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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.

CDC explains delta variant, advises masks, but Montana seems cool to the idea

By: - July 30, 2021

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issuing new guidelines on masking and research being released by it on Friday that shows already vaccinated people can carry and spread the delta variant as rapidly as those who are not vaccinated, statewide groups are redoubling their efforts for masking and vaccination. On Friday, the Montana […]

As COVID cases rise and healthcare professionals call for precautions, Montana is left with few viable options

By: - July 29, 2021

With the number of COVID-19 cases reported hitting a five-month high and vaccination rates stalling, there are few things that are likely to be done to reverse the trend in Montana. On Thursday, a weekly COVID variant report released by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services demonstrates what health officials had been […]

Lawmakers, AG will make another run at Supreme Court for subpoenas, court administrator’s emails

By: - July 29, 2021

The Montana Legislature and the Attorney General’s Office will continue to challenge the Supreme Court and the state’s court administrator in a matter that challenges the limit of the lawmakers’ subpoena power and whether it can review thousands of emails belonging to the judiciary. Kristen Hansen, the lieutenant attorney general, filed a motion for an […]

COMMENTARY
Barry Usher

Using the letter of the law in Montana to kill the spirit of the law

By: - July 29, 2021

A few weeks ago while Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky talked about how democracies die and what can be done to save ours, both professors introduced a powerful concept: Using the letter of the law to defeat the spirit of the law as a strategy. They were talking about elections. For example, it may not […]

New report questions the necessity of ICBM silos in Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota

By: - July 28, 2021

A massive recent report by the Federation of American Scientists calls into question whether ground-based nuclear missiles, like the ones siloed in Montana, are still necessary to the country’s safety. The question of nuclear missiles is not new, but lead author Matt Korda, a research associate at the Nuclear Information Project of the federation, said […]

Rimrock, drug courts bring new addiction treatment technology to Montana

By: - July 27, 2021

The difference between relapse and recovery is about 30 seconds. For those struggling with addiction, a middle-of-the-night moment of isolation, anxiety can lead to a relapse, a shame cycle and more problems. However, a fusion of technology and treatment were being touted in Billings on Tuesday as Rimrock Foundation, Substance Abuse Connect, and GoMoHealth rolled […]

The heat is on: Montana likely to stay hot, dry for months

By: - July 27, 2021

If you’re looking for good news in this weather story, you might want to start to read something different. May we suggest something about the outdoors or political commentary? Because forecasters with the National Weather Service and climate scientists say that while July has been exceptionally hot, dry and smoky – in Montana, it’s not […]

Two groups sue Forest Service for Red Lodge timber plan they say will destroy lynx habitat

By: - July 26, 2021

Two conservation groups are suing the United States Forest Service for what they say is a failure to follow several federal laws and jeopardizing lynx habitat. Lynx remain on the endangered species list. The two groups, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council, previously sued the Forest Service in 2015 for the Greater […]

Butte book brings history to life through postcards

By: - July 26, 2021

Maybe no other Montana place or subject has had more written about it than Butte. There are dozens of books on it from the recipes of the once-ethnically separated neighborhoods to the underground warfare in the mines. For all the books that have been written on the subject of Butte and its history, there’s one […]

Group sues VA system, claiming long wait-times, and new programs aren’t being utilized

By: - July 23, 2021

Seven years ago, the Department of Veteran Affairs was rocked by a series of scandals that showed the agency had months-long waiting times and created secret wait lists that were hidden to prevent revealing how long some some veterans waited to get care. A lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C., but involving Fort Harrison in Montana, […]

Rosendale proposes making telehealth for Medicare a permanent option

By: - July 22, 2021

A lot of facets of everyday life were disrupted during the COVID pandemic. However, one of the things that seemed to work and may be here to stay is telehealth. And Congressman Matt Rosendale, R-Montana, has introduced legislation that makes telehealth visits for behavioral health and counseling a permanent part of Medicare. Telehealth, especially for […]

COMMENTARY

Montana GOP lawmakers perpetuating ‘The Little Lie’

By: - July 22, 2021

If Donald Trump and his supporters are engaged in “The Big Lie,” as it has been termed, then Montana Republicans hot on the trail of judicial misconduct are perpetuating a “Little Lie.” As the former president tries to undermine the voting process with his bullying wordplay, calling it a fraud, a lie, a sham and […]