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In the blink of an eye, it’s suddenly the Year of Lasts


Here’s the good part: They can do things on their own now. At somewhere around 18 months, my triplet grandchildren can eat enough during the day not to be wakened by hunger at night. And if they do awake, you can whip up a quick bottle, not even warm it up, and extend it somewhere in the vicinity of the crib. Two little hands will snatch it out of yours and pull it into the darkness and you can go back to bed. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Craig Lancaster: On the way out, looking back on Billings


I met Craig Lancaster almost as soon as he came to Billings nearly 12 years ago, shortly after he was hired to work at the Billings Gazette, where I’d already been for more than 15 years. He quit the newspaper in 2013, about six months before I did, to try his hand at writing novels and freelancing full-time. Now, he’s on the cusp of another big change — moving at the end of this month to Boothbay, on the coast of Maine, with his wife, the novelist Elisa Lorello. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Two bands, silent auction on tap at Music for the Wild

String Band

The 15th annual Music for the Wild celebration — the primary fundraiser for the Eastern Wildlands Chapter of the Montana Wilderness Association — is set for 5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, May 12, at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. (more…) Continue Reading →

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BugBytes: A close look at some baby bugs (and butts)


Welcome back, bug fans. With spring slowly suffusing back into the soggy, snow-flattened earth, and an army of winged, nectar-starved beasts in its wake, you might, rightly, be asking, “Hey, Bug Gal! where the hell have you been?!”

The answer: unofficial maternity leave. That’s right. Last summer bore witness to the arrival of our own little bug, whom we affectionately refer to as the “little ‘wig.”

The moniker owes its origins to a moment of What-Would-David Attenborough-Do inspiration that compelled us to reveal the baby’s sex by forcing our loved ones to study a photograph of an earwig’s caboose. Continue Reading →

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Offbeat Billings history saved, posted on the web


Vince Long recently completed a year-long deep dive into Billings history, and now he’s sharing the fruits of his labor on the internet. Those fruits consist of 980 hours and 13 minutes of random audio slices of Billings in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, though some of the trove also consists of national radio broadcasts recorded in Billings. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Old-school guitar teacher finally calling it quits


Having taught music in Billings for 69 years, Marion Devitt recently decided it was time to quit. Accordingly, after she gives a few final guitar lessons on Monday, April 30,  Devitt Music Studios will close for good. “I really hate stopping teaching,” Devitt said. “I just got sick of everything that goes with it — the selling and everything.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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