Daily Montanan Staff

Daily Montanan Staff

Yellowstone child is first influenza death recorded of 2021-2022 flu season

By: - January 5, 2022

The death of a Yellowstone County child marks the first recorded influenza-related fatality of the 2021-22 flu season, according to a news release from Riverstone Health Clinic. The age of the child, who died on December 24, was not disclosed in the release. But the release said the child had underlying health conditions and had […]

Daily Montanan’s biggest stories of 2021

By: - January 1, 2022

The Daily Montanan started reporting in the first week of January, and who knew as we were just getting started that Jan. 6 would become part of everyone’s vocabulary? As the Daily Montanan began, we covered the opening of the Legislature, a new governor, attorney general, secretary of state and auditor – completing a historic […]


Top 10 most viewed commentary pieces for 2021 on the Daily Montanan

By: - December 31, 2021

Montanans are nothing if not opinionated, and the part of the Daily Montanan’s mission was to curate a group of columnists, thoughts and ideas for issues facing Montana. And Daily Montanan readers responded. Everyday, we’ve brought readers at least one commentary piece that hopefully provokes thought and spurs deeper conversation. Here are the top 10 […]

Top 10 most viewed stories of 2021 for the Daily Montanan

By: - December 30, 2021

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 […]

Hauck backs Arntzen but said family member added his name to letter of support, according to Missoulian

By: - December 23, 2021

University of Montana football coach Bobby Hauck supports Superintendent Elsie Arntzen but said a family member put his name on a letter of support for the embattled head of the Montana Office of Public Instruction, according to a story from the Missoulian. Last week, after all eight AA district superintendents and four county superintendents had […]

New Mexico woman pleads guilty to calling in threat to MT Trappers Association fundraiser

By: - December 22, 2021

A New Mexico woman is facing up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine after admitting to phoning in a threat to a May 8 fundraiser hosted by the Montana Trappers Association. Dora Sandra Gomez, 64, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, pleaded guilty to interstate communication of a threat on Dec. 15, the U.S. […]

Alden sues Lee Enterprises

By: - December 16, 2021

Alden Global Capital has sued Lee Enterprises, which owns the majority of daily newspapers in Montana, according to a story Wednesday from the Poynter Institute. Last month, Alden, the hedge fund known for cutting newsrooms, made a bid to buy Lee for $24 a share. Lee owns 77 dailies including in the mountain states and […]

MFPE: Thousands sign petition supporting school administrators, condemning Arntzen’s ‘incompetence’

By: - December 16, 2021

A coalition of concerned parents, educators, and community advocates launched Wednesday a petition in support of “the courageous decision by Montana’s superintendents” to bring attention to the significant deficiencies caused by Superintendent Elsie Arntzen’s  lack of leadership, the Montana Federation of Public Employees said Thursday in a news release. In less than 24 hours, the […]

Lee, owner of large Montana newspapers, rejects takeover bid from Alden

By: - December 9, 2021

Board members of Lee Enterprises, the newspaper chain that owns many of Montana’s largest dailies, has rejected an unsolicited offer on the company from Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund that’s developed a reputation for drastically cutting costs on its way to becoming the country’s second largest newspaper owner. In a statement to investors, Lee, […]

Gianforte appoints Linneweber to Yellowstone District Court

By: - December 8, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday he is appointing Brett Linneweber to serve on the Thirteenth Judicial District Court in Yellowstone County. Linneweber fills the vacancy created by Thirteenth Judicial District Judge Gregory Todd’s retirement. “Brett Linneweber brings to the table years of experience as a county attorney where he’s managed some of the most urgent […]

Former East Helena police chief pleads guilty to distributing child pornography

By: - December 7, 2021

A former East Helena police chief is facing from five to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to distributing child pornography in 2019, U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said in a press release on Tuesday. In 2020, a Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s deputy, a member of the Montana Internet Crimes […]

University of Montana law school ranked No. 7 nationally for best value

By: - December 6, 2021

National Jurist’s PreLaw Magazine ranked the University of Montana’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law No. 7 in the nation on its 2021 list of Best Value Law Schools, according to a news release from the University of Montana. The ranking uses a formula incorporating the rate of employment after graduation, bar passage rate, tuition […]