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Hundreds rally for Women’s March in Billings


Many hundreds of marchers — children, women and men — turned out for the Montana Women’s March Billings on Saturday morning in a show of solidarity and a call for women everywhere to get more involved in politics. Held a year after millions of women around the world rallied the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the Billings march was one of at least half a dozen such events planned for around the state on Saturday. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Billings marchers will join others around state, world


Women’s marches are being organized across the state and around the world this Saturday, a year after huge crowds turned out last January on the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. State Sen. Jen Gross, D-Billings, a co-coordinator of the Montana Women’s March Billings, said last year’s Women’s March on Montana, which drew an estimated 10,000 people to Helena, was powerfully exciting. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: A little ‘fall protection’ for our readers

Two Moon

In this Prairie Lights space, I generally give vent to personal opinions on subjects like politics, culture, religion and other tender subjects. Today I want to test the limits of the First Amendment by unburdening myself of the opinion that we live in a spectacularly beautiful place, especially during the fleeting few weeks of High Autumn, which I am capitalizing in defiance of Associated Press style regulations to emphasize how glorious it is. (more…) Continue Reading →

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On North Side, a glimpse into Billings’ past


If you want to get some sense of what Billings was like in the old days, you can’t do much better than walk through the North Side, that triangle of land bordered by the BBWA Canal, North 27th Street and Sixth Avenue North. Officially, the North Park Neighborhood as designated by the city of Billings extends south all the way to Montana Avenue. But for me, the neighborhood’s cohesiveness can’t survive the jump across Sixth Avenue, a busy four-lane, one-way street that marks the southern boundary as obviously as the canal does to the north. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Let’s not give up on downtown Billings


You want to talk about problems with transients on Montana Avenue? Talk to Mike Schaer. When he moved his computer business to the avenue 33 years ago, there were vacant buildings all along Montana, and “the transients were really all over the place.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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