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Darrell Ehrlick

Darrell Ehrlick

Darrell Ehrlick is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Montanan, after leading his native state’s largest paper, The Billings Gazette. He is an award-winning journalist, author, historian and teacher, whose career has taken him to North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, and Wyoming.

Judge strikes down a trio of abortion laws passed in ’21 as unconstitutional

By: - February 29, 2024

In a ruling deeply critical of restrictions placed on abortion by the 2021 Montana Legislature, Yellowstone County District Court Judge Kurt Krueger struck down three laws that he said placed unreasonable and unconstitutional limits on abortions in Montana. The decision converted what had been a temporary injunction on the laws into a permanent one, but […]

COMMENTARY

Daines’ mild mannered image doesn’t match his ultra-right policies

By: - February 29, 2024

If Steve Daines has a superpower, it’s that he seems affable enough, on the rare occasion of him being spotted in public in Montana, and that most people can’t say much about him, except that he’s Republican. And, of course, he loves Donald Trump — an obligatory fealty forced upon anyone down to the dog-catcher […]

Report: New health care model will better connect patients with mental health services

By: - February 28, 2024

Montana has been described as a perfect storm of circumstances that lead to an acute mental health crisis. Rural areas, unforgiving weather, lack of providers and a social stigma make getting help a challenge. A new report by the Montana Healthcare Foundation, coupled with a project focused on mental health providers, is one solution to […]

Montana Supreme Court overturns district court, restores permit for mine near Smith River

By: - February 26, 2024

The Montana Supreme Court on Monday overturned a district court decision that blocked a proposed 1,888-acre mine near Sheep Creek, which feeds into the Smith River watershed. In a split 5-to-2 decision, Justice Beth Baker wrote for the majority of the court that the Montana Department of Environmental Quality relied on expert resources when considering […]

Conservation groups say ‘massive’ Pintler logging project should be stopped

By: - February 23, 2024

Editor’s note: This story was updated on Feb.23 to clarify the location of the project. Conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the United States Forest Service for what they’re calling a “massive” project that encompasses more than 73,000 acres and covers 115 square miles adjacent to the the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness Area. Those groups have […]

Group tells court Montana’s narrow definition of gender is unconstitutional

By: - February 23, 2024

Opponents of Montana’s narrow definition of sex throughout state law say it’s easy to illustrate the problem with the new definitions outlined in Senate Bill 458, passed in 2023. In a new lawsuit filed this week, they argue lawmakers explicitly stated that an employer can discriminate against a person who identifies as transgender, and face […]

Contempt charges, case dismissed against Glasgow couple

By: - February 22, 2024

Less than 24 hours before a Glasgow couple was scheduled in a Valley County District Court on contempt charges, the entire case was dropped by the State of Montana because the 14-year-old youth at the center of it was safe in the custody of her mother, in Canada. Todd and Krista Kolstad of Glasgow went […]

COMMENTARY

How old is too old? Well, American voters have been here before.

By: - February 22, 2024

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are old men. That’s not ageism, that’s just a chronological fact, relative to the average American life expectancy. Both were old when they ran against each other in 2020, being older than either Ronald Reagan or Bob Dole, both Republicans who were running for President in the 73rd year of […]

Rehberg re-do: Former six-term Republican Congressman runs in an already crowded field

By: - February 21, 2024

In the already crowded field of Republican candidates, a familiar name has entered the race for Montana’s eastern Congressional seat. Former Congressman and Montana lieutenant governor Denny Rehberg announced Wednesday that he’s running for the seat currently held by fellow Republican Matt Rosendale. Rehberg exited politics after unsuccessfully challenging Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, in […]

FEC says Daines failed to disclose more than $1 million during re-election bid in ’20

By: - February 20, 2024

A spokesperson for Steve Daines called it “a minor bookkeeping issue,” but the Federal Elections Commission found that Montana’s junior Senator failed to disclose financial information in excess of $1 million during his last run for Senate re-election in 2020. Furthermore, when the Steve Daines for Montana committee was given opportunities to explain the accounting […]

COMMENTARY

Montana’s plan to hurt those already hurting

By: - February 15, 2024

When I was a much younger reporter, I had an old sheriff who had been in law enforcement for what seemed like an eternity tell me that every sheriff has to build a jail. I came to learn the truth of his words — and that it didn’t just apply to sheriffs. All public elected […]

Attorney asks Montana Supreme Court again to stop gag-order issued to Glasgow couple

By: - February 12, 2024

An attorney for a Glasgow couple said that a state court judge has illegally gagged them in a disputed custody case in which a 14-year-old was removed from their home because of being suicidal, and they want the state’s highest court to dissolve the order so they aren’t jailed for speaking out against the state. […]