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.

Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte

TikTok files suit against state of Montana’s ban in federal court

By: - May 24, 2023

In a court filing that chronicles how it stores data and protects minors, TikTok has responded to Montana’s first-of-its-kind ban on the social media app, which was signed into law earlier this month by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte. TikTok Inc. is suing the state of Montana to strike the recently passed law, alleging a number […]

environmental groups put up billboard opposing bison slaughter

Groups take out Helena billboard, criticize bison hunt near Yellowstone National Park

By: - March 13, 2023

Two environmental groups are calling on officials to stop the slaughter and hunting of bison that wander outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park, taking their message to lawmakers with a billboard showing hunters killing the animals at point-blank range. The billboard in Helena, put up by Roam Free Nation and the Alliance for the […]

gray wolf

Advocates sue federal agency for failing to adopt national gray wolf plan

By: - November 30, 2022

As the fate of Montana’s wolf hunting season was being decided in Lewis and Clark County, a national environmental group was filing a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., that claims the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has shirked its duty and ignored federal law by failing to devise an adequate national recovery plan for the […]

gray wolf

Judge rules that Montana’s wolf hunt will continue

By: - November 30, 2022

A Lewis and Clark County judge has ruled that the state of Montana’s plan to harvest as many as 456 wolves can proceed because two organizations which challenged the state’s wolf hunting rules were unable to prove that Montana’s wolf population would be permanently harmed by the increased hunting, which includes the use of snares. […]


Judge halts part of Montana wolf hunting

By: - November 16, 2022

A Helena judge has temporarily halted part of Montana’s wolf hunting rules after two groups filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s expanded wolf hunting program, established by the 2021 state Legislature. Lewis and Clark District Court Judge Christopher Abbott issued a temporary restraining order effective immediately that would stop snaring, cutting back the wolf hunting […]

wolf crosses road in Yellowstone

Study: Montana, Idaho lack good data to make wolf management decisions

By: - November 2, 2022

A new study published in the journal Conservation Science and Practice suggests that while states like Montana and Idaho have adopted more aggressive wolf hunting strategies, neither the states nor the federal government have good, reliable and accessible data about wolf kills, livestock losses and other “nontarget species” that are captured in traps. The study, […]

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester

With the passage of the PACT Act, our nation can rewrite veterans’ stories with a happier ending

By: - August 11, 2022

I want to thank Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, and Jon Tester, D-Montana. Not on behalf of me, but on behalf of Bruce Darley and others like him. You see, I would let Bruce tell the senators himself, but he can’t speak now, and even when I met him, he words were slurred as he tried […]

oil wells in Montana

Environmental groups sue Biden administration for failing to consider climate change in oil leasing

By: - June 29, 2022

On the day that more than 119,000 acres of public land in Wyoming went out to bid for oil and gas leasing, 10 groups sued the Department of the Interior for not properly taking climate change into account in determining the lease sites throughout eight Western states. Furthermore, in the federal government’s haste to resume […]

Grizzly bear

To protect grizzlies, groups threaten to sue Forest Service over livestock grazing near Yellowstone

By: - May 12, 2022

Seven different conservation groups have sent a letter of intent to sue the United States Forest Service for disregarding thousands of acres of grizzly habitat in order to allow more livestock grazing not far from Yellowstone National Park. The letter, which demands the national Forest Service reconsider its action and puts the agency on notice, […]

Wounded Knee battle

Stalled legislation would strip Army of medals for its involvement in Wounded Knee

By: - April 6, 2022

Most folks living in Montana know the name Wounded Knee. They may be familiar with the massacre of 250 to 300 Native Americans that were slaughtered in South Dakota in the last days of 1890. Or maybe they’re familiar with the seminal history by Dee Brown, “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee,” an account of […]

Yellowstone National Park

The ‘Yellowstone Park Unicorn’: Tour group, guide spot wolverine inside national park

By: - March 9, 2022

The pictures are definitely going in the Ziploc bag. While most people put their most cherished photographic memories on Facebook or in a photo album, MacNeil Lyons, the operator and guide of Yellowstone Insight, keeps his best, most memorable events in the center console of the Chevy Suburban so that visitors can see. And so […]

Ryan Zinke

U.S. inspector general finds Zinke broke ethics rules, wasn’t honest about real estate dealings

By: - February 16, 2022

An investigation by the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior found that former Secretary Ryan Zinke, a native of Montana and current congressional candidate, committed multiple ethics violations and was not honest in disclosing real estate dealings while he served in the cabinet of former President Donald J. Trump. The investigation, released Wednesday, […]