Yellowstone County

New JP and Auditor Chosen
On Tuesday, Yellowstone County Commissioners appointed a new Justice of the Peace and a new auditor. Scott Turner, the previously retired former finance director for the county was selected as auditor, according to Commissioner Denis Pitman, and Jeanne Walker, an attorney and acting ProTem for the Y…
Strong Early Return On Absentee Ballots
Absentee balloting can be a good indicator of voter turnout, and more than half of the 63,000 absentee ballots mailed in Yellowstone County already have been tallied and returned.  Bret Rutherford, the county’s election administrator, told county commissioners that as of Tuesday…
BSED Annual Meeting
Attendees at Big Sky Economic Development’s annual meeting learned Wednesday that retiring baby boomers and continued economic growth mean that Yellowstone County employers will have to fill a projected 32,000 job openings over the next decade...
Two Separate Vehicle Fatalities Early Friday
Two separate vehicle crashes resulted in two fatalities early this morning in Yellowstone and Big Horn Counties.  The first occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Secondary Highway 314, between Busby and Kirby.  A 29-year-old Washington man driving a Ford pickup, apparently drifted off the road bef…
Man Pleads Guilty To Stabbing Broken Rope
Robert Lee Bauer pleaded guilty Monday to stabbing and killing 40-year-old Joseph Broken Rope in December.  Bauer’s plea was to mitigated deliberate homicide.  He says Broken Rope had assaulted him moments before he retaliated by stabbing him...
Memorial Day In Yellowstone County
Hundreds of Yellowstone County residents honored fallen military members for Memorial Day.  Ceremonies of remembrance took place across the county throughout the day, each ending with the traditional three seven-shot volleys of rifle fire and the solitary sounding of taps that concludes a milit…
Billings Cold Cases Still Open
I grew up in a law enforcement family. My late father worked as a deputy sheriff for 28 years and two of my brothers were Marines while two others went into police work themselves. As you can imagine, being upstanding and doing what was right was a big part of my upbringing...

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