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The Downtown Billings Business Improvement District (BID), along with a number of partners including the City of Billings, has been undergoing a number of initiatives to focus on and reduce transiency, panhandling, and homelessness in our city. As such, the BID has relaunched its “Spare Change for Real Change” website with a new platform and resources to help educate the public in our efforts to positively impact the issues. A public-service announcement and call-to-move-forward can be found at 4RealChange.org.

Kathleen O’Neal, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, will retire on December 31st after nine years with the organization. Jim Woolyhand has been selected to take over the position. His success as their Development Director for the past three years and his degree in non-profit management will serve him well as he accepts the reins on January 1st.

Have a Super stay at the Super 8 this Holiday Season. Shop till you drop and wrap till your heart’s content! Take a night away and enjoy our Wrapping Room with complimentary wrapping paper, ribbon, bows, tape, and scissors, all provided in our Yellowstone Meeting Room. Make your reservations now! Offer valid on single or double rooms only from November 21st to December 25th. (406) 248-8842

The Billings Wolves 2015 Schedule was announced: Feb 28: Billings Wolves at Tri-Cities Fever (7:05pm), Mar 15: Cedar Rapids Titans at Billings Wolves (3:00pm), Mar 21: Billings Wolves at Bemidji Axemen (7:05pm), Mar 28: Billings Wolves at Sioux Falls Storm (7:05pm), Apr 3: Colorado Ice at Billings Wolves (7:15pm), Apr 18: Billings Wolves at Green Bay Blizzard (6:00pm), Apr 26: Tri-Cities Fever at Billings Wolves (3:00pm), May 2: Billings Wolves at Nebraska Danger (7:00pm), May 8: Iowa Barnstormers at Billings Wolves (7:15pm), May 16: Bemidji Axemen at Billings Wolves (7:15pm), May 23: Billings Wolves at Tri-Cities Fever (7:05pm), May 29: Tri-Cities Fever at Billings Wolves (7:15pm), June 6: Billings Wolves at Colorado Ice (7:00pm), and June 12: Nebraska Danger at Billings Wolves (7:15pm). Join the Wolf Pack!

The Billings Gazette recently received two President’s Awards given by Lee Enterprises President Mary Junck. The annual awards recognize communications companies within Lee for achievements in outstanding journalism, innovation, achievement and spirit. Chief Photographer Larry Mayer won one of only two spirit awards given company-wide honoring employees who give selflessly to the communities in which they live. Members of The Gazette’s sales and marketing department also shared in an innovation award for their efforts to lead company-wide sales initiatives aimed at helping coordinate marketing efforts for customers across multiple platforms, enhancing the value and effectiveness of the client’s reach. Shelli Scott, Ryan Brosseau and Dave Worstell helped develop programs that featured data-supported advertising which helped customers and sales leaders in the company reach more customers in different ways.

Billings Wolves’ Season Meet the Team opportunities: Mondays at Fuddruckers (West End), Tuesdays at Tiny’s Tavern, Wednesdays at Spicy Pickle, Thursdays at Pizza Ranch. There will also be a Coaches Show live from Sports Authority every Monday at 6pm.  All starting February 23, 2015.

On Friday, December 5, 2014 at 6:30-7:00 am, on RFDTV, Channel 574 on Charter cable, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch’s Homes for Heifers program will air on Superior Sunrise television. The Homes for Heifers program was developed many years ago as a way to fund programs to help the children living at Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch. Donations through this program help hundreds of children living in many communities around Montana, as well as children in residential care in Billings, MT.

Rocky Mountain College is honored to announce that one of its students, Kobi Hudson, has been awarded with the 2014-2015 Hiscock Memorial Award from the Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC). Kobi received the award based on his AGAR project, which NASA will launch in June 2015 to the International Space Station.

ZooMontana has a new resident. Four year old Canada Lynx, Opi, made his first public appearance this week. Opi will be joining Fierca, ZooMontana’s popular female Lynx often seen throughout the community.  The new male Lynx comes to ZooMontana from the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester New York and has recently cleared his quarantine. Over the course of the next month, Zookeepers will slowly introduce the two Lynx so they can be housed together.

The Downtown Billings Business Improvement District (BID), along with a number of partners including the City of Billings, has been undergoing a number of initiatives to focus on and reduce transiency, panhandling, and homelessness in our city. As such, the BID has relaunched its “Spare Change for Real Change” website with a new platform and resources to help educate the public in our efforts to positively impact the issues. A public-service announcement and call-to-move-forward can be found at 4RealChange.org.

City of Billings Parks, Recreation and Public Lands Department (BPRPLD) and two staff members from the department were recognized by the Montana, Trails, Recreation and Parks Association for outstanding achievement in the parks and recreation field. Mark Jarvis, Park Planner was named 2014 Professional of the Year and Chris Waite, Volunteer Coordinator, was named 2014 New Professional of the Year. The Department’s Outdoor Adventure Camp series and new Outreach Division were awarded 2014 Citation of Merit for Agency Excellence.

Trinity Lutheran School in Billings has an opportunity to win a $100,000 grant through the “Dream Big Challenge” sponsored by Farmers Insurance.  Lynne Erger has been nominated as a national finalist. The winner will be determined by vote and the voting begins is open through November 30, 2014.  You can vote once every 24 hrs. Click here to vote and select the proposal of Lynn Erger, Trinity Lutheran School, Billings, MT.

