County this week remembered Pat Goggins as a shrewd businessman, livestock auction pioneer and friend who was always generous, especially to people who needed it most. Goggins, who owned PAYS and Billings Livestock auction companies … read more

Governor Bullock Appoints Mike Cooney as Lieutenant Governor

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

Proposed Lockwood roundabouts rile business owners

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

Error leaves Pedestrian Safety District off Lockwood tax bills

LOCKWOOD — If Lockwood taxpayers closely examined their tax bills in November, they would have noticed that one tax was not included. Because it was new tax district, a snafu in the bookkeeping process resulted in the 10-mill levy for … read more

Interstate temporarily shuts down due to wreck

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

Teen dies after two vehicles collide on West I Road

Visitation, Funeral planned for HP Student UPDATE:  Visitation will be Thursday September 24 from 6-8pm at Heights Family Funeral Home while the Funeral will be on Friday September 25th at 2pm at Heights Family Funeral home. YCN apologizes for the … read more

Jami Forseth of Huntley crowned new Miss Montana Teen USA

MISSOULA — Meet the new Miss Montana Teen USA for 2015-2016. She’s Jami Forseth of Huntley, who started her freshman year at the University of Montana-Missoula just days before being crowned Miss Montana Teen USA. “It’s crazy,” Jami said on … read more

School District 2 leaves Lockwood off high school redistricting committee

LOCKWOOD — The issue of high school redistricting in Billings School District 2 generated extensive conversation during the meeting of the Lockwood School Board on Tuesday evening. Conrad Stroebe, a Lockwood resident who for many years represented Lockwood on the … read more

Former Yellowstone County Museum director admits to stealing at least $30,000 from museum

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