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More forums planned for council, mayoral candidates


Interest in this year’s City Council and mayoral races continues to run high. After a record number of people voted in the Sept. 12 primary, narrowing a crowded field of candidates to two in each of the council’s five wards and two in the mayoral race, additional forums have been scheduled in advance of the Nov. 7 general election. (more…) Continue Reading →

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At this school, students learn rudiments of rock ‘n’ roll


Earlier this week, at a group lesson for students in the Free Spirit Rock School, Sharon Mulvehill was sitting in on bass guitar. She normally plays a regular guitar, and she wasn’t all that familiar with the bass line for the first song of the night, Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.” Bill Dickman, the school’s guitar teacher and musical director, who happened to be sitting in on drums, stopped the song and briefly, a little impatiently, told Mulvehill what she should be playing. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Friends, colleagues recall a one-of-a-kind public servant


Early in 2001, shortly after Kurt Corey, then director of Public Works for the city of Billings, had accepted a similar job in Eugene, Ore., I wrote a story about his imminent departure. He had been officiating high school football and basketball games for 20 years, and he told me he wasn’t sure he’d have the time to continue refereeing once he got to Oregon. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Historian takes close look at ‘dirty time’ in Billings’ history


Just shy of 100 years ago, unpatriotic “slackers” in Billings were put on notice. It was reported in the Oct. 26, 1917, edition of the Billings Evening Journal that residents who refused to buy war bonds — and those who seemed to have “undersubscribed,” given their incomes and assets — would soon be punished. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Voting already at record level for Magic City Music Awards


Voting is underway for the 17th annual Magic City Music Awards. It’s not just underway, it’s going gang-busters. Between the opening of voting, which was announced Tuesday morning on the MCMA Facebook page, and Friday morning, more than 1,700 people had already voted. That’s well ahead of the 1,318 votes cast last year, which was itself a record, and this year’s voting doesn’t close until Sept. 25. Continue Reading →

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‘Second to none’: MacIntyre wins chamber’s Legacy Award


Years ago, Bruce MacIntyre promised his wife, Linda, that he would never run for elected office. He made the promise in spite of his love of politics, which he discovered as a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame. He was a member of the delegation to a mock Democratic Convention that year — a delegation headed by Tom Judge, who would go on to be a Montana governor. (more…) Continue Reading →

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