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.

Comforting the afflicted: Chaplains see everything during COVID

By: - January 31, 2021

Sometimes, Jesus sounds a lot like Elvis Presley. More specifically, like Elvis’ “Blue Christmas.” Spiritual Care Director Karen Brannon at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings remembers providing a different kind of spiritual care to a patient who was hospitalized in intensive care with COVID-19. The patient loved Christmas music and Elvis, but during the holidays […]

Bill to stop Election Day registration tabled in committee

By: - January 29, 2021

A bill that would have ended Montana’s same-day voter registration appears dead after the House Administration Committee voted 13-6 to table the bill. Tabling the bill happened after the committee was unable to pass it. Democrats and a few Republicans voiced concerns about disenfranchising elderly, disabled or minority groups, and many lawmakers told stories of […]

Barry Usher

Ehrlick: The fall of the committee of Usher

By: - January 28, 2021

“We’re not going down the rabbit hole of racism, because there are immigrants from all over the world that are every color on earth, and we’re not doing racism in this hearing,” – Rep. Barry Usher, R-Billings, shutting down comments during a legislative hearing on sanctuary cities when someone referenced white supremacy. Barry Usher’s words […]

American Prairie Reserve resolves long-standing dispute

By: - January 27, 2021

A dispute between the American Prairie Reserve and officials in Phillips County has been resolved after more than four years of legal wrangling. The conflict began when the American Prairie Reserve announced controversial plans for a 3.5-million acre complex in the northern Montana county that would allow free-roaming bison to be reintroduced. In the end, […]

SB101 moves to final reading in the Senate

By: - January 27, 2021

A Senate Bill that would clarify that direct provider care in Montana would not be regulated by the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance passed its second reading in the state’s Senate, 35-15. Bills go through three readings in each house before being passed, with a vote taken after every reading. Senate Bill 101, proposed by […]

Montana Dems roll out 3 bills to cut taxes

By: - January 21, 2021

Montana Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing – Montanans need tax cuts. Beyond that, there are a number of proposals and plans, including Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte’s, on how to achieve lowering taxes and still end up with a constitutionally-mandated balanced budget. Previously, Gianforte presented his budget to the lawmakers, and it held the […]


Ehrlick: For people who love freedom, these lawmakers have a funny way of showing it

By: - January 21, 2021

I need the lawmakers to make up their mind. And personally, I am rooting for them. Apparently, the government has more of an interest in my health than I thought, and I think it’s mighty big of them to want to take over. I am in my mid-40s, paunchy, and I’d really like someone else […]

Abortion bills get committee vote Thursday

By: and - January 20, 2021

Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee will vote Thursday on a series of proposals to limit abortions in Montana, part of a broader push by legislative Republicans to pass conservative social policies that stalled at the desk of a Democratic governor in past sessions.  The bills would create restrictions around the margins of abortion law […]

Testimony positive for direct patient care bill

By: - January 20, 2021

Dr. Brandon Bilyeu knew when he was in a high school class in Red Lodge what he wanted to do. He wasn’t going to be a surgeon. He wasn’t going to invent a cure for cancer — nice as that would be. He told the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee on Wednesday that […]


Ehrlick: A mountaintop still untouched by Montanans

By: - January 18, 2021

Even as a young man who mostly had only the experiences of Montana to draw upon, I knew what was happening at that moment. We were in the presence of something great, and I was lucky enough to meet Coretta Scott King twice in my life. This isn’t an exercise in shameless name-dropping, though. It’s […]


It’s the message, not the medium

By: - January 14, 2021

I agree with U.S. Sen. Steve Daines for all the wrong reasons. Last week, as Twitter and other social media took the nearly unprecedented step of booting President Donald J. Trump from their platforms, Daines took to the traditional media to demand that the leader of the free world be given his 240 characters back. […]

Montana Dems tout three healthcare bills

By: - January 13, 2021

After last week’s proposal by legislative Republicans to establish a baseline budget for the state’s health and human services budget $1 billion lower than what fellow GOP Gov. Greg Gianforte recommended, the Democrats offered their vision of legislation that would help Montanans. On Wednesday, a group of lawmakers presented three bills that would change healthcare […]