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On the record, Ward 4: Two candidates vie for opening

Two candidates are competing to replace Al Swanson of Ward 4, who is not seeking re-election this year to the Billings City Council. The name of a third candidate, Rick McIntyre, will appear on the ballot, but McIntyre told Last Best News he has decided to withdraw from the race. Ballots were mailed out Aug. 25 for the primary election. For this mail-in-only election, all ballots must be mailed back to or brought into the Yellowstone County Elections Department by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. Continue Reading →

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On the record, Ward 3: Open seat draws 4 candidates

Three candidates are vying to replace Rich McFadden of Ward 3, who is nearing the end of his second consecutive four-year term on the Billings City Council. The City Charter limits council members to two consecutive terms.

Ballots were mailed out Aug. 25 for the primary election. For this mail-in-only election, all ballots must be mailed back to or brought into the Yellowstone County Elections Department by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Continue Reading →

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On the record, Ward 2: Three seek open council seat

Three candidates are vying to replace Angela Cimmino of Ward 2, who is nearing the end of her second consecutive four-year term on the Billings City Council and is running for mayor. The City Charter limits council members to two consecutive terms.

Ballots were mailed out Aug. 25 for the primary election. For this mail-in-only election, all ballots must be mailed back to or brought into the Yellowstone County Elections Department by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Continue Reading →

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On the record, Ward 1: Two challenge incumbent

Two people are challenging Billings City Councilman Mike Yakawich, the incumbent in Ward 1, in the primary election. Ballots were mailed out Aug. 25 for the primary election. For this mail-in-only election, all ballots must be mailed back to or brought into the Yellowstone County Elections Department by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Continue Reading →

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On the record: Mayoral candidates lay out their views

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The crowded mayoral race in Billings will be pared to just two candidates in the Sept. 12 primary election. Seven candidates filed to run for the position being vacated by Tom Hanel, who will be stepping down after two consecutive terms, the maximum allowed by the City Charter. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Wildfire claims historic chalet in Glacier Park

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Glacier National Park’s historic and much-loved Sperry Chalet was destroyed late Thursday when high winds pushed the Sprague fire to the east and it overtook the building, despite firefighters’ best efforts. The main building was lost at about 6 p.m., according to Glacier Park officials, who made the announcement via Facebook. (more…) Continue Reading →

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New group aims to help the homeless share their stories

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Alexander Andrews wants to give homeless people in Billings the things they need, including food and clothing. He also wants to give them a voice. That’s why he started Spread the Word 406, a group that will take supplies to homeless people on the street or wherever they congregate. At the same time, group members will be gathering stories and testimonials, giving the homeless a chance to speak for themselves. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Cash-carrying Canadian arrested near border crossing

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The Sweetgrass Border Patrol Station, which last month reported the apprehension of an Irish national attempting to sneak into the United States, publicized another arrest on Thursday. In a press release, the Border Patrol said its agents arrested a 25-year-old man from Alberta, Canada, trying to enter the United States illegally while carrying “large amounts of U.S. currency.” The release said agents saw a “suspicious vehicle” traveling along a road near the border in the vicinity of the Sweetgrass Port of Entry, northeast of Cut Bank on Tuesday evening. They stopped the vehicle and questioned the driver, who said he had illegally entered the country by cutting down border fencing. The man, who was not named, was arrested and his vehicle, a white Chevy pickup, was impounded. Continue Reading →

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