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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.

Seven groups threaten to sue Forest Service over grazing north of Yellowstone National Park

By: - May 11, 2022

Seven different conservation groups have sent a letter of intent to sue the United States Forest Service for disregarding thousands of acres of grizzly habitat in order to allow more livestock grazing not far from Yellowstone National Park. The letter, which demands the national Forest Service reconsider its action and puts the agency on notice, […]

Montana has distributed $56M in rental assistance, given back $53M

By: - May 9, 2022

Housing officials with the State of Montana literally could not spend more money on housing assistance, including the “Emergency Rental Assistance” federal relief. And it’s not for lack of trying. While Montana has so far had to return more than $53 million to the federal government that was designated for emergency rental assistance, the program’s […]

Montana AG to pull out of national attorneys general association, along with Texas, Missouri

By: - May 6, 2022

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and two other Republican attorneys general have pulled out of the national association of state attorneys general. The move to pull out of the organization follows Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, who left the organization last year. Until then, membership included every state attorney general in the union. Knudsen, along […]

COMMENTARY

Wait, I thought we wanted government out of our lives

By: - May 5, 2022

Much of what probably needed to be said or could be said about abortion was done in our ninth-grade persuasive speaking class. Even by 1990, the topic of abortion seemed radically overdone, with few minds ever being changed. Even as the number of abortions fell with better contraception and fewer providers, it was the one […]

Avian flu strikes more than 78K Montana birds

By: - May 4, 2022

Montana is one of 32 states that has reported Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu this year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, on Wednesday, the highly contagious, highly deadly bird disease has killed more than 78,000 birds in the state, but it poses little, if any, risk to humans. And while Montana’s numbers pale in […]

Firemen’s Association asks courts to rule Billings airport firefighters eligible for better pension

By: - May 2, 2022

A case that pits the state’s firefighters association against the state’s public pension board is headed back to a Lewis and Clark County judge after both sides were unable to come to a satisfactory agreement. The case is largely a matter of déjà vu, as both sides have staked out their original positions in a […]

No appeal, no comment and no changes allowed: Birth certificate fix in limbo for Montana

By: - May 2, 2022

Even though a judge in Yellowstone County has issued a temporary injunction, stopping a law passed by the 2021 Legislature from taking effect, the Daily Montanan has confirmed that individuals wanting to change a sex designation on a birth certificate still cannot. Nearly two weeks ago, Yellowstone County District Judge Michael G. Moses ruled that […]

COMMENTARY

Hungry children just too much bother for the state of Montana

By: - April 28, 2022

“For I was naked and you clothed me. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. And  I was hungry, and you decided against feeding me because of the administrative burdens.” Jesus’ words don’t quite have the same ring to them when translated for today’s political environment, I guess. Of course, I adapted his famous […]

Company scraps mining plans in Pryor Mountains, possibly saving rare plant

By: - April 27, 2022

A gypsum mining company has withdrawn its plan for exploration in the Pryor Mountains in southern Montana. That action could help save a rare plant found only that area, experts say. But the Center for Biological Diversity has filed a notice of intent to sue to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failure to […]

MSU-Billings launches new institute to help kids with autism, behavior disabilities

By: - April 27, 2022

Montana, like most states, struggles with recruiting enough mental health providers and specialists to fill what seems like an ever-widening gap. Like many rural states, getting the right services can mean travel of hundreds of miles for some. However, a new venture launched by Montana State University-Billings looks to provide services to youth, especially those […]

Billings couple whose wedding interrupted by lightning, fire department, still happily married

By: - April 25, 2022

There had been nothing particularly remarkable about the Saturday afternoon wedding at St. Patrick’s Co-cathedral in Billings. The couple had met while working at a Hardee’s restaurant in Billings. It was early June, nearly perfect wedding weather. And the priest’s words at that point in the service were familiar. If anyone here has a reason […]

Debtor’s prison in Ravalli County? Group claims fee scheme forces those awaiting trial into poverty

By: - April 23, 2022

A possible class-action lawsuit filed in federal court against Ravalli County claims that officials there have run what amounts to debtor’s prison that preys on indigent and poor people, making it more likely they’ll reoffend or stay in poverty. Meanwhile, attorneys for the county say the lawsuit is nothing more than a clever parsing centering […]