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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Big Sky Honor Flight

Veterans on the Big Sky Honor Flight to Washington D.C. were treated to spring flowers in bloom at the Capitol. (via

West Park Plaza 1975-1991

When it opened in 1962, West Park Plaza was Billings’ first shopping mall. After more than five decades, several remodeling efforts and a name change, the shopping center is still a Billings landmark. Take a look at some photos of West Park Plaza over the years. (via

Spring in the Yellowstone Valley isn’t a riot of flowers blossoming on warm, sunny days. Those April showers are as likely to be snow as rain. Billings broke its all-time snow season record four days after the calendar declared it was spring. (via

Rolling milestone: Downtown skate park turning 10 years old

Originally built for $500,000 in donations with some funding from the city, the park was considered “world class” in 2004. (via