Originally published in the 9/1/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News.
BILLINGS — Being able to keep maintenance staff for the Yellowstone County Detention facility has become problematic, reported Greg Erpenbach, facilities superintendent for Yellowstone County.
Erpenbach joined Dwight Vigness, Human Resources director, on Monday, to recommend to County Commissioners that they offer a higher rate of pay to keep and recruit maintenance workers specifically for the jail.
Such a proposal would have to be approved by the public employees’ union representative, said Vigness, who was cautious about raising wages to solve the problem. Vigness said his primary worry about addressing the problem in this way is that it could trigger a “me, too” response from other county departments, many of which are having their own hiring difficulties. A tight labor market is having its impact on county hiring as much as read more
Originally published in the 8/25/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News. BILLINGS — The total taxable value of property in Yellowstone County increased 4.6 percent in FY 2016-17. About half that increase is due to the construction of new property … read more
Originally published in the 8/4/17 print edition of Yellowstone County News. BILLINGS — Officials from Yellowstone County and the City of Billings on Monday broke ground for a new 911 dispatch center in downtown Billings. The formal groundbreaking marked the … read more
The Fish Wildlife and Parks has issued a ban on campfires at fishing accesses within Yellowstone County. The ban and info was released below. 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
Originally published in the 5/19/17 issue of YCN. HUNTLEY — Yellowstone County officials have settled a lawsuit that stemmed from the January 2015 shooting death of Loren Simpson by two sheriff’s deputies. The settlement calls for the county to pay … read more
Originally published in print edition of Yellowstone County News -by Evelyn Pyburn SHEPHERD — A plan being developed for ambulance service in the county could mean that 70 percent of the rural population of Yellowstone County would be within 10 … 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
Originally published in the print edition of the Yellowstone County News on 5/6/16 BILLINGS — The CHS (Laurel refinery) protested tax case could take as long as another five years to be resolved. In fact, Montana’s Department of Revenue (DOR) … read more
A Winter Storm Watch was issued Sunday afternoon for the Southeast Montana region by the National Weather Service. Here is what was released. … Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Monday evening through Wednesday afternoon… * impacts… travel may … read more
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
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