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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.

How do they know where the earth is quaking?

By: - August 31, 2021

Ever wonder how seismologists determine the location of an earthquake in Yellowstone?  It’s an intricate process, but thanks to experienced scientists, up to thousands of earthquakes are located in the Yellowstone region every year. During the past decade, The University of Utah Seismograph Stations has located an average of approximately 1,570 earthquakes in the Yellowstone […]

The only community center like it in Montana: Poplar constructs $23 million wellness facility

By: - August 29, 2021

POPLAR – The idea for a new $23 million recreation, education, wellness and community center for the headquarters of the Fort Peck Tribes came from an unexpected place. Put bluntly, the youth of this reservation community in Eastern Montana were tired of watching their family members die. They told the tribal council there must a […]

Letter from former PSC commish to Gianforte, Knudsen went nowhere

By: - August 26, 2021

A letter from a former legislator and member of Montana’s Public Service Commission urging either the governor or the state’s attorney general to take action against the commission in light of a troubling audit report appears to have gone nowhere, including not even garnering a response. Greg Jergeson, the former lawmaker and member of the […]

COMMENTARY

The only hope for the future of Afghanistan

By: - August 26, 2021

In more than 75 interviews I conducted with Vietnam War veterans during a two-year period, there was only one common element among all of them. They were officers, enlisted soldiers and draftees, from every branch and every year. They had differing political views and their experiences, as part of the military, were almost unimaginably varied. […]

Poll: Montanans support Medicaid expansion, VA, telehealth; worry about increasing costs

By: - August 25, 2021

Even during these politically charged and polarized times, a new poll suggests Montanans may be a lot more unified in their feelings about healthcare. New research commissioned by the group Consumers for Quality Care showed that many Montanans are concerned about healthcare’s rising costs even with insurance; broad support for Medicaid expansion; and near unanimous […]

With new laws restricting public health, officials try to navigate rising COVID cases

By: - August 22, 2021

With a raft of new laws governing public health officials, employers and health care workers, leaders from around the state are trying to figure out what the new laws mean without violating personal freedoms and trying to maintain public health. For example, House Bill 702 makes it illegal for an employer to require a vaccine, […]

FWP adopts preliminary wolf hunting regulations, including trapping, snaring, baiting

By: - August 20, 2021

In a meeting replete with tears, legal threats, and accusations of political puppeteering, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission forwarded a proposal to increase the wolf harvest in Montana, including using the controversial techniques such as snaring, baiting and night hunting. The proposal, brought by Commissioner Patrick Tabor, was narrowly approved, with commissioners Pat […]

FWP research: Wolves may not contribute to elk loss as much as other predators

By: - August 19, 2021

As the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park Commission meets on Friday, among the most contentious and consequential decisions it will make is how to implement new legislative tools, granted by state lawmakers, to manage wolf populations, against the backdrop of more than 26,000 public comments on proposed changes to the wolf harvest. Lawmakers passed a […]

COMMENTARY

Someone’s going to get hurt: Knudsen playing a high-stakes game of partisan politics

By: - August 19, 2021

In a stunning story by Lee Newspapers, Holly Michels reports that Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen ordered Lewis and Clark County Attorney Leo Gallagher to stop prosecuting a man whom Gallagher’s office says repeatedly hit a restaurant employee’s genitals and showed a concealed weapon, all because the restaurant had the audacity to require masking during […]

It rained!

By: and - August 18, 2021

You might have seen your own breath outside Wednesday morning and even – if you were lucky – gotten rained on in Montana this week. A recent storm dropped 1.75 inches of rain in Eureka, 1.5 inches on the Thorne Fire near Thompson Falls, and 9/10ths of an inch in Helena, according to the National […]

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 […]