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.


Montana’s answer to COVID-19? It won’t be found in a politician.

By: - September 23, 2021

Human behavior hasn’t changed in 2,500 years, apparently. The Greek orator Demosthenes deals with a rich leader who has been accused of assault and believes himself above the law because of all his glorious achievements. Sounds familiar, right? But in his treatise, “Against Meidias,” he argues that a man cannot be judged by his status […]

Residents demand more protection from East Boulder mining company

By: - September 10, 2021

McLEOD – It sounds about as unbelievable as it is unlikely: A 30-foot tidal wave that would crash through the East Boulder River Valley wiping out everything in its path and leaving a toxic sludge behind. From where Leon Royer lives, he’s guessing he’d have five – but not 10 – minutes to move to […]


Arntzen’s leadership at anti-mask rally earns her an ‘F’

By: - September 9, 2021

When I was a freshman at Billings Senior High, John Miller, my typing instructor (yes, I learned keyboarding on a typewriter) booted me from the class for refusing to take off my Los Angeles Dodgers cap. It probably also won’t surprise you that I was challenging authority then, claiming earnestly that the Dodgers were a […]

Supreme Court ends subpoena fight, denying AG’s request for rehearing

By: - September 7, 2021

In a shorter, but no less strident order, the Montana Supreme Court denied a petition by the state’s attorney general and legislature to rehear the case concerning subpoenas lawmakers issued to the Courts Administrator Beth McLaughlin requiring thousands of her emails. Previously, the court ruled unanimously that the legislative subpoenas to investigate the judicial branch […]

Lawsuit alleges Secretary of State may have taken thousands from residents, hasn’t returned it

By: - September 7, 2021

A possible class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Montana Secretary of State’s Office alleging that it overbilled potentially thousands of customers and even though it knew of the glitch, refused to issue refunds unless residents requested the money back in writing. The suit, filed in Lewis and Clark County, said that for months, if […]

Native transgender lobbyist sues conservative news website for libel

By: - September 7, 2021

An Native American lobbyist is suing an online newspaper in eastern Montana for libel, claiming the publication made claims that damaged her ability to perform her job, and is seeking $250,000 in damages from the Montana Daily Gazette. Adrian Jawort, a transgender lobbyist for Montana Native Voice, is suing the paper for claiming that she […]

New study suggests Native American voting disparity growing

By: - September 6, 2021

A new report from the Brennan Center for Justice demonstrates that the gap between white voters and non-white voters in states that were once required to get clearance from the federal government before implementing new voting laws has widened since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Law in 2013. […]

Publisher wins fight to keep her weekly newspaper in northeastern Montana

By: - September 5, 2021

WOLF POINT, Montana — Last Tuesday afternoon, Northern Plains Independent Publisher and Owner Darla Downs was just finishing up the touches on that week’s newspaper, amidst the sawing, hammering and air compressors just a few feet away from her office. A new front door was replacing the rotten old one. The week before, new flooring, […]

Judge orders two classes of residents in Billings franchise fees case

By: - September 3, 2021

A judge has ruled that Billings residents must be separated into two different classes in a lawsuit that involves franchise fees assessed by Montana’s largest city to nearly every one of its citizens. The case, which centers on charges the city added to water and sewer bills, has been in litigation for more than three […]

Court administrator urges Supreme Court to toss petition for rehearing

By: - September 3, 2021

The attorney for Montana Supreme Court Administrator Beth McLaughlin said Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s office hasn’t raised any new legal issues in its quest to have the state’s highest court to rehear a case concerning the power of legislative subpoenas, and that the justices should dismiss it, letting their previous unanimous decision stand. The Friday […]

FAA warns public to ‘lose the lasers’

By: - September 2, 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration has a message for you (and you know who you are): Quit with the lasers. In a report issued recently, the FAA and the FBI have noticed a disturbing uptick in a phenomenon only the federal government could term with such technical speak – “laser events.” For the rest of us, […]


Is Montana’s history repeating itself?

By: - September 2, 2021

There’s that ancient saw about history repeating itself, and anyone who has read much history knows how sadly true that is. What may be even more frightening, though, is when history doesn’t repeat itself. What happens then? Like many states, Montana is tearing itself apart debating masks, vaccines, mandates and public health measures. With absolutely […]