Bill Cole

Billings Mayor Bill Cole speaks at Chamber of Commerce's State of the City and County event June 26.
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 The Billings City Council approved the fiscal year budget this week, which includes cuts to the police department and fire department.

U.S. Census Bureau Regional Director Cathy Lacy speaks at a podium
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Billings became one of the first cities in the West to open a US Census Office Tuesday.

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The renovation of a 70-year old science building at Montana State University Billings took another step closer toward completion. The Montana Board of Regents on Wednesday authorized the campus to spend just over $17 million dollars on the project before the regents joined students, donors and others for a ceremonial groundbreaking. 

The Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site is close to becoming a reality. The group raising money to build an interpretive center at Luther Sage  Kelly’s gravesite  in Sword Rimrock Park announced Tuesday major donations that puts them within $20,000 of their goal.

Bill Cole is the chair of  the Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site (YKIS) Committee, the group  raising money to build the site.  He said he’s been surprised but pleased by the response to honor Yellowstone Kelly and revitalize the gravesite, that this goes far beyond Yellowstone Kelly.