Archives for February 2016

80s Powerhouse Bands coming to Billings

Billings will rock the night away at MetraPark on September 14th as Powerhouse bands from the 1980s come to Rimrock Auto Arena. Def Leppard, Tesla and REO Speedwagon will perform before what is expected as a huge crowd. Billings is one of the 55 US and Canadian cities hosting the tour which kicks off on May 1st in Orlando and wraps up on Oct 10th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Tickets go on sale for our show her in Billings this Friday at 10am at

Billings Reverend holds refugee prayer vigil

Rev. Susan Barnes is holding a community prayer vigil for refugees on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.
The Not in Our Town Billings vigil is in response to what she calls the anti-refugee rhetoric in Montana. The vigil, she said, is Billings’ opportunity to take a stand, and NIOT is inviting the Billings community to show that the people of our state are not anti-refugee.

Police coax potential bridge jumper back from the brink

Police coaxed a woman away from the brink as she threatened to jump off a railroad bridge over the Yellowstone River on Saturday. The three-hour drama began just before 1 p.m., when a group of people who were fishing from shore noticed the young woman walking along the railroad trestle.
The onlookers called 911. Officers from Billings Police and the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office responded with Fire personnel and an ambulance.

Montana Supreme Court ruling affects medical marijuana business

The Montana Supreme Court has upheld provisions of a 2011 bill that sought to curb what supporters of the bill — as well as some in the medical marijuana community — saw as abuses of the medical marijuana program. Among other things, the decision restricts registered providers to only three patients and triggers a state review of doctors who recommend the drug to more than 25 people.As a result, several Billings businesses will not remain open.

Man found dead after 6-hour police standoff

Authorities are investigating the death of a man involved in a standoff in Sweet Grass County. The Billings Gazette reports the body of 59-year-old James Dunakin was found Saturday after a standoff lasting more than six hours. Sweet Grass County Under Sheriff Alan Ronneberg said that Dunakin barricaded himself in a house and authorities evacuated the area. A Gallatin County Special Response Team found Dunakin dead inside the home.
The investigation is ongoing.

Fatal Crash Victim Identified

This afternoon (Friday) Montana Highway Patrol released the name of a man who died in an accident north of Livingston yesterday. 54 year old Raymond Myrstol of Wilsall was driving his semi north on US 89 when he was struck by a pickup truck in the drivers side. The collision caused the big rig to go off the road into a ditch and roll. Myrstol was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup driver was taken to a Livingston hospital no word on his identity except that he is alos from Wilsall.

Zika is now in MT

The first case of Zika virus infection in Montana has turned up in a Missoula County woman who recently returned from a Zika-affected area.
Montana is one of 25 states now reporting a travel-associated case of Zika.
Travelers returning from Zika-affected areas who have symptoms or are pregnant should consult with their health care provider. There is no vaccine for Zika

Montana Supreme Court restricts medical marijuana providers

The Montana Supreme Court says medical marijuana providers should be paid for their services, but it also restricted them to selling the drug to three patients each.
The ruling Thursday struck down part of a 2011 law that would have banned commercial sales. But it upheld another part of the law that said providers can sell the drug to no more than three people.

Sweet news for Montana honey producers

Senator Jon Tester has some sweet news for Montana honey producers. Some producers have been waiting to receive tens of millions of dollars that are owed to them. Tester’s provision that will require Customs and Border Protection to quickly collect back payments from companies that insured foreign honey producers has been signed by the President into law.

MHP reports vehicle deaths on the rise

Montana Highway Patrol reports deaths in car wrecks are on the rise. According to a fatality count through February 22nd, there have already been six deaths.
Wrecks due to icy conditions, excessive speed and alcohol have been contributing factors. The majority of fatalities have involved unrestrained occupants. Fatalities are up 77-percent in Montana, one of the few states where you can’t be stopped for not wearing your seat belt.