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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.

FWP gets more than 26,000 comments on wolf hunting

By: - August 18, 2021

The public has a lot to say about Montana’s proposed changes that would allow trapping and more hunting of wolves. In a one-month public comment period, more than 26,000 written comments were submitted – so many that Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks published them on 10 separate PDFs because of the unwieldy size. If a […]

COVID cases rising, hospital capacity decreasing in Montana

By: - August 17, 2021

COVID-19 numbers across Montana are returning to levels that haven’t been seen since late last year or very early in 2021, marking a large step back in efforts to curb the spread of the disease and its more transmissible delta variant. On Tuesday, the state’s COVID dashboard reported 632 new cases, up from 473 new […]

Gun ruling unlikely to affect Montana, but experts say issue likely headed to Supreme Court

By: - August 15, 2021

As the Montana Legislature expanded where Montanans can carry guns concealed, the Ninth Circuit of Appeals has ruled that carrying weapon in public is not a constitutional right. Though the ruling would seem to fly in the face of lawmakers’ efforts, legal scholars say the decision won’t likely have a direct impact on Montana, though […]

Attorney General, lawmakers: Let us have our day in court

By: and - August 12, 2021

Montana’s Attorney General petitioned the state’s highest court this week to reconsider a unanimous order enjoining the Legislature from its quest to obtain a trove of judicial records as part of an inter-branch conflict stemming from the passage of legislation this session overhauling the process for filling vacancies on the court. In a brief filed […]

COMMENTARY

The anti-vaxxer death wish for the community

By: - August 12, 2021

If I were to say, “I hope you get COVID and die,” such a greeting may get my teeth and face rearranged by whomever I uttered those words to; in Montana, those may be my last (fighting) words. Even writing such a phrase on electronic paper causes me to cringe. It’s cruel, mean, spiteful, shocking […]

Everything you wanted to know about HB702 (but were too afraid to ask)

By: - August 11, 2021

Note: This story was updated on Aug. 24, adding new questions and editing some information for the current situation. As the Montana Legislature put the finishing touches on its the 67th legislative session, it passed House Bill 702, which banned vaccine requirements for employment and services. Despite myriad concerns from the medical community and a […]

COMMENTARY

GOP should demand all members get vaccinated (and show proof…something like a …what’s the word?.. passport)

By: - August 5, 2021

As Republicans in Congress turned red faced demanding to know why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would have the audacity to change messaging last week, COVID-19 continued its upward trend in Montana. Instead of insisting on masking up and more vaccinations, state and local leaders kept reading from the gospel of personal responsibility […]

Rosendale introduces second telehealth bill in Congress

By: - August 4, 2021

Montana’s lone representative in Congress, Rep. Matt Rosendale, has introduced a second piece of legislation aimed at expanding the role of telehealth in medicine. Previously, Rosendale introduced a bill that would make telehealth visits for behavioral health permanent for Medicare. Behavioral health visits during the COVID-19 pandemic were approved temporarily, but Rosendale’s legislation would make […]

CDC explains delta variant, advises masks, but Montana seems cool to the idea

By: - July 30, 2021

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issuing new guidelines on masking and research being released by it on Friday that shows already vaccinated people can carry and spread the delta variant as rapidly as those who are not vaccinated, statewide groups are redoubling their efforts for masking and vaccination. On Friday, the Montana […]

As COVID cases rise and healthcare professionals call for precautions, Montana is left with few viable options

By: - July 29, 2021

With the number of COVID-19 cases reported hitting a five-month high and vaccination rates stalling, there are few things that are likely to be done to reverse the trend in Montana. On Thursday, a weekly COVID variant report released by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services demonstrates what health officials had been […]

Lawmakers, AG will make another run at Supreme Court for subpoenas, court administrator’s emails

By: - July 29, 2021

The Montana Legislature and the Attorney General’s Office will continue to challenge the Supreme Court and the state’s court administrator in a matter that challenges the limit of the lawmakers’ subpoena power and whether it can review thousands of emails belonging to the judiciary. Kristen Hansen, the lieutenant attorney general, filed a motion for an […]

COMMENTARY
Barry Usher

Using the letter of the law in Montana to kill the spirit of the law

By: - July 29, 2021

A few weeks ago while Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky talked about how democracies die and what can be done to save ours, both professors introduced a powerful concept: Using the letter of the law to defeat the spirit of the law as a strategy. They were talking about elections. For example, it may not […]