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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. With Darrell at the helm, the Gazette staff took Montana’s top newspaper award six times in seven years. Darrell's books include writing the historical chapters of “Billings Memories” Volumes I-III, and “It Happened in Minnesota.” He has taught journalism at Winona State University and Montana State University-Billings, and has served on the student publications board of the University of Wyoming.

Billings Public Schools reverses decision about masks

By: - January 14, 2022

Less than a week away from implementing new “masking optional” policies, Montana’s largest K-12 public school system announced that it was reversing its decision and continuing the masking requirements in schools because of a surge of COVID-19 cases attributed to the omicron variant. The letter, sent to parents and the community by School District 2 […]

Billings Clinic announces first surgical residency in Montana

By: - January 13, 2022

Billings Clinic, the state’s largest healthcare provider, has announced that it is partnering with the University of Arizona-Phoenix to create a residency program to train surgeons, with an emphasis on surgery in rural and underserved areas. The first three surgical residents will begin in June, and it adds to other residencies in Billings, including family […]

COMMENTARY

Picture this: Gianforte’s check passing event showed more than he thought

By: - January 13, 2022

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the one of Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte handing over a made-for-TV check to the City of Dillon is worth at least that much. Or, more accurately, it’s worth $1,903,421. There’s nothing new about politicians presenting oversized novelty checks to groups, organizations and other governments. They are, […]

Groups demand nuclear missile program to be replaced with economic plan for ICBM communities

By: - January 12, 2022

More than 60 regional and national organization are calling on Congress and President Joe Biden to end the ground-based nuclear defense program, part of which is housed in Montana, while also calling for a federal spending plan that would overhaul or transform the affected military communities. Until now, rootsaction.org organizer Norman Solomon said the debate […]

Montanans signing up for healthcare through ACA hits high point with days left to go

By: - January 11, 2022

Advocates, navigators and officials are urging Montana residents who still need to sign up for healthcare that Saturday is the last day to purchase a plan for most citizens during the “open enrollment” period. Already, the Montana healthcare marketplace has seen a 10 percent increase above last year, and with a week to go, it […]

AG to U.S. Supreme Court: Montana courts’ ‘self-dealing’ unprecedented in U.S. history

By: - January 11, 2022

Claiming that “judicial self-dealing on this scale might be unprecedented in the nation’s history,” the Montana Attorney General’s office has filed an appeal to the United States Supreme Court seeking a review of a state Supreme Court decision that declared subpoenas by the Legislature void, and ruled emails obtained through the executive branch were improper. […]

COVID orphans: The pandemic’s hidden toll on children who lose parents, caregivers

By: - January 10, 2022

Even with vaccines, masks and contact tracing, COVID-19 has likely caused an outsized impact on some of Montana’s youngest residents. In a recent publication in the journal “Pediatrics,” early estimates show that nearly 500 children have experienced the loss of a primary caregiver or parent in the state. While the number and calculations are based […]

Community Medical says most nurses’ pay will be solved by next week

By: - January 8, 2022

An effort to get more than 250 nurses in the Missoula area paid back wages has made progress, but attorneys and leaders representing them say the efforts by Community Medical Center may still leave them short of wages owed. The Montana Nurses Association and the nursing union gave the large healthcare center until Monday at […]

Hughes Creek Road blocked again

By: - January 8, 2022

Two court rulings, two gates and years of fighting appeared to be coming to a close this December when Ravalli County officials told property owners living near Hughes Creek Road that a gate blocking the county road would need to be removed or officials there would remove it. The landowners, which for decades have disputed […]

Group starts collecting signatures for property tax cap initiative

By: - January 7, 2022

Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen has approved a constitutional initiative that, if passed, would cap residential property taxes, roll back valuations, and also reduce tax breaks for “speculators, investors and house ‘flippers.’” Former state lawmaker and current U.S. House of Representatives candidate Al Olszewski is the treasurer for the Montana Property Tax Cap Initiative. […]

Judge rules Billings’ ‘franchise fees’ were illegal sales tax

By: - January 7, 2022

A protracted battle that affects nearly every resident living within Montana’s largest city may wind up costing the City of Billings between $6 million and $8 million as a judge ruled “franchise fees” charged to water and sewer users were illegal sales taxes, prohibited by state law. Moreover, the court order demonstrated that city officials […]

Report finds problems with foster child program, including missing protection and safety plans

By: - January 6, 2022

An investigation by Montana’s Legislative Auditor released this week shows the state’s foster care system hampered by obsolete software, inconsistent leadership and approach to reports of abuse or neglect, and it dismantles the notion that the rise in foster-care kids is due solely to a disproportionate increase in drug use. The number of kids in […]