History

Judge: Public Service Commission districts likely violate the U.S. Constitution

BY: - December 24, 2021

A federal judge has ruled the current Montana Public Service Commission districts are likely unconstitutional and has also issued a temporary restraining order against Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen from certifying candidates running for the positions. United States District Judge Donald W. Molloy said that the case, filed by three residents including former Republican […]

…When a Montana politician said ‘no’ to war

BY: - December 11, 2021

Monday, Dec. 8, 1941, was surely one of the most consequential days in the history of Washington, D.C. The president and Congress moved that day with unprecedented speed to deal with a profoundly significant issue, and politicians were united in their action – except for one solitary figure from Montana.  President Franklin Roosevelt had been […]

Newly discovered Butte manuscript details Butte’s glory days

BY: - December 6, 2021

Though Horace Herbert Smith spent the bulk of his life in New York City, rubbing shoulders with literati like Upton Sinclair and Zane Grey, and even though he barely escaped with his life while covering a volcano in Martinique, the greatest adventures of his life were during the heyday of Butte, working as a cub […]

‘An Absurd Result’ looks at first Montana case of DNA-overturned conviction

BY: - November 13, 2021

When Jule Banville first met Linda Glantz, she knew she had the story of a lifetime. Really, it’s a story of at least several lifetimes – one of Linda Glantz, one of Jimmy Ray Bromgard and one of Ronald Tipton. It’s also a story about science, justice and the letter of the law. And, it’s […]

Looking for ways to remember veterans on Veterans’ Day? Here are some places to visit.

BY: - November 11, 2021

According to “World Population Review,” Montana has the third-highest number of military vets per capita, just slightly behind Virginia, with Wyoming being a close fourth. Alaska has the most with 8,999 per 100,000. Visit Southeastern Montana compiled a list of six places where you can honor these courageous individuals on Veterans Day – or any […]

An unknown soldier: Man leaves little evidence of his heroics on the battlefield

BY: - November 11, 2021

In a little house that looks more like a hovel, Franklin Delano Roton passed away in January. The tiny house in Billings is small, even by the standards of the modest neighborhood that surrounds it. After a diligent search by the local funeral home, the body was turned over to the county – the normal […]

‘New’ Milltown ‘Black Bridge’ turns 100 today

BY: and - November 9, 2021

“The new bridge across the Blackfoot river at Milltown is now open to traffic, according to an announcement yesterday by the county commissioners. The old bridge was closed last February and a detour was made necessary. Another bridge several hundred feet north of the present structure was used. … Work on the bridge is not […]

‘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. […]

‘We have the watch’: Stories from inside NORAD on 9/11

BY: - September 11, 2021

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supervised the excavation of Cheyenne Mountain, a peak pimpled with rocky outcrops and shaded by evergreen trees southwest of Colorado Springs. They pulled out the mountain’s innards and paved over the gravelly cavern, dividing the space into high-tech offices for U.S. military […]

New federal vaccination mandate could complicate things for Montana hospitals

BY: - September 9, 2021

Montana’s more than 25,000 healthcare workers could be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 following the Thursday announcement of a new national mandate from the Biden administration requiring all workers at hospitals that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid funds to be fully vaccinated. Nationally, about 73 percent of staff in healthcare facilities are vaccinated […]

This tribal elder helped remove 157-year-old proclamations used to incite Sand Creek Massacre

BY: - August 21, 2021

When tribal elder Rick Williams, a member of the Oglala Lakota and Northern Cheyenne Tribes, started researching the history of his great-great grandfather, White Horse, in the summer of 2018, he stumbled upon a horrifying fact. He discovered that two proclamations signed 157 years ago that explicitly targeted Native Americans and incited the mass murder […]

Native historians compiling history of boarding schools

BY: - August 16, 2021

Since 2006, Denise Lajimodiere, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota, has spent hours hunkered down in archives searching for records of Native American boarding schools.  “It is tedious,” she said. “It is dusty work.” And grueling and traumatic. The records are incomplete, but what researchers like Lajimodiere have […]