Retired slurry bomber stands sentinel at Missoula airport

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Tanker 10 has a new base of operations, standing sentinel at the entrance to Missoula International Airport, forever reminding local citizens and visitors of the city’s pre-eminent role in the history of wildland firefighting.

The slurry bomber’s move Tuesday from Neptune Aviation’s hangar to a static display area alongside Highway 10 West was a logistical challenge, but a welcome one for the aerial firefighting company’s crews. Continue Reading →

Rare Ghost Dance artifacts on display at county museum

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The centerpiece of a new exhibit at the Yellowstone County Museum is a Ghost Dance shirt made for a son of Sitting Bull, but Kathy Barton’s favorite piece in the exhibit is a pair of Arapaho moccasins.

Barton, the museum’s curator, said the soles of the moccasins are clearly marked with a series of horizontal scratches, vivid testimony to the side-to-side shuffling motion that marked Ghost Dance ceremonies. Continue Reading →

Update: Last-minute filings make for crowded city election

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Update: Seven more candidates filed Monday afternoon to run for the Billings City Council, making this the most crowded city election in nearly 20 years, maybe longer.

With the filing officially closed as of 5 p.m., there are now 26 candidates vying for the mayor’s position and five open seats on the City Council. According to records on the Yellowstone County Elections Office website, that eclipses the number of candidates in any city race going back to 1999, the earliest year for which results are posted. Continue Reading →

Red Lodge Songwriters Festival enters 2nd year with expansion

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Mike Booth and Cory Johnson started the Red Lodge Songwriters Festival last year, hoping it would become an annual event that got bigger every year. It looks like they’re on the right track.

The second annual festival starts next Thursday, June 22, and this year will feature two members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, with 12 shows at six Red Lodge venues scheduled during the three-day event. Continue Reading →