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SCRaP Billings expands footprint, vision, partnerships


Since SCRaP Billings was founded in the fall of 2015, it has made some major moves — conceptually and physically. In November 2016 the creative-reuse store and arts-education hub moved from South 29th Street into a two-story, 21,000-square-feet brick warehouse at Montana Avenue and North 18th Street. Barely a month ago, it started leasing a second building, a block away, the SCRaP Creative Annex, with 6,000 square feet, at 1702 First Ave. N. (more…) Continue Reading →

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MSU Billings-Rocky ROTC program has benefit dinner


For the seventh year in a row, cadets in the Montana State University Billings-Rocky Mountain College ROTC are hosting a dinner to benefit the program. The dinner, which will include a silent auction, live auction, dessert auction and raffle, is set for Friday, Feb. 9, at the Radisson Hotel. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to support the Stars N Stripes Wrestling program for kids, which is coached by military veterans; the rest will help fund the ROTC program. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Group working to bring grocery store to South Side


A group working toward establishing a grocery store on Billings’ South Side met Thursday morning to talk about the next step in the process — conducting a market analysis of possible locations and what kind of store might work best. The analysis would also include five years of financial projections, including start-up costs, and a look at what other businesses might possibly co-locate with a new grocery store.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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To help Mother Nature, city puts Snowmelter to work


It used to be that the city of Billings would wait for a few good chinook winds, or warm spring weather, to reduce piles of collected snow to meltwater. But everything is more complicated these days. Now, the city is using a new piece of equipment that accelerates the process by spraying the snow with very hot water and running the resulting water down the drain. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Council hits the reset button on hiring new administrator


The Billings City Council hopes to offer interim City Administrator Bruce McCandless a short-term contract as official city administrator, and to find someone new for that  position by next fall. The council made that decision Monday night, five weeks after the person offered the job withdrew from consideration because he and a council subcommittee could not agree on a contract. (more…) Continue Reading →

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St. V’s new thrift store opens, sale pending on old store


If you want to support some of the biggest charities in Billings, here’s a simple way to do so: shop at their thrift stores. That suggestion, bordering on a plea, was delivered by Vicki Massie, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Billings. The organization moved its charity office from Montana Avenue into a remodeled warehouse at 3005 First Ave. S. last summer. Continue Reading →

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Hundreds rally for Women’s March in Billings


Many hundreds of marchers — children, women and men — turned out for the Montana Women’s March Billings on Saturday morning in a show of solidarity and a call for women everywhere to get more involved in politics. Held a year after millions of women around the world rallied the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the Billings march was one of at least half a dozen such events planned for around the state on Saturday. (more…) Continue Reading →

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YAM’s 50th auction will feature rare Picasso print


This year’s 50th Annual Art Auction at the Yellowstone Art Museum will feature selections by 131 artists from across the country, including 100 artists from Montana. But the work likely to draw the most attention will be a rare print created half a century ago by an artist from Spain. The piece, titled “Portrait d’Homme á la Fraise, Variation d’aprés El Greco,” was produced in 1962 by Pablo Picasso. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Rocky Mountain College’s first Ph.D. program OK’d


The Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities has approved and accredited what will be Rocky Mountain College’s first doctoral program. In a press release from Rocky, Stephen Germic, the school’s provost and academic vice president, said the commission approved and accredited the college’s plan to begin a doctor of occupational therapy degree program, effective January 2019. (more…) Continue Reading →

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RiverStone’s new clinic nearly ready, open house planned


After years of planning and fundraising and a year and a half of construction, RiverStone Health is a little more than a week away from seeing patients in its new, much larger clinic. “Every time I come over here, there’s something new and different,” Barbara Schneeman said Thursday morning. “It’s amazing.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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