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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.

Montana Supreme Court upholds injunction on three abortion laws

By: - August 9, 2022

The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a Yellowstone County District Court judge’s decision to issue temporary injunctions against three laws passed by the 2021 Legislature that curtailed a woman’s right to an abortion in Montana. While the court, in its 33-page decision written by Justice Beth Baker, found that Judge Michael Moses properly issued an […]

Citizens blast DEQ, Legislature, Gianforte administration for new mining rules, warn of lawsuits

By: - August 8, 2022

On three separate occasions during a public hearing on Monday, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality reminded nearly three dozen residents that it didn’t pass House Bill 599, which changed open-cut mining rules, it was just trying to follow the law passed by the 2020 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte. Every […]

Groups sue Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife for abandoning many animal protection in Helena forest

By: - August 6, 2022

Four Montana groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service for a decision that they say abandons 10 wildlife standards those agencies have used for the past 30 years to protect grizzly bear, lynx, elk, moose and more animals in the region. In a lawsuit filed in federal court […]

Zortman-Landusky mine owner fined more than $500K for alleged mining violations

By: - August 5, 2022

Using satellite imagery, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has cited a mine owner and operator more than a half-million dollars in fines for illegally exploring mining without proper permits and warned that years of clean-up and remediation done to alleviate toxic acid mine drainage may be have been undone. The DEQ cited Luke Ployhar, […]

Judge rejects massive BLM coal mining proposal in Montana, Wyoming

By: - August 4, 2022

A federal judge in Montana has halted two large coal mining projects in Wyoming and Montana for the second time after he ruled the Bureau of Land Management has continued to disregard environmental impacts and ignored presenting Congressionally required alternatives. The ruling could affect access to as many as 6 billion tons of coal that […]

Montana medical providers struggling as Medicaid gap grows to more than $80M

By: - August 4, 2022

Editor’s note: This story was update on Aug. 12 to include additional information about a state-sponsored rate study for nursing homes. A growing number of healthcare leaders from different areas of the state – from hospitals to mental health providers to nursing homes – have sounded the alarm about skyrocketing costs, abysmal reimbursement rates for […]

COMMENTARY

Rewriting veterans’ stories with a happier ending

By: - August 4, 2022

I want to thank Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, and Jon Tester. Not on behalf of me, but on behalf of Bruce Darley and others like him. You see, I would let Bruce tell the Senators himself, but he can’t speak now, and even when I met him, he words were slurred as he tried to […]

Montana Supreme Court said masking in schools may serve legitimate, legal purpose

By: - August 3, 2022

In a 5-0 decision, the Montana Supreme Court said that courts in Gallatin and Missoula counties were correct in refusing to issue an injunction that would have prohibited public schools in the state from COVID-19 masking requirements during the pandemic. The decision, issued Wednesday, was only limited to the issue of a temporary injunction, leaving […]

Guns, gold, Bitcoin and ATV net $40K in bankruptcy sale by former Sidney pastor

By: - August 2, 2022

Guns, gold, bitcoin and an all-terrain vehicle were among the items a bankruptcy trustee sold to net approximately $40,000 in the sale of former Sidney-based Pastor Jordan Daniel Hall. The trustee’s report of the sale, which was filed on July 21, shows that Hall, a former pastor and member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Sidney, […]

‘Who will take care of us?’: Montana’s nursing homes disappearing at an alarming rate

By: - July 31, 2022

In the past six months, Montana has lost approximately 10 percent of its nursing home beds throughout the state as seven nursing homes have announced they are closing because they can’t continue to sustain a loss of more than $100 per day on each resident. The problem, which has been most pronounced in rural communities, […]

BLM gives green light to American Prairie grazing plan, while Gianforte blasts decision

By: - July 28, 2022

The Bureau of Land Management has issued its final decision to allow American Prairie to graze bison on 63,500 acres of land in Phillips County. Some of the land within the acreage is state land which is managed by the federal government, and the BLM’s decision has drawn criticism from Gov. Greg Gianforte and Attorney […]

Judge rules Billings’ airport firefighters aren’t legally firefighters

By: - July 28, 2022

They drive fire engines. They can put out structure fires. They respond to medical calls. They’re required to have firefighting training by the Federal Aviation Administration. But a Lewis and Clark County District Judge has ruled that the employees who work as firefighters at Billings Logan International Airport are not firefighters, at least for the […]