Lay of the Land: A series of essays on the spirit of Montana
I made the phone call hoping he wouldn’t answer. This was going to be tough conversation and my husband, although great under pressure, would have a hard time making this decision. I was trying to figure out a way to lessen the impact.
In 1986, when I was a junior at Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas, the local chapter of the NAACP came to my school with a request: It wanted us to drop the Confederate flag from our letterhead, our uniforms, the middle of our gym floor.
Barely 48 hours after being chosen as the new Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Montana, Amanda Curtis stopped in Billings briefly to cheer on supporters of a nondiscrimination ordinance.
Curtis, a Billings native and Butte schoolteacher serving her first term in the Montana House, spoke Monday evening on the steps of the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Continue Reading →
RED LODGE — A group of Clarks Fork Valley landowners appealed to the Carbon County Commission on Monday to create a special zoning district that would protect them from the impacts of oil and gas development.
“We’re not here to stop it,” organic farmer Bonnie Martinell told the commission. “We want it done correctly.” Continue Reading →
A huge windstorm nearly canceled a show by Rick Springfield at the Fallon County Fair in Baker on Saturday, but an improvised concert was quickly arranged and became “a once-in-a-lifetime” experience. Continue Reading →
Glancing down any given residential street in Billings this summer, you might have thought a political campaign was in full swing.
But those signs in what seems like every other yard are advertising roofing companies, not politicians. And that explains the sound you are likely to hear on any given street, too — the rat-a-tat-tat of nail guns attaching tarpaper and shingles to hail-damaged roofs. Continue Reading →
She is the Billings City Council member who first suggested, in December, that the city consider a nondiscrimination ordinance. Tuesday morning, the NDO went down on a 6-5 vote, with Mayor Tom Hanel casting the deciding vote shortly after 3 a.m. Continue Reading →