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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.

State appeals $16M award to girl nearly killed by abuse, after DPHHS didn’t intervene

By: - December 21, 2022

Earlier this year a Cascade County District Court said that the Montana Department of Health and Human Services failed to protect Seraphina Wilson and awarded her guardian more than $16 million for ongoing expenses related to her care, which she will need for the rest of her life. Even after several welfare complaints against Wilson’s […]

Montana Dems accuse Lt. Gov. Juras, Montana Family Foundation of ethics violations

By: - December 20, 2022

The Montana Democratic Party has filed a complaint with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices alleging that Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras accepted a gift from the Montana Family Foundation by living rent-free in a house in the shadow of the state Capitol. Juras did not respond directly to a request for comment. A spokesperson from […]

COMMENTARY

Our gun problem is worse than you think

By: - December 15, 2022

This past summer, I was at a garage sale and saw a person openly carrying a firearm. It struck me as incongruous that such an instrument was needed at an estate sale that also featured an amazingly good assortment of accordions. I chalked this up to fluke and being in Montana. The following week, I […]

Whitebark pine trees added to Endangered Species list as ‘threatened’

By: - December 14, 2022

The United States Forest Service has officially listed the whitebark pine tree as a threatened species as part of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The iconic and essential tree is found throughout the U.S. West and Canada and is a staple for many species, including the grizzly bear. According to the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem […]

Complaint asks the federal government to step in to oversee violations at Signal Peak mine

By: - December 14, 2022

Four environmental groups have begun a process to challenge the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s oversight of Signal Peak coal mining’s operations in the Bull Mountains, saying the state department has intentionally failed to protect water there, harming ranchers and the environment. Signal Peak has been the subject of many news stories, including top company […]

Abortion services are hard to access, even if you live in Montana

By: - December 12, 2022

This story was updated on Jan. 2, 2023 to reflect updated statistics that were originally quoted in the article.  Even though abortion remains legal in Montana, reproductive choice advocates point out that nearly 93% of the Treasure State’s counties that doesn’t have abortion services. As the United States Supreme Court overturned a half century of […]

Federal judge strikes down part of Montana’s anti-vaxx law as unconstitutional

By: - December 10, 2022

A federal judge has struck down a significant part of Montana’s controversial anti-vaccine bill because it is both unconstitutional and conflicts with federal law, dealing another legal defeat to a raft of bills passed by the 2021 Legislature and ultimately struck down by state and federal courts. House Bill 702 has been steadily challenged and […]

With Hanukkah coming, Montana Jewish Project celebrates by creating classroom kits

By: - December 9, 2022

The newly formed Montana Jewish Project had already been planning to conduct more outreach and education in the state, and saw Hanukkah festivities as a new opportunity to build understanding, especially with what they see as a rise in anti-Semitism around the country. The Montana Jewish Project has just recently been able to buy back Montana’s […]

Hearing officer rules Yellowstone County committed unfair labor practice

By: - December 8, 2022

A hearing officer determined that Yellowstone County, Montana’s largest county, committed an unfair labor practice when the Sheriff’s Office hired clerks at a higher rate than approved, above the pay of other veteran employees. The county has not yet decided if it will appeal the ruling, said Chief Deputy County Attorney Jeana R. Lervick, and […]

COMMENTARY

Dumping Trump will not solve the Republican problem of leadership

By: - December 8, 2022

Every once in awhile, I find myself longing to know German, a language known for its voluminous vocabulary of smashed-together words where one word perfectly encapsulates a deep, specific, and complex meaning. One of the best examples of this is schadenfreude, a German word that connotes taking pleasure in other people’s pain – and one […]

Twitter reinstates neo-Nazi publisher who targeted Whitefish Jewish community

By: - December 6, 2022

The federal justice system can’t seem to find him, but Elon Musk has. Twitter has reinstated prominent neo-Nazi website publisher Andrew Anglin to Twitter, and the Daily Stormer publisher who has evaded a federal court order in Montana after he was found guilty of violating the civil rights of a Montana Jewish family has been […]

November, part of December give Montana a chilly reception

By: - December 6, 2022

It may not have been the coldest November on record, it just felt like that. Even though the extended cold spell did not set many daily records, cumulatively, it was notable because the cold just lingered. And lingered. Just because it wasn’t like the November of 1985  is literally cold comfort to most Montanans. November […]