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Islands of paradise

Bruce Kania emerges from an underwater viewing station at his 6-acre fish-fry lake.
Story and Photos - By ED KEMMICK -

Last year, Mike Penfold was hunting on the Marias River in north-central Montana. On his float down the river, the former state director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management saw only one live white-tailed deer.

“But there were so many dead ones,” he said.

They were easy to see because the deer have been ravaged by epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, which causes severe hemorrhaging and high fever, prompting afflicted animals to seek water for drinking or immersion.

On one leg of the hunting trip, Penfold saw the carcasses of four or five white-tailed deer on the riverbank.

“That kind of got my attention,” he said.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 11:22

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Zinke rules in House debate

By JIM LARSON - The Billings Outpost

Only Republican Ryan Zinke gave a dominating performance at last Saturday’s congressional debate, giving more substantive answers than his opponent, Democrat John Lewis.

Tall and commanding, Zinke was able to project both warmth and authority, skills possibly honed in command positions in combat posts in Iraq and Europe.

Zinke is the Republican candidate running for the congressional seat vacated by Steve Daines, the Republican who now stands against incumbent Democrat John Walsh for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Max Baucus.

Baucus was named U.S. ambassador to China earlier this year.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 11:22

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Hundreds speak out

 Supporters of a non-discrimination ordinance gather across North 27th Street from City Hall.
Story and Photo - By ED KEMMICK - Last Best News

After a marathon meeting that lasted until well after sunrise, the Billings City Council voted early Tuesday to proceed with consideration of a nondiscrimination ordinance.

The vote was 7-4 against a motion by Councilman Shaun Brown to instruct city staff to stop work on preparing a draft NDO for council consideration.

The council vote came shortly before 6 a.m. — 11½ hours after the meeting began at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The council is now expected to receive a draft of the proposed ordinance at its work session next Monday. At its work session last week, the council voted 6-5, also on a motion by Brown, to instruct staff to cease work on the ordinance.

An NDO would prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations against people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identification or expression.

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 June 2014 23:32

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Still not in our town

Above, replications of two Ku Klux Klan fliers sit under a windshield wiper at the Not in Our Town exhibit.
Story and photos By STEPHEN DOW - The Billings Outpost

A new display at the Western Heritage Center and a three-day Not in Our Town National Leadership Gathering are two ways that Billings residents are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the town’s stand against prejudice and hate.

The National Leadership Gathering will take place on the weekend of June 20-22 in downtown Billings. On June 20, the Western Heritage Center will unveil its NIOT display, which was created by a class of 22 West High students. It will be on display through Dec. 20.

A brief history lesson

Before looking at how the community will celebrate this anniversary, it may be useful to remember the events that took place in 1993. After all, a whole generation has grown up without knowing the details of these events. And according to Chuck Tooley, the head of the National Leadership Gathering’s steering committee, even those who were present when the events occurred may not remember all the details.

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 June 2014 23:34

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