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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.

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 […]

Groups file lawsuit to force Biden administration to release documents about oil, gas leasing

By: - April 22, 2022

A group of climate and conservation groups in Montana have filed suit in federal district court to compel the Biden administration to turn over records about its oil and gas leasing plan and how those plans would affect climate change. The lawsuit seeks documents related to the Biden administration’s position on climate change, and it […]

Judge finds birth-certificate changes imposed by Legislature violate Montana’s Constitution

By: - April 21, 2022

A Yellowstone County District Court judge has ruled that a law meant to make changing a gender designation on a birth certificate more rigorous appears to violate the state’s constitution, and he’s blocked the law with a preliminary injunction. Judge Michael G. Moses ruled that Senate Bill 280, which was passed by the Legislature in […]

Gianforte mum about legislative tracking form, claims executive, deliberative privilege

By: - April 21, 2022

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte wants a state district court to find that he does not have to produce a single piece of paper that may give insight into what bills he signed, vetoed or suggestions he had during the 2021 legislative session, according to an ongoing lawsuit. Resident Jayson O’Neill filed a lawsuit in Lewis […]

COMMENTARY

Parents want to take back schools, but when did they ever leave?

By: - April 21, 2022

I have to give credit to the wonderful marketing job some politicians have done at creating a controversy out of nothing. That would perfectly describe the movement that urges parents to take back their schools. To hear some worried politicians and aspiring school board members tell it: Communism, immorality and self-hatred have seeped deeply into […]

After spending $800K on attorneys, Billings wants to send franchise fees case to mediation

By: - April 20, 2022

The City of Billings wants a judge to force class-action litigants into mediation to potentially settle a battle about “franchise fees,” which the city illegally charged homeowners and residents for decades in the case that has been ongoing for nearly five years. The city discontinued the practice shortly after the lawsuit began, but the fees […]

Massage therapists sue City of Billings for violating their constitutional rights

By: - April 19, 2022

A group of massage therapists is suing the City of Billings because it says new laws aimed at protecting victims of sex trafficking are violating their constitutional rights, forcing them to choose between a paycheck or their freedom. They filed suit in federal district court in Billings alleging the city is forcing them to submit […]

Montana sees 10 cases of raw milk illness in past two years

By: - April 18, 2022

An investigation by the Daily Montanan has found that since 2020, there have been 10 confirmed cases of illness in Montana due to raw milk, with three being traced to a Park County dairy late in 2021. The law that allows unregulated, unfettered food production is the product of several pieces of legislation, including a […]

Tester urges Biden to give award to vets unrecognized in bloody Vietnam battle

By: - April 18, 2022

It’s an irony not lost on Vietnam veteran Clint Jacobs, one of the literal few survivors of Dai Do, among the bloodiest battles of the war. His theory – and he saw combat for three days straight – was that intelligence, or more precisely, the lack of it, saved him and the small force of […]

EPA tackles Billings Superfund site that deals with toxic chemical vapors

By: - April 17, 2022

For years, officials in Billings have known that powerful cleaning solvents may be in the ground, near the site of a dry cleaning and laundry service. But testing and an effort in Congress has gotten a significant swath of the city designated a “Superfund” site to clean chlorinated, volatile organic chemicals and petroleum hydrocarbons. EPA […]

COVID hit hardest Montana’s poorest counties with high percentage of non-White residents

By: - April 14, 2022

A national report by the Poor People’s Campaign that tracks the intersections of race, poverty and the effects of COVID-19 shows that nationally, counties with more poverty and more people of color suffered the effects of the pandemic more severely than other wealthier, White communities. The statistics for Montana largely support that trend, showing that […]