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Billings Voters to Decide on Public Service Levy November 4th

Here's a quick follow up on a story we shared with you last week.  Last night, the Billings City Council gave the green light to a new levy for public services which will be decided on by voters in the upcoming November election

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Photo courtesy of Flickr/jessellen
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What Place in Montana Made Hotwire.com’s List of ‘Famous Landmarks Most Americans Have Never Visited?’

The travel aficionados at Hotwire.com released a new report detailing some of America's most famous landmarks. Here are five that many people in the U.S. have never seen, and the best part? One of those spots is right outside our own backyard:

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Yellowstone County Jail Expansion Hits a Snag

Normally it's Paul that gets riled up about this sort of thing, but today Mark went on a rant about the proposed expansion at the Yellowstone Country Jail.  New estimates have revealed additional costs for the project and the county has yet to outline exactly how they plan to pay for it

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Your Vote Doesn’t Count

Democracy has taken another step back here in the great state of Montana.  On Friday, an activist judge named Jeffrey Sherlock struck down another law that was overwhelmingly approved by the voters

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Proposed Non Discrimination Ordinance in Billings Poses Questions

Yesterday, the Billings City Council met again to discuss the potential wording of the proposed Non Discrimination Ordinance.  The Flakes are convinced that this ordinance will eventually pass, however, we have some concerns about it

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Photo Courtesy of the City of Billings Facebook Page
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Zimmerman Trail Might Have to Close Again

 

Paul drove up Zimmerman Trail this weekend for the first time since it had been closed for repairs.  Sadly, he thinks the City of Billings will have to close it again sometime soon.

If you've driven the trail, you've probably noticed several areas on the side of the road that have been washed out.  O

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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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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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
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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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