Billings is booming. Its population has climbed from 80,000 in 1990 to more than 110,000 in 2015. It’s also growing—from 32.8 square miles in 2000 to 42 square miles in 2010. In that same decade, the city added 7,000 new housing units.
Billings is the biggest city in the state, home to the largest medical complex, the biggest newspaper and the tallest building in Montana. The school district recently opened a new middle school and is building another one.
If I thought it would make the slightest difference, I would urge readers of Last Best News to vote for Hillary Clinton, given the mountain of evidence that Donald Trump is completely unfit to be president.
But it appears that Montana voters are going to favor Trump in any case. Fortunately, it appears just as likely that the country as a whole will reject him by a large margin.
If I were to assess “Crow Now,” a collection on display at the Stapleton Gallery, based solely on its aesthetic impact, it would already be one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time. But in this case, there is so much more of a story to tell. A story that goes back more than a century. Continue Reading →
Backers of a medical marijuana initiative, who appear to be fighting an uphill battle, rallied Thursday on the lawn of the Yellowstone County Courthouse.
Coming the day after the final presidential debate, it could be that many people were suffering from “election fatigue,” in the words of Barbara Sample, one of four Initiative 182 supporters who spoke at the noon rally. Continue Reading →
Much as I rail against the two-party system, it has its advantages when you get down to the bottom of the ballot—you know, those races you meant to check out but never got around to.
If you hate taxes, worry about coal-mining jobs and think people should be able to do whatever they want except smoke dope, abort babies and marry the sex of their choice, vote for the Republican. If you love government, worry about global warming and think people should be able to do whatever they want except own guns, burn gasoline and block bathroom access, vote for the Democrat. Continue Reading →
John Craighead died last month in Missoula. To most people he was known as a grizzly bear expert and an outstanding conservationist. To me, he was all of that, but he was also the guy who broke my Uncle John’s nose.
I hasten to add that it happened under legitimate circumstances, during a boxing match at Penn State somewhere around 1938. This memory came to my mind like a gift from above as I was thinking about all the depressing current events I could write about today. So this column is about a man I thought the world of, my Uncle John. Continue Reading →
The candidates running at the top of the Montana Republican Party’s statewide ticket gathered Friday evening in Missoula to rally their base heading into November’s election, each promising to bring change to Helena if elected to office. Continue Reading →