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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.

COMMENTARY

The Gianforte agenda to abolish equity from Montana’s public schools

By: - April 14, 2022

During the past year, we’ve covered more than 40 lawsuits in state and federal court around Montana, many the result of the contentious 2021 Legislature. Many of the lawsuits are self-inflicted – the Legislature was warned by its own staff that many legislative ideas were likely a violation of state law or the Montana Constitution. […]

Center for Biological Diversity gives notice that it will sue to protect rare Montana plant

By: - April 13, 2022

The Center for Biological Diversity has given the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service a 60-day notice of its intent to sue for failure to protect a rare plant species only found in the arid deserts of the Pryor Mountains in southern Montana and northern Wyoming. The thick-leaf bladderpod […]

New report: Montana Medicaid reduced ER visits, charity care, leaned into telehealth

By: - April 13, 2022

A groundbreaking study released Thursday showed that many of Montana’s greatest hopes about how Medicaid expansion could benefit the state have turned out to be true, and in some cases, better than expected. The report, commissioned by the Montana Healthcare Foundation, conducted by Manatt Health, demonstrated that reliance on emergency room for medical care fell […]

Judge halts mine project that could affect iconic Smith River

By: - April 12, 2022

A district court judge has halted a proposed mine near the headwaters of the iconic Smith River after saying the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s actions were “arbitrary, capricious and unlawful.” The future of the Black Butte Copper Mine, owned by Tintina Resources, will be halted until satisfactory plans are presented, or until a higher […]

Judge stops Forest Service plans in Castle Mountains

By: - April 11, 2022

A federal judge in Montana has stopped a large-scale logging project northeast of Bozeman in the Castle Mountains because the United States Forest Service failed to properly inventory roads in its assessment and the plans would have violated protections for elk and the northern goshawk. More than 1,800 acres in the Castle Mountains were scheduled […]

USS Billings will be decommissioned in 2023

By: - April 7, 2022

Well, Billings, it was fun while it lasted. When it was planned and commissioned, it was hoped that at least the name, Billings, would be spread around the world as the USS Billings, a littoral-combat ship, patrolled the seas for the next four decades. But it appears that the $500 million ship, along with 14 […]

COMMENTARY

Where is Austin Knudsen when you need him?

By: - April 7, 2022

Where, oh where, is Austin Knudsen when you need him? Knudsen, Montana Attorney General, and critic of all things judicial, has been a frequent, vocal and strident purveyor of an unfounded theory that he and some members of his Republican Party are pushing that posits the judiciary is chock full of activist judges with hidden […]

Judge issues temporary injunction for four voting laws passed by Montana lawmakers in 2021

By: - April 6, 2022

A Yellowstone County District Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction for four laws passed by the 2021 Legislature that he said likely harm different groups of voters. Lawmakers said they had passed the measures out of a concern for election integrity. The injunctions come as Montana prepares to vote in a number of elections […]

Largest school district in state changes direction, attempts interpreting what Legislature meant

By: - April 5, 2022

Montana’s largest school district found itself with too little clarity and too little money at a special meeting on Tuesday night, the second in as many weeks. At issue was trying to interpret a change to Montana law that would allow students up to the age of 21, with certain requirements, to remain in school […]

Stalled legislation would strip Army of medals for its involvement in Wounded Knee

By: - April 4, 2022

Most folks living in Montana know the name “Wounded Knee.” They may be familiar with the massacre of 250 to 300 Native Americans that were slaughtered in South Dakota in the last days of 1890. Or maybe they’re familiar with the seminal history by Dee Brown, “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee,” an account of […]

Rosendale, frequent critic of refugee policy, remains silent on Ukraine situation

By: - April 1, 2022

U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Montana, has been a frequent, long-standing opponent of America’s immigration policy, warning about the crisis at the southern border with Mexico, sponsoring a bill that would restrict federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities,” and sharply criticizing the Biden administration’s handling of refugees from Afghanistan. However, Rosendale’s office refused to respond or […]

COMMENTARY

The problem and the solution to old, White men (as told by an aging White man)

By: - March 31, 2022

The problem with old White men is other old White men. (And please, don’t bother pointing out that I am feeding into the stereotype by beginning a column with “the problem with …” a classic way for an old White man to begin a conversation. Old, White men just hate to be reminded that we’re […]