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.


The real election fraud in Montana

By: - October 21, 2021

Montana, we’ve been duped. There has been election fraud, just not the sort that has made headlines in Georgia or Arizona. And, the kind of fraud we’ve experienced has nothing to do with the ballot box or ballots needing microscopic attention or even the Cyber Ninjas. Montanans were promised a governor and attorney general capable […]

After 3 years, franchise fees case moves ahead in Billings

By: - October 19, 2021

A legal dispute that involves nearly every resident in Montana’s largest city made its most significant move forward on Tuesday in Yellowstone County District Court. The case centers on whether the City of Billings could charge a “franchise fee” for its water and waste water services, a practice that it employed for nearly a quarter […]

Which comes first, the doctor or the medical school? Montana attempts more homegrown doctors

By: - October 17, 2021

Which comes first: The doctor or the medical school in Montana? That question is really part of the answer about how to solve Montana’s doctor shortage — it ranks 30th in number of doctors per capita, and many are older and beginning to retire, leading to an increasing shortage. Some in the Montana medical community […]

Billings mayor emphasizes city’s diversity as Montana opens doors to more immigrants

By: - October 16, 2021

The opening words, “Asato ma sad gamaya” didn’t exactly roll off Billings Mayor Bill Cole’s tongue, but they were said sincerely as he opened an otherwise normal city council meeting in the state’s largest city. However, it may have been the first time a city meeting began with a traditional Hindu prayer, recited in Sanskrit. […]

Alliance for the Wild Rockies sues Forest Service for logging plan because of grizzly concerns

By: - October 14, 2021

Earlier this month, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed a lawsuit against the United States Forest Service’s Kootenai National Forest over a logging project that wildlife advocates say would likely spell the end for an already imperiled grizzly bear population in the Cabinet-Yaak mountain range. The Alliance filed the suit in federal district court […]


The paranoia of the paranoid: What Montana’s election audit can teach us about misplaced faith

By: - October 14, 2021

Welp, it finally happened. Republican paranoia has finally crested, and the wave has crashed right back on the very people who helped start it. To wit: The most recent Montana effort at an Arizona-style election audit, supported by most Republican legislators in the state. Remember that 2020’s election was a truly historic routing of the […]

Yellowstone National Park on pace to shatter visitation record

By: - October 13, 2021

Yellowstone National Park reported that it’s on track to have the most yearly visitors in its history. For the first time, the park eclipsed the 4-million-visitors mark in September, a level it had come close to once, in 2016, but never broken. Through September, Yellowstone recorded the 4,463,599 recreation visits, putting it on pace to […]


The elephants that remain in Missoula

By: - October 11, 2021

It sounds like some kind of zoo convention – or maybe the beginning of a joke: Three elephants and a grizzly bear … . But that’s what we have after Daily Montanan Deputy Editor Keila Szpaller first reported concerns about the administration at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, […]

‘Cold War Montana’ author announces book tour

By: - October 5, 2021

Noted historian and author Ken Robison will be on tour with his latest book, “Cold War Montana,” (Arcadia, paperback $23.99). His book chronicles Montana’s role in fighting communism and supporting the military, from the missile systems spread throughout the state to the soldiers — both male and female — who served during the Vietnam War. […]

Woman suffers burns after trying to rescue pet in Yellowstone National Park

By: - October 5, 2021

A 20-year-old woman was badly burned on her shoulders and feet as she tried to rescue her dog after it went into Maiden’s Grave Spring near the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park on Monday. According to park officials, when the woman, who is from Washington state, and her father got out of their vehicle […]

Montana AG mulling taking email case to the U.S. Supreme Court

By: - September 30, 2021

More than three weeks after the Montana Supreme Court ordered the return of thousands of emails that were obtained through legislative subpoenas, those emails still remain unreturned because the state’s attorney general appears to be mulling over an appeal to the United States Supreme Court. Randy Cox, attorney for courts administrator Beth McLaughlin, confirmed Wednesday […]


When it comes to fighting the pandemic, heaven help us

By: - September 30, 2021

As the death count from COVID-19 exceeds the number of soldiers lost in World War II or the number who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic or the fact that we experience roughly the equivalent of a 9/11 attack every day in fatalities, I find myself becoming nostalgic for the political conversations of bygone years. […]