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.

Justices halt voting laws, temporarily bringing back Election Day voting, college IDs

By: - September 21, 2022

For now, Election Day voting and using college or university identification to vote will stand as the Montana Supreme Court narrowly upheld a Yellowstone County District Court judge’s temporary injunction on two laws passed by the 2021 Montana Legislature. In a 4-3 split decision, Justice Laurie McKinnon wrote the decision for the majority, while Justice […]

Lawmakers use state resources in political campaigns (and, it’s legal … for now)

By: - September 21, 2022

Montana state Sen. David Howard, R-Park City, is termed out from running again, but that isn’t stopping him from one last campaign this year. At taxpayer expense. Just a day after the Park City School District pushed out information about a school levy campaign, Howard sent a letter on Montana Senate letterhead to constituents, using […]

Auditors find registered felons living at childcare locations; funding not getting to families

By: - September 20, 2022

The Montana Legislative Audit Division released a report Tuesday that analyzed the state’s Department of Public Health and Human Service’s work in childcare funding and found that department had instances where people convicted of sexual or violent offenses were living at the same place as childcare facilities. The performance audit also determined the department lacked […]

Court dismisses complaint against judge, lawyer appeals decision to Montana Supreme Court

By: - September 20, 2022

A Gallatin County district judge has dismissed a complaint against a fellow district court judge in Helena, saying that the complaint is a matter for the state’s judicial standards commission, not a matter for the courts. Attorney Matthew Monforton filed a notice of appeal of the decision on Monday at the Montana Supreme Court, asking […]

Fort Belknap tribe, conservation groups file to intervene in Zortman-Landusky dispute

By: - September 19, 2022

The Fort Belknap Indian Community, along with four conservation groups, have filed a motion to intervene in a dispute between the owner of a defunct gold mine and the Department of Environmental Quality. Luke Ployhar owns the site of the former Zortman-Landusky gold mine, which also sits next to the Fort Belknap Indian Community. He […]

Groups want DEQ to halt Bull Mountain’s mine permit

By: - September 18, 2022

Environmental groups from Montana have petitioned the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to revoke operating permits for a coal company with ties to Russia and an embattled energy company, as well as criminal activity by recently departed executives. Last month, Northern Plains Resource Council, Earthjustice, the Montana Environmental Information Center, Western Environmental Law Center and […]

ACLU, Center for Reproductive Rights file suit to strike down Montana abortion restriction

By: - September 16, 2022

The Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union in Montana have asked the Montana Supreme Court to uphold a Lewis and Clark district court judge’s ruling that advanced practice registered nurses can perform abortions in the state. The case is an extension of a years-long battle that started before the United States […]

The still-controversial life of Montana’s first Native woman elected to the Legislature

By: - September 15, 2022

Somewhere, Dolly Smith Cusker Akers is smiling. Maybe even laughing. Her name isn’t a household word in Montana, nothing like the revered and reviled Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress who also happens to be from Montana. Akers holds a different distinction, being the first female Native American elected to the state Legislature. […]


Democracy (with an asterisk)

By: - September 15, 2022

Today, in honor of Democracy Day, as an initiative the Daily Montanan has joined along with our other outlets throughout the States Newsroom network, we’re sharing stories that shed light on how democracy is doing. Granted, it’s been a tough couple of years for our democracy, no matter which side of the political spectrum you […]

Montana Department of Ag lost more than $344K to phishing scam, auditors say

By: - September 14, 2022

The Montana Department of Agriculture lost more than $344,000 from a person impersonating a grant recipient in an email phishing attack, according to a new report recently released by the Legislative Audit Division. The incident, which happened in October 2020, was one of two cases turned up by a legislative auditing team as part of […]

Groups file suit to stop more grazing, save grizzlies north of Yellowstone National Park

By: - September 12, 2022

Nine different conservation organizations have filed a lawsuit against the United States Forest Service for increasing grazing allotments just north of Yellowstone National Park that they say will likely lead to more human-grizzly bear conflicts and stunt recovery of the threatened species. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Missoula, the groups said the […]

BLM withdraws more than 2,600 acres of public land from mining in Zortman-Landusky

By: - September 12, 2022

The Bureau of Land Management announced that it will be removing federal land from mining that had previously been the site of decades of remediation and reclamation. On Monday, the BLM announced that it had withdrawn more than 2,600 acres of land in the Zortman-Landusky mining complex in Phillips County, and also that it was […]