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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.

Fort Belknap suicide prevention program looks to help by restoring Native culture

By: - September 11, 2022

HARLEM — The metaphor is both simple and stunning: A group of people, all at life’s edge, teetering on the brink of survival. One of the people jumps and several more follow. That’s what happened at Fort Belknap in 2019, when a cluster of suicides triggered a response from Fort Belknap’s tribal leaders, distressed and […]

Groups urge federal courts to relist wolves in Montana, Idaho to protect them

By: - September 10, 2022

Several conservation groups argue that because Montana and Idaho are “hellbent” on eradicating wolves, a court should instate equally aggressive measures aimed at restoring federal protection for gray wolves. In both of the Rocky Mountain states, lawmakers have relaxed rules about wolf hunting. For example, Idaho now allows private contractors to kill wolves, permits year-round […]

Federal judge in Montana halts coal leases until more environmental study can be done

By: - September 9, 2022

Earlier this month, a federal judge in Montana halted coal leasing on federal public lands until the Bureau of Land Management does a more detailed environmental analysis. Montana Federal District Court Judge Brian M. Morris reinstated a moratorium that was overturned by Ryan Zinke, who was then President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Interior. Zinke […]

COMMENTARY

Gianforte asks courts to help keep the public out of his business

By: - September 8, 2022

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. … Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte doesn’t just think he’s better than we […]

With more than $1 million raised, Montana begins efforts to save territorial capitol

By: - September 5, 2022

VIRGINIA CITY – Walking down the boardwalk of this historic city, you could be forgiven for passing by a peach-colored stone building that used to be a garage. It looks like so many other buildings here, in a sort of ongoing historic preservation in the heart of the rowdy home of the Vigilantes. But Stonewall […]

Charter’s last stand? Ranchers, Signal Peak may prove that coal and cows can’t coexist

By: - September 4, 2022

ROUNDUP – When Signal Peak Energy began the process of kicking Steve Charter and his cows off his own land, they made two mistakes. First, they didn’t send the notice by certified mail – a ministerial technicality that may delay the inevitable process for another six months. Secondly, they didn’t really reckon with a wiry […]

Juras, state leaders threatened businesses, cancer survivors, federal appeals court about vaccines

By: - September 1, 2022

Since her boss signed House Bill 702, which barred Montana employers from requiring employees to be vaccinated, Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras has been directing the state’s Department of Labor to send “educational” letters to businesses that have been reported by constituents. Many of those letters demanded a written response within seven days and included language […]

COMMENTARY

Montana GOP needs to decide whether it’s pro-life or pro-death

By: - September 1, 2022

Will the real Republicans please stand up? Quite honestly, it’s hard to get a handle on where conservatives stand when it comes to life. Across Montana, yard signs dot lawns that show a picture of an egg and sperm saying, “This is you on Day 1.” The message is clear: Republicans and conservatives believe that […]

State, ACLU gear up for fight over changing Montana birth certificates

By: - August 29, 2022

Attorneys for a group of Montanans who want to change the gender marker on their birth certificate believe the state of Montana is intentionally ignoring a judge’s order and is pushing ahead making its own rules which violate a Yellowstone County District Court injunction. Meanwhile, attorneys for the state have replied that the judge’s order […]

Montana Jewish Project successfully purchases former Helena synagogue

By: - August 25, 2022

The Montana Jewish Project has simultaneously shattered history and made history as it announced it had reached its goal of purchasing the building that served as the Helena community’s synagogue until 1935. On Thursday, the project announced that it was purchasing the building formerly known as Temple Emanu-el, which had housed the capital city’s pioneering […]

Trial for trio of voting laws concludes with testimony from Secretary of State’s Office

By: - August 25, 2022

Even though the Montana Secretary of State’s Office knew that more than 3,000 voters may be affected by changing Election Day Registration in Montana, Republican Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen delivered on her campaign promise to eliminate the option, as well as enact several other laws, passed by the 2021 Legislature, and challenged as unconstitutional. During testimony […]

COMMENTARY

What in Jesus’ name: Saving the savior from the dangerous message of Christian nationalism

By: - August 25, 2022

In one of my favorite scenes from “The Simpsons,” Homer answers the door to find Rev. Timothy Lovejoy, the busybody, sanctimonious preacher at his door, accompanied by a mob. “This isn’t about Jesus, is it?” Homer asks. “All things are about Jesus, Homer,” Lovejoy replies. “Awww,” a frustrated Homer grunts. I keep on coming back […]