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Prairie Lights: Does it matter if vote-seekers vote?


After almost 40 years in the newspaper business, I am used to being criticized for what I write. But I have to admit to being caught off guard by the people who thought my recent story on the voting habits of Billings City Council and mayoral candidates was somehow unfair, or even unnecessary. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Book review: Former TV newsman turns to first novel

Gus Koernig had the unusual distinction of anchoring evening news broadcasts for both KULR-8 and KTVQ-2 in Billings before moving to Arizona in 2005. There he writes news stories for iHeartMedia, has ghostwritten five nonfiction books and now is the co-author of his first work of fiction. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Dennison, cut loose by Lee, to report for television network


Mike Dennison, one of the experienced state bureau reporters let go by the Lee Newspapers of Montana three months ago, has been hired by the Montana Television Network. Starting Monday, Dennison will be the chief political reporter for the network, which has television stations in seven Montana cities, including KTVQ in Billings. The hiring was announced on MTN websites Thursday afternoon and is scheduled to be reported on the stations’ evening news shows. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Billings cop investigated for fight with Laurel officer


KTVQ is reporting that a Billings police officer is being investigated over a physical altercation he reportedly got into with a fellow officer from Laurel. The story said Paul LaMantia, a 6-year veteran “with a growing disciplinary file,” is under investigation for a “dispute” that resulted in extensive injuries to Jim Huertas, an officer with the Laurel Police Department. The two police officers are also business partners at Prohibition Boutique & Barbershop in downtown Billings.  

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