In Vogue with Active Image Hair Salon

Always a warm, a gentle, a beautiful smile, augmented by bright, hazel eyes, and her genuine personality — it’s that salient character trait that commands your attention to Deanna Witzel, proprietor of Active Image Hair Salon in Billings’ Heights. That image is complimented by the attractive, natural light reflecting off surrounding interior mirrors, accentuating the ornate and colorful blinged purses, jewelry, and knitted goods placed around her shop at 926 Main Street #19 in Billings.

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Scavenger Rally Planned Here

Rally North America will be staging 80 cars from 31 states and three Provinces of Canada on the streets of Billings, which is the starting line and host city for CJ Pony Parts Big SKY Rally. Downtown Billings, on July 11, 7:30 – 9 am, will be the site of the kickoff of a five- day, 1,600 mile, scavenger hunt which will conclude in Portland Oregon.

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BillingsWorks Looks at Status And Needs of Labor Market

While the decline of activity and jobs in the Bakkin have given Yellowstone County employers a little breathing room, demographics are stacking up to predict that finding qualified employees will become an even bigger challenge for employers in the future, reported Brittney Souza, Director of BillingsWorks.

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Faith Guides Martial Arts Entrepreneur

The Lion of Judah. The salient, fiery eyed image of the lion on the business card of Billings Krav Maga, exudes a communiqué of the Christian faith that brought Master Dennis Forleo to Billings to start his school of martial arts, originally called Billings Chi-Tu Do (pronounced Chee Too Doe). The program now offers more than just Chi-Tu Do; the transformation has given birth to Shepherd-Warrior Martial Arts. Forleo has added Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, FAST (fear adrenalin stress training) Defense, and most recently Israeli Martial Art, known as Krav Maga.

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Post Office, Old Battin Building, Loan Program Ponders by EDA/EDC

What’s to happen to the vacant former federal courthouse – the old Battin Building — in downtown Billings? Are there future options for the downtown Billings post office building other than being a post office? Is it possible to extend the lending services of Big Sky Economic Development?
These are among some of the issues discussed during the meeting of the joint executive committees of the Big Sky Economic Development Authority (BSED) and the Big Sky Economic Development Corporation (EDC). BSED is a county agency and EDC is a partial private non-profit organization that functions in tandem with BSED.

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Billings Clinic Twice Notable

Billings Clinic has once again made two notable lists from Becker’s Hospital Review 2016 edition. Billings Clinic is among the list of “100 Great Hospitals in America.” Connie Prewitt, Billings Clinic CFO, was also recognized on the list of “150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know.”

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Travel Cafe Gets Recognition

Billie Ruff, owner of Travel Café, Billings, has been named by Paul Gauguin Cruises as a member of the PEARLS program. The PEARLS program provides travel professionals with intensive instruction in the Paul Gauguin experience. Ruff is among a limited number of travel professionals nationwide to successfully complete this elite training program.

Paul Gauguin Cruises provides cruises of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Seas. As a PEARLS Accredited Partner, Ruff will have exclusive sales and product training opportunities, as well as resources from Paul Gauguin Cruises.

City of Billings Complete Streets Controversy Makes National News

As the Billings City Council wrestled with the issue of Complete Streets, it seems they are not alone. Because of that, Billings caught some attention in a national news report about the issue. Reported in entitled “AARP state director downplays U.N. partnership for age-friendly cities, roads,” by Bruce Parker:
As more drivers find themselves sharing the road with cyclists and pedestrians, the international partnership behind the change remains largely unknown to taxpayers and local residents — and program facilitators appear to like it that way.

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The 38th Annual Summerfair will be held July 9 and 10. It is a fundraiser for the Yellowstone Art Museum’s education programs. Admission for Summerfair is $3 for adults, FREE for children 12 and under. It will bee held at Veteran’s Park, 13th Street W. & Poly Drive.

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