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Property Values…and Taxes…Rise in Yellowstone Country

Here's some good news and some bad news.  If you own a home in Yellowstone County, it's worth more than it was six years ago.  Of course, if you're not selling your home, that just means your property taxes are going up

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Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images
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MT is the Only State Left Where It’s Still Legal to Text and Drive

Last week, South Carolina passed a new law banning texting while driving.  Which leaves Montana as the last state left to outlaw texting behind the wheel.  Mark and Paul think it's about time we got with the program and made the roads safer for everyone

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Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
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The Billings Non Discrimination Ordinance

If you were driving downtown yesterday, you may have seen the protesters waving signs outside the Billings City Council meeting.  Of course, they are all fired up about the proposed "Non Discrimination Ordinance"

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Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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How to Deal with Aggressive Panhandlers

A few weeks ago, the City of Billings finally admitted that we have a problem with transients downtown.  Like they say in AA, the first step is admitting you have a problem.

This morning, the Flakes read an interesting article about aggressive panhandlers in Missoula

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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Out of Town Hail Storm Chasers Stoop to New Low

They've been covering the town like ants.  Ever since the recent hailstorm, the storm chasers have been flocking to Billings from all over the country.

Of course, the Flakes strongly suggest that you deal with a reputable local expert to replace or repair your cars or homes

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Photo Courtesy of Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau Facebook Page
Photo Courtesy of Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau Facebook Page
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Billings Population Continues to Grow

This morning, the Flakes discussed a new report from the United States Census Bureau that estimates the population of Billings grew nearly 2 percent from 2010 to 2013.  According to their report, there are now 109,059 people living within the Billings city limits, with nearly 2,000 new residents since 2010

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City of Billings Votes Against Downtown Pedestrian Bridge

Our civic leaders had a rare moment of fiscal responsibility yesterday.  The council voted against using tax payers dollars to fund a pedestrian bridge that would run over the train track on 25th Avenue, connecting Montana Avenue and Minnesota Avenue.

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Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images
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Don’t Float Down the Yellowstone River on a Log, When it’s Flooding and You’re Drunk

And, now, a public service message from Mark and Paul. Sometimes it's ok to float down the Yellowstone River on a Log.  It's risky, but sometimes you can get away with floating down the river when it's flooding

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Photo By Encyclopaedia Britannica/UIG Via Getty Images
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Most Popular Internet Search Terms in the State of Montana

The real estate website estately.com just released a fascinating article listing the most common internet searches for each of the 50 states.  Their results were compiled by analyzing Google trends to determine which words each state used the most.  Some of the most common

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Photo courtesy of Billings Chamber of Commerce / Convention and Visitor's Bureau Facebook Page
Photo courtesy of Billings Chamber of Commerce / Convention and Visitor's Bureau Facebook Page
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Rental Car Shortage for Tourists Visiting Billings

Here's another casualty from the big hail storm over the weekend.  Tourists flying into Billings might not be able to rent a car.  Local rental car agencies are scrambling to make repairs to their fleet

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Dino-Mite Ways To Advertise Your Business!

As I was driving home last night, I passed this business on 1st Avenue North. 

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Montana Rates #1 in ‘Best Places to Live”

They call Montana "The Last Best Place," and, apparently, most Montanans actually think that.

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