Pub Station at 2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101

General Admission/21+

Show at 9:00 pm—No Cover Charge/Free

Consisting of three members, The Last Revel uses traditional folk-minded three part harmonies with honest and meaningful lyrics to deliver a passionate and soul stirring performance. On a backbone of rebellious rock attitude and raw traditional instrumentation, band members pride themselves on an unrelenting work ethic and a deep hunger to write, perform, and entertain.

The Last Revel is known for crafting a rowdy live performance that inspires crowds to move to every tune. The Last Revel honed their style at a weekly open mic night at a dive bar in Southern Minnesota. Their performance spread by word of mouth until the bar was at maximum capacity every Thursday. When the dance floor was full, folks danced on tables. The Last Revel strives for such wild performances at every show.

The Last Revel received great response from press and fans alike from their first official recording entitled, “The Mason Jar EP” in February of 2013.

With their debut full-length release entitled “UPROOTED” in February of 2014, The Last Revel’s momentum continues to grow and The Band is poised to take their sound to anywhere that welcomes their own brand of lyric driven, foot moving, folk music.

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May 20, 2016


Billings, MT − If you enjoy strawberries and would like to see a 65 foot strawberry long-short cake head downtown to the 25th annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2016.


The festival starts at 7:30 am and runs until 4:00 pm with a variety of events, foods and vendors throughout the day.


A scrummy strawberry pancake breakfast, hosted by the Billings Heights Lions Club, kicks the festivities off at 7:30 am.


The children’s area will be set up and sponsored by the Center for Children and Families, Wise Wonders Children’s Museum and the YMCA. They will have free activities including face painting, crafts, and Zumba for the children. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


The arts and crafts vendors that come to Billings Strawberry Festival come from around the region to showcase a collection of creations. These include photography, oil paintings, jewelry, textiles, woodwork, sculptures, glass, ceramics, garden art and so much more.


There will be booths from many food vendors specializing in Asian, Mexican, BBQ, Italian, and Greek cuisines. There will also be informational booths from non-profit and commercial organizations, in total there will be over 150 booths.


The Pièce De Résistance of the festival is always the 65ft strawberry shortcake assembled by the Chefs and Cooks Association of Montana. There is a new location on 2nd Avenue between North 27th and Broadway, just east of Skypoint. Serving will begin around the noon hour. The cake serves approximately 1,500 people and costs $2.00 a slice. Proceeds will go to the Chefs and Cooks of Montana’s scholarship program and toward downtown street beautification projects.


Strawberry Festival buttons will be available for purchase on site; they are sponsored by Albertson’s. All those wearing the button will be eligible for special discounts and promotions at participating retailers, restaurants, and businesses in Downtown the day of Strawberry Festival.


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A nice clump of dandelions - what I usually catch on "opening day."

by Paul Vang

A nice clump of dandelions – what I usually catch on “opening day.”

“When does the fishing season open?”

I occasionally get this question, especially in springtime, from people who are a bit confused about news reports about changes in Montana’s fishing regulations, especially the new regulation that waters in Montana’s Central District are, essentially, open year around.

The third Saturday in May (May 21 this year) is the traditional opening day of the Montana fishing season, but that date is now almost a footnote to the fishing regulations. The basic rule of thumb, now, is that if you want to go wet a line you can do it, if you can stand to be out there.

On the other hand, this doesn’t mean you don’t need to check the regulations before heading for your favorite fishing hole. There are still enough exceptions to the basic rules to fill a drift boat.

For example, the Madison River is now open to angling year around, but if you’re also hoping for a fish dinner, you need to be aware that the entire upper Madison River, from the Yellowstone Park boundary to Ennis Lake, is open to fishing, but it’s strictly catch-and-release for rainbow trout in some stretches, all trout in some stretches, though in most stretches an angler 14 years old or younger, may keep one trout, and in some stretches that one trout can be a rainbow.

On the other hand, on the lower Madison, from Ennis Dam to the mouth of the river, the only special regulation is that there’s no limit on northern pike.

On the Jefferson River, the 100 yards upstream and downstream from the creek mouths of Hells Canyon Creek and Willow Springs Creek is closed to fishing all of April and from September 30 through November 30.

On the Big Hole River, we still have the extended season for whitefish and catch and release for trout from December 1 to the third Saturday in May. Arctic grayling are always catch and release, and from Dickie Bridge to Melrose Bridge, it’s artificial lures only.

I could go on and on with special rules for various streams and lakes, but you get the idea. It is true that we can, essentially, go fishing any time of year, but you still need to pick up a set of regulations and then know where you are fishing and what, if any, special rules apply for where you are. That’s been the rule of thumb for years and it still is.

Not everybody agrees with year around fishing. I remember one Big Hole rancher, now deceased, who got tired of seeing drift boats on the river almost all year, lamenting that the fish never got a rest from the anglers, adding, “They’re all broke to halter and trained to lead.”

I’d guess that most of us might disagree that Big Hole trout have forgotten to put up a fight, though at the same time, we certainly see the occasional trout that has a hook scar or two.

An essential change among Montana’s anglers over the last 30 years or so, particularly on trout streams, is that a lot fewer people are taking fish home for dinner. While a lot of people still like to eat trout, catch and release is, for most, the general rule. On a personal basis, I know that about the only times I keep a trout is when I have an order for a trout dinner. When I do get that order for trout I’ll often head to one of the many headwaters creeks in our area and get a bunch of brook trout.

An old fishing partner used to do some guiding on the Big Hole and liked to tell stories about people he’d taken down the river, generally adding that a favorite part of the day was a shore lunch of fresh trout. I rather suspect that most people taking a guided float trip down a trout river, these days, would be shocked at the idea of having trout for lunch.

The times—they’ve been a’changing.

Suzanne Potter

BILLINGS, Mont. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit on Monday for the massive Gateway Pacific Terminal, a coal-export facility proposed near Bellingham, Wash., that would have shipped coal to Asia from the Powder River Basin.

The Corps heeded complaints from the Lummi Nation that the project would harm tribal fishing rights.

In Montana, clean-energy advocates are holding a series of workshops this week to galvanize opposition to another proposal, the Millenium Bulk Terminal in Longview, Washington, partially owned by Arch Coal.

Les Anderson of Longview, vice president of Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community, is in Montana this week for the workshops.

"It's still a real battle. This is not going to be easy to see this project go away," says Anderson. "No one can think that we're winning this. The coal company has a lot of political influence. In no way do I see this as a 'done deal.'"

The first workshop, organized by the Northern Plains Resource Council, was last night in Missoula.

There are two today in Helena and Livingston, and one on Wednesday in Billings.

The public comment period on the draft environmental impact statement on the Longview terminal opened April 29 and ends on June 13.

Anderson says the people of Montana who live along the rail lines face the same issues that worry many residents of Longview.

"From increased taxpayer costs for the new rail structures, to increased personal health-care costs for railroad neighbors with respiratory problems, this is another classic example of the coal companies making the profits, while the rest of us pay the cost," says Anderson.

The Northern Plains Resource Council says it will record all the public comments gathered in Montana, and enter them into the record at a public hearing being held by the State of Washington in Spokane on May 26.

The group says it also will send a delegation to speak at the hearing.

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