The Billings Outpost

Graffiti: Art? Crime? Both?

Hand prints on the door frame at the old Labor Temple on South 29th Street show a more aesthetically pleasing form of tagging.The white on this electrical box in the alley at 12th Street West  isn’t glare. It’s where  a neighbor painted over some of the graffiti because it involved an obscenity.
Story and Photos - By SHARIE PYKE - For The Outpost

The urge to leave your mark on posterity is nothing new. Archeologists have found carved graffiti in ancient Egyptian tombs. Just 31 miles from Billings at Pompeys Pillar, William Clark climbed high and engraved his name in the sandstone on July 25, 1806.

Clark’s signature is historic. The rest of us have no such claim to fame. Cole Randall scratched his name and the date on the Pillar in April 2014 and later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vandalism, paying out $1,000 in fines and restitution of $3,400.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 August 2015 12:07

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Partners turn to SCRAP to open store

Terry Iversen, left, and Tammy Zemliska are working with Doreen Hartman to open the SCRAP store.
Story and Photo - By ED KEMMICK -

Last winter, Tammy Zemliska and Doreen Hartman met when both were selling repurposed jewelry and home furnishings at Kim & Eddy’s on Montana Avenue.

In talking with other artists who were also into repurposing and upcycling, as it’s called, they saw that there was a big need for work and studio space in Billings. They began looking into the possibility of opening a business where they could lease studio space to artists and also sell their creations.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 August 2015 12:17

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City faces ‘exponential’ growth

By STEPHEN DOW - For The Outpost

Candi Millar, planning director for the city of Billings, last week discussed the future of a city that has experienced “exponential” growth and changes in the past five years.

“A statistic I always like to cite is that between 1990 and 2000, we grew one square mile,” Millar said Heights Community Development Task Force’s monthly meeting. “Between 2000 and 2010, we grew 10 square miles. That exponential growth rate has continued in the last five years. Our population and city limits have both grown substantially.”

Due to this rapid rate of growth, Millar and her team are redeveloping the city’s comprehensive growth plan.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 August 2015 12:18

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