News

Montana Department of Transportation

The Montana Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities are outpacing this same period last year. That’s even before the start to the traditional summer driving season which begins with the Memorial Day weekend.

MDT Director Mike Tooley says as of May 16, 2016, 61 people, or 19 ahead of the same period last year, have lost their lives in vehicle crashes in Montana.

YPR photo

  About 400 people were packed into a Billings gymnasium  Friday night  to hear Bill Clinton deliver the campaign message for his wife’s presidential bid.

The former president spoke of Hillary Clinton’s  desire to build the economy and bring manufacturing back to the U.S.

DonaldJTrump.com

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a campaign event at MetraPark in Billings on May 26, 2016.

According to the candidate's website door open at 1:00 pm for the Donald J. Trump for President rally that's to officially start at at 4:00 pm.

The public may go to the website to request tickets for the event.

Bob McNeely, The White House and Gage Skidmore

Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday,  May 20, 2016 in Billings, Montana.

The public is invited to hear Bill Clinton discuss why Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to raise wages and break down all the barriers holding Montana families back.

The first public meeting over the future of the federal coal leasing program and possibly charging more to mine is underway at the Casper Events Center.

The doors opened for speaker registration at 8:30 this morning. The meeting is scheduled to conclude at 4 this afternoon. The Bureau of Land Management is live-streaming the Casper meeting.

Stella Fong

On a rainy May 16, 2016 morning, Shane Ryan was inside the back of a Sysco truck, securing product. He was digging through stacks of boxes, and lifting and moving packages himself. As executive chef of “Matt’s in the Market” in Seattle, WA, this is not unusual activity, but on this day he is 817 miles away, in Billings, MT.

Jackie Yamanaka

Montana Department of Justice officials say the newly operating satellite crime lab will speed up the process of analyzing drug evidence.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito says the Eastern Montana Crime lab should reduce expenses and delays for the state’s criminal justice system.

“Because every time I need to move to continue a trial when some test or something isn’t done that’s an expense to our system to everybody in this region,” he says.

Thomas D. Mangelsen

A public discussion is scheduled Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Billings to discuss the fate of grizzly bears that live in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Journalist Todd Wilkinson from Bozeman and grizzly bear biologist Dr. David Mattson will present a slide show and talk about the grizzly in the environment.

Wilkinson is the author of the book on one of the most famous grizzly sows of the Greater Yellowstone, 399.

Jackie Yamanaka

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders brought his message that he’s the champion for the the middle- and working-classes at a Rally in Billings last night.

Sanders specifically singled out workers in the fossil fuels industry.

“I know,” he says. “I know that I am in coal country.”

But he says he feels obliged to be honest and bring the same message to Montana that he does to his home state Vermont.

Jackie Yamanaka

Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy is retiring at the end of July to become the new president and CEO of the Montana State University Billings Foundation.  

Kennedy will remain on the Yellowstone County Commission until July 30, 2016.

He says he is committed to helping craft “a solid budget” for Yellowstone County before he starts his new position.

Pages