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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.

Ronning looks to bring different tone, approach from Montana to Congress

By: - May 26, 2022

Penny Ronning has always regarded the federal government as home. While the former Billings City Councilwoman has launched her bid for Congress, running against incumbent Republican Matt Rosendale for Montana’s central and eastern House seat, she doesn’t see the federal government as a monolithic, unresponsive behemoth. She sees it as a force for good and […]

COMMENTARY

Thoughts and prayers of a different kind

By: - May 26, 2022

After the school shooting in Texas, I realized that I was about the only columnist in America that didn’t talk to my kids about within 24 hours of event. Sure, I’ll cop to being a mediocre parent, but not for that reason. Instead, after years – literally decades – of reporting, editing and reading stories […]

Austin touts his track record of accomplishments, reaching out to bridge divide

By: - May 25, 2022

Kyle Austin isn’t worried about bridging the divide that seems so commonplace in politics. The registered pharmacist and owner of 406Pharm has literally traveled across the state, setting up clinics for COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and other vaccinations like flu shots. That’s given him a chance to hear from people, see the government work during a […]

Pastor apologizes, retracts article about transgender Native lobbyist, fabricated incident

By: - May 24, 2022

A conservative minister who seemed to be a darling of far-right politicians in the state has admitted that he fabricated a story about a transgender Native American lobbyist allegedly berating a state senator so badly that he sought the protection of the Montana Senate’s sergeant-at-arms. In a libel case that has raged on for more […]

Boyette looks to unseat Rosendale in GOP primary by being more traditional Montana Republican

By: - May 24, 2022

James Boyette considers himself a more traditional Republican, with values that, at one time, seemed synonymous with Montana government – a focus on public lands, agriculture, building strong schools and remaining focus on good governing. His run for Congress against an already established Republican congressman was spurred on because of his wife. She had heard […]

Walking Child emphasizes prayer in school, saving small ag and helping America’s veterans

By: - May 23, 2022

Charles Walking Child likes to say that he’s throwing his war bonnet in the race to unseat incumbent Republican Congressman Matt Rosendale in the Republican primary for Montana’s Second Congressional District. His heritage is Anishaabe-Ojibwe and he said that America doesn’t need more politicians, but it needs the type of leadership from Indian Country – […]

COMMENTARY

Is Rosendale a fad or the acolyte for the new breed of Montana politician?

By: - May 19, 2022

Last week, Congress took action on two items that have literally been pressing Montana issues for decades. A House Natural Resources subcommittee held hearings on whether to establish a truth-and-reconciliation commission on Native American boarding schools. The second issue was closing a loophole that would include a list of cancers that are presumptively caused from […]

Bozeman Daily Chronicle votes unanimously to form union

By: - May 18, 2022

The newsroom employees at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle have voted unanimously to certify the Yellowstone Newspaper Guild. It becomes the second daily newspaper in the state to form a union in the past three years. Eight out of eight newsroom employees voted in the mail ballot election, which was administered by the National Labor Relations […]

State decides not to contest judge’s decision on campus politicking and complex recusal rules

By: - May 18, 2022

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s office let the Lewis and Clark District Court know that it would not appeal Judge Mike Menahan’s ruling that a bill that was heavily changed in the waning moments of the 2021 Legislature violated the state’s constitution. That means the bulk of Senate Bill 319 has been struck down permanently. […]

Montana Jewish community races against clock to save oldest synagogue in the state

By: - May 18, 2022

With less than six weeks left before a purchase deadline, the Montana Jewish Project is putting out an urgent call for support as it raises money to buy back the state’s oldest synagogue and establish the first Jewish community center in the Rocky Mountain West. The fund-raising campaign seeks to raise $925,000 to purchase the […]

Last week’s quake was the biggest in Yellowstone National Park in five years

By: - May 16, 2022

Last week, Yellowstone National Park experienced its largest earthquake in nearly five years, with a magnitude 4.2 earthquake happening about 23 miles northeast of the East Entrance to the park. The earthquake happened in an area known for earthquakes, scientists said. The University of Utah seismograph stations reported the earthquake at 7:32 a.m., on May […]

Sweeping tombs ceremony honors Butte’s rich Chinese heritage

By: - May 15, 2022

In the far southwest corner of Mount Moriah Cemetery — even farther away than the space reserved for babies and infants — sit around 30 headstones. Many look more like a trail marker than the wider counterparts that span for acres in one of Montana’s largest cemeteries. A few have a date, mostly from the […]