Yellowstone County

Kay Erickson

Yellowstone County is one of very few counties in Montana that is responsible for burial of residents who passed away without family or financial resources.

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.

Affordable Housing Advocates Look To Montana Legislature For Help

Jan 23, 2019
Colter Peterson/Bozeman Daily Chronicle

There are plenty of infrastructure priorities jockeying for scarce state dollars as the Montana Legislature meets this winter, but, with housing costs a burden for many modest-income Montanans, advocates and some lawmakers want to spend state money boosting affordable housing projects.

Kayla Desroches / YPR

A potential gravel mine on a plot of land in west Billings has nearby residents and business owners concerned.

A construction company, FirstMark, is seeking permission to include a section of property zoned as agricultural in its plans for a gravel mine. The agricultural-zoned land makes up almost 40 acres of the roughly 117-acre property near Oscar’s Park and Yellowstone River.

Residents and business owners in the region are concerned about consequences of running a mine in the area.

Roundup Of Fire Warnings, Restrictions

Jul 7, 2017

Fire danger in northwest Montana forests has been moved to “high” ahead of a weekend forecasted to be hot and dry.

Managers on the Flathead and Kootenai National Forests are anticipating higher risk for fire starts as temperatures continue into the 90s and dead brush dries out. The “high” fire danger designation means fires can start easily from most causes.

FDA

Rules governing indoor smoking in Yellowstone County could soon include e-cigarettes.  A public hearing tonight in Billings will discuss the change.


(Left, © AP; right, Penguin & Random House)

The Billings Gazette reports that over the last five years, Yellowstone County, the largest county in the state, prosecuted only about 15% of adult rape cases. And last year, there were precisely zero prosecutions out of the 60 rape cases reported in the county.

Jon Krakauer is the author of the bestselling book Missoula: Rape and the Justice System In a College Town which, explores a spate of unprosecuted sexual assaults in one of Montana's largest cities between 2008-2012.

Krakauer spoke with YPR's Brie Ripley about why Yellowstone County needs a Department of Justice intervention.