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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.

Yellowstone County appoints Hastings to fill Stromswold’s seat

By: - January 24, 2023

In the quest to appoint a new representative to fill Mallerie Stromswold’s seat in the Legislature, the Yellowstone County Commission did a lot in just a few minutes. Naarah Hastings, a business owner, who recently moved her family from the State of Washington to escape the political environment there, will be traveling to Helena to […]

Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, testifies in favor of Senate Bill 154 in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.

Healthcare, abortion providers warn: New Montana abortion rules will be challenged in court

By: - January 23, 2023

As the State of Montana considers changing rules to make getting an abortion using Medicaid more difficult and restrictive, a group of healthcare providers sent a letter via their attorneys warning the state and lawmakers that adopting the proposed rules will lead to a lawsuit. The letter, sent on Monday to Paula Stannard, the chief […]

Three candidates vying to replace Stromswold give their pitch to Yellowstone County commissioners

By: - January 23, 2023

Three Republican candidates interviewed to represent House District 50, a legislative area in the central part of Montana’s largest city, Billings, which opened when Rep. Mallerie Stromswold resigned last week. The Yellowstone County Commission will make a final decision on the replacement on Tuesday. While each of the three who were nominated by the Yellowstone […]

Federal lawsuit claims insurance company deliberately stalling in Libby asbestos cases

By: - January 22, 2023

Just weeks after a Cascade County judge agreed with a jury that the insurance company that represented a Libby asbestos mine should pay a former miner there $36.5 million, attorneys for that miner filed a complaint in federal court, claiming that Zurich American Insurance Company systematically stalled and dragged out court proceedings in an attempt […]

COMMENTARY

Stubborn House leaders refuse to condemn violence against reproductive rights organizations

By: - January 19, 2023

One of the first stories I covered as a reporter was in Fargo, N.D., in 1996. One of the town’s local well-known zealots, Martin Wishnatsky, had again handcuffed himself to an abortion clinic fence in protest of abortion law. With a certain amount of weariness, editors at The Forum dispatched the greenest reporter they could […]

Licensed massage therapists sound alarm about changes proposed in ‘Red Tape Reduction’ plan

By: - January 18, 2023

As Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte’s administration continues to push through one of his most prominent campaign initiatives – “Red Tape Reduction” – groups ranging from architects to licensed massage therapists have expressed concern the concept may be going too far. The impetus behind the “Red Tape Reduction” project is to thin out the legislative and […]

The ‘deep state’ is targeting the American cowboy, Zinke says in viral House speech

By: - January 17, 2023

U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke knows why the cowboy is disappearing from places like Montana. It’s because of the “deep state.” In a speech that was both far-ranging yet brief and his first floor speech since returning to the United States House of Representatives, Zinke, Montana’s Congressman representing the state’s new western district, blames the deep […]

Billings representative, Stromswold, resigns from the legislature effectively immediately

By: - January 14, 2023

Citing issues ranging from mental health to attending college, Rep. Mallerie Stromswold, R-Billings, announced Saturday morning that she was resigning her seat in the Montana Legislature effective immediately. She becomes the third Republican representative in the past month to resign. Rep. Becky Beard, R-Helena, resigned in order to take the position of Sen. Terry Gauthier, […]

Yellowstone County employees will strike if negotiations fail

By: - January 13, 2023

The state’s largest county may have more than 100 of its employees going on strike, meaning that on Jan. 23, courts, vehicle registration and even tax processing will grind to a halt unless a new contract can be negotiated next week. Currently, Yellowstone County employees represented by the state’s largest union, the Montana Federation of […]

Montana bill would pay back money taken for wildfires in 2017

By: - January 13, 2023

Hey Montana, do you remember the fires of 2016 and 2017? Well, even if you don’t, you’re still paying for them – and that’s the genesis of a bill presented by Sen. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, in Senate Finance Committee Thursday afternoon. Senate Bill 126 would claw back money, plus interest, on funds the state Legislature […]

COMMENTARY

Montana, just say when …

By: - January 12, 2023

I guess the question is really simple: Montana, have we had enough? Have we had enough of a viral speech by Matt Rosendale, one of our state’s only two representatives in the House, who gave what many characterize as an unhinged-yet-viral speech about the House’s longstanding rules being some kind of conspiracy? Imagine how ridiculous […]

Montana Supreme Court sends birth certificate matter back to court while leaving ’17 process

By: - January 10, 2023

Though the Montana Supreme Court issued an order that tried to clarify an ongoing dispute over changing the gender designation on a Montana birth certificate, it may have been easier for the high court to use a white board instead of paper for the decision. In a case that has twisted, turned and lurched, a […]