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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.

Grace & Co., Montana reach $18.5M settlement for some environmental clean-up costs

By: - January 10, 2023

Though the story of W.R. Grace & Company’s toxic pollution of Libby has been known in Montana for decades, the long parade of lawsuits and death due to asbestos is still ongoing. But on Tuesday, the State of Montana announced a settlement with the bankrupt company and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for $18.5 […]

Groups sue Forest Service, saying Black Ram logging project will hurt grizzly bear population

By: - January 10, 2023

A new lawsuit filed by two environmental groups challenges the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to begin the Black Ram logging project in the Kootenai National Forest, which the groups said will likely hasten the decline of the already imperiled grizzly bear population in the Cabinet and Yaak Mountain ranges. The groups, Native Ecosystems Council and […]

Cascade County judge upholds jury’s $36.5M decision in asbestos case

By: - January 9, 2023

A Montana judge recently upheld a Cascade County’s jury verdict of more than $30 million in damages against an insurance company that conspired with a Libby-based asbestos mining company to conceal the extent of the dangers workers faced as they mined the material that would be used in many settings from garden fertilizer to housing […]

COMMENTARY

The Big Sky … where the ‘Big Lie’ never seems to die

By: - January 5, 2023

For the first time in the state’s history, there’s a supermajority in the Legislature. The Republicans made an encore performance of the 2020 election and didn’t just stop at capturing all the top slots in the state, but two years later snuffed out most of the opposition Democrats in the Legislature, paving the way to […]

New documents detail how Yellowstone determined the identity of a missing man with just a foot

By: - January 4, 2023

Before Yellowstone National Park officials found a shoe with a human foot floating in Abyss Pool, an employee had found two shoe soles floating in the thermal spring a week earlier. That began a weeks-long journey to find out what happened to Il Hun Ro, 70, whose foot was identified from DNA that matched a […]

Audit bill would protect information, but force state employees to comply

By: - January 2, 2023

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify the language of the bill and the distinction between elected or appointed officials and employees. Montana lawmakers want state employees to be a bit more helpful when it comes to auditing. One of the first bills ready to go as the Montana Legislature kicks off its […]

COMMENTARY

The news behind the news of the newspaper industry

By: - December 29, 2022

We need to talk. Words that should strike fear into anyone within earshot when they’re uttered. And, I believe the story I’m about to tell really belongs to others to share, but in their silence, I will attempt to describe exactly what the hell is going on with your local newspaper. Forgive me, but I […]

Lost no more: Record company issues collection of Montana’s punk, hardcore and new wave

By: - December 27, 2022

When you think punk rock – you may think New York or London. But Bozeman? And while Montana tends to have a reputation as a good venue for country artists, at one time, the Treasure State’s punk rock scene created a solid legion of fans and musicians – now preserved by Montana rock historian and […]

Montana will have a flu Christmas

By: - December 24, 2022

The temperatures aren’t the only thing on the rise in Montana — so are the cases of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. Coupled with the now constant burden of COVID-19, the Treasure State is fighting what public health experts call a “tripledemic” — three viruses that are jamming hospitals and taxing the immune […]

Gianforte appeals BLM decision, continues to fight against American Prairie, bison

By: - December 23, 2022

The Gianforte administration has appealed the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to grant a 10-year grazing permit to American Prairie, the Bozeman-based organization dedicated to preserving prairie land and restoring bison to Montana’s plains. The appeal also indicates an increasingly acrimonious relationship between Montana’s executive branch and one of the largest landholders in the state. […]

More than two dozen pot businesses face ruin, snared by lawmakers’ loophole

By: - December 22, 2022

GLENDIVE — The owners of as many as 28 small businesses, mostly “mom-and-pop” Montanans, may lose their retirement, their investments and have to file for bankruptcy because of a small, but significant tweak to the Treasure State’s evolving marijuana laws. In the flurry of lawsuits and controversies that spun out of the 2021 Legislature – […]

COMMENTARY

While Rosendale rages, Congress prepares to do bipartisan work

By: - December 22, 2022

When independent Congressional candidate Gary Buchanan of Billings entered the race for Montana’s second U.S. House seat, he said the impetus was because Montana had been embarrassed by Rep. Matt Rosendale, a Republican. And Montanans hate to be embarrassed. In fact, Buchanan may be interesting insofar as the reasons for his run weren’t about a […]