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Art, music, food served up during Holiday ArtWalk

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ArtWalk Downtown Billings, now in its 23rd season, is sponsoring the Holiday ArtWalk this Friday night from 5 to 9, at venues all over the downtown. The Holiday ArtWalk will include more than three dozen season-member and one-time-participant locations, each with a separate gallery page on ArtWalk’s new, mobile-friendly website, artwalkbillings.com. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Baucus, Simpson to talk about fixing broken politics

At a public forum next week, former U.S. Ambassador to China and former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus of Montana and former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson from Wyoming will discuss the current dysfunction in the U.S. Senate and the political system and the role civility may play in repairing the political process. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Corrections names new warden for Women’s Prison

Jennie Hansen

HELENA–Montana Department of Corrections has named a new warden for the Montana Women’s Prison in Billings. Department Director Reginald D. Michael announced Thursday that Jennie Hansen, the eastern region bureau chief for the Probation and Parole Division, will be the new warden. (more…) Continue Reading →

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MSU Billings food pantry will benefit from road race

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MSU Billings’ Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry has been selected as one recipient of this year’s Run! Turkey Run! 5K race. This will be the seventh annual race, which is held on Thanksgiving Day. The Yellowjacket Emergency Pantry is one of four recipients, selected by a committee, to receive race proceeds this year. Continue Reading →

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Downtown Autumn ArtWalk will feature 29 locations

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Autumn ArtWalk in downtown Billings, set for Friday from 5 to 9, “embraces cool art, cool nights and cool music.” That’s according to a press release from the Downtown Billings Alliance, which also announced that tickets for ArtWalk’s first 50/50 raffle are on sale through the Winter ArtWalk, scheduled for Dec. 1. (more…) Continue Reading →

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D’Ambrosio chronicles ‘Montana and the NFL’

Brian D’Ambrosio, a regular contributor to Last Best News, has a new book out, “Montana and the NFL.” Heavily illustrated with photographs, the paperback book was published by The History Press and is available for $21.99. “Montanans’ football obsession goes far beyond storied college programs,” reads a synopsis of the book on The History Press website. “From Baker to Zurich, even the tiniest towns in Montana have sent players to the NFL. One of the most dominant offensive linemen of the 1940s was Anaconda’s own Francis Cope, who earned All-Decade honors as a New York Giant. Continue Reading →

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Festival donations will help music students, veterans

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Thanks to the success of this summer’s second annual Red Lodge Songwriter Festival, organizers of the festival recently donated $8,500 to the Red Lodge Public Schools Music Department. Festival co-founder and director Mike Booth said in a press release that the directors of the festival also donated $1,500 to Operation Second Chance, which helps heal wounded veterans through outdoor recreation.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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Last Best News partners featured on ‘Home Ground’

Brian Kahn

Last Best News partners Ed Kemmick and David Crisp will be featured in this week’s “Home Ground” show on Yellowstone Public Radio. Hosted by Brian Kahn, “Home Ground” is a  weekly public affairs program that was launched in 1996 and is broadcast on radio stations throughout the Rocky Mountain West. The interview with Crisp and Kemmick will be broadcast tonight at 6:30 on Yellowstone Public Radio/KEMC and this Sunday at 11:10 a.m. on Montana Public Radio/KUFM. After the show airs, it will be archived on the Home Ground Radio website. The latest episode looks at the changes sweeping the newspaper world and how online publications like Last Best News fit into that rapidly evolving world. Continue Reading →

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Urban Frontier House wins LEED Platinum certification

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High Plains Architects has been awarded LEED Platinum certification for the Urban Frontier House, the personal residence of firm founders Randy and Janna Hafer. The house, designed to be totally off the grid, is located at 702 N. 23rd St. It includes self-contained, self-sustaining systems for energy, water, and wastewater, including photovoltaic panels, rainwater collection, DC lighting, composting toilets, a wind turbine and an indoor garden room. Renewable and reclaimed materials are featured prominently throughout the house. (more…) Continue Reading →

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