Ferris wheel operators undergo training for the wheel in the new Scheels store in Billings. (Via billingsgazette.com)

Paddleboards and yoga combine at sunset on Lake Elmo State Park in Billings. (Via billingsgazette.com)

Photos from the Nevada City Living History museum. (Via billingsgazette.com)

Packrafting in the Bob Marshall Wilderness: paddling in the wilderness

(Via billingsgazette.com)

Scenes from the Opening Ceremonies for the Big Sky State Games on Friday at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium. (Photo gallery at billingsgazette.com)

Participants in the Yellowstone River Boat Float departed from Livingston on Friday morning.

The annual boat float starts at Livingston and retraces the Lewis and Clark Expedition all the way to Columbus.

Floaters will overnight on Friday in Big Timber and on Saturday in Reed Point, which provides a live band and street dance. (Photo gallery at billingsgazette.com)

Fourth of July celebrations in Laurel and Billings, Montana. (Via billingsgazette.com)

Riders perform during the Home of Champions Children’s Day Parade in Red Lodge. (Via billingsgazette.com)

Dogs of all shapes and sizes compete in the Yellowstone Kennel Club’s Eastern Montana Copper Circuit Cluster conformation dog show at MetraPark. (Via billingsgazette.com)

Scenes from Memorial Day ceremonies at the newly-dedicated Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel. (Via billingsgazette.com) 

The landscape is constantly changing in Billings, but some things persevere. Take a look at some old and new photos of places around town, and see how things have changed over the years. (Photo gallery at billingsgazette.com)

Thousands of athletes converged on the Billings area for the three-day Montana Special Olympics. (Gallery of photos at billingsgazette.com)

A pallid sturgeon netted on the Yellowstone River near the confluence of the Missouri River is probably over 60 years old.

Aging the fish is difficult, but there has been no documented successful reproduction of the wild fish since the dam creating Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota was erected in 1955. (Via billingsgazette.com)

Thousands of runners hit the streets running and walking in the 2014 Montana Women’s Run in downtown Billings. (Via Billings Gazette)

Painted turtles emerging from hibernation bask on logs in a pond at Riverfront Park on Friday afternoon, as temperatures near 70 degrees.

A common turtle across North America, the painted turtle basks multiple times a day between feeding, keeping its body temperature between 63-73 degrees. (Via Billings Gazette)