The ophthalmoscope (left) and stethoscope (right) are some of the tools a physican uses when checking a patient's health.
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Bozeman’s city commissioners Monday unanimously approved the next step for a new ambulatory center in Montana’s fastest growing city. It’s an expansion of Billings Clinic, the largest health organization in the state.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks about infrastructure as Old Faithful erupts, Yellowstone National Park, June 13, 2019.
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Vice President Mike Pence visited Yellowstone National Park Thursday to discuss the Park Service’s backlog of maintenance projects. Pence says the Trump administration is committed to conservation and improving national parks infrastructure.

A cow looks up on a farm near Bridger, Montana.
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A new federal bill co-sponsored by Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester proposes temporarily stopping large food and agribusiness corporations from consolidating. It aims to increase competition in the market to support better prices for farmers and ranchers.

Apps on an iPhone, October 20, 2010.
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High tech is one of the fastest-growing and highest-paying sectors in Montana’s economy, but it’s not without its hurdles. An organization helping new tech startups is wrapping up its second annual pitch competition this week. One of the founders of Sellout, a new Bozeman-based tech company and one of the winners last year, shared some of the opportunities and challenges that come with starting a tech business in Montana.

Billings Public Library

The Billings Public Library is celebrating an important milestone, five years in a new building and as a resource for technology, information and economic development for the region for the 21st century.  

“There are so many things that libraries now do to help reinforce education, to help reinforce the economics of a community, to reinforce awareness,” said Gavin Woltjer, the library’s director. “ That’s how 

we remain relevant.”

This new facility not only serves the city of Billings but the entire Yellowstone County.

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In November Bistro Enzo in Billings celebrates twenty years in business. Executive Chef and owner James Honaker claimed the actual date was November 11, 2018 or sometime thereabouts. He seemed almost nonchalant about the birthday. For long time staff - servers Daisy Castro and Dave Caserio, day Chef Paul Reitz and volunteer Lezlie Solari, the time marked event held significance.

Stella Fong

Cool jazz weaves through the room as I sip a pretty cocktail with house made tinctures and infusions. As my back sinks into the soft leather seat, I study a menu with large clean print. A server comes by and gently places a basket of warm bread at the table. I smile inhaling the aroma of baked wheat and melting sweet butter. Then sizzle and fire flash into the room from the open kitchen. I am happy and become happier when I take my first bite of a summer tomato salad garnished with basil leaves on fresh Burrata.

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In a strip mall right off of Grand Avenue in midtown Billings is Fancy Sushi Asian Fusion. This restaurant offers over 259 different menu items from Japan, Thailand, China and Korea, bringing a sampling of Asian cuisine to diners. Fusion food combines ingredients and flavors from Asia with American touches. Already featuring sushi, sashimi, curries, noodles and stir-fries, the restaurant recently offered the option of Korean Barbecue, the first in Montana.

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The Rex Restaurant Bar and Grill closed the day after Valentine’s Day a year ago. The Rex Partnership made the decision to shut down the restaurant with no advance notice to the community.  A handwritten sign on the door announced its closing.

One Big Sky Center

The Billings City Council will hold a special 5 p.m. meeting tonight at City Hall to discuss the proposed $165 million One Big Sky Center downtown.

MontDevCo LLC, the developer of the 70,000 square feet project, seeks up to $35 million in tax increment financing: also known as TIF, this is a kind of city-sanctioned loan, funded by public tax dollars, that shields borrowers for a certain number of years from area tax increases.