Visit Billings hosted the Travel Bloggers Exchange conference September 11 to 13.
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Visit Billings Hosts Travel Bloggers In Effort To Boost Tourism

A tourism agency in Billings is figuring out a new type of currency: One made of clicks, likes and shares.

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Visit Billings hosted the Travel Bloggers Exchange conference September 11 to 13.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio


A tourism agency in Billings is figuring out a new type of currency: One made of clicks, likes and shares.

A cow looks up on a farm near Bridger, Montana.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

Many are calling for the fast resolution to the Trump Administration's trade war with China. Among them are Montana cattle producers who see opportunity in Chinese markets.

A poster for the mixed-media film "Theo and Celeste"
Montana International Film Festival

If you enjoy films, Billings is the place to be this week when five days of some of the best independent films from around the country will play on movie screens downtown.

It's Tuesday, September 17th. Today we have stories about ZooMontana, a documentary debuting this fall about missing and murdered indigenous women and Roller Derby.

Team Montana practices for nationals in Bozeman on September 8.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Roller derby is sometimes described as playing speed chess on wheels while someone throws bricks at your head. Team Montana made a splash at the national all-star tournament last year and is preparing to exceed expectations once again.

At the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman, the Haynes Pavilion fills up with roller derby fans. A woman with bright blue hair, a professor in a zip-up sweater and some guys in plaid all sit in the same bleacher section.

They’re here to watch Gallatin Roller Derby compete against Helena’s Helz Belles.

A red panda relaxes at ZooMontana
Jim Bowen / Flickr CC BY 2.0

ZooMontana, the only zoo and botanical garden in the state, achieved a major milestone today.

A kookaburra named Sidney laughs at ZooMontana. She's just one of the over 80 animals that live at the only true zoological and botanical park within a 500 miles radius of Billings. She could be announcing that her home on the west end of Billings was just granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ independent accreditation commission.

ZooMontana’s Executive Director Jeff Ewelt says this recognition is a big deal.

Inside Montana Politics: A Reporter’s View from the Trenches by Mike Dennison
Courtesy of Mike Dennison

A prominent Montana journalist plans to have a few book signing events in eastern Montana this week.

Missoula police are investigating an early morning shooting on the city’s south side. Detective Sergeant Eric Stevenson says multiple gunshots were reported fired in the 2,600 block of Garland Drive just before 4 a.m. Monday.

No one was injured.

A documentary debuting this fall will attempt to show how the high rate of missing and murdered indigenous women is impacting tribes, families and communities in Montana. The film is aimed at calling policy makers to action.

Stella Fong

Flavors Under the Big Sky: Celebrating the Bounty of the Region replayed a show that aired in the spring of 2018 to pay tribute to Gene Burgad. The world lost Gene on August 14, 2018, a man who gave us food, drink, community and humor. As the co-owner of The Rex Bar and Grill for 34 years, he was ever present to welcome guests who walked into his establishment. He was influential in reforming and refashioning Montana Avenue.

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