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Mark your calendars: Last Best News fundraiser is Oct. 28

The first time we threw a fundraiser for Last Best News, back in February 2016, it was so much fun that we decided to make it an annual event. So we threw another one last April, again at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.’s Garage Pub. And that was so much fun that a lot of people said we really ought to have one every six months or so. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Volunteers aid in search for elusive Black Swift

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Since the summer of 2013, Montana Audubon has engaged citizen scientists in searching for one of Montana’s least understood species, the Black Swift. When we started these efforts, just seven nest sites were known in the state, and it was clear the bird remained among the Species of Greatest Inventory Need. Nesting amongst rocky niches, and under hidden waterfalls, the colonial-breeding Black Swift remains challenging to locate, even to a trained observer’s eye. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Surprise guests a big hit at Magic City Music Awards

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In an awards show packed with youthful energy and frenetic performances, the hit of the night at the 17th annual Magic City Music Awards on Sunday might have been Norrine “The Outlaw Queen” Linderman, who’s been performing in the Billings area since the late 1940s. Linderman, winner of last year’s Freeman Lacy Award, created to recognize musicians with a long history of contributing to the Billings music scene, was just well enough to pick up her award last year, but too ill to sing. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Made-in-Montana pedicabs featured in Philly art project

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PHILADELPHIA — Though it’s doubtful many people here know it, key components of a major public arts project in Philadelphia were made in Montana. The project, “Fireflies,” by the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, consists of hundreds of handmade Chinese lanterns on display aboard a fleet of pedicabs that have been plying the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Parkway since mid-September. (more…) 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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At this school, students learn rudiments of rock ‘n’ roll

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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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For Crow relay team, it starts with a love of horses, family

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CROW AGENCY — When the River Road Relay team gets together for a practice, it’s all about the horses. The human beings involved in an Indian horse relay race certainly get a workout, and occasionally a few scrape and bruises, but at practice the horses are the focus of their intense and loving attention. (more…) Continue Reading →

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