The Billings Outpost

Building for America’s bravest

Bo Reichenbach, second from left, with Jack Oehm, Paola Tornabene, and Mayor Tom Hanel.
By STEPHEN DOW - The Billings Outpost

Billings native and double-amputee Navy SEAL Bo Reichenbach celebrated the groundbreaking for his new smart home last week with approximately 50 other attendees, including his family and Billings Mayor Tom Hanel.

“It really means a lot to our family to be able to have this,” Reichenbach said. “It’s pretty tough for me because I have trouble asking for help and I love doing everything myself. But it really means a lot that we can have this for our family and that I can be back here in Montana. Thank you all for being here and supporting our family.”

Reichenbach’s house will be built on 120 acres on a hill surrounded by mountains near Lockwood. He will share the house with his wife, Lacy, and 6-year-old son, Landon.

Seven months into his deployment in Afghanistan, Reichenbach stepped on a 20-pound Improvised Explosive Device. He lost both of his legs. He also severely injured his right arm and sustained hearing loss in both ears.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 19:28

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Keeping flame alive

Racism isn’t dead, panel concludes

Story and Photo - By STEPHEN DOW - The Billings Outpost

West High Senior Beau Linnell poses in front of a mural he painted for an exhibit at the Western Heritage Center.The Not in Our Town National Leadership Gathering marked the 20th anniversary of Billings’ stand against hate and intolerance with the unveiling last weekend of an exhibit at the Western Heritage Center and a panel discussion featuring key players from the events in 1993.

It was the first NIOT gathering since 2006 and was attended by 216 people from 26 states. Keynote speakers, breakout groups, panel discussions and film screenings were featured during the three-day event.

The gathering began on Friday night with the unveiling of the NIOT exhibit created by 22 West High students who weren’t even born when the original events took place.

Student Beau Linnell, who is entering his senior year this fall, said that the experience helped him become more open-minded toward other people’s differences. It also gave him a knowledge of Billings history and more pride in his hometown and nation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 22:16

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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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