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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.

Twitter reinstates neo-Nazi publisher who targeted Whitefish Jewish community

By: - December 6, 2022

The federal justice system can’t seem to find him, but Elon Musk has. Twitter has reinstated prominent neo-Nazi website publisher Andrew Anglin to Twitter, and the Daily Stormer publisher who has evaded a federal court order in Montana after he was found guilty of violating the civil rights of a Montana Jewish family has been […]

November, part of December give Montana a chilly reception

By: - December 6, 2022

It may not have been the coldest November on record, it just felt like that. Even though the extended cold spell did not set many daily records, cumulatively, it was notable because the cold just lingered. And lingered. Just because it wasn’t like the November of 1985  is literally cold comfort to most Montanans. November […]

Newspaper publisher challenges Roosevelt County Attorney’s qualifications for office

By: - December 5, 2022

A newspaper publisher in Wolf Point has challenged the election of the Roosevelt County attorney, saying that living out of the county should disqualify him from the position, and claiming that he’s intentionally obscured his residency to avoid scrutiny. Northern Plains Independent Publisher Darla Downs has filed a complaint with the Roosevelt County Election Administrator […]

Architects, accountants worry that ‘red tape reduction’ initiative goes too far

By: - December 4, 2022

As Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte campaigned for the top administrative position in the state, he did so largely on his business bonafides, a tech entrepreneur who grew a nearly $1 billion business out of his home and into a tech hub. He parlayed that business experience and acumen into politics, where he said both innovation […]

Billings becomes first city in Montana to earn LEED Gold certification

By: - December 1, 2022

Billings isn’t just the only city in Montana to achieve LEED Gold certification – a recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council about how the state’s largest city puts sustainable practices in place. Billings is the only city that has turned the award into a celebratory cake. On Thursday, leaders from around the city and […]

COMMENTARY

Colorado Springs is closer than you think

By: - December 1, 2022

Colorado Springs isn’t so far away. Not by mileage and not by attitude. What happened there – God forbid – could happen here. And this is not just pearl clutching by some scared snowflake. I saw it firsthand. When I covered the “Drag Queen Story Hour” at ZooMontana in Billings in June, I ignored plenty […]

Judge rules that Montana’s wolf hunt will continue

By: - November 29, 2022

A Lewis and Clark County judge has ruled that the State of Montana’s plan to “harvest” as many as 456 wolves can proceed because two organizations which challenged the state’s wolf hunting rules were unable to prove that Montana’s wolf population would be permanently harmed by the increased hunting, which includes the use of snares. […]

Advocates sue federal agency for failing to adopt national gray wolf plan

By: - November 29, 2022

As the fate of Montana’s wolf hunting season was being decided in Lewis and Clark County, a national environmental group was filing a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., that claims the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has shirked its duty and ignored federal law by failing to devise an adequate national recovery plan for the […]

National report shows uptick in abortion in states where procedure remains legal

By: - November 27, 2022

The Society of Family Planning has issued a “#WeCount Report,” which features a state-by-state look at what has happened to abortion and reproductive rights after the June 24 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which struck down federal abortion protections established in 1972 by the Roe vs. Wade decision. That […]

Judge orders DEQ to reconsider Big Sky expansion and wastewater permits near the Gallatin River

By: - November 25, 2022

A Gallatin County judge has ordered the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to go back and review a wastewater permit in one of the toniest areas of the state, which environmental advocates say could potentially pollute one of the state’s most famous – and imperiled – rivers. Gallatin County District Court Judge Peter Ohman determined […]

Montana Supreme Court upholds anti-vaxx law for now, but sends the case back to district court

By: - November 24, 2022

The Montana Supreme Court has determined that a Richland County district court judge did not abuse her discretion when she declined to stop a controversial vaccination law. The plaintiff in the case, Donald Netzer and his Glendive-based law firm, asked the court to temporarily enjoin or stop the law while the case was being litigated. […]

COMMENTARY

Be thankful for Montana’s $1 billion surplus

By: - November 24, 2022

As we gather with family and friends, trying to avoid a conversation about the election, gas prices, abortion, inflation, or global warming, there may be a bipartisan topic that can be celebrated: the next Montana budget. Our state, like many, is experiencing a one-time windfall, largely the result of the federal influx of cash from […]