Lisa Harmon

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For Harmon, downtown job ‘the biggest honor of my life’

Lisa and Greg

Lisa Harmon says there is no intrigue attached to her decision to step down as director of the Downtown Billings Alliance. “No scandal, no crisis,” she said. Just math. “I’m in my 50s and I’ve probably only got one career move left,” she said. (more…) Continue Reading →

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In search of balance, yoga teacher scales business back

Kiner

Downtown Billings business owner Sharli Kiner is back to where she started—running her Limber Tree Yoga Studio at 212 N. 29th St. On Monday, she pulled the plug on her second location, at 2710 First Ave. N., just about a year after she opened it. Since announcing the closure, she said, a lot of people have approached her to say how sorry they were to hear the news, more or less offering their condolences. (more…) Continue Reading →

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From Missoula, an in-the-trenches look at homelessness

Camp

My name is Travis Mateer and for the past seven years I’ve worked at the Poverello Center, an emergency shelter and soup kitchen in Missoula. When I started at “the Pov” in 2008, our nation’s economy wasn’t doing so well. The unsound lending practices of the big banks resulted in a housing bubble that caused significant economic misery when it burst. Ripple effects, like a decreased demand for timber, closed local mills and put people out of work. Shelters across the country struggled to meet the increased need. Continue Reading →

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Downtown rail corridor eyed for trail, park development

Corridor

A long-dormant proposal to develop a bicycle and pedestrian trail on a railroad corridor through downtown Billings will be the subject of a study later this year. The study, which will be commissioned by the Department of Planning and Community Services, will look at the possibility of making use of what is known as the Fifth Avenue North Corridor, stretching all the way from the YMCA at 402 N. 32nd St. to the entrance to MetraPark. (more…) Continue Reading →

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New video celebrates the best of downtown Billings

A new video celebrating the virtues of downtown Billings received its premiere Friday night and was posted to YouTube on Saturday. “Believe in Downtown Billings” was produced by Jonathan Allison of Visual Lens Productions for the Downtown Billings Alliance. It was premiered Friday night at the Pub Station during the annual meeting of the alliance. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Young blood, new energy fuel downtown renaissance

Studio

Like a lot of people born and raised in Billings, Matt Blakeslee was used to looking to other cities for arts, culture and entertainment generally. Billings was a good place to make money and it was the biggest city in Montana, “but it had never felt like the most cultural or vibrant community,” he said. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Pedestrian bridge over tracks could finally be built

Ped bridge

Nearly 13 years after it was proposed, a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks in downtown Billings might finally be built this summer. Chris Hertz, an engineer with the city’s Public Works Department, expects to call for construction bids by mid-May, which would mean beginning construction in mid-June. (more…) Continue Reading →

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The journeys of John Hines

John Hines

In 2012, having served on the Mayor’s Committee on Homelessness for five years, John Hines decided it was to time to resign. He represented the homeless community on the committee and had established a reputation as a thoughtful, articulate advocate for people whose opinions usually go unheard. (more…) Continue Reading →

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