Ed Kemmick

Prairie Lights: Rushing into print before the nonexistent deadline

When I went into the Last Best biz, I thought one of the great advantages of this new kind of journalism would be the lack of deadlines.

Working at a newspaper, you live and die by deadlines. You’ve got a physical product, a bundle of newsprint and ink, that has to be published every day of the year. To get a paper on the subscriber’s doorstep in the morning, the paper has to be printed the night before.


Couple’s devotion proves that true love is patient


When Kenny Biggs left Townsend to join the Marines in 1945, he was carrying a snapshot of the girl he loved.

She had had the photo taken at the state fair in Helena a year earlier, when she was just 14. In the photo she is a fair-skinned, dark-haired girl wearing lipstick and a tentative smile.

Her name was Nadine Biggs, and that was the problem. Continue Reading →

NDO supporters encouraged to keep up the fight


Hope Errico Wisneski told supporters of a nondiscrimination ordinance in Billings on Tuesday that they are moving forward swiftly, however slow the process might seem.

Things truly move slowly in Washington, D.C., she said, which is why the Human Rights Campaign is working for change in states and individual communities. Continue Reading →

More photos from the Montana Folk Festival


Just in case you didn’t have enough photos from the Montana Folk Festival in Butte this weekend, here’s another collection of shots, these from Anna Paige, a Billings photographer and freelance writer. Some are of the musicians and some are of people taking in the music, busking and walking the streets of Butte. Continue Reading →