Top 10 most viewed stories of 2021 for the Daily Montanan

By: - December 30, 2021 8:13 am

Demonstrators protest as they walk toward Main Hall during a walkout at the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law. (Keila Szpaller/The Daily Montanan)

Well, 2021 is almost in the books, and you have helped make the Daily Montanan’s year a success. We launched on Jan. 5, and between the Legislature and a new look to many facets of state government, there was also a riot on Jan. 6 — and it seems like those changes, along with the ongoing pandemic, made the year a blur.

While the staff of the Daily Montanan has formulated its list of the biggest stories we’ve covered in 2021 and will publish that piece this weekend, here are the top 10 stories by reader viewership on the Daily Montanan for 2021.

1. ‘A shooting star: Victim of Ovando bear attack mourned,’ by Keith Schubert

Whenever Billie Jean Gerke received a call from her friend Leah Davis Lokan, she would greet Lokan with an enthusiastic: “Hello, my adventure girlfriend.”

To read the entire story, please click here.

2. ‘Northern Cheyenne Councilwoman attacked,’ by Keith Schubert

Northern Cheyenne’s youngest Tribal Councilwoman Silver Little Eagle was brutally attacked and left for dead on May 16 in Billings, according to a GoFundMe started to raise funds for her legal and medical funds.

To read the entire story, please click here.

3. ‘University of Montana law school students allege dean, associate dean discouraged reporting incidents to Title IX,’ by Keila Szpaller

Three women from the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law say the dean and associate dean of students deterred them from taking allegations of sexual harassment and assault to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, which handles sexual misconduct on campus.

To read the entire story, please click here.

4. ‘One current, three former employees allege ‘good ol’ boys club,” by Keila Szpaller

Describing a “good ol’ boys” mentality, four female plaintiffs — one current and three former employees of the University of Montana — allege the flagship created a “discriminatory and hostile educational environment,” and that UM President Seth Bodnar allowed a “retaliatory culture” against women, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Missoula.

To read the entire story, please click here.

5. ‘Contagious delta variant hits Montana,’ by Darrell Ehrlick

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to pop up in Montana, public health officials are urging residents who have either not been vaccinated or only had one dose to get protected because the viral strain seems to spread more rapidly and may be more severe.

To read the entire story, please click here.

6. ‘The only community center like it in the state,’ by Darrell Ehrlick

The idea for a new $23 million recreation, education, wellness and community center for the headquarters of the Fort Peck Tribes came from an unexpected place.

Put bluntly, the youth of this reservation community in Eastern Montana were tired of watching their family members die. They told the tribal council there must a be different way.

To read the entire story, please click here.

7. ‘UM law students demand change,’ by Keila Szpaller

Describing administrators as having failed students and faculty, a letter from concerned students of the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana is asking the law school leadership to stop threatening them and start providing support, such as accurate information about reporting sexual misconduct.

To read the entire story, please click here.

8. ‘Why is America sending $100 billion in nukes to Montana,’ by Darrell Ehrlick

Montana is known to residents as either the “Treasure State” or “The Big Sky State,” but to defense experts, it’s just a “nuclear sponge.”

To read the entire story, please click here.

9. ‘Nurses shut out by Gianforte,’ by Keith Schubert

Over the last three months, as the coronavirus has continued to cripple the state, the Montana Nurses Association said it has tried eight times to schedule a meeting with Gov. Greg Gianforte to address the need for more support for nurses on the front lines.

To read the entire story, please click here.

10. ‘Publisher wins the fight to keep her local newspaper,’ by Darrell Ehrlick

Last Tuesday afternoon, Northern Plains Independent Publisher and Owner Darla Downs was just finishing up the touches on that week’s newspaper, amidst the sawing, hammering and air compressors just a few feet away from her office. A new front door was replacing the rotten old one.

To read the entire story, please click here.

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