Tag Archives: Yellowstone County

County mulls higher wages for jail maintenance workers

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

Work begins on new 911 dispatch center in Billings

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

Greg Gianforte elected to House of Representatives

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

Countwide ambulance proposal slowly taking shape

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

Yellowstone County budgets suffer as CHS appeal drags on

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

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

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