Archives for August 2018

Downtown Stabbing a Homicide, Labor Day AAA Service

The Billings Police have launched a homicide investigation following the death of a stabbing victim near the downtown Hardee’s restaurant late Wednesday. Police said the incident in the restaurant parking lot was reported at 8:45 p.m. BPD officers found bystanders performing CPR on an unidentified 31-year-old man with what appeared to be stab wounds. He was later pronounced dead at a Billings hospital. Preliminary information indicates the victim and his assailants were transients. No arrests have been made. Get the whole story online at

With the arrival of Labor Day, the roadside samaritans at AAA once again offer their Tipsy Tow service from 6 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday– for a free ride and towing within 10 miles to anyone in need. Beyond 10 miles, standard tow rates apply. To take advantage of the service, call 1-800-AAA-HELP.

Trump to Cancel Fed Pay Increases

President Donald Trump told lawmakers Thursday he wants to cancel a pay raise for federal workers, saying the nation’s budget couldn’t support it, while the Republican tax cut of 2017 adds approximately $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit, according to the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.. A 2.1 percent pay increase was scheduled to take effect in January, along with a yearly adjustment of paychecks based on the region of the country where a federal worker is posted, or the “locality pay increase.” Trump said both raises should no longer happen. Congress can, however, overrule the President by way of a spending bill. The Senate passed a bill including a 1.9 percent increase for federal workers this summer. Trump will be in Billings, campaigning for GOP Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale, next Thursday at MetraPark Arena. Get more at;

West Nile Death, Yellowstone Valley Brewing Returns

The Billings Gazette reports that an as yet unidentified elderly Yellowstone County man has died from West Nile virus. RiverStone Health and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services announced on Wednesday this is the first death associated with West Nile virus in Montana since 2016. There have been 19 confirmed cases of the virus in Montana as of Wednesday, August 29th in numerous counties, including; Carbon, Cascade, Lewis and Clark, McCone, Roosevelt, Toole, Valley and Yellowstone. Read more at;

Yellowstone Valley Brewing is reportedly set to reopen this fall in downtown Billings with a ‘new feel’ canning line, distillery and live music. The brewery and its distilling operations were purchased in July by Mike Mathew and Kay Foster. They closed the business to do about $70,000 in renovations. Get the whole story at

Trump Coming to Billings, Man Stabbed at Hardee’s

Q2 reports President Trump is coming to Billings. The announcement came Tuesday afternoon that a rally will be at 7 p.m.Thursday, September 6th, at MetraPark, in support of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale. Doors will open at 4 p.m. It’ll be the second time in two months that the president has campaigned for Montana State Auditor Rosendale, who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.

A man was assaulted in the Hardee’s drive-thru at 608 North 27th Street in downtown Billings Wednesday night and then transported to a local hospital. Police responded to the scene at about 8:45 p.m. A Billings Police detective said the man appeared to have a stab wound to his upper body, but couldn’t ascertain the extent of the victim’s injuries. An unidentified person of interest is in custody. Get more at;

Commissioners Veto Zone Change, CDC Reports Rise in STDs

The Gazette reports Yellowstone County commissioners turned down a zoning change request– by a 2-to-1 margin– that would have allowed for multifamily homes and two commercial buildings to be constructed on Grand Avenue. Residents in support of and in opposition to the proposed zone change filled the commissioners’ chambers in the Stillwater Building on Tuesday, with some speaking during the 90-minute public comments period of the hearing. Read more at;

The Centers for Disease Control report the number of sexually transmitted diseases continued to rise at an alarming rate last year in the U.S. According to the CDC, a record number of nearly 2.3 million STD cases were diagnosed last year. In Montana, syphilis activity has grown exponentially over the past two years, according to Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services. Get more at;

Airport Contractor Chosen, Horses Found Dead on Tribal Lands

MTN News reports the Billings airport is one step closer to beginning construction of its terminal expansion project by choosing a contractor. Sletten Construction was approved as the general contractor and construction manager by the Billings City Council at Monday’s meeting. The company will now assist in the design phase, and the project will go out for bids in the summer, according to Billings director of aviation and transit.

Several Federal and local agencies are investigating after more than a dozen dead horses were found on Fort Peck Tribal lands north of Wolf Point. Fort Peck Fish & Game called the Roosevelt County Sheriff after they found the dead horses on Highway 13. Authorities have not yet determined how the horses died. Any evidence of neglect could result in criminal charges. Get the whole story online at

Billings Delays Rock Removal, Snow in Glacier Pzark

MTN News reports that on Monday, the Billings City Council delayed approving a contract with a firm to remove rocks that fell from the Rims and damaged a vehicle and a home on June 26th. The Council was considering a $350,000 contract with GeoStabilization Incorporated. The Billings engineering department says the remaining unstable rock must be removed before the city can start fixing the roadway.

As the Howe Ridge wildfire keeps burning on the west side of Glacier National Park near Lake McDonald, the view from the Park’s Logan Pass webcam on Monday morning showed snow falling and sticking in some places in higher elevations. StormTracker meteorologist Lewis Dortch says snow will fall to around 6,000 feet in Glacier National Park, as well as in the nearby Flathead National Forest. Get the whole story online at;

BHS Student to be Charged as an Adult

Q2 reports that new details emerged on Monday by way of court documents surrounding a 17-year-old Billings High School student facing five separate rape charges. Brayden Pond is expected to be charged as an adult when he appears before a Yellowstone County judge to face five felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent. No bond has been set, and he has not as yet been booked into jail. Pond is accused of raping four different teenage girls, during four incidents spanning from February 2017 to May 2017. He is also accused of raping a 14-year old girl in 2016 and then again in the summer of 2017. Prosecutors say the victims were incapable of giving consent at the time of those offenses. In November 2017, Billings police were notified by parents of a rape complaint made by the 14-year-old.

Howe Ridge Fire 10 Percent Contained, Archery Hunting Sept. 1

The Howe Ridge fire, which has forced evacuations on the west side of Glacier National Park, has now burned over 11,500 acres and remains just 10 percent contained as of reports late Sunday. Q2 reports that fire managers say the blaze has grown following the arrival of gusty winds. The fire continued to back toward the Inside North Fork Road at the south end of the perimeter, with isolated torching in stands of lodgepole pine. Get the whole story at

The archery hunting season for deer and elk opens on September 1st, and preparations have begun across Montana. Outdoor sports stores in Helena say they’ve been seeing strong business as archery hunters started coming in around mid-July, but hunting in smoky contditions due to wildfires could be a health factor. The general hunting season begins October 20th.

Super Scoopers Fight Howe Ridge Blaze, Fatal Crash Sunday

Q2 reports that two Canadian CL-215 water-scooping planes have been deployed as key tools in fighting the Howe Ridge fire and protecting Glacier National Park from future wildfires. The Super Scoopers are on loan from Canada, and each aircraft has two 600-gallon tanks capable of skimming 1,200 gallons of water in just eight-to-12 seconds. Pilot Brandon Robertson said they can release the tanks simultaneously or one at a time. Get the whole story at

An as-yet-unidentified 21 year old man from Red Lodge died Sunday after a two vehicle accident near Laurel on US Highway 212 at around 8:30 a.m., when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed over the center line. He collided head-on with a semi driven by an unidentified 54-year-old Billings man. Authorities say drugs are considered a factor in the crash.