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Western Bar building bought, will become apartments


The building that once housed the old Western and Wheel bars, located side by side on the 2700 block of Minnesota Avenue, has been sold, and the new owners plan to convert it into residential apartments. Jack English and Jeff Payne, principals of Illuminations Systems Inc., an electrical construction business in Denver that has an office in Billings, closed on the property in December and hope to start demolition on the building this summer. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Scotsman’s love of Montana tempered by misgivings


I first visited Montana, from my home in Scotland, in 1993, and it’s fair to say that I fell in love with the place. So much so that, over the next 21 years, I would return another five times. At one stage, I seriously considered crossing the Atlantic and living there permanently. My career presented no problems. I was a creator and writer of newspaper comic strips and, theoretically, could work from anywhere in the world. (more…) Continue Reading →

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After two months of work, crews finish Glacier plowing


GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – Brian Paul opened the door of his 20,000-pound rotary snowplow Thursday morning, stepped out of the rig and climbed down to dry pavement. The cab has been his office for just over two months as he’s chipped away at the 60-foot drifts and snowbanks covering Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Red Lodge Songwriter Festival back for third year


For the third year in a row, Red Lodge will play host this month to a songwriter festival featuring some of country music’s best hit makers. The third annual Red Lodge Songwriter Festival will run Thursday through Saturday, June 21-23, with music from Nashville luminaires as well as some of the best songwriters in Montana and Wyoming. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Parking garage’s huge mural will depict Billings’ history


Brushstroke by brushstroke, Terri Porta is telling the history of Billings on an enormous downtown canvas. That canvas is made up of the walls and ceiling at the entrance to the City Hall parking garage on Second Avenue North. Porta started working on the huge mural on May 7 and plans to finish up by the end summer, when she will have left her mark on an estimated 4,600 square feet of wall and ceiling space. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Rain? Ticks? At Audubon, kids learn to live with nature


As kids trooped into the Montana Audubon Center last week, they gave no indication of being daunted by a steady rain. It helped that all of them had been issued rain boots and heavy-duty rain pants and jackets. It also helped that nearly all of them were more focused on the squirming worms, picked up along the way, that they were holding in their hands. (more…) Continue Reading →

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