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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.

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 The 2016 MSU Billings Wine and Food Festival Winemasters Symposium brought together winemakers Marc Mondavi of Charles Krug Winery and Divining Rod Winery along with Joy Merrilees of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, and Executive Nick Steen of the Northern Hotel. For the symposium, Chef Steen created a menu that partnered with the wines provided by the festival’s winemasters.

Jackie Yamanaka

  The staff and supporters of the Alberta Bair Theater are going to celebrate the tenure of William “Woody” Wood the way many theater goers remember him: on the stage, welcoming the crowd, and reminding them to turn off or silence their cell phone.

Wood is leaving Billings in July to join the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts and the Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center in Michigan as its director of cultural affairs.

Wood has been executive director at the ABT for nearly a decade.

“Shortly after I arrived the economy tanked,” he says.

Red Lodge Songwriter Festival

Aspiring songwriters and country music enthusiasts are invited to the inaugural Red Lodge Songwriters Festival the end of June.

Mike Booth and Cory Johnson are the organizers. Johnson says he came to Red Lodge and fell in love with it, thinking  it would be a great place to hold a songwriters festival. He said he met Booth and they starting discussing his idea one night over a beer.

Jackie Yamanaka

  

Montana’s gubernatorial candidates took only a short break in their campaigns after the June 7, 2016 primary election.  Two days later they were back in Billings to talk about public lands, access to those lands, and guns.

Governor Steve Bullock rolled out his agenda at Riverfront Park near the banks of the Yellowstone River.

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American Airlines returned to Montana with great fanfare on June 2, 2016 when a direct flight from Dallas/Ft. Worth landed in Bozeman, the state’s busiest airport.

Jackie Yamanaka

 

  A state initiative to encourage more high school students enrolled in dual credit courses means more educators are needed to teach those classes.

This week, the Bullock administration and higher education officials announced a pilot program spearheaded by Montana State University Billings will allow Billings students enroll in dual credit courses for free for the coming academic year. The pilot project is called High School Connections.

   A new pilot program will allow high school students in Billings to earn credits toward high school graduation and for college for free.

The project is called High School Connections. It was spearheaded by Montana State University Billings.

Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian says even though Billings has the most students in the state, it has a fairly low participation rate in dual enrollment. He says officials are wondering why. Are their barriers? Is it cost?

Jackie Yamanaka

 

Governor Steve Bullock said coal is going to a be a significant part of Montana’s energy future going forward even though that future is uncertain for the coal market.

“But certainly I am committed, been committed, to making sure we’re turning over every rock,” he said.

Bullock told the crowd gathered at the Colstrip City Hall for his Energy Roundtable he has met with Asian markets and the owners of the Colstrip plants, pursuing carbon capture projects, and challenging the federal Clean Power Plan initiative that’s currently on hold.

Jackie Yamanaka

One of the issues on Yellowstone County’s June primary ballot is overcrowding at the jail. Voters will be asked to give the county permission to pay for jail expansion.

The jail is bursting at the seams. The facility was built to hold 286 inmates, both men and women; as of last weekend there were 504 inmates.

Captain Sam Bofto is the jail commander. He says it’s like a pressure cooker for the inmates when the facility is this crowded, ”It does affect the inmates and it does affect their attitude.”

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