The Billings Wolves 2015 Schedule was announced: Feb 28: Billings Wolves at Tri-Cities Fever (7:05pm), Mar 15: Cedar Rapids Titans at Billings Wolves (3:00pm), Mar 21: Billings Wolves at Bemidji Axemen (7:05pm), Mar 28: Billings Wolves at Sioux Falls Storm (7:05pm), Apr 3: Colorado Ice at Billings Wolves (7:15pm), Apr 18: Billings Wolves at Green Bay Blizzard (6:00pm), Apr 26: Tri-Cities Fever at Billings Wolves (3:00pm), May 2: Billings Wolves at Nebraska Danger (7:00pm), May 8: Iowa Barnstormers at Billings Wolves (7:15pm), May 16: Bemidji Axemen at Billings Wolves (7:15pm), May 23: Billings Wolves at Tri-Cities Fever (7:05pm), May 29: Tri-Cities Fever at Billings Wolves (7:15pm), June 6: Billings Wolves at Colorado Ice (7:00pm), and June 12: Nebraska Danger at Billings Wolves (7:15pm). Join the Wolf Pack!

Stephen Dimock joined Webgrain, Inc. as Project Manager and Developer. A Montana resident for the past ten years, Stephen Dimock graduated from Rocky Mountain College in 2008. Since his graduation, Stephen has been involved in e-commerce design and development, as well as online marketing and strategic planning for several businesses in and around Montana and Wyoming. Stephen’s addition is in keeping with Webgrain’s mission statement to keep our jobs here in the state. Webgrain is an interactive development firm offering a full range of services in award-winning web design, database and app development, search engine optimization, and secure hosting solutions.

Underriner Motors celebrated 70 years of service in Billings last month by donating 70 much-needed items each to Billings nonprofits. The recipients of the 70 Gifts program include Billings Food Bank, Family Service, Inc., Tumbleweed Runaway Program, Billings Public Schools Backpack Meals Program, Easter Seals, Volunteers of America, Friendship House, Billings Public High School and Middle Schools’ Angel Fund, Help for Homeless Pets, Reading Matters, Billings Head Start and Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley. Awards include 70 gift items per agency such as 70 Walmart gift cards, 70 turkeys, and 70 Met bus passes.

During the recent National Congress of State Games (NCSG) Symposium in Grand Rapids, Michigan the Big Sky State Games was honored with three national awards recognizing excellence in the State Games industry. These awards included: Best Web Site, Best Poster, and Best State Games Photo. Matthew Struck, the Big Sky State Games Technology Director, designed the Montana State Games website and poster and Dennis Herning took the winning photo. Herning’s photo also won the Big Sky State Games 2014 Photo Contest.

The Board of Trustees for Billings Public Schools was named a Montana School Boards of the Year by the School Administrators of Montana (SAM) and the Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS).  The SD2 Board was chosen as one of only two boards selected for this honor.

Big Sky Economic Development’s Business Finance Team again financed the most SBA 504 loans of any CDC in the state of Montana. The team closed a  total of 12 loans totaling almost $14 million in cities all across Montana including Culbertson, Butte, Missoula and Billings. This is the fifth year BSED has taken home this honor since 2002 when the finance arm was was created.

Big Sky State Games headquartered in Billings, MT is acknowledged by Eat Right Montana and Action for Healthy Kids for their programs and employees who go above and beyond to promote their mission to provide quality competitions and programs that inspire healthy and active lifestyles for all ages and abilities. Two exemplary programs that focus on increasing physical activity for kids and promoting healthy eating are the Fit Kids Clubs (with 2,377 participants this year) and Big Sky Fit Kids (with 11,119 participants on Fit Kid’s Day).

Allegra is accepting applications for the FootPRINT Fund until November 30, 2014. The Allegra FootPRINT Fund® awards marketing and print services to select nonprofit organizations in Yellowstone County to help enhance their image, expand their services and extend their marketing communications budgets. Click here for more information and online application.

Zee Creative is offering customers with ‘@bresnan.net’ email addresses 3 free months* of hosted email when they transfer to a Zee Creative hosted email plan by November 30, 2014. Call (406) 259-6730 for more information or to transfer your service. *Offer available on yearly paid plans only.

St. Vincent Healthcare has joined BikeNet, RiverStone Health and Lucky’s Market in providing funding to keep bicyclists safe as they use the newly painted bike lanes on Lewis Avenue to traverse the city.  Last week, the hospital donated $5,000 to put toward the cost of signage and pavement markings that advise motorists that cyclists will be sharing the road.

The Montana Chamber Foundation elected Kathy Boelter, president of Arrow Solutions Group in Billings, as President. Boelter follows Kelly Cresswell of the Student Assistance Foundation (Helena) as President.  Rick Edwards of NorthWestern Energy (Butte) follows Boelter as Vice President.  Webb Brown (Montana Chamber, Helena) was re-elected Executive Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

The MSUB Art Students’ League announces a call for artists to submit art for the 2015 Art Auction at the Billings Depot on January 30, 2015. Artwork in any medium and format may be submitted online here for selection into the live or silent auction. Questions may be directed to Jodi Lightner at 406-657-2986. All donated art needs to be exhibition ready and delivered to the MSUB art department by Friday, January 24, 2015.

 

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