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Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Should Montana Republican lawmakers saddle up to take control of federal lands, they might be without one important, generally conservative gr…

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Skilled labor in more demand than ever, unions say

Skilled labor in more demand than ever, unions say

A crowd of about 2,500 people gathered in Rose Park to have burgers, hot dogs and perhaps a beer as they commemorated Labor Day.

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1 dead after shooting outside Missoula strip club

1 dead after shooting outside Missoula strip club

MISSOULA — Missoula police are investigating a fatal shooting outside a Missoula strip club early Monday morning.

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Former Butte High football standout Bo Taylor dies

Former Butte High football standout Bo Taylor dies

Bo Taylor, who was a senior on the Butte High School football team when the Bulldogs took the AA state football title against Bozeman in 2012,…

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Forest Service to move regional office in Missoula

MISSOULA — The U.S. Forest Service plans to move its Region One headquarters out of a building in downtown Missoula in favor of a location at …

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Playoff-bound Mustangs walk off with victory over Great Falls

Playoff-bound Mustangs walk off with victory over Great Falls

The Mustangs clinched a Pioneer League playoff berth last Saturday, which rendered the balance of their regular season meaningless with respec…

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August mugshots

August mugshots

Look at some of the crime stories from The Billings Gazette from August.

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Agriculture equipment sales decline in 2014

Agriculture equipment sales decline in 2014

MITCHELL, S.D. — Sitting under a tent at an annual agricultural equipment sales event, Shawn Berry noted that orders for the machinery he sell…

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14 get medical treatment after laundromat boiler malfunction

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — At least 14 people in northwest North Dakota have sought medical treatment after becoming ill following a visit to a laundromat.

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MontanaPBS scrubs US House debate coverage

BOZEMAN — MontanaPBS has canceled its broadcast coverage plans for an upcoming debate in Montana's U.S. House race now that one of the two can…

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Sentinel High School principal, vice principal suspended

MISSOULA — Missoula County Public Schools has suspended two of the top administrators at Sentinel High School following a "personnel issue."

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Wyoming maintains low unemployment through 1Q 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming's unemployment rate was well below the national average over the first three months of this year.

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Ideal barbecue weather expected for Labor Day

Ideal barbecue weather expected for Labor Day

Weather on Labor Day will be ideal for an outdoor barbecue, but late-day isolated showers could send folks headed indoors a little early. 

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Special K kicks off equine program

Special K kicks off equine program

COLUMBUS — Her feet were barely back on the ground when Cat Aexel, a resident at Special K Ranch east of Columbus, was ready to swing back int…

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When RightNow sold to Oracle for $1.8 billion, who got the money?

HELENA — After international software giant Oracle Corp. bought Bozeman software firm RightNow Technologies in 2012 for $1.8 billion, economis…

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High Sierra disc golf tourney to raise cash for new course

High Sierra disc golf tourney to raise cash for new course

Billings Parks and Recreation will host a disc golf tournament on Sept. 13, to raise awareness and funds for the High Sierra Disc Golf Course.

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Daines' work with cloud computing pioneer shapes his perspectives on government

Daines' work with cloud computing pioneer shapes his perspectives on government

BOZEMAN — At age 36, Steve Daines was working at his father’s construction firm in Bozeman when he got involved with a small but growing compa…

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Grant-funded remodel improves man's quality of life 'exponentially'

Grant-funded remodel improves man's quality of life 'exponentially'

The quality of Gary Hauck’s life is way, way up — “exponentially” is his word — thanks to a slew of recent home improvements.

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Yellowstone, Grand Teton parks rescues near 90 this year

Yellowstone, Grand Teton parks rescues near 90 this year

JACKSON, Wyo. — Rangers have conducted nearly 90 search-and-rescue operations in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks so far this year.

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Firefighter recounts rescuing mountain lion cubs from blaze

Firefighter recounts rescuing mountain lion cubs from blaze

FLORENCE — One of the firefighters on the crew that found a pair of mountain lion cubs in a fire near Florence said she’s glad both animals go…

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Thundering herd: Sheep drive continues to evolve, drawing thousands to Reed Point

Thundering herd: Sheep drive continues to evolve, drawing thousands to Reed Point

REED POINT — It’s been 26 years since the first Great Montana Sheep Drive, but the event continues to evolve each year.

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Huntley man killed by train identified

The 78-year-old Huntley man killed by a train Friday has been identified as Earl Corrall, according to Treasure County Sheriff and Coroner…

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Montana students to be tested on Common Core

HELENA — Montana will implement and test students on the Common Core standards this school year, despite opposition and an anticipated battle …

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Montana bobcat farm spurs worldwide interest

GREAT FALLS — A proposal by a North Dakota couple to relocate their commercial bobcat fur farm to central Montana has generated comments from …

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Cool Sunday and Labor Day expected

Cooler temperatures are expected this week in Billings, but the lower temperatures will bring an increased chance of showers Sunday and Labor Day. 

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43 to become US citizens in Yellowstone ceremony

43 to become US citizens in Yellowstone ceremony

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Yellowstone National Park sees plenty of foreign visitors who come to see its unique natural features.

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Wyoming says EPA carbon rules missing information, violate law

CASPER, Wyo. — The Environmental Protection Agency didn’t comply with federal rule-making procedure when it omitted technical information in i…

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Cloud Peak taking more active role in coal debate: ‘We want it to be a factual discussion’

Cloud Peak taking more active role in coal debate: ‘We want it to be a factual discussion’

DECKER — The 300-foot dragline juts into southern Montana skyline like an industrial tower, a titan among giant equipment at Cloud Peak Energy…

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Have You Heard: Big gains and a loss for downtown Billings

Downtown Billings is gaining two new hot spots while another is leaving for the West End.

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LEGO exhibit captures human emotions sculpted in plastic bricks

LEGO exhibit captures human emotions sculpted in plastic bricks

One of the challenges for Liz Harding on Friday was how to scatter a bag of LEGOs to look like the inside of a man’s chest spilling out.

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White calls land transfer unrealistic

White calls land transfer unrealistic

The transfer of federal lands to the state of Montana is too technically complex to be realistic, according to state Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozem…

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Transferring federal lands to Montana: Political theater or a viable option?

Transferring federal lands to Montana: Political theater or a viable option?

HELENA — Whether debated over a steaming cup of coffee in a café or deliberated in the chambers of the Montana Capitol, the transfer of federa…

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Chef creates full meal of culinary delights using raw ingredients from farmers market

Chef creates full meal of culinary delights using raw ingredients from farmers market

Lilac owner and chef Jeremy Engebretson likes nothing better than to figure out what ingredients he has on hand — preferably locally grown — t…

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St. Vincent puts focus on cancer patients with $4.3 million renovation project

St. Vincent puts focus on cancer patients with $4.3 million renovation project

Suffering from colon cancer, 22-year-old Craig Canape spent at least 74 days in Room 370, a “bleak” and “tired-looking” room on the third floo…

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31-year-old woman killed in Belt crash Saturday

A 31-year-old Belt woman died Saturday morning after crashing her SUV in Belt, according to a Montana Highway Patrol dispatcher.

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Missoula murder suspect caught in Louisiana

Missoula murder suspect caught in Louisiana

MISSOULA, Mont. — A man wanted for an alleged Missoula murder that happened in late July has been arrested in Shreveport, La.

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Chief Plenty Coups celebrated during annual Day of Honor

Chief Plenty Coups celebrated during annual Day of Honor

PRYOR — Chief Plenty Coups was celebrated Saturday during the 20th annual Day of Honor at the state park named in his honor.

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Casper council candidates support rapids, offer safety alternatives

Casper council candidates support rapids, offer safety alternatives

CASPER, Wyo. — Candidates for Casper City Council unanimously agree that ripping out the North Platte whitewater park is not the solution to m…

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Wendy's of Montana tops $1 million in adoption fundraising

Wendy’s of Montana has raised $1 million for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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Attorney general asked to intervene in access case

BOZEMAN — An advocacy group is asking Montana's attorney general to intervene after Madison County leaders took no action to improve access to…

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5 things to know about Montana's midterm elections

HELENA — In two months, Montanans will choose two new members of the state’s congressional delegation, which party will be in control for the …

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Bullock: Businesses creating jobs at 'record-breaking pace for our state'

Bullock: Businesses creating jobs at 'record-breaking pace for our state'

HELENA — Montana ranks fifth in the country for employment growth, but it faces slower growth in the future as many members of an aging workfo…

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