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Final, unofficial results in for Yellowstone County


While statewide results were still trickling in for Tuesday’s primary election, Yellowstone County posted final but unofficial results a little before 11 p.m.

In the Republican primary, Yellowstone County Commission candidate Don Jones had 11,552 votes to Mike Black’s 8,880, meaning Jones will challenge Democrat Robyn Driscoll in the General Election in November. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Flu claims life of Yellowstone County child, 1st in state


RiverStone Health, in conjunction with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, has confirmed the first pediatric death of the 2017-2018 influenza season in Montana. In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, RiverStone Health said the school-age child was a Yellowstone County resident. RiverStone, the Yellowstone public health agency, did not identify or give the age of the child. (more…) Continue Reading →

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City primary election attracts record number of voters


It’s official. As of noon on Monday, a record number of voters had already cast their ballots in Billings’ primary election. Yellowstone County Elections Administrator Bret Rutherford said he had 21,246 mail-in ballots in hand at noon, beating the old record of 20,966 ballots cast in the primary election of 2009. (more…) Continue Reading →

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5 Democrats in running for county commissioner

County Courthouse

Five seasoned Democrats who have applied to replace Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy will face the public on Aug. 3. The candidates are Robyn Driscoll, David Wanzenried, Lynda Bourque Moss, Chuck Tooley and Jennifer Merecki. Nominations also will be taken from the floor at the public forum. Kennedy, also a Democrat, has resigned from District 3 of the commission to become chief executive officer of the Montana State University Billings Foundation on Aug. Continue Reading →

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Neighbors of city landfill wary of expansion plans


This story has been updated. People who live near the Billings landfill are raising questions about plans to expand the facility. They are also concerned, again, about a state law that gives the city blanket approval of such plans, and makes public comment on the plans a meaningless formality. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Don’t call me a racist’ Lenington offers a defense, more or less

Max Lenington

I’ve known Max Lenington for more than 15 years. I didn’t know him well, since I never did much reporting on Yellowstone County, for which he is treasurer, assessor and county superintendent of schools. But I knew him well enough to believe I had some sense of the kind of person he was. (more…) Continue Reading →

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