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Panel Advocates for Students with Disabilities

Julie Heil

The Federal Department of Education has required that all states have panels of people who are appointed to determine the unmet needs of students with disabilities.

Habitat for Humanity Taking Applications

Melissa Brackley with Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Bighorns

The first of two Habitat for Humanity Application Periods of the year will be held later this month, and an informational meeting will be held Tuesday, June 22nd.

Explosion in Billings Destroys Home

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Firefighters battle a fire after a home at 1411 Granite Avenue in Billings exploded Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (Photo Courtesy of the Billings Gazette)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Billings police say nobody was injured in an explosion that destroyed one home and damaged three others.

Young to Teach Plato

photo of Plato bust, done by the artist Salinian

Traditional and non-traditional students alike will have an opportunity to explore the classical philosophy of Plato during a class offered at Sheridan College this fall.

Dillon Sutherlin Probation Revoked

Petition to revoke probation was granted in 4th Judicial District Court June 7th.

Dillon Sutherlin, age 18, went before Judge John Fenn in 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday morning, June 7th per a petition from the State to revoke his probation.

Tornado Spotted Near Billings Monday

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Tornados circled the Billings area Monday night; no reports of any touching down.

As the country music group Sugarland performed in the RimRock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings Monday evening, tornado sirens were going off in the Heights area of the city. Emergency crews reported that a tornado had been spotted near Laurel, Montana.

Bikers Against Bruises Coming Up

The 3rd Annual Bikers Against Bruises Event will be held June 24th and 25th, beginning and ending in Sheridan.

Coming up June 24th and 25th, the Advocacy & Resource Center is hosting its 3rd Annual Bikers Against Bruises event. Friday night the 24th is geared toward families, says co-organizer Yvonne Swanson.

Representative Berger Among Delegation to China

Wyoming Representative Rosie Berger, ( l ), enjoys a visit to the Great Wall of China with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and Montana First Lady Nancy Schweitzer. The three, along with three other state elected officials from around the United States, are on a two-week tour of China on behalf of the Council of State Governments.

The Gasification & Coal Chemicals in Asia Pacific 2011 Conference, more easily identified as GAP 2011, is coming up in Beijing, China June 8th and 9th.

Sylvan Pass Now Open; Dunraven and Beartooth Passes Soon

View through the windshield approaching Sylvan Pass from the east Friday, June 3rd. (NPS Photo by Wade Vagias)

Over the weekend, snow experts at Yellowstone National Park determined that the snow pack above Sylvan Pass has stabilized, allowing for the pass to be open as of 8 pm Sunday evening, June 5th.

Poll Question: Taxes Subsidizing Ethanol

Wyoming has a 40-cents-per gallon tax subsidy on ethanol produced, with little benefit to the state.

Representative Mike Madden, along with Representative John Botten, were guests last week on Public Pulse. Among the topics discussed was the issue of taxes in Wyoming being used to subsidize Ethanol development.

Sagebrush Elementary Celebrates Great Year

It's all about FUN after working hard all year long at Sagebrush Elementary School!

For the past several years, the staff, students, parents and members of the community have gathered on the playground of Sagebrush Elementary School to have one rip-roaring end-of-school party for a half day.

Kendrick Pool to Open June 6th

Better news than expected -- Kendrick Pool gets the o.k. to open Monday, June 6th.

Wednesday we reported that opening day of the Kendrick Park Pool would be postponed indefinitely because of a national recall of pool drain covers. Today, we have a clearer, and more positive update, on when swimmers can hit the water.

Schweitzer Wants Presidential Disaster Declaration

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Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer asks for federal disaster declaration for his state.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -Gov. Brian Schweitzer is asking President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster for Montana due to flooding.

Deadline Approaching for Property Tax Refund

Representative Mike Madden

Representative Mike Madden was a guest on the June 1st edition of Public Pulse, and he wants to remind Wyoming homeowners that the deadline is fast approaching – June 6th – to submit an application for a property tax refund for up to one-half of last year's property taxes.

Historic Mine Byway a “Go”

The Sheridan Community Land Trust has secured the green light to develop the Northern Sheridan Historic Mine Byway through the State of Wyoming.

Earlier in May, we reported that the Sheridan Community Land Trust had applied to have established a Historic Mine Byway in northern Sheridan County.

“Buck” Shown for FFA Scholarship Fundraiser

Offical movie poster for the award-winning documentary "Buck", which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in February.

As a means to introduce the Sheridan community to an award-winning documentary about Sheridan resident Buck Brannaman while at the same time raising money for a worthy cause, the creators of “Buck” have agreed to show a special screening of the film to viewers this Saturday night, June 4th at the WYO Theatre.

Kendrick Pool Opening Delayed

Kendrick Park Pool is delayed in opening for the 2011 summer season because of recalled pool drains.

The end of school usually means the beginning of swimming season at the Kendrick Pool, but there will be a delay in the arched doors opening into water fun and swim lessons.

Snowpack Continues to Increase

Snow being plowed in the Big Horn Mountains (photo courtesy of WYDOT)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming's snowpack continued to climb over the past week, raising concerns about the likelihood of flooding as temperatures rise. Natural Resources Conservation Service water specialist Lee Hackleman says the water content of the snowpack across Wyoming stands at 327 percent of average, up from last week's level of 227 percent of average.

Feds Tally Montana Damage; Floods to Linger

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Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer says he won't call up the Montana National Guard to fill sandbags and do other chores that local communities should be able to do on their own.

Insurance Settlement OK'd for MetraPark Rebuild

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This tornado caused considerable damage in Billings nearly a year ago, June 20, 2010.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Yellowstone County commissioners have approved the final insurance settlement for the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark, which was severely damaged by a tornado last summer.