Last year, when the Montana State University Billings Library presented a series of lectures marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, no one had any idea how many people would turn out for the Tuesday night presentations. Continue Reading →
Standing in the kitchen of his brand-new restaurant, Jason Corbridge said his life has come full circle.
“This is where I fell in love with food,” he said.
How big is too big?
That is a question people love to weigh in on when the subject is houses. Or so I have found.
When I first wrote about what was going to be the biggest house in Yellowstone County, which is being built just outside the Ironwood subdivision, readers flooded the Last Best News Facebook page with spirited comments on the subject. Continue Reading →
Fall starts on Monday, according to the calendar, but if you’ve been out much at all in the past few days, you know that for all intents and purposes it’s already here.
In some spots the signs are subtle, providing just a hint of things to come. In others, it’s like a blazing announcement that the summer of 2014, following the cold, incredibly snowy winter of 2013-14, was pitifully short and officially over. Continue Reading →
HARDIN — I went down to Hardin Thursday to rendezvous with a trio of bankers from Little Horn State Bank. The four of us then went to see Brett Nedens’ enormous new beet harvester.
The bankers were Andy Rio, president and CEO of LHSB, and ag lenders Al McCormick, Billings branch, and Matt Torske, Hardin branch. Continue Reading →
Lay of the Land: A series of essays on the spirit of Montana
The Big Hole Valley is inextricably part of the family heritage — a distant relative ran his horses in its upper reaches; grandparents raised cattle on its lower stretches for decades. A high, wide riff that drains the snowpack from the peaks separating Montana and Idaho, it sources the longest river system in the United States. Although east of the divide geographically, the Big Hole River is nowhere close to Eastern Montana until the Missouri River meets the Musselshell at the Garfield County line on its way to filling Fort Peck Lake. Hunting waterfowl on the Big Hole River, one had to check the bag limits and season dates for the Central Flyway before shooting. Continue Reading →
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WYO. — Yellowstone National Park often plays host to a range of special occasions like marriage proposals, birthdays, family reunions and even the scattering of cremated remains. But until now, the park had never been the site for a naturalization ceremony. Continue Reading →
Although they’ve still got some fundraising ahead of them, the people behind an “event-centric” movie theater and pub in downtown Billings will be getting down to business Saturday morning.
Work on what is thought to be the largest house ever built in Yellowstone County is proceeding quickly.
Much of the framing on the 26,000-square-foot house appears to be done already. The house is being built just to the northeast of the developed portion of the Ironwood Subdivision, which itself is just east of the railroad overpass on Molt Road. Continue Reading